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Pac-12 helmet stickers: Week 6

October, 13, 2013
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So who deserves a helmet sticker for a job well done?

J.R. Tavai, OLB, USC: A lot of Trojans deserve note, including QB Cody Kessler, WR Nelson Agholor and the O-line, but Tavai came off the bench for an injured Morgan Breslin and recorded 10 tackles, 3.5 of which came for a loss. He also had half a sack and a QB hurry.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: Mariota came up big in the Ducks' 45-24 win over Washington, completing 24 of 31 passes for 366 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed 13 times for 88 yards and a score.

Nate Orchard, LB, Utah: Orchard had two sacks and two forced fumbles in the Utes 27-21 shocker over No. 5 Stanford. He finished with five tackles.

Ty Montgomery, WR/KR, Stanford: Montgomery caught eight passes for 131 yards to lead Stanford. Oh, and he also had another 100-yard kickoff return for a TD.

Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA: Hundley completed 31 of 41 passes for 410 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bruins' 37-10 win over California.

Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State: Mannion completed 34 of 51 passes for 493 yards with four touchdowns and an interception in the Beavers' 52-24 win at Washington State.

Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State: Reynolds had six tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles against the Cougars.

Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State: Bradford had 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for a loss and a forced fumble to go along with his four total tackles in the Sun Devils' 54-13 win over Colorado.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 13, 2013
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It was just another day in the SEC on Saturday. It got started with Missouri's upset win at Georgia and finished with Texas A&M's game-winning field goal to hold off Ole Miss. Now it's time to hand out the helmet stickers for Week 7's top performers.

L'Damian Washington, WR, Missouri: If it hadn't been for the injury, Missouri's James Franklin might have been the one on this list, but it was Washington who stepped up when his quarterback went out. With the lead cut to two and the Tigers in need of a big play, coach Gary Pinkel called on a trick play. Backup quarterback Maty Mauk threw a lateral to wide receiver Bud Sasser who then heaved it toward the end zone. Who was waiting on the other end? Washington. The 6-foot-4 receiver outfought the defender and hauled in the 40-yard touchdown pass. He finished with seven catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns on the day.

Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina: The Gamecocks had struggled in recent weeks, not putting teams away, but that wasn't the case Saturday against Arkansas. They thrashed the Razorbacks to the tune of 52-7, and Shaw played his best game of the season. The South Carolina quarterback finished 19-of-28 for 219 yards and three touchdowns through the air and tallied his fourth score on a 10-yard run in the third quarter. Shaw has been lights out since returning from a recent shoulder injury. He now has 10 touchdown passes on the season, but more importantly, he has yet to throw an interception after throwing seven a year ago.

The LSU defense: It has been only two weeks since LSU gave up 44 points in a loss to Georgia, but coach Les Miles never gave up on his defense. That confidence paid off Saturday. The Tigers defeated Florida, 17-6, in a good, old-fashioned slugfest, rare for the SEC this season. LSU didn't force a single turnover, but the Tigers held the Gators to just 240 yards of total offense. Tyler Murphy had looked impressive since taking over as Florida's quarterback, but he could get nothing going in Death Valley. The Tigers finished with four sacks and eight tackles for loss. Linebacker Lamin Barrow led the team with 13 tackles.

T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama: It wasn't much of a start for Yeldon or Drake. Both running backs fumbled early, and the Crimson Tide failed to score in the first quarter against Kentucky as a result of the miscues. However, instead of dwelling on the fumbles, they both redeemed themselves in a big way Saturday night. Yeldon led the way with 124 yards on 16 carries, while Drake gained 106 on 14 carries. They each scored two touchdowns. As a team, Alabama rushed for 299 yards against the Wildcats. Freshman running back Altee Tenpenny got into the mix late with a 7-yard touchdown run, the first of his career.

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: It wasn't pretty at times. It was downright ugly with the two second-half turnovers, but in the end, Johnny did what he always does. He made just enough plays to win the football game. The Aggies gave up a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, but Manziel led them back and answered with a 6-yard touchdown run. After Ole Miss went three-and-out, Manziel orchestrated a flawless two-minute drill that resulted in the game-winning field goal. The Texas A&M quarterback finished 31-of-39 for 346 yards through the air and rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 13, 2013
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Recognizing the best and brightest from the Big Ten in Week 7:

  • Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford: Unlike Penn State last week, the Spartans realized that running the ball against Indiana is usually a good idea. And Langford was the star of that strategy, carrying the ball 23 times for 109 yards and three touchdowns in Michigan State's 42-28 victory over the Hoosiers. His last touchdown, a 32-yarder, put his team ahead 35-21. In all, the Spartans rushed for 238 yards as a team.
  • Nebraska DE Randy Gregory: There aren't many Big Ten defensive ends playing better than Gregory right now. The one-time Purdue commit and Indiana native haunted his home-state school with two sacks, a fumble recovery and a safety in the Huskers' 44-7 blasting of the Boilermakers. The entire Nebraska defense deserves a nod after holding Purdue scoreless until the final 39 seconds.
  • Wisconsin's defense: The Badgers held Northwestern -- a team that had scored at least 30 points in seven straight games -- to just two field goals in a dominating 35-6 win. Seven different Badgers had at least one sack. Chris Borland led the way with 10 tackles, but this was a total team effort -- and a very impressive one at that.
  • Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon: With only four games this week, we give a second sticker to a deserving Badger. Gordon rushed 22 times for 172 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown, in a bounce-back performance from his showing at Ohio State.
  • Penn State RB Bill Belton: We could have gone a number of ways in the Nittany Lions' wild, weird 43-40 win over Michigan in four overtimes. Christian Hackenberg made some great throws down the stretch, Brandon Felder provided a strong complement to Allen Robinson and Michigan's Devin Funchess was great for a second straight week. But we ultimately went with Belton, whose final numbers (27 carries, 85 yards) might not stand out in a box score. But Belton picked up the crucial first down on fourth-and-one in overtime No. 4 before finally ending things with a 2-yard touchdown run. That's enough to earn a sticker.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 13, 2013
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Recognizing the best and brightest from around the Big 12 in Week 7:

RB Johnathan Gray and RB Malcolm Brown, Texas: Case McCoy is just as deserving of a helmet sticker this week, if not more so, but we'll credit the collaboration of Gray and Brown for their shredding of the No. 1 defense in the Big 12 to pace a 36-20 upset of 12th-ranked Oklahoma. Gray went for 123 yards on 29 carries, including a 38-yard dash on a third-and-long, and Brown was one of the surprises of the day with 120 yards on 23 carries. They pounded the middle all afternoon, and it paid off big for Texas.

WR Tevin Reese, Baylor: Good luck finding a way to shut down both Reese and Antwan Goodley. Both went for 100 yards in the Bears' 35-25 win against Kansas State, but it was Reese who shined on Saturday. He finished with 184 yards on five catches (36.8 per catch) thanks to a 93-yard catch and score and another touchdown from 54 yards out to start the fourth quarter.

QB Davis Webb, Texas Tech: There were some throws Webb will want back -- he completed 35 of 56 passes -- but the freshman fared well in his first career start, throwing for 415 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in Tech's 42-35 win against Iowa State. It didn't hurt his cause that Texas Tech had three running backs each produce at least 80 rushing yards and a touchdown on the day.

LB Paul Dawson, TCU: How's this for a first career start: Dawson recorded 17 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a pass breakup, in TCU's 27-17 win over Kansas. The junior college transfer played receiver in high school, but it's clear he's found the position that suits him best. He recorded 14 stops in 13 games last season and proved Saturday what he can do when he stays on the field.

QB Daniel Sams, Kansas State: Good things happen when Sams is given the ball and asked to run. He rushed 30 times for 199 yards and three touchdowns as K-State gave Baylor a scare. Jake Waters still got twice as many pass attempts, and Sams did throw one interception, but there's no denying he's a danger on designed runs.

ACC helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 13, 2013
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Here are your top five performers in the ACC for Week 7:

Duke quarterback Anthony Boone: Yes, Duke’s defense played an outstanding game, but it was a welcome-back party for Boone, who made his first start since suffering a fractured collarbone against Memphis on Sept. 7. With the 35-7 win over Navy, Boone improved to 4-0 as the Blue Devils’ starter, and in the process, he set career highs in pass completions, attempts and passing yards by hitting 31 of 38 (.816) passes for 295 yards. The completion percentage was the sixth highest by a Duke quarterback in a single game and the team’s highest since Sean Renfree completed 28-of-30 (.933) against Navy in 2010. Boone threw three touchdown passes for his second career multiple passing touchdown game.

Virginia Tech's defense: The Hokies absolutely smothered Pitt quarterback Tom Savage in a 19-9 Coastal Division win over the Panthers. The Hokies’ defense had a season-high eight sacks in the game, giving it 27 sacks for the season. The previous high this year was seven at East Carolina. It also had 10 tackles for loss. Dadi Nicolas, who moved from defensive line to linebacker with the purpose of getting to the quarterback, had a career-high seven tackles, including a career-high three sacks. Senior defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins had a career-high two sacks. Pitt was held to just 23 rushing yards, and the sacks added up to 49 yards lost.

Syracuse running backs: The Cuse running game was a big factor in the program’s first ACC win, a 24-10 victory at NC State. Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley each ran for more than 100 yards and a touchdown as the Orange racked up 362 yards on the ground. It was the second straight game that Syracuse rushed for more than 300 yards. Smith finished with 140 yards and ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Gulley ran for 132 yards and the 18-yard go-ahead score with 6:13 left. It was the first time Cuse has had two 100-yard rushers in a game since last year’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl win against West Virginia.

Clemson DE Vic Beasley: He won the Leather Helmet Award, presented to the game’s Most Valuable Player following his dominant performance in the Tigers’ 24-14 win over Boston College. Beasley finished the day with one sack, two tackles for loss, one pass breakup and a fumble recovery and 13-yard return for a touchdown. On a day in which the offense wasn’t clicking, the Tigers’ defense was the difference, and Beasley was its anchor once again.

Maryland running back Brandon Ross: Of Maryland’s 468 yards of total offense, Ross accounted for a career-best 169. He finished with 88 yards on the ground and a personal-best 81 yards receiving. Following a 1-yard score in the first quarter, Ross picked up his second touchdown of the game on a toss sweep to the left from 7 yards out midway through the second quarter, marking the first time in his career he has scored two rushing touchdowns in a game. Ross is also the first Maryland running back to score two rushing touchdowns this season. At the end of the first quarter, Maryland took a 7-6 lead on a four-play, 74-yard drive in which Ross accounted for all the yardage.

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