NCF Nation: Helmet-stickers-103010

Pac-10 helmet stickers: Week 9

October, 31, 2010
Who deserves a sticker on his helmet for a job well done?

LaMichael James: The Oregon running back rushed for 239 yards on 36 carries with three TDs in the Ducks 53-32 win over USC. Guess here is he will continue to lead the nation in rushing next week.

Jacquizz Rodgers: The Oregon State running promised a big performance and delivered 119 yards on 22 carries with three TDs. He could have had a lot more if the Beavers hadn't led Cal 35-0 after three quarters. They won 35-7.

Matt Scott: Arizona's backup QB, making his second start for Nick Foles, completed 24 of 36 passes for a career-high 319 yards with a touchdown and an interception and rushed for another 71 yards on 12 carries in the Wildcats 29-21 win over UCLA.

Stanford's defense: The Cardinal held QB Jake Locker and the Huskies to just 107 total yards in a 41-0 shutout win in Husky Stadium, the Huskies first shutout home loss since 1976.

Kevin Frahm: The Oregon State DT posted two sacks and forced a fumble in the Beavers blowout win over Cal.

Steven Threet: The Arizona State QB completed 26-of-32 for 300 yards with three TDs and -- most important -- no interceptions in the Sun Devils 42-0 win over Washington State.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 9

October, 31, 2010
Roy Helu Jr., RB, Nebraska: Let's just give Helu like six of these. The senior running back had the best day of any other runner in college football this season, rolling for 307 yards on 28 carries, including three scores of 50 yards or longer in Nebraska's 31-17 win over Missouri. For a program known for running the ball, the significance of Helu's school record wasn't lost on anyone in Lincoln on Saturday.

Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma: For as good as Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon has been this year, Broyles is doing his best to make sure he stays a contender for the best receiver in the Big 12, and the country. With Blackmon sidelined on Saturday, Broyles caught nine passes for a school-record 208 yards and three touchdowns in Oklahoma's 43-10 win over Colorado.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M/Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M: Fuller caught 11 balls for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but Tannehill tossed all of them to the receiver, while making his first career start. Tannehill finished with a school-record 449 yards and four touchdowns -- again, in his first career start -- and helped the Aggies beat rival Texas Tech, 45-27.

Baylor Bears: What's to say about these guys yet again? Is this the first time an entire team has received a big box of helmet stickers for two consecutive weeks? Maybe so. The Bears put Oklahoma State and Oklahoma on notice on Saturday night with a 30-22 win over Texas in Austin: If you're going to win the Big 12 South, you'll have to beat Baylor. At 7-2 and 4-1 in conference play, guess who's still looking down on the other five teams in the division? Yep, still these guys.

Kendall Hunter/Joseph Randle, RBs, Oklahoma State: Without Blackmon, the Cowboys needed the running game to pick up some slack. Randle and Hunter answered the call, combining for 207 yards on 35 carries in Oklahoma State's 24-14 win over Kansas State.

Non-AQ Helmet stickers: Week 9

October, 31, 2010
Several late games involving the non-AQs are still ongoing but it is time to give out a few helmet stickers to the players who have already had big days:

North Texas RB Lance Dunbar. Ran for a season-high 215 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns in a 33-6 win over Western Kentucky. The game marked the debut of interim head coach Mike Canales, who took over for the fired Todd Dodge a little more than a week ago. Dunbar helped give the Mean Green their second win of the season, and first since beating FAU on Sept. 25.

Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish. Led Northern Illinois on a game-winning, 79-yard, seven-play drive with less than five minutes left in the game to give the Huskies a 28-21 win at Western Michigan. Harnish threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Willie Clark with 3:42 to play and led his team to its sixth straight victory, its longest winning streak since 2004. Harnish had three total touchdowns in the game. Western Michigan WR Jordan White had a career-high 14 catches for a career-high 180 yards in the loss.

SMU QB Kyle Padron. Threw for 354 yards and was the key in a 31-17 comeback win over Tulane. His 82 yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson broke a fourth-quarter tie. He also scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to close out the win. Robinson finished with 182 yards.

San Diego State WRs DeMarco Sampson and Vincent Brown. The two combined for 12 catches for 319 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-38 win over Wyoming. Each had more than 100 yards, and the two touchdowns belonged to Sampson. It was the first time since Sept. 27, 2008 that San Diego State had two receivers have more than 100 yards in the same game. San Diego State is bowl eligible for the first time since 1998.

ULM defense. The WarHawks beat Troy 28-14, holding the Trojans to their lowest point total in a Sun Belt Conference game since 2006 and breaking their 13-game league win streak. ULM held Troy to just 285 yards, and Jerrel Jernigan had just 92 all-purpose yards. He entered the game averaging 178.3 ypg.

New Mexico State WR Taveon Rogers. Talk about a game winner. Rogers caught an 8-yard touchdown with no time left to give New Mexico State a 29-27 win over San Jose State. Rogers was making his first start of the season and had 90 yards and two touchdowns.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 9

October, 31, 2010
Now that we’ve put the ninth week of the season in our rear-view mirror, it’s time to pass out the SEC helmet stickers:

Auburn cornerback Demond Washington: The Tigers’ pass defense has taken its lumps this season, but Washington had a key interception at the Auburn 2-yard line in the second quarter after Ole Miss had recovered a fumble deep in the Tigers’ territory. Washington, a 5-9, 182-pound senior, tied for second on the team with six tackles and broke the game open just before halftime with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Washington now has 806 yards in kickoff returns on the season, which is a new Auburn record.

Florida place-kicker Chas Henry: If anybody deserved something good to happen to him, it was the hard-luck Henry. After missing both of his field-goal attempts two weeks ago in a 10-7 loss to Mississippi State, Henry drilled the game-winner Saturday in overtime, a 37-yarder that lifted Florida to a 34-31 win over Georgia and kept the Gators alive in the Eastern Division race.

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett: Two weeks removed from suffering a concussion against Auburn, Mallett broke his own school record with 409 passing yards in the Hogs’ 49-14 victory over Vanderbilt. Mallett finished 27-of-44 and threw three touchdown passes. The Hogs scored 43 unanswered points after trailing 14-6 early.

Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz: His defense didn’t play up to his expectations, or anybody’s expectations, last week in a 29-24 win over UAB. But the Bulldogs came back Saturday and held Kentucky’s explosive offense to two touchdowns in a 24-17 victory, extending Mississippi State’s winning streak to six games. The Bulldogs forced four turnovers and have held four of their five SEC opponents this season to 17 points or less. Diaz has done a terrific job with this defense.

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore: Returning to full speed from a sprained ankle, Lattimore rushed for a career-high 184 yards in South Carolina’s 38-24 win over Tennessee. He also scored his 13th touchdown, which is tied for the fifth most by a freshman in SEC history. He’s three shy of the South Carolina single-season record.

Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 9

October, 31, 2010
It's time to recognize the best and the brightest from Week 9 in the Big Ten. Running backs carried the day on Saturday.

Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase: The redshirt freshman is growing up fast. Scheelhaase did it all for Illinois in a 44-10 win over Purdue, completing 16 of 20 passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He added 118 rush yards on 21 carries. Scheelhaase posted career highs in five categories: total offense (313 yards), touchdown passes, rush yards, completion percentage (80 percent) and quarterback rating (227.9).

Penn State RB Evan Royster and QB Matt McGloin: Penn State fans expected a lot from one and not much from the other, but they both stepped up as the Nittany Lions' offense surged against Michigan in a 41-31 victory. Royster became Penn State's all-time leading rusher and recorded his second 100-yard rushing performance of the season, racking up 150 rush yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 29 carries. McGloin was brilliant in his first career start at quarterback, completing 17 of 28 passes for 250 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He's a confident kid and he showed it.

Iowa RB Adam Robinson: He didn't have the flashy play like Tyler Sash or the big numbers like Ricky Stanzi, but Robinson looked like the most impressive player on the field for much of Saturday's 37-6 blowout win against No. 5 Michigan State. He rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown, recorded his first career touchdown reception and made a huge block to spring Stanzi on a 26-yard run. Robinson showed incredible toughness in taking on contact all game.

Northwestern RB Mike Trumpy: The redshirt freshman became the first Northwestern player to eclipse 100 rushing yards since Tyrell Sutton in the 2008 Alamo Bowl, a span of 21 games. Trumpy recorded career highs in rushing (110 yards), receiving (54 yards) and all-purpose yards (164) in Northwestern's 20-17 win at Indiana. The Wildcats might have finally found an answer in the backfield.

Ohio State CB Chimdi Chekwa: The Buckeyes had plenty of offensive stars Saturday night in a 52-10 win over Minnesota, but I'm going to give some love to a defensive guy. Chekwa recorded his third interception of the season in the second quarter and also recorded a sack and a forced fumble that teammate John Simon recovered and returned for a touchdown. He shares the sticker with running back Dan Herron, quarterback Terrelle Pryor and receiver DeVier Posey.

ACC helmet stickers: Week 9

October, 30, 2010
Here are the ACC’s top five performers for Week 9:

Boston College running back Montel Harris: He was named the team’s MVP of the game after rushing 36 times for 142 yards in the 16-10 win over Clemson. He also caught a 36-yard touchdown pass that put BC up 13-10. It was his 18th game with at least 100 yards rushing.

Virginia: The entire team -- starting with coach Mike London -- deserves a sticker for its 24-19 upset of No. 22 Miami. London earned his first career ACC win, and has now led the team to back-to-back wins. Virginia’s secondary, which had five interceptions the entire season, doubled that in one afternoon. Chase Minnifield and Corey Mosley each had two of those takeaways, and quarterback Marc Verica completed 19-of-27 for 176 yards 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He converted two big third downs to help run clock out and secure the win.

NC State quarterback Russell Wilson: He threw the game-winning touchdown pass to tight end George Bryan with 2:40 left in a 28-24 upset of Florida State on Thursday. Wilson threw for 178 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for three more touchdowns.

Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien: He threw a career-high four touchdown passes in the Terps’ 62-14 romp of Wake Forest. O'Brien completed 13 of 20 passes for 168 yards before taking a seat in the third quarter. He has seven touchdown passes in his past two games, leading the Terps to bowl eligibility.

Duke quarterback Sean Renfree: He completed 28 of 30 pass attempts for 314 yards and a touchdown, and ran for two more scores in the Blue Devils’ 34-31 win over Navy. It was a school record for single game completion percentage, and he equaled a school record with 16 straight completions.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 9

October, 30, 2010
Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut: Moore had 17 tackles, three of them for loss, and two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in the Huskies' 16-13 overtime victory over West Virginia.

Derrell Smith, LB, Syracuse: Smith had a 60-yard interception return and a fumble recovery in the Orange's 31-7 win at Cincinnati.

Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh: Sheard had two forced fumbles and two sacks in the Panthers' 20-3 win over Louisville.

Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse: Carter ran 19 times for 109 yards in the Orange victory.

Doug Marrone, head coach, Syracuse: Marrone is loathe to accept much congratulation right now lest his team lose focus. But he and his staff deserve recognition for getting the Orange to six wins and assuring the team's first non-losing season since 2004.