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SEC helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 17, 2010
After another topsy-turvy weekend in the SEC, the choices for helmet stickers were tough ones.

We could easily hand out 10 or more, but here are the five we came up with in what was a wild Week 7:

Mississippi State linebacker Chris White: The Bulldogs’ defense was just one of the stories Saturday in the 10-7 win over Florida, the first time Mississippi State has won in Gainesville since 1965. Setting the tone for that defense was White, who was everywhere. The Bulldogs’ senior middle linebacker finished with 11 total tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Manny Diaz’s Mississippi State defense has held five of its seven opponents to 17 points or less this season.

Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline: Making a strong bid as the SEC’s most improved player this season, Hartline was also long on courage Saturday night. He stood in there repeatedly against a fierce South Carolina rush and completed 32 of 42 passes for 349 yards, for four touchdowns and no interceptions. His 24-yard scoring pass to Randall Cobb on a fourth-and-7 play was the game-winner for the Wildcats in their 31-28 victory over the Gamecocks. Hartline, who’s been through the ringer during his career at Kentucky, threw three of his touchdowns in the second half to rally the Wildcats from a 28-10 halftime deficit.

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton: Another week, another helmet sticker for Newton. He accounted for four touchdowns in Auburn’s 65-43 win over Arkansas and had 328 yards of total offense. The 6-6, 250-pound Newton rushed for 188 yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns on the ground. He also had a 15-yard touchdown pass to Emory Blake. Newton has accounted for 25 touchdowns on the season -- 13 passing and 12 rushing. He also has 860 rushing yards in seven games. Only one quarterback in SEC history has ever rushed for 1,000 yards in a season. Auburn’s Jimmy Sidle had 1,006 yards in 1963.

Alabama running back Trent Richardson: The Crimson Tide’s sophomore running back broke the game open with an 85-yard screen pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Alabama’s 23-10 win over Ole Miss. Richardson finished with 220 all-purpose yards. He leads the SEC in all-purpose yardage, averaging 183.1 yards per game.

Kentucky coach Joker Phillips: A lot of teams would have folded their tents after getting down 28-10, especially coming off three straight losses. But there’s a toughness and a resilience about the Wildcats that reflects their head coach. Their 31-28 comeback win over South Carolina was Kentucky’s first ever over a Steve Spurrier-coached team, and props go out to Phillips for keeping his team in tune mentally and emotionally during a very difficult stretch.

Pac-10 helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 17, 2010
Who deserves a sticker on his helmet for a job well done?

Matt Barkley: The USC QB completed 25 of 37 passes for 352 yards with five TDs -- all in the first half -- in the Trojans 48-14 win over California.

Robert Woods: The true freshman receiver caught seven passes for 116 yards with two TDs for the Trojans against Cal.

USC defense: The maligned unit looked like a Trojans defense of old, holding Cal to just 245 yards and 10 first downs.

Ricky Elmore: The Arizona defensive end had 2.5 sacks in the 24-7 win at Washington State among his six total tackles.

Tyree Toomer: The Washington State safety had four tackles for a loss -- two sacks -- and seven total tackles in the loss to Arizona.

Jacquizz Rodgers: Rodgers had 140 yards on 32 carries with three TDs in Oregon State's 35-34 double-overtime loss to Washington. He also caught four passes for 49 yards and a TD.

Jake Locker: Locker threw five TD passes in the double-overtime win over Oregon State, completing 21-of-35 for 284 yards. He also rushed for 60 yards.

Non-AQ Helmet Stickers: Week 7

October, 17, 2010
I realize there are still a few non-AQ teams playing, but thought you might want an early helmet stickers edition. Will add to it if necessary from Nevada-Hawaii and New Mexico State-Fresno State.

Ron English, Eastern Michigan. Congrats to the Eagles for getting their first win since 2008, beating Ball State 41-38 in overtime. The Eagles snapped an 18-game losing streak with a big-time comeback. Eastern Michigan trailed 28-7 in the second quarter before scoring 28 unanswered points. Ball State tied it up at 35 with 34 seconds left in regulation. But Alex Gillett threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Ben Thayer in overtime to win it for the Eagles. They had come close in several games this season, giving English hope his team was coming close. He did more than come close Saturday.

Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio). Dysert threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Cruse with 19 seconds left to give the RedHawks a 27-20 win over Central Michigan, their first road victory since 2008. Dysert went 29-of-47 for 399 yards, the second-best day of his career. Cruse had a career-high 179 yards on eight receptions and two touchdowns.

Dominique Davis, East Carolina. The quarterback had another outstanding game, throwing for 376 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for another in a huge 33-27 overtime win over N.C. State. Davis scored the touchdown in overtime, to help the Pirates win a game that they led 21-0 in the first quarter. Davis has three 300-yard games this season and has thrown from 1,439 total yards, with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Ross Jenkins, Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs have started three different quarterback this season, but it appears they should stick with Jenkins, the starter from last season. He has now led them to two straight wins after a career day in a 48-35 win over Idaho. Jenkins went 31-for-44 for 422 yards -- all career highs -- and tied a career high with three touchdown passes. He also added another score on the ground, as he has looked more and more comfortable running the new spread offense coach Sonny Dykes has installed. He became the first Louisiana Tech quarterback with over 400 yards passing since Luke McCown in 2003.

Jamon Hughes, Memphis. The senior linebacker has been a bright spot for Memphis this season. In a 41-19 loss to Southern Miss, Hughes notched a career-high 21 tackles (15 solo, 6 assists), plus one sack for a 4-yard loss. He has led the team in tackles in all seven games this season.

Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State. The true freshman had 191 yards on 24 carries, including touchdown runs of 65 and 44 yards to give the Aztecs a 27-25 win over No. 23 Air Force, their first win over a ranked team since 1996. He essentially went untouched on his 44-yarder with 2 minutes left to essentially seal the game. The Aztecs (4-2) had lost 25 straight games to ranked opponents, dating back to a 28-24 win over No. 16 Wyoming on Nov. 7, 1996. Hillman has three 150-yard games this season for 785 yards on the year, trailing only Marshall Faulk for most rushing yards by a San Diego State freshman (1,429).

Jerrel Jernigan, Troy. Jernigan had six receptions to set the school record for catches with 219 in a 31-24 win over Louisiana. He finished with 180 total yards, including one receiving touchdown and a 75-yard punt return for a score, two weeks after undergoing elbow surgery. His 12-yard TD reception with 4:43 left was the game-winning score.

Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 17, 2010
It's time to recognize the best and the brightest around the Big Ten in Week 7.

Michigan State's secondary: Much maligned a year ago for allowing too many big plays and making too few of their own, the Spartans defensive backs really have stepped up lately. They factored into all four takeaways in a 26-6 win against Illinois, as Marcus Hyde, Trenton Robinson and Johnny Adams all recorded interceptions. Freshman cornerback Darqueze Dennard forced and recovered a fumble in his first start in place of the suspended Chris L. Rucker.

Iowa RB Adam Robinson: He's the only healthy proven running back on a team that lives by a run-first philosophy. Robinson isn't merely holding up under constant pounding, but he's thriving as Iowa's featured back. The sophomore rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries, a Herculean performance during 38-28 win in Ann Arbor. Also meriting mentions are quarterback Ricky Stanzi and wideout Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, who had three touchdown catches and became Iowa's all-time leading receiver.

Wisconsin's offensive line: Teams simply don't push Ohio State around, and that's exactly what Wisconsin's front five did Saturday night during a 31-18 win at Camp Randall Stadium. They set the tone on the Badgers' first possession, creating huge holes for John Clay on a 6-play, 58-yard drive. Wisconsin racked up 184 rush yards and three touchdowns; Ohio State had allowed three rushing scores all season entering the game. Clay became the first player to eclipse 100 rush yards against the Buckeyes in 29 games. On this night, Wisconsin looked like the best offensive line in the country.

Purdue RB Dan Dierking: Sure, quarterback Rob Henry deserves some love as well after accounting for four touchdowns against Minnesota, but the always-overlooked Dierking was fabulous on Saturday during a 28-17 win over Minnesota. The senior rushed for 126 yards on only 12 carries, breaking free for a 42-yard burst in the first quarter. Purdue is 2-0 in Big Ten play, and the Boilers have found their running back.

Indiana QB Ben Chappell: The senior took a beating in the first half, and then handed out one in the final 30 minutes. Chappell passed for 297 yards and three touchdowns after halftime to help Indiana rally past pesky Arkansas State, 36-34. He finished with 382 pass yards and four touchdowns and once again got plenty of help from receivers Damarlo Belcher (121 receiving yards, 1 TD) and Tandon Doss (103 receiving yards, 1 TD). Given Indiana's continued struggles on defense, arguably no Big Ten player means more to his team than Chappell.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 17, 2010
Here are the guys who earned a helmet sticker for a job well done on Saturday:

Texas' defense: One guy can't stop Taylor Martinez. It takes 11. And Texas' defense did it like no other team had done it yet this season, limiting Martinez to just 21 yards on 13 carries and 4-of-12 passing for 63 yards. The unit didn't allow a touchdown in the Longhorns' 20-13 win in Lincoln and looked like the team we thought they'd be in the preseason. Kudos to coordinator Will Muschamp, who quipped after the game, "I'm the same idiot who called the UCLA game."

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri: Gabbert paced his team with a fantastic performance on the road against Texas A&M, completing 31 of 47 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover in Missouri's 30-9 win over the Aggies.

Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor: Seriously, is anyone still talking about Griffin's knee? After running for 137 yards on 15 carries, no one should be. He helped Baylor earn a 31-25 road win against Colorado, and has Baylor exactly where they should be: Contending for a bowl game. He also completed his first 10 passes and finished 22-of-27 for 234 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.

Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma: Two minutes into the second quarter, Broyles had 10 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown in Oklahoma's 52-0 win over Iowa State. He finished with 182 yards on 15 catches. For as much attention that's gone the way of another receiver in the state of Oklahoma, Broyles reminded everyone on Saturday he's still pretty good, too.

Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: Blackmon made one of the day's biggest plays, a 62-yard, third-down touchdown catch that put Oklahoma State up 17 and silenced a comeback in the Cowboys' 34-17 win over Texas Tech. He finished with 10 catches for 207 yards, and is unquestionably in a top-tier group of four or five players with a legitimate claim as the favorite for Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma: Murray scored three touchdowns against Iowa State to tie and later overtake 1969 Heisman winner Steve Owens record for career touchdowns. Murray has now reached the end zone 58 times and counting for his career. A tip of the cap to a great four years for the Sooners' back.

ACC Helmet Stickers: Week 7

October, 16, 2010
Here are the ACC’s top five performers for Week 7:

Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers: He had a career-high three sacks and four tackles for loss in the Tigers’ 31-7 win over Maryland. He now has a total of nine sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss on the season. Bowers sack total is already the most by a Clemson player since 2006 when Gaines Adams had 12.5. Bowers has recorded a sack and at least two tackles for loss in all of Clemson’s games this season except Presbyterian, a contest in which he played just 21 plays. Bowers became the first Clemson player to record three sacks in a game since 2001 when Bryant McNeal had three against Duke on Dec. 1. Gaines Adams, who also wore number-93, never had more than 2.5 in a game.

Miami’s defense: The Hurricanes responded to their lackluster performance against Florida State by forcing Duke into seven turnovers, including five interceptions in a 28-13 victory. Vaughn Telemaque picked off two passes, and defensive tackle Micanor Regis returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown.

Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring. This is the kind of explosive offensive display Hokies fans have been desperately seeking, and Stinespring finally delivered, making great use of his cast of characters during a 52-21 win. Virginia Tech racked up 605 yards and scored on seven of its eight first-half possessions. Darren Evans scored a career-high three touchdowns and Tyrod Taylor threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another. By halftime, Virginia Tech had scored 49 points. Stinespring takes the brunt of the heat when the offense isn’t working. He should get some credit when it is.

Wake Forest tailback Josh Harris. He rushed for a career-high 241 yards on 19 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 33 and 87 yards in the 52-21 loss. He accounted for 241 of Wake's 346 yards total offense. The 87-yard touchdown run was the longest given up by Virginia Tech since 1987, Frank Beamer’s first game as head coach of the Hokies. Harris’ 241 yards are the most yards Virginia Tech has ever allowed on the ground by an individual. The previous high was 239 by Paul Palmer of Temple in 1986.

North Carolina. The Tar Heels won in Charlottesville for the first time since 1981, and scored the most points in Scott Stadium since 1946. The 44-10 victory was a complete effort, as receiver Dwight Jones had a career-high 198 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches, T.J. Yates threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns, and the defense intercepted Marc Verica three times and held the Cavaliers to just 2-of-6 red zone chances.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 16, 2010
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: The sophomore completed 24-of-31 passes for 219 yards and two scores in the Mountaineers' 20-6 victory against South Florida on Thursday.

Armon Binns, WR, Cincinnati: The senior had eight catches for 175 yards and three touchdowns in the Bearcats' 35-27 win at Louisville on Friday.

Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville: The senior ran 24 times for 209 yards and two touchdowns -- surpassing 200 yards for the second straight weeks -- in the loss to Cincinnati.

Tino Sunseri, QB, Pittsburgh: The sophomore completed 17-of-24 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns in the Panthers' 45-14 win at Syracuse.

Antonio Lowery, LB, Rutgers: Lowery had 19 tackles and a fumble recovery in the Scarlet Knights' 23-20 overtime win against Army.