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ACC helmet stickers: Week 10

November, 4, 2012
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How about a few helmet stickers for a job well done:

Virginia defense: What a performance from the Hoos. Virginia forced five turnovers, had seven sacks, a safety and held NC State to a season-low 216 total yards in a surprising 33-6 victory. Those numbers are even more impressive when you realize that Virginia went into the game with only six total sacks and four total takeaways in eight previous games. Virginia has now held three straight opponents to 235 yards of total offense or less. Maurice Canady, making his first career start, led the team with seven tackles and also had an interception.

Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest. Campanaro was virtually unstoppable in a 28-14 win over Boston College, tying an ACC single-game record with 16 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns. Campanaro became the fifth player nationally with 16 or more catches this season but the first to do it in a win. All three of his scores came in the first half as Campanaro became the eighth player in school history to catch three touchdown passes. It is safe to say his broken hand is doing much, much better.

Duke Johnson, Miami. Johnson compiled 217 all-purpose yards in Miami's definitive 30-12 win over Virginia Tech on Thursday night. Johnson recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season, and ran for a 7-yard score in the fourth quarter. He had 118 kick return yards -- and his 81-yard kickoff return earlier in the game set up another Hurricanes score.

Georgia Tech linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu. He sacked quarterback Shawn Petty on the first play of the game, and had his first fumble recovery of the season in a 33-13 win. Early in the second quarter, Attaochu recovered the loose ball at the Maryland 33, and it led to a touchdown for the Jackets on their next possession. He finished the game with six tackles and three sacks for a loss of 24 yards. He also had a forced fumble. Attaochu and the Jackets limited the Terps to just 259 yards of total offense, just 5-of-15 on third-down conversions and turned them over twice. His fumble recovery gave Tech a short field, which it converted into a TD for a 13-0 lead in the first quarter. The 13 points allowed by Tech were the fewest in an ACC road game since 2009 (49-10 win at Duke).

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd: He didn't need a full four quarters to have another record-setting day in a 56-20 drubbing of Duke. Boyd tied the Clemson single-game record for touchdown responsibility in the first half with his five touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown. His 388 yards of total offense was a school record for a half. Boyd also broke the Clemson career record for touchdown responsibility when he threw a 58-yard scoring pass to DeAndre Hopkins in the first period. His 74 rushing yards in the first half was a career high.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 10

November, 4, 2012
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Now that we are through Week 10, it's time to take a look at the weekend's top performers:

Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas: It was another big afternoon for the Razorbacks' top wide receiver. He caught 11 passes for 177 yards in Arkansas' 19-15 victory over Tulsa. Hamilton finished the game with 69 receptions on the season, which broke Jarius Wright's single-season school receptions record of 66, set a year ago. He moved into second on Arkansas' single-season receiving yards list (1,077; record is 1,117 by Wright in 2011). It was also Hamilton's fourth game this season with 10 or more catches and second in a row. He helped set up Dennis Johnson's winning 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter with back-to-back catches of 41 yards and 14 yards.

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Real shocker to find Johnny Football back on this list. He hurt Mississippi State running and throwing in the Aggies' blowout 38-13 win in Starkville, Miss. He completed 30 of his 36 pass attempts for 311 yards and ran the ball 21 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He really sucked the life out of the Bulldogs' defense early in the second quarter when he zigged and zagged his way through the defense for a 37-yard touchdown run that put the Aggies up 21-0.

Tre Mason, RB, Auburn: In Auburn's second victory of the season, Mason had his best game as a Tiger, recording a career-high 152 yards and a touchdown in the 42-7 romp over New Mexico State. He averaged 6.9 yards per carry along the way. The Tigers desperately needed some sort offensive spark, and Mason's play definitely helped. He had a long of 40 yards, but did most of his damage with very physical runs against the Aggies defense.

AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama: He certainly didn't have his best game -- until the very end. After completing just 1 of 7 second-half passes before the Tide's final drive against LSU, McCarron stepped up and showed some mettle by hitting four of his final five pass attempts, including a 28-yard screen pass to running back T.J. Yeldon that delivered the 21-17 victory. McCarron stood tall on the biggest drive of his career and kept the Tide on its path to not just the SEC title but the national title.

Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia: A week after having a dreadful performance in the Bulldogs' victory over Florida, Murray was stellar in the 37-10 win over Ole Miss. He hit on 21 of his 28 passes for 384 yards. Three of his four touchdowns went for 40 or more yards, including a 66-yard strike to Marlon Brown on a perfectly executed play-action fake to give the Bulldogs their first points of the game. The Murray we all saw last week was nowhere near Sanford Stadium on Saturday.

Notre Dame helmet stickers: Week 10

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Here's who stood out the most in the Irish's triple-overtime win:

Everett Golson, QB: Golson was removed from a home game, the way he has been in every single home game he has started so far. But he responded to it well, finishing the game 23-of-42 for 227 yards with two touchdowns and one pick. He added 74 rushing yards on 15 carries, including the game-winning 1-yard plunge in the Irish's 29-26 triple overtime victory against Pitt. His ability to bounce-back from what appeared to be a fateful interception in the end zone with less than 4 minutes remaining says a lot about him.

DaVaris Daniels, WR: Daniels also had arguably the biggest game of his young career, catching seven passes for 86 yards, none bigger than his 45-yard catch late to set up the game-tying touchdown.

Stephon Tuitt, DE: The Irish sacked Tino Sunseri five times Saturday, with Tuitt accounting for 1.5 of them. The sophomore has 10 sacks on the season, and he added a hurry and six total tackles Saturday.
Recognizing the best and the brightest from around the Big Ten in Week 10:
  • Michigan QB Devin Gardner: After playing wide receiver for most of the season, Gardner moved back to his original position to replace the injured Denard Robinson at Minnesota. He had a rough first quarter that included an interception, but settled down nicely after keeping a play alive and firing a 45-yard touchdown strike to Drew Dileo. Michigan had failed to score a touchdown in nine quarters, but Gardner led consecutive touchdown drives of 91 and 90 yards in the first half. He finished the game 12-for-18 passing for 234 yards and two touchdowns, adding 21 rush yards and a touchdown in the 35-13 victory. Gardner showed that Michigan can win -- and score points -- without Robinson on the field. He also got a lot of help from receivers like Dileo, Jeremy Gallon and Roy Roundtree.
  • Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez: It's very rare when a quarterback with three interceptions gets any sort of recognition here, but Martinez is an unusual player who can go from goat to hero in the blink of an eye. When Nebraska needed the junior Saturday at Michigan State, he stepped up in the clutch and led the Huskers to a come-from-behind 28-24 win that might seal the Legends division. Martinez completed just 16 of 36 passes for 160 yards with two touchdowns and the three picks, but he added 205 rush yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, including a 35-yard score in the fourth quarter. He made a great throw to Jamal Turner for the game-winning touchdown with six seconds to go.
  • Indiana WR Cody Latimer and Indiana QB Cameron Coffman: The Hoosiers had just enough offense against Iowa, and the Coffman-Latimer connection was the biggest reason why. Latimer had an enormous game in a 24-21 win, snagging seven catches for 113 yards and three touchdowns. His 30-yard scoring grab in the fourth quarter gave Indiana a lead it would never relinquish. Latimer is quickly establishing himself as one of the Big Ten's top wideouts. Coffman also stepped up after a rough game at Illinois, completing 21 of 33 passes for 315 yards with the three touchdowns to Latimer and no interceptions.
  • Penn State LB Gerald Hodges: After flying under the radar during non-league play, Hodges has taken his game to the next level in the Big Ten season. He was brilliant in Saturday's 34-9 win against Purdue, recording team highs in both tackles (8) and tackles for loss (3) as Penn State nearly kept Purdue out of the end zone and held the Boilers to 87 rush yards. Hodges added a pass breakup. Hodges has recorded at least eight tackles in four of five Big Ten games. Lions QB Matt McGloin and WR Brandon Moseby-Felder also merit mentions here.
  • Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde: Braxton Miller gets most of the hype, but Hyde has been a terrific complement in the Buckeyes backfield. Hyde abused Illinois' defense Saturday for 137 rush yards and three touchdowns on only 18 carries, an average of 7.6 yards per attempt in the 52-22 victory. He has eclipsed 135 rush yards in three of his past five games and has scored multiple touchdowns in five of 10 games this season. Hyde leads the Big Ten in both touchdowns (14) and scoring (10.5 ppg).

Pac-12 helmet stickers: Week 10

November, 4, 2012
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Pretty epic weekend in the Pac-12, so there are plenty of stickers to go around (and a few more who would probably be honored any other week). We’re only supposed to do five or six each week, but sometimes you just have to give a little more love. (Shhh, don't tell Ted).
  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington: Teammate Bishop Sankey could get the nod here also -- but Seferian-Jenkins’ gutty performance on bum ankle was pretty darn impressive. He caught eight balls for 152 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 21-13 win at California.
  • Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: All he did was have more rushing yards in a game than any other running back in Oregon history. And he did it in the biggest game of the year to date. Barner finished with 321 yards and five touchdowns on 38 carries in the 62-51 victory over USC. Huh, so that’s what it looks like when he plays four quarters. I've had him at No. 2 on my Heisman ballot the past three weeks. Guess who’s moving up to No. 1?
  • Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: Poise, pure and simple. In the toughest test of his budding career, Mariota was a sterling 20-of-23 for 304 yards with four touchdown passes and 96 yards on the ground. Oh yeah, no interceptions.
  • Reggie Dunn, KR, Utah: He did it again, returning yet another kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, this time in Utah's 49-6 win over Washington State. It’s his third in two weeks -- which as of this posting is believed to be an NCAA record. The four for his career is an NCAA record.
  • Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford: He injected some life into a middling Cardinal offense by completing 18 of 23 passes for two touchdowns with no interceptions. He was also Stanford’s leading rusher with seven carries for 48 yards in the 48-0 victory at Colorado.
  • Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: Kudos go out to his quarterback, Brett Hundley, but Franklin gets the nod in this game for becoming UCLA’s all-time leading rusher. He carried 24 times for 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 66-10 rout of Arizona.
  • UCLA’s defense: First, cool seeing defensive coordinator Lou Spanos with eye black smeared across his face like war paint. Second, you hold that offense to 257 yards, and you earn a helmet sticker as a unit.
  • Sean Martin, CB, Oregon State: I know Cody Vaz or Terron Ward probably deserve stickers also, but was anyone else really impressed with the way Martin filled in for the injured Jordan Poyer? Looked like he was beaten on that long pass to Richard Smith at the end of the game, but he stuck with the play and ripped it loose. Six tackles (three solo) and a pass breakup is a pretty nice substitute for one of the best defensive players in the conference.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 10

November, 4, 2012
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Time to hand out a few helmet stickers for a job well done.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. Is it getting old seeing Bridgewater listed in this space again? Bridgewater was outstanding once again in a 45-17 win over Temple, going 19-of-28 for 324 yards with a career-high five touchdown passes. Facing a 17-all tie in the second quarter, Louisville scored four straight touchdowns to end the game. Bridgewater accounted for three of them, and was pulled in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach. He now has surpassed his touchdown passes total from a year ago, with 18 and counting. He had 14 last season.

Ray Graham, RB, Pitt. You guys know I very rarely hand out helmet stickers in a loss. But I am making an exception for Graham, who had his best game of the season in a heartbreaking 29-26 triple-overtime loss to Notre Dame. Graham ran for 172 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, and added six catches for 25 yards in a performance that was the biggest reason why the Panthers had a chance to pull the upset. Graham was available to play in the game despite being charged with assault earlier in the week.

George Winn, RB, Cincinnati. Winn was outstanding in a 35-24 win over Syracuse. He set career highs for carries (30), rushing yards (165) and rushing touchdowns (three), and also threw the first touchdown of his career. Winn is the first Bearcat since Isaiah Pead to record at least three rushing touchdowns in a game (Rutgers, 2010). The performance also marked Winn’s fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season. He has run for at least 75 yards in nine consecutive games.

USF defense. Give it up for the much-maligned Bulls defense, a particular target of criticism during the Bulls' six-game losing streak for its inability to hold a lead. Well, they held a fourth-quarter lead in a big way against UConn, preserving a 13-6 victory with some key plays down the stretch. USF had three takeaways and its first two interceptions of the season. Both came in the fourth quarter: the first by Jon Lejiste and the second by defensive tackle Elkino Watson to preserve the win. USF also had four sacks and got a strong performance from true freshman linebacker Tashon Whitehurst, who had team-high eight tackles, a sack, hurry and fumble recovery.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 10

November, 4, 2012
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Time to hand out some hardware for a job well done in the Big 12 on Saturday. Your stickers are in the mail, boys.

Gary Patterson, coach, TCU: Hey, the players are the ones who do it on the field, but Patterson went with a pair of gutsy gambles in double overtime to help the Frogs rally for a 39-38 victory at West Virginia. TCU got a touchdown on a reverse pass from Brandon Carter to Corey Fuller, and got the two-point conversion on a rollout play that was a mirror of the play that beat Boise State last season. Patterson doesn't necessarily call those plays, but he had the guts to sign off on them. Few other coaches would. Those were game-changing decisions and now TCU is bowl-eligible, despite a mountain of losses.

Allen Chapman, CB, Kansas State: What a night for the senior cornerback. He got it off to a great start when he returned his first interception 29 yards for a touchdown late in the first half of Kansas State's 44-30 win over Oklahoma State. He picked off another late on a play in which Cowboys quarterback Wes Lunt suffered an apparent head injury, and his final pick of the night sealed the game for the Wildcats and allowed the K-State faithful to breathe a sigh of relief when he came up with the ball in the end zone on a Clint Chelf toss that would have made the game very, very interesting. He finished with five tackles, three picks and two pass breakups. My hat is off, sir.

Brennan Clay, RB, Oklahoma: Landry Jones is a strong candidate here, but I'm going with Clay because of Jones' two interceptions in the second quarter. Clay's previous career high was just 64 yards rushing, but with injuries to the Sooners' backs, Clay came up big in relief of Damien Williams. He carried the ball 24 times for 157 yards and broke an impressive 18-yard touchdown run for his only score of the day as Oklahoma beat Iowa State 35-20. He also caught a pair of passes for 12 yards.

Mike Davis, WR, Texas: "Magic Mike" was money on Saturday for the Horns. He only caught four passes, but he made 'em count in the Longhorns' 31-22 win over Texas Tech. He caught touchdowns of 75 and 25 yards from David Ash and finished with four grabs for 165 yards. The Horns needed some explosiveness on offense. Davis provided it.

Baylor's offensive line: Can't hand it to just one guy here, but the big uglies up front got it done against the Jayhawks. Baylor's Nick Florence wasn't sacked and threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns in a much-needed, turnover-free performance. Meanwhile, running backs Glasco Martin and Lache Seastrunk combined for 260 yards on just 28 carries, an average of 9.3 yards a carry, in the 41-14 romp. Big time.

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