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Pac-12 helmet stickers: Week 9

October, 30, 2011
Who gets a helmet sticker for a job well done on week nine?

Chris Polk, Washington: The Huskies running back scored five touchdowns and became the first player in Washington history with 100 yards rushing and receiving in a single game. Polk had 34 carries for 144 yards and four TDs and he caught four passes for 100 yards with another score in Washington's 42-31 win over Arizona.

Eddie Pleasant, Oregon: The Ducks safety had six tackles, a sack and an interception in the 43-28 win over Washington State.

John White, Utah: The Utes running back ran for a career-high 205 yards on 35 carries with a TD in Utah's 27-8 win over Oregon State, the program's first in Pac-12 play.

Kevin Prince, UCLA: The UCLA quarterback only passed for 92 yards but he also rushed for 163 yards on 19 carries in the 31-14 win over California.

Andrew Luck, Stanford: The Cardinal QB completed 29-of-40 for 330 yards with three TDs and an interception in the 56-48 triple-overtime win over USC. He also rushed for 36 yards and a score.

Cameron Marshall, Arizona State: The Sun Devils running back rushed for 114 yards on 15 carries with three TDs in the 48-14 win over Colorado.

ACC helmet stickers: Week 9

October, 30, 2011
Here’s a look at your top performers for Week 9:

Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington: His 176 rushing yards in the 31-17 upset of Clemson was a school record for a quarterback. He had a 46-yard run in the second quarter and then topped that with a 56-yard run in the third quarter. He was the game’s leading rusher, averaged 6.5 yards per carry and scored one touchdown.

BC running back Rolandan Finch: He ran for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 28-17 road victory over Maryland. It was the first time the sophomore had cracked the 100-yard mark, and he had totaled 266 yards in the six previous games. Finch had 152 rushing yards at halftime and finished with a career-high 39 carries. He also had a team-best two catches for seven yards.

FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops: This was a tough call, because EJ Manuel played such an outstanding game, but NC State went nowhere against the Noles, including the end zone, in a 34-0 loss. Florida State’s defensive line pressured quarterback Mike Glennon all game and won the battle up front, and the Noles held NC State to 36 rushing yards, 7 of 16 third-down conversions and forced three turnovers.

UNC offensive coordinator John Shoop. The Tar Heels had a season-high 562 yards of total offense in the 49-24 win over Wake Forest, the most points the program has scored in seven years, according to the Associated Press. It was also the most points UNC has scored in an ACC game in a decade. Wake Forest had five turnovers, and UNC’s offense converted four of those into touchdowns. Quarterback Bryn Renner threw for a career-high 338 yards and three touchdowns, Giovani Bernard scored three touchdowns and had his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season and receiver Dwight Jones had six catches for 138 yards.

Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco. He threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns in the 28-21 win over Miami and helped Virginia snap a seven-game losing streak in ACC road games. He has now passed for over 200 yards three times this season, and his 78-yard touchdown pass to Perry Jones in the fourth quarter was the longest completion and touchdown pass of his career.
Let's decorate some hats on Halloween weekend. Time to recognize the best and brightest from around the Big Ten in Week 9:
  • Michigan RB Fitzgerald Toussaint: It's safe to say Michigan found its running back. Toussaint was brilliant in the Wolverines' runaway 36-14 win against Purdue, racking up 170 rush yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. His 59-yard scoring dash late in the third quarter was one of the best plays of the Big Ten season. Defensive tackle Mike Martin merits a mention after forcing a momentum-turning safety and two sacks.

  • Northwestern TE Drake Dunsmore: Dunsmore highlighted a banner day for Northwestern's offense with four touchdown catches on four consecutive possessions as the Wildcats crushed Indiana 59-38. Dunsmore finished the game with a team-high seven receptions for 112 yards. He shares the sticker with QB Dan Persa and QB/WR Kain Colter, who both were fabulous.
  • Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead: Burkhead showed against Michigan State why he's one of the most valuable players in the Big Ten. Nebraska fed No. 22 early and often, and Burkhead responded with 130 rush yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries in the 24-3 victory. He also had a 27-yard touchdown reception.
  • Penn State LB Gerald Hodges: The defenses dominated Saturday's game in Happy Valley, and no individual shined more than Hodges, an emerging star for Penn State. He recorded a career-high 19 tackles in the 10-7 win against Illinois and had a forced fumble, a sack and two pass breakups. Fellow defender Devon Still (3.5 tackles for loss, sack) merits a mention.
  • Ohio State QB Braxton Miller: The freshman continues to grow before our eyes, and he had his best games yet in the 33-29 upset of Wisconsin. Miller ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, and while he only passed for 89 yards, he threw the 40-yard game-winner with 20 seconds left. Special mention also goes to Buckeyes running back Dan Herron, who had 160 yards rushing on 33 carries.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 9

October, 30, 2011
Time to pass out a few helmet stickers as the countdown has now officially begun to next week’s SEC Super Bowl:

Georgia coach Mark Richt: A lot of teams would have unraveled after an 0-2 start to the season, especially when there were so many high expectations. But Richt’s leadership and quiet confidence have steered the Bulldogs back to the forefront of the Eastern Division race. All the negativity surrounding the program after that 0-2 start never made its way onto the team or inside the Bulldogs’ locker room, and that’s a credit to Richt and his entire staff.

Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia: Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said before the season that Jones would make a big impact on the Bulldogs’ defense, and the USC transfer has certainly delivered. The sophomore outside linebacker had four sacks in Georgia’s 24-20 win over Florida and also forced a fumble at the Gators’ 18-yard line in the third quarter that led to a game-tying touchdown. Jones’ final sack came on fourth down late in the game and all but finished the Gators.

Jerry Franklin, LB, Arkansas: His 94-yard fumble return for a touchdown turned the entire game around and spearheaded the Hogs’ come-from-behind 31-28 victory over Vanderbilt on the road. The Commodores had the ball at the Hogs’ 3-yard line and were about to take a two-touchdown lead early in the fourth quarter, but Franklin scooped up Zac Stacy’s fumble and raced 94 yards for a touchdown. The Hogs converted the two-point conversion and tied the game. Franklin also led Arkansas with 10 tackles, including 2.5 for loss.

Clint Moseley, QB, Auburn: It was rude welcome to the SEC as a starting quarterback last week for Moseley against LSU, but he came back with a vengeance in the Tigers’ 41-23 win over Ole Miss. Moseley threw the first four touchdown passes of his career, including a pair of scoring strikes to tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen. Moseley, who finished 12-of-15 for 160 yards and no interceptions, also connected with Emory Blake and Quindarius Carr on touchdown passes.

Ellis Johnson, South Carolina assistant head coach for the defense: OK, he’s got a long title, but his defense is carrying the Gamecocks right now. South Carolina beat Tennessee 14-3 on Saturday, the fifth consecutive game that the Gamecocks have held an opponent to 16 points or less. South Carolina held Tennessee to 186 total yards and intercepted two passes, one of those coming after the Vols had intercepted a pass and returned it to the Gamecocks’ 2-yard line. In three of their past five games, the Gamecocks have held opponents without a touchdown.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 9

October, 29, 2011
Here's our awards for the day's best performances. Couldn't narrow it down to very many individuals Saturday. I'll need a new shipment of helmet stickers after this week.

James Franklin, QB, Missouri: Franklin isn't a mean guy much, if ever, in real life. Texas A&M's defense might find that hard to believe. Franklin was being downright disagreeable and delivering some punishment to the artists formerly known as the Wrecking Crew in Saturday's win. He threw 198 yards and two scores and ran for 97 yards and two more touchdowns, highlighted by a 20-yard run littered with broken tackles. The Tigers got by the Aggies in overtime, 38-31, thanks to Franklin's second touchdown pass, and the sophomore got a nice midweek pep talk from former Tigers quarterback Chase Daniel.

Oklahoma State's defense: So what if it gave up more than 600 yards? These guys got it done. Believe it. OSU beat Baylor 59-24 and led 49-3 after three quarters, thanks to forcing five turnovers in Oklahoma State's territory. They picked off Robert Griffin III twice after the Bears quarterback had only thrown two picks in his previous six games. Believe what you read in the stat sheet at your own risk. Garbage time lies.

Iowa State's running game: Can't narrow this one down to one player, either. A week after Oklahoma struggled to run against Texas Tech (just 124 yards), the Cyclones rolled over Texas Tech for 368 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-7 win over Texas Tech. Just unbelievable. Jared Barnett's reinvigorated the team, and after this development, both teams are a bit of a scary matchup. James White and Duran Hollis both topped 100 yards.

Texas' defense: The Longhorns shut down the Jayhawks all night in this one, a dominant 43-0 shutout. With 7:30 remaining, the Jayhawks had just 18 yards of offense on 29 plays. The team finished with just 46 yards on 36 plays, and gained just three first downs compared to Texas' 34. Texas outrushed the Jayhawks 441 to -2. To borrow a phrase: U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no alibi.

Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: Jones enjoyed a record-breaking day in the Sooners huge 58-17 win over Kansas State. He completed 35 of 47 passes for 505 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions as the Sooners' outscored the Wildcats 35-0 in the second half. The 505 yards was a school record, breaking the record of 468 yards he shared with Sam Bradford. He also became Oklahoma's career leader with 90 touchdown passes. No offense had scored that many points on K-State since Colorado in 1989.

Big East helmet stickers

October, 29, 2011
How about a few helmet stickers for a job well done.

Shawne Alston, RB, West Virginia. Alston entered the game with a season-high of 49 rushing yards, but that changed in a 41-31 win over Rutgers. Alston notched his first ever 100-yard game, rushing for 110 yards on 14 carries and also had a career-long 52 yard touchdown run as the Mountaineers relied on him and their run game to win in the snow.

Preston Brown, LB, Louisville. Brown led the Cardinals with 1.5 sacks, and also had seven tackles in an impressive 27-10 win over Syracuse. Louisville had four total sacks on Ryan Nassib. Brown went into the game with no career sacks. He also has made six or more tackles in five straight games.

Tino Sunseri, QB, Pitt. Sunseri threw for two touchdowns and a career-high 419 yards in a 35-20 win over UConn on Wednesday night. The performance was much needed after two consecutive subpar efforts had many tossing criticism his way. But coach Todd Graham said before the game he was sticking with Sunseri as his starter, and that move paid off against the Huskies.

Notre Dame helmet stickers: Week 9

October, 29, 2011
A return to the win column means a return of more helmet stickers for all, as the Irish routed Navy 56-14.

Michael Floyd: The senior rebounded from a sub-par performance against USC, eclipsing the 100-yard mark in the first half and even adding the first rushing touchdown of his career, albeit on a pass play (that was officially ruled a lateral). Floyd finished with six catches for 121 yards and had a receiving touchdown as well.

Jonas Gray: Hard to believe the senior did not have a single career touchdown before Week 4 at Pitt. He scored in that game and in the four since, including a three-touchdown performance Saturday, which actually hurt his yards per carry average since they were all from short-range. Gray got the start and didn't disappoint, rushing for 69 yards on 12 carries.

Cierre Wood: We can't forget the junior, who bounced back from a rough showing against USC by going for 66 yards on 11 carries, scoring twice. The run game looked like it did in the four weeks before facing the Trojans, with lots of open space to work with.

Manti Te'o: On the first two drives alone, Te'o finished with seven tackles. His final tally was a game-high 13 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks. Who knew the junior linebacker — among the finalists for seemingly every national defensive award — had another level to take his game to?

Harrison Smith: His four tackles and one break-up don't make too big of a dent in the box score, but the fifth-year safety and lone season captain rallied the team in a drama-filled 48 hours leading up to the game. He keyed a defense that held Navy's rushing attack to more than 100 yards below what was third-best in the nation entering the game (325.14 yards per game).