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Recognizing the best and brightest from Week 11 in the Big Ten:
  • Wisconsin RB Montee Ball: Who says says the Badgers' star is having a down year? Ball now needs just one more touchdown to tie the NCAA career record of 78 after he gashed Indiana for 198 yards and three scores on 27 carries. Ball was the biggest part of a school-record 564-yard rushing effort by the Badgers. James White (14 carries for 161 yards and two scores), Melvin Gordon (8 carries, 96 yards and a touchd0wn) also got in on the fun.
  • Purdue QB Robert Marve: Marve has had an up-and-down career marred by knee injuries, but Saturday's 27-24 win at Iowa has to be one of his finest moments. The senior completed 25 of 33 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns, and he set up the game-winning kick with a 17-yard run and a 20-yard pass completion in the final 30 seconds. Thanks to their quarterback's heroics, the Boilermakers remain alive for a bowl this year.
  • Michigan WR Roy Roundtree: The senior's 53-yard catch off a tipped ball in the final seconds against Northwestern is a candidate for one of the plays of the year in college football. If that's all Roundtree did, he'd still deserve a sticker for saving the Wolverines' bacon and helping his team pull out an incredible 38-31 overtime victory. But Roundtree had a solid all-around day, finishing with five catches for 139 yards.
  • Minnesota RB Donnell Kirkwood: There wasn't much offense Saturday in Champaign, but Kirkwood provided much of it for a Gophers team that needed its top running back to be at his best. Kirkwood racked up a career-high 152 rush yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries to lift Minnesota past Illinois. After failing to rush for a touchdown in Minnesota's first five Big Ten games, he twice reached the end zone, including the clincher from 12 yards out with 1:34 left. Kirkwood is the first Gophers running back to eclipse 700 yards in a season since Amir Pinnix ran for 1,272 yards in 2006.
  • Nebraska S Daimion Stafford: The Huskers once again needed the Blackshirts to step up in the second half, and Stafford came through with an interception of Matt McGloin early in the third quarter. Stafford's pick set up Nebraska's game-tying touchdown, as the Huskers quickly erased a 14-point halftime deficit and went on to win 32-23. He also recovered the controversial fumble by Penn State's Matt Lehman in the end zone in the fourth quarter. Stafford finished with eight tackles.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 11

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Time to hand out a few helmet stickers for a job well done across the Big 12 (and perhaps elsewhere) in Week 11:

David Ash, QB, Texas: Ash is back. His status as a starter was in doubt after a benching at Kansas. On Saturday, he completed his first 11 passes in a 33-7 victory over a good Iowa State team and was 25-of-31 passing for 364 yards and two touchdowns. He also made UT's opening play out of the wishbone work perfectly, hitting Greg Daniels for a 47-yard pass on a trick play.

Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech: Doege rebounded well from consecutive losses to Kansas State and last week's painful loss to Texas. In his final home game as a Red Raider, the West Texas native made it a memorable one, beating Kansas 41-34 in overtime and accounting for 476 yards on 45-of-59 passing with three scores. He also caught a 29-yard pass on a trick play in the second half.

Clint Chelf, QB, Oklahoma State: Now that's how you make your first career start. The Enid, Okla. native completed 22-of-31 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns to get his train out of the station and rolling into bowl eligibility with a 55-34 win over West Virginia. Chelf was dealing and three of his touchdown passes were from 20 yards or longer.

Damien Williams, RB, Oklahoma: No huge standouts for the Sooners on offense, but Williams returned from his ankle injury and looked to be at full strength, playing like the work horse Oklahoma needs in Saturday's 42-34 win over Baylor. He carried the ball 23 times for 99 yards and a pair of touchdowns and also caught two passes for 23 yards.

Meshak Williams, DE, Kansas State: The Wildcats' whirling dervish was incredibly disruptive all night in K-State's 23-10 win over TCU for a defense that wasn't all that far from pitching a shutout. He finished with a team-high seven tackles, two sacks for a loss of 24 yards and three tackles for loss. A big night for a fantastic defense in Manhattan.

And a very special shoutout to:

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: The Big 12 exes knocked off No. 1 Alabama 29-24 to help make Kansas State's path to the BCS title game a little bit clearer with an upset in Tuscaloosa. Johnny Football led the way with 253 yards passing, 93 yards rushing and four total touchdowns. Kansas State sends the Aggies a thank-you note. Collin Klein might be able to hand it off in person at the Heisman ceremony next month.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 11

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Here are the players who stood out the most during Week 11 in the Big East.

Sio Moore, LB, UConn: Six tackles, three for loss -- including two sacks -- and one hurry. Moore had two pass break-ups, too, as the Huskies notched their first win in more than a month and their first Big East win of the season. Special recognition here for Chandler Whitmer, too, who delivered a strong performance in completing 19 of 25 passes for 213 yards.

Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers: What more can you say about the reigning Big East defensive player of the year? He was probably the front-runner to repeat before Saturday, and he definitely is now after his 22-tackle performance in a 28-7 win against Army. He forced a fumble in the red zone, too.

Alec Lemon, WR, Syracuse: Lemon constantly got open Saturday, burning Louisville's secondary and playing the biggest role in the Orange's rout of the Cardinals. Lemon finished with 176 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches. Special recognition here for Ryan Nassib (15 of 23, 246 yards, 3 TDs) and Jerome Smith (144 rushing yards) as well, as Syracuse was brilliant offensively and did not turn the ball over.

Brendon Kay, QB, Cincinnati: Coach Butch Jones waited until game day to name Kay his starter, and the fifth-year senior did not disappoint. Kay completed 13 of 21 passes for 244 yards and threw touchdown passes of 75 and 65 yards, leading the Bearcats to a 34-10 rout of Temple. Kay added 71 rushing yards on seven carries as well.

Notre Dame helmet stickers: Week 11

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Here are the guys who stood out the most in Notre Dame's 10th win of the season:

Everett Golson, QB: The first-year starter continued his ascent Saturday, methodically picking BC's defense apart. He finished the night 16 of 24 for 200 yards and two touchdowns, and he added 39 yards and another score on 11 carries. No turnovers and a 3-for-3 performance in the red zone, too.

Theo Riddick, RB: Fumble aside, the senior delivered for the Irish, both on the ground and through the air. Riddick finished with 104 yards rushing on 18 carries and hauled in four passes for 56 yards.

Prince Shembo, LB: Shembo has been overshadowed by Manti Te'o and Stephon Tuitt, but he is having himself one heck of a season. He finished Saturday with three sacks and four tackles for loss in all, recovering a fumble as well.

Bennett Jackson, CB: He's probably kicking himself for dropping what looked like a pick-six in the first half, but he had a great game nonetheless. The junior finished with a team-high eight tackles, including one for loss, and he had two break-ups as well.

Pac-12 helmet stickers

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So, that was sort of an exciting Saturday.
  • Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona: Posting the ninth-best rushing total in FBS history probably gets you a helmet sticker. Carey rushed for a Pac-12 record 366 yards and five touchdowns in the win over Colorado, averaging 14.6 yards on his 25 carries.
  • Curtis McNeal, RB, USC: Rushed 31 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a 22-yard touchdown in USC's win over Arizona State.
  • Lamar Dawson, LB, USC: The linebacker helped pace a USC defense that forced four turnovers and limited the Sun Devils to 17 points and 250 total yards. He tallied a team-high 11 tackles and also had an interception.
  • Keith Price, QB, Washington: He accounted for three touchdowns in leading the Huskies past visiting Utah. Price, who completed 24 of 33 passes for 277 yards, had a pair of touchdown passes and also ran for a third.
  • Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: The accolades continue as Mariota matched an Oregon record by throwing six touchdowns. He completed 27 of 34 passes for 377 yards. He also carried six times for 42 yards.
  • Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA: To go with his eight tackles (including three for a loss) and 2.5 sacks, he also tallied a safety.
  • Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford: On 19 carries, Taylor rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the third straight season. He also had a 40-yard touchdown reception -- a dump pass that he turned into what head coach David Shaw called one of the finest plays of his career.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 11

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Now that Week 11 in the SEC is over with, it's time to take a look back the top performers from the weekend:

James Franklin, QB, Missouri: After a very subpar start to his SEC career, Franklin kept the Tigers' bowl hopes alive with his best performance of the year. He finished Mizzou's 51-48 four-overtime victory over Tennessee with 226 passing yards and four touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns came in overtime -- all of the Tigers' TDs in the extra sessions. He also tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Dorial Green-Beckham with 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game into OT.

Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt: When the Commodores needed big plays in their 27-26 comeback win over Ole Miss, Matthews was there. He was quarterback Jordan Rodgers' favorite target Saturday night, as he caught a game-high nine passes for 153 yards and a touchdown. His 52-yard touchdown reception early in the third quarter gave the Commodores some nice offensive momentum and helped fuel the 21-3 run that stole victory away from the bowl-hungry Rebels. The Commodores are now bowl-eligible for the second consecutive year.

Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU: We all wondered what Mettenberger would look like after such a good outing against Alabama. He didn't seem to miss a beat in the Tigers' 37-17 win over Mississippi State. He completed 19 of his 30 pass attempts for 273 yards and a two touchdowns. He came up with some big passes Saturday night, getting 12 of LSU's 22 first downs through the air and avearging 9.1 yards per pass. And for the second straight game, he didn't turn the ball over

D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina: He was all over the place for the Gamecocks on Saturday. Swearinger finished South Carolina's 38-20 win over Arkansas with a game-high 13 tackles (10 solo), including one for loss. He also got on the scoreboard by returning an interception 69 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter to give the Gamecocks a 31-10 lead.

Texas A&M's defense: All season, the Aggies' offense has received most of the attention. But it was Texas A&M's defense that really stepped up Saturday. Johnny Manziel and his high-flying offensive friends did their job inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, but without some clutch plays from the defense, the Aggies probably don't leave Tuscaloosa, Ala., with the 29-24 upset of the top-ranked Crimson Tide. Texas A&M's defense forced three turnovers, including two interceptions after quarterback AJ McCarron entered the weekend with none on the season. The defense contained the running game in the second half, put a healthy amount of pressure on McCarron and came up with the play of the night when cornerback Deshazor Everett picked off McCarron at the goal line with 1 minute, 36 remaining in the fourth.

ACC helmet stickers: Week 11

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Here are your top five performers from Week 11:

Florida State receiver Rashad Greene: He caught six passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in a 28-22 victory at Virginia Tech on Thursday night. With 40 seconds to play, Greene took a slant pass from EJ Manuel 39 yards for a touchdown. It was Greene's best game of the season. It marked the second time in his career he has caught two touchdowns in a game; it was also his first 100-yard receiving game of the season and just the second of his career.

Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco: In his first start since the Louisiana Tech game Sept. 29, Rocco had a career-high four touchdown passes and completed a school-record 18 consecutive pass attempts in a come-from-behind 41-40 win over Miami. His 10-yard touchdown pass to Jake McGee with 6 seconds remaining sealed the win. He completed 29 of 37 touchdown passes for 300 yards and no interceptions.

Miami running back Duke Johnson: His 368 all-purpose yards was one of the most impressive performances in the conference, despite the loss. Johnson threw an 8-yard touchdown pass, giving him at least one score passing, rushing, receiving and off a kick return this season. Johnson set a personal best with 150 yards on 16 carries. With his all-purpose total, he surpassed Edgerrin James, Graig Cooper, Chuck Forman, Santana Moss and Lamar Miller for all-purpose yards in a season. He now has 1,688 total yards on the season. Willis McGahee holds the UM record with 2,108 in a season.

Georgia Tech's offense: Wow. The Jackets beat North Carolina 68-50 in what was the program's most points ever scored in an ACC game. Georgia Tech scored 40 points in the second half, and 30 in the third quarter. Georgia Tech's seven rushing touchdowns tied for the program's most in an ACC game, and the Jackets finished with 588 yards of total offense and 380 rushing yards. Five different players ran for a touchdown -- also the most in an ACC game.

NC State coach Tom O'Brien: He took a lot of heat after last week's loss to Virginia, but with the 37-6 victory over Wake Forest, O'Brien is now 8-1 at Carter-Finley against in-state opponents, and the Wolfpack is now bowl-eligible for the third consecutive season and four of the past five under O'Brien. He told his team they were "at a fork in the road" and could "either go to a bowl game or go the other direction." His team answered his challenge and now has some momentum and confidence heading into Death Valley.

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