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Pac-12 helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 14, 2012
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Somebody get that Oregon State quarterback a double-double.
  1. Cody Vaz, QB, Oregon State: There's temptation to give a helmet sticker to Markus Wheaton for his three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) or Jordan Poyer for his “oh look, a football” pick-six. But it's got to be Vaz, who made his first career start and was sharp, completing 20 of 32 balls for 332 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions in the 42-24 victory over BYU, the nation's No. 3 scoring defense. He throws one mean block also.
  2. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: Oh yeah, he had a pretty good game also. Wheaton had the touchdowns, but Cooks had a monster game, catching eight balls for 173 yards -- which worked out to an average of 21.6 yards per catch. Plus he played three quarters on a taped-up ankle after hurting it in the first quarter. Snaps to him for gutting it out.
  3. Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State: Another game, another outstanding performance from the Sun Devils' quarterback, who tossed five touchdowns with no picks on 20 of 28 passing for 308 yards on the road in a 51-17 victory over Colorado. The Sun Devils are using the screen game as well as any team in the country and Kelly is executing the offense magnificently. Tougher games coming up, but at this point, Kelly’s name needs to be in the conversation for offensive player of the year (and there's a strong chance he might appear in the top five of someone's Heisman ballot this week. Hint: Mine).
  4. Dion Bailey, LB, USC: While the Trojans were able to put some pressure on Washington quarterback Keith Price with five sacks, it was Bailey who had a hand in half of the Trojans’ turnovers. He picked off one ball (which was a pretty sweet play reaching back against his body's momentum) and also forced a fumble by laying a big hit (though probably not the most fundamentally sound) on a scrambling Price. He finished with seven tackles in the 24-14 win.
  5. Tevin McDonald, S, UCLA: Not a flashy performance from McDonald. No interceptions or forced fumbles. But his 10 tackles -- eight of them solo jobs -- were a game high in the 21-14 win over Utah. Just a good, solid showing in a game that was a little tighter than most people thought it would be.
  6. Keenan Allen, WR, Cal: Quarterback Zach Maynard had 14 completions and 11 of them went to Allen, who moved up to No. 2 on Cal’s all-time receiver list. His 166 yards included a 69-yard touchdown in the 31-17 road victory over Washington State.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 14, 2012
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Here's some hardware for a job well done across the Big 12 on Saturday:

Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma: Oklahoma dominated everywhere on Saturday, and with apologies to the Sooners' defense (who got a helmet sticker last week, I might add), I'm going with the man who maximized every touch in Saturday's 63-21 victory over Texas. Millard caught a 73-yard pass and scored on a 25-yard reception. He finished with five catches for 119 yards and ran three times for 45 yards. His day included one hurdle over a defender and another play in which he hurdled one defender while a second defender bounced off of his legs. Ridiculous.

Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State: Klein had a very Collin Klein-like day in Saturday's clutch 27-21 win at Iowa State. On the final scoring drive for K-State, with the Wildcats clinging to a 24-21 lead, he converted third downs of 8, 5 and 2 yards to extend the drive and milk eight minutes off the clock. He finished with 187 yards on 16-of-24 passing and rushed for three scores and 105 yards on 25 carries. Great day on what looked to be -- and was -- a tough matchup for the 'Cats.

Texas Tech's defense: Geno Smith wasn't sure what went wrong on Saturday, but everything went right for the Texas Tech D, who held the West Virginia quarterback to just one touchdown pass and forced stops deep in its own territory all game long. West Virginia had 408 yards of offense, but went just 2-of-7 on fourth down in the Red Raiders' 49-14 dismantling. The Texas Tech D constantly stymied the Mountaineers offense, and Smith had his lowest completion percentage of the season by far, at just 52.7 percent (29-of-55). That's a good of an offense as you'll see in the country, and Tech held it to 14 points. Did anyone think that was possible before Saturday? Coordinator Art Kaufman has these boys rollin'.

Quinn Sharp, P/K, Oklahoma State: Sharp provided the winning margin in OSU's wet, sloppy, storm-delayed 20-14 victory over Kansas by booming field goals of 42 and 49 yards and drawing a roughing-the-kicker penalty on a late punt that prevented KU from getting one more shot to win the game. He also boomed a 73-yard punt, put one inside the 20-yard line and averaged 53 yards on his five punts for the night.

Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU: Boykin threw for one fourth-quarter touchdown and ran for another, redeeming himself for a rough outing against Iowa State a week ago on just one day's practice at quarterback the week of the game. Boykin finished the Horned Frogs' 49-21 victory at Baylor with four touchdown passes and 261 yards on 22-of-30 passing. He also ran for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Recognizing the best and the brightest around the Big Ten in Week 7.
  • Wisconsin RB Montee Ball: He's back. After a big finish last week against Illinois, Ball ran all over Purdue in Saturday's blowout 38-14 win at Ross-Ade Stadium. Ball racked up a career-high 247 rush yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries, highlighted by a 67-yard scoring dash early in the third quarter. The Badgers senior set the Big Ten career record for touchdowns and moved into third place on the NCAA's all-time list with 72. This fall definitely can still belong to Ball.
  • Iowa's defense: We debated giving this to kicker Mike Meyer, who tied a career best with four field goals to continue a brilliant season. But Iowa's collective effort on defense won the game at Michigan State. Standouts included tackling machine Anthony Hitchens (15 tackles), defensive lineman Joe Gaglione (10 tackles, sack), linebacker Christian Kirksey (7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass breakup), cornerback Greg Castillo (game-clinching interception) and linebacker James Morris (10 tackles, 1 tackle for loss). Iowa's defense has rebounded well from the Central Michigan debacle and put the team in a tie for first place in the Legends division.
  • Northwestern RB Venric Mark: Where would Northwestern's offense be without Mark? The junior has come out of nowhere to put himself in the race for Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors. Mark scored a 26-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage against Minnesota and finished with a career-best 182 rush yards and two scores, 151 yards in the opening half. Mark had 213 all-purpose yards in the Wildcats' 21-13 win. He has four 100-yard rushing performances this season and eight rushing touchdowns.
  • Michigan LB Jake Ryan: Aside from Penn State's Michael Mauti, no Big Ten defender is playing as well as Ryan right now. The Wolverines sophomore has blossomed during the past month and turned in another terrific performance against Illinois, recording team highs in tackles (11), tackles for loss (3.5) and sacks (1.5). He also had a forced fumble that led to a Michigan touchdown in the 45-0 win. Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson (128 rush yards, 159 pass yards, 4 total TDs) also merits a mention after eclipsing the 10,000-yard mark for his career.
  • Ohio State QB Braxton Miller: It's big news when Miller doesn't receive a helmet sticker. The sophomore continues to impress with both his feet and his arm. He had 23 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown and completed 13 of 24 passes for 211 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in a 52-49 win at Indiana. Although the interception was bad, Miller's passing numbers should have been a lot better as Devin Smith had some key drops. Running back Carlos Hyde merits a mention after his second consecutive 100-yard rushing performance (22 carries, 156 yards, 1 TD).

ACC helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 14, 2012
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Here are your top five performers for Week 7:

North Carolina RB Giovani Bernard: He had 27 carries for 177 yards and two touchdowns in North Carolina's 18-14 win over Miami. He scored two first half touchdowns and accounted for 45 of the 61 yards on the first scoring drive (33 rushing, 12 receiving). He later scored on a 17-yard run in the second quarter. It was Bernard's second consecutive game with more than 100 yards rushing.

Virginia Tech: The entire team gets a helmet sticker for the biggest comeback ever under coach Frank Beamer, a 41-20 victory over Duke. It's impossible to single out the offense, which scored 41 unanswered points, and you can't forget the defense, which shutout Duke for the final three quarters. Both sides of the ball have been criticized heavily in the first half of the season, but the Hokies finally put it all together and played a complete game (or at least three quarters) to remain in the hunt for the Coastal Division title.

Virginia Tech RB J.C. Coleman: The true freshman rushed for a career-high 183 yards and two scores on 13 carries with a long of 86 yards. It was the most rushing yards in a game by a true freshman under coach Frank Beamer and tied for the ninth-most in a game by any player under Beamer.

Maryland receiver Stefon Diggs: The true freshman set the tone when he took the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in Maryland's 27-20 victory over Virginia. It was just the fourth 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in school history and the first since Josh Wilson had one in 2006. Diggs came into Saturday’s game leading the ACC with 21.4 yards per catch and exceeded that against the Cavs with 89 yards on four catches (22.25 ypc). On the day, Diggs had a season-high 239 all-purpose yards (147 kick return, 89 receiving, 3 rushing).

FSU quarterback EJ Manuel: He threw for a career-high 439 yards and four touchdowns completed 27 of 34 passes before leaving early in the fourth quarter with a 48-7 lead. They won the game 51-7. He threw to nine different receivers in the game and helped FSU bounce back from last week's loss to NC State.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 14, 2012
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Let’s hand out the helmet stickers for Week 7 in the SEC:

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel: Proving yet again that he can make big plays with his arm and legs, Driskel did it Saturday with his legs in rushing for a career-high 177 yards and three touchdowns in Florida’s 37-17 win over Vanderbilt. His 70-yard touchdown run sealed the Gators’ sixth consecutive victory with 2 minutes, 20 seconds to play after the Commodores had pulled within a touchdown. Driskel also had touchdown runs of 37 and 13 yards.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze: Had Ole Miss held on last week to beat Texas A&M, Freeze would be getting some serious consideration for midseason Coach of the Year honors in the SEC. Still, it says volumes about the direction in which this program is headed that Ole Miss could come back from that bitter loss last week and spank Auburn 41-20 on Saturday to end the Rebels’ 16-game SEC losing streak. Freeze has this young team believing right now, and the Rebels have their sights set on a bowl trip in his first season.

LSU offensive line: The Tigers underwent another shakeup in their offensive line Saturday, as tackle Alex Hurst missed the game. Keep in mind that they’ve been playing without their best tackle, Chris Faulk, since the first week. None of that mattered against a South Carolina defensive line that was hailed as one of the best in the country. The Tigers won the battle up front all night in their 23-21 victory over the Gamecocks and paved the way for 258 rushing yards. Coming into the game, South Carolina was ranked second in the SEC against the run and was giving up just 83.8 yards per game.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel: They might as well start calling the SEC total offense record the “Johnny Football” record. He broke his own record Saturday in Texas A&M’s wild 59-57 win over Louisiana Tech with 576 yards in total offense. Manziel accounted for six touchdowns. He passed for 395 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns. His final touchdown was a 72-yard romp to put the Aggies ahead 59-44 with 2:04 to play.

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson: In only two and a half quarters, Wilson put up the kind of numbers a lot of quarterbacks would take over a three-game stretch. He was 23-of-31 for 372 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes in the weather-shortened 49-7 rout of Kentucky. He hit 10 different receivers and was 11-of-12 in the first quarter for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson now has 14 touchdown passes in six games.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 14, 2012
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How about a few helmet stickers for a job well done?

Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers. Greene had his best game of the season in a 23-15 win over Syracuse, racking up 14 tackles, three forced fumbles, one interception and 1.5 sacks. Rutgers needed to rely on big plays from its defense, and the Scarlet Knights got them from their defensive leader. Special consideration to Duron Harmon, whose 75-yard touchdown off a blocked field goal in the third quarter swung momentum for Rutgers.

Montel Harris, RB, Temple. Harris had his best day for the Owls, running for 142 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries in a 17-14 overtime win over UConn. His performance was a huge reason why Temple was able to stay in the game, especially since he had the majority of the carries with Matt Brown out. Harris now has consecutive 100-yard rushing games for the Owls. Special consideration also given to Brandon McManus, who won the game with his 29-yard field goal in overtime.

Senorise Perry, RB, Louisville. Perry ran for 101 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in a 45-35 victory over Pitt. His 59-yard run late in the fourth quarter sealed the victory to keep the Cardinals unbeaten. Perry became the first running back to rush for four touchdowns in a game since Michael Bush did in a triple overtime game against West Virginia on Oct. 15, 2005. He has six rushing scores in his past two games, and leads the team with nine touchdown runs. Special consideration to DeVante Parker, who had 153 yards receiving for the first 100-yard game of his career.

Notre Dame helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 14, 2012
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Yeah, a few Irish players deserve some credit for Saturday's 20-13 overtime victory over Stanford.

Manti Te'o: The heart of Notre Dame's ruthless defense led the way again, recording a game-high 11 tackles and keying a unit that has gone four consecutive games without allowing a touchdown. (And still hasn't given up one on the ground yet after its game-winning goal-line stand.)

Bennett Jackson: Man, he is coming along pretty fast for a first-time starter. Jackson recored another interception, his fourth of the year. It came at the goal line, stopping an early Stanford scoring chance. And, in the biggest play of the game, Jackson was in on the hit that kept Stepfan Taylor out of the end zone on the game's final play, clinching the win.

Matthias Farley: Another converted receiver playing in the secondary, Farley had the best game of his young career, recording an interception and bringing it back 49 yards, which proved to be huge in a game where offense was hard to come by. It set up a field goal. Farley also had eight tackles, none bigger than his one on Taylor for a seven-yard loss on third down in the fourth quarter, forcing a Cardinal field goal. Stanford coach David Shaw, unsolicited, said after the game that his players heard a whistle in the crowd and stopped playing on the play.

Tommy Rees: You know the drill by now. Irish in offensive trouble late, this time because their starting quarterback gets hit hard in the head. So the backup comes in, leads a game-tying drive, then a game-winning one, going 4-for-4 on the day for 43 yards.

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