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Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 8

October, 24, 2010
Well done, everybody. Slap a helmet sticker on for your efforts today.

Missouri: Just ... everything. There's nothing to single out. The offense. The defense. The coaches. The fans were decked out in gold and loud from before dawn at a College GameDay record crowd of 18,000, throughout the 36-27 upset win over Oklahoma, and afterward carrying the goalposts off the field following a well-deserved field storming. Saturday was a good day for all things black and gold.

Baylor Bears: Hey, maybe we're going to have to back order some of our patented stickers, but another program got a huge boost on Saturday. The Bears beat Kansas State, 47-42, and became bowl-eligible for the first time since 2005. And the cherry on top for Baylor? With Oklahoma's loss, they lead the Big 12 South.

Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska: Oklahoma State' defense leaves something to be desired, but Martinez turned in a downright Vince Young-ian stat line on Saturday. He threw for 323 yards and five touchdown passes, and ran for 112 yards on 19 carries in a 51-41 win over No. 14 Oklahoma State. What a way for the freshman to bounce back after being benched last week against Texas.

Paul Rhoads, Iowa State: The second-year coach continues to prove he's one of the most underrated in all of football. After suffering 41- and 52-point defeats the past two weeks, Rhoads rallied his team, which walked into Austin and won for the first time in program history, beating the No. 19 Longhorns 28-21. And yes, Iowa State has already put his postgame locker room speech on YouTube. Here it is. And yes, it's awesome once again.

Mike Sherman, Texas A&M: That couldn't have felt good, but it was the right thing to do. Sherman rotated in backup quarterback Ryan Tannehill, benching Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Jerrod Johnson, and the move paid off. Tannehill completed 12 of 16 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns in the Aggies' 45-10 win over Kansas.

Pac-10 helmet stickers: Week 8

October, 24, 2010
Who deserves a sticker on his helmet for a job well done?

Darron Thomas: The Oregon QB completed 22 of 31 passes for 308 yards with three TDs and no interceptions in the 60-13 win over UCLA on Thursday.

California: A week after a horrible performance, the Bears bounce back and bury Arizona State 50-17. The defense dominated -- it didn't allow a TD -- and QB Kevin Riley had a productive, efficient day. In fact, everything went well. Now, can they keep it up?

Jeff Tuel: The Washington State QB threw interceptions early in in the first and third quarters, but he bounced back twice against Stanford. He completed 21 of 28 passes for 298 yards with four TDs in the 38-28 loss.

Matt Scott: Scott stepped in for the injured Nick Foles and completed 18-of -22 for 223 yard with two TDs and zero interceptions. He also rushed for 65 yards on seven carries in the 44-14 win. Not too shabby.

Juron Criner: Who is the best receiver in the Pac-10? It's Arizona's Criner. He caught eight passes for 108 yards with a TD vs. Washington.

Non-AQ Helmet Stickers: Week 8

October, 24, 2010
Time to give out a few helmet stickers for the non-AQs after another wild Week 8:

Alex Green, RB, Hawaii. Green ran for a career-high 172 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries in a 45-7 win over Utah State. The last time a Hawaii player scored four rushing touchdowns in a game was Glenn Freitas at UNLV in 1995. His 172 yards was the most since Calvin Melvin gained the same yardage against BYU on Sept. 11, 1993.

Ohio defense. The Bobcats had four interceptions, recovered two fumbles and had five sacks in a 34-13 win over Miami (Ohio). Miami had just 11 yards rushing.

Juan Nunez, WR, Western Michigan. Nunes had six catches for a career-high 192 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-10 win over Akron. The 192 yards are the fifth-highest single-game total in school history. Teammate Jordan White added 168 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

Casey Robottom, WR, Tulane. Robottom had a career-high 151 yards receiving and two touchdowns in a 34-24 win over UTEP. That makes back-to-back 100-yard games in a row -- the only two of his career.

Willie Taggart, coach, Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers snapped their 26-game losing streak with a 54-21 win at Louisiana. They came oh-so-close to breaking the skid last week but gave up 28 fourth-quarter points and lost. Now the wait is finally over, giving Taggart his first win as a head coach. They racked up a season-high 409 yards of total offense, and Kawaun Jakes went 18-of-22 for 262 yards and a touchdown, while also running for 28 yards and two more scores. Don't look now, but Western Kentucky could put together a winning streak. North Texas comes to town next week.

TCU defense. The Horned Frogs have been stifling in Mountain West play, and they passed their big test against Air Force in a 38-7 win. TCU held Air Force to a season-low 184 yards rushing and 231 yards of total offense after coming into the game as the No. 1 rush offense in the country. The Falcons also scored a season-low seven points. Though it was the first touchdown TCU has allowed since Sept. 24, the Horned Frogs have only given up 10 points in four conference games. TCU is 68-2 under Gary Patterson when allowing 17 points or less. Meanwhile, TCU running back Ed Wesley had a career-high 209 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Alexander Teich, FB, Navy. Teich became the first Navy fullback to rush for more than 200 yards, racking up 210 on 26 carries in a 35-17 win over Notre Dame. Teich added a 31-yard touchdown reception to his day. Teich has returned to the starting lineup with an injury to Vince Murray (knee) and has not disappointed. Navy beat Notre Dame for the third time in four seasons.

Jordan Wynn, QB, Utah. Wynn threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns in a little more than two quarters of work in a 59-6 win over Colorado State. Utah racked up 648 yards of total offense, and Wynn had the third 300-yard game of his career.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 8

October, 24, 2010
It’s helmet sticker time in the SEC, and the first guy on our list is from unbeaten Auburn – and it’s not Cam Newton.

Here’s a look at this week’s winners:

Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley: You’re talking about a guy who could win Defensive Player of the Year honors and Most Improved Player honors in the same season. The LSU offensive line simply couldn’t handle him Saturday. He finished with 3.5 tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks, and generally made life miserable for LSU’s offense in Auburn’s 24-17 win. Fairley leads the SEC with 17 tackles for loss this season and has emerged as the best defensive lineman in the league.

Arkansas running back Knile Davis: The running game has been a source of frustration for the Hogs this season, but not Saturday in the 38-24 win over Ole Miss. Davis rushed for a career-high 176 yards and three touchdowns. He had touchdown runs of 71 and 22 yards, and they both came in the fourth quarter after Ole Miss had pulled within 24-17. Arkansas needed all the production it could get on the ground, too, because Ryan Mallett was again knocked out of the game, this time with a bruised throwing shoulder, and finished with just 196 passing yards.

Georgia running back Washaun Ealey: It had not been the best season for Ealey, but he did something Saturday in the 44-31 win over Kentucky that not even Herschel Walker accomplished. Ealey set a Georgia school record with five rushing touchdowns and finished with a season-high 157 rushing yards on 28 carries. After getting off to a slow start, including a suspension, Ealey has rushed for 280 yards in his past two outings.

South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia: On a night when the Gamecocks rushed for just 129 yards and fell behind 7-0, they needed everything they could get out of their passing game. Garcia delivered with a career-high 355 yards passing and two touchdowns on 31-of-39 attempts in South Carolina's 21-7 win over Vanderbilt. He helped get that sour taste out of his mouth, too, after throwing the interception in the end zone at the end of last week’s loss to Kentucky.

Alabama receiver Julio Jones: He's had plenty of highlight reel catches during his career, but never a game like the one he had Saturday in the 41-10 battering of Tennessee. Jones finished with a school-record 221 receiving yards and caught 12 passes. A couple of different times it looked like he was covered or wouldn't be able to get to the football, but he'd either stretch out to get it or turn on the jets and run under it. Jones averaged 18.4 yards per catch and showed why he's going to be a first-round selection.

ACC helmet stickers: Week 8

October, 23, 2010
Here are the top five performers in the ACC for Week 8:

Clemson. The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak to Georgia Tech with a 27-13 win. It was a total team effort, as the offensive line paved the way for running back Andre Ellington, and the defense held Georgia Tech’s running game to about 100 yards fewer than its average. Clemson preserved its own record for most rushing yards by a quarterback, holding Joshua Nesbitt to just 2 yards on 15 carries. Ellington rushed for a career-high 166 yards and two touchdowns.

Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor. He threw for 280 yards and tied a career-high with three touchdowns, and finished with 327 yards of total offense in a 44-7 romp of Duke. Said Duke coach David Cutcliffe: “I don’t see a college quarterback playing any better in the country. Period.”

Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien. A week after throwing three interceptions, O’Brien redeemed himself with three touchdowns and no interceptions, leading the Terps to a 24-21 win over Boston College. It was Maryland’s first road win since September, 2008. O’Brien completed 26 of 39 passes for 179 yards.

Miami defensive end Allen Bailey. He had 3.5 of Miami’s five sacks in the Hurricanes’ 33-10 win over UNC. He was double-teamed, but his strength was too much for the Tar Heels to hold back.

Miami's receivers. Coming into the game, Miami's receivers, running backs and tight ends had combined for over 30 drops. Against UNC's inexperienced secondary, three different receivers caught touchdown passes and helped quarterback Jacory Harris out. Six different players had at least two catches.

Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 8

October, 23, 2010
It's that time again.

Here are your best and brightest from Week 8 in the Big Ten.

Punters Brad Nortman and Aaron Bates: Did you think I'd resist the chance to give helmet stickers to punters? Ha! Both these guys are well deserving after their roles in huge fourth-quarter fakes that led to come-from-behind victories. Nortman stunned Iowa with a 17-yard run on fourth-and-4 deep in Wisconsin territory during the Badgers' 31-30 victory, and Bates hit Bennie Fowler with a 23-yard completion on fourth-and-11 in the Spartans' 35-27 come-from-behind win. Bates, who also passed for a touchdown on a fake field goal against Notre Dame, now has a passer rating of 475. Not bad.

Michigan State's receivers: Some of you scoffed when I ranked Michigan State's receivers and tight ends as the Big Ten's best group before the season. They showed why Saturday with a tremendous collective effort against Northwestern. Mark Dell and B.J. Cunningham combined for 17 receptions, 220 receiving yards and three touchdowns, while Keith Nichol had two huge catches on the game-winning drive. And who can forget redshirt freshman Bennie Fowler, the recipient of the "Mousetrap" who also had a 22-yard touchdown run.

Ohio State LB Andrew Sweat: The Buckeyes defense missed a big piece Saturday in senior linebacker Ross Homan (foot), but Sweat stepped up in a big way to fill the void in a 49-0 win over Purdue. Sweat led a suffocating defensive effort with eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. He shares the sticker with the rest of the defense, which held Purdue to nine first downs and just 118 total yards.

Illinois LB Martez Wilson: It has been a long, hard road for Wilson, but he's finally performing like the player we thought he'd be when he arrived in 2007. The junior led Illinois with 12 tackles, blocked a punt (one of two for Illinois) and recorded a pass breakup in a 43-13 win over Indiana. He shares the sticker with fellow defenders Patrick Nixon-Youman and Jonathan Brown, both of whom had interception returns for touchdowns.

Penn State RBs Evan Royster and Silas Redd: The Lions needed a lift from the run game after Rob Bolden went down with a head injury, and both Royster and Redd provided one. The senior and the freshman combined for 133 rush yards and a touchdown on only 19 carries in a 33-21 win over Minnesota. Receiver Derek Moye also came up big with touchdown catches of 42 and 9 yards.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 8

October, 23, 2010
B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida: Breaking out of a prolonged slump, Daniels completed 13 of 16 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for two scores in a 38-30 win at Cincinnati.

Tino Sunseri, QB, Pittsburgh: Continuing his improvement, Sunseri completed 21-of-27 for 307 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in a 41-21 win over Rutgers.

Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh: Baldwin broke out with five catches for 139 yards and a touchdown against Rutgers.

Doug Hogue, LB, Syracuse: Hogue had 10 tackles, half a sack and a pair of first-half interceptions to spearhead a tremendous team defensive effort in the Orange's 19-14 upset at West Virginia.

Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville: A helmet sticker staple, Powell didn't have his best day in a 26-0 win over UConn. But he had 105 yards on 27 carries and became the first Big East back to top 1,000 yards this season.