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SEC helmet stickers: Week 11

November, 14, 2010
The spotlight in the SEC shifted back to the field on Saturday, and there were some memorable performances.

With that, we hand out the helmet stickers for Week 11 in the SEC:

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier: The Head Ball Coach is going back to the SEC championship game … with his second different team. South Carolina locked up the Eastern Division championship with a 36-14 victory over Florida at the Swamp. It’s the same place where Spurrier had one memorable moment after another during the 1990s. This one will no doubt rate right up there. The Gamecocks played extremely well in the game, but Spurrier also thoroughly outcoached his counterpart, Florida’s Urban Meyer. It was just like old times. Only Spurrier was on the other sideline

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore: The more Lattimore delivers in big games, the more you rack your brain trying to think of the last time a true freshman running back has come into the league and been this good. He carried the ball 40 times and rushed for 212 yards and scored three touchdowns. When he’s on, so are the Gamecocks. Go back and look. In those games where he’s made it through all four quarters and they’ve given him the football, South Carolina has been as good as anybody. And like Spurrier said after Saturday’s game, when you have players like Marcus Lattimore on your team, you always have a chance.

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton: No matter what Newton did or didn’t do, knew or didn’t know, imagine being in his shoes this last week. He probably was looking forward to just getting back onto the field again and played like he was on a mission. Newton passed for two touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns in Auburn’s 49-31 win over Georgia to clinch the Western Division championship. He carried the ball 30 times for 151 rushing yards and was 12-of-15 passing. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett: Playing what was likely his final game in Razorback Stadium, Mallett made it one to remember. He tied the school record for touchdown responsibility with six, including five touchdown passes and one touchdown run, as Arkansas routed UTEP 58-21. Mallett threw touchdown passes to four different players and now has 24 on the season. The Hogs, who’ve won four straight games, have averaged 46.5 points during their winning streak.

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray: He’s made two career starts for the Vols, and they’re digging through the record books every time he steps onto the field now. Bray threw three more touchdown passes in the 52-14 win over Ole Miss on Saturday, giving him eight in his past two games. The true freshman from Kingsburg, Calif., became the first player in Tennessee history to throw five touchdowns in a half last week against Memphis. In throwing for 323 yards against the Rebels, Bray became the first quarterback in Tennessee history to throw for 300 yards in his first two career starts. It's safe to say that he's off to a good start.

Pac-10 helmet stickers: Week 11

November, 14, 2010
Who deserves a sticker on his helmet for a job well done?

Washington State: Cougars, you not only ended a 16-game Pac-10 losing streak, you did it with style in a 31-14 win at Oregon State. You didn't just sneak away with a win; you dominated.

Cliff Harris: The Oregon cornerback returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown in the 15-13 win over California. It was his fourth punt return for a TD this year.

Marc Tyler: The USC running back rushed 31 times for 160 yards and scored a TD in the Trojans 24-21 win at Arizona.

Derrick Hill: The talented but oft-injured California nose tackle only had three tackles against Oregon, but he made the most of them. Two came for a loss, one was a sack. And he also forced a fumble that he recovered for a TD.

Doug Baldwin: The Stanford receiver caught 10 passes for 122 yards in the Cardinal's 17-13 win over Arizona State.

Nick Foles: The Arizona QB threw for 353 yards with three TDs and no interceptions in the loss to USC. Suffice it to say, the loss wasn't his fault.

Non-AQ Helmet Stickers: Week 11

November, 14, 2010
Time for a few non-AQ helmet stickers:

Tulane QB Ryan Griffin. Threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns, including a 73-yard score to Ryan Grant for the go-ahead score with 1:46 remaining to beat Rice 54-49.

FIU offensive line. The Panthers had three players rush for more than 100 yards for the first time in program history, and racked up a program-record 448 rushing yards. Darriet Perry had a career-high 186 yards, while T.Y. Hilton had 158 and Darian Mallary had 118 in the 52-35 win over Troy.

North Texas RB Lance Dunbar. Gained 226 yards and a touchdown in a 23-17 win over Middle Tennessee. Dunbar has gone over 200 yards rushing in two of his past three games.

Western Michigan WR Jordan White and Juan Nunez. Each went over 100 yards in the same game for the third time this season in a 45-30 win over Eastern Michigan. White had 134 yards and one TD, while Nunez had 110 yards on four catches and two touchdowns.

BYU WR Luke Ashworth. Had four catches for a career-high 113 yards in a 49-10 win over Colorado State. All four catches went for touchdowns -- 62, 7, 36 and 8 yards. BYU has won three straight and is one win away from becoming bowl eligible.

Navy QB Kriss Proctor. Ran 20 times for a career-high 201 yards and a touchdown in a 38-37 win over Central Michigan. Proctor started in place of Ricky Dobbs, who was held out with a slight concussion. Navy clinched its eighth straight winning season, the longest streak since 1952-61.

Tulsa safety Marco Nelson. The true freshman had three of the Golden Hurricane's five interceptions in a 28-25 win over Houston. He now has six interceptions on the season.

Fresno State RB Robbie Rouse. Ran for 215 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-34 loss to No. 21 Nevada. Rouse has posted back-to-back 200-yard games after rushing for 286 last week against Louisiana Tech. Colin Kaepernick had 324 total yards and two scores for Nevada.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 11

November, 14, 2010
Here's the day's top performers in the Big 12 and this week's helmet sticker recipients.

Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State: Playing against the No. 2 pass defense in the country, which entered the game giving up just more than 132 yards per game, Weeden rang up 409 passing yards in a 33-16 win over Texas. He completed 29 of 43 passes for a touchdown and an interception.

Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma: Broyles became the school's all-time leader in receptions, touchdown receptions and the single-season leader for receptions with an eight-catch, 119-yard, three-touchdown day in Oklahoma's 45-7 win over Texas Tech.

Colorado Buffaloes: The Buffs made it clear they planned on answering in a big way after coach Dan Hawkins was fired this week and interim coach Brian Cabral filled his spot. Colorado got big games from Cody Hawkins, Rodney Stewart and Paul Richardson to beat Iowa State soundly, 34-14, and earn the team's first conference victory.

Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M: Gray scored three second-half touchdowns and four for the game to help spur a second half comeback in a game Texas A&M won 42-30 over Baylor. He finished with 137 yards on 28 carries and caught three passes for 24 yards.

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri: Gabbert bounced back from two rough games. He completed 17 of 25 passes for 208 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and ran for 89 yards on 14 carries, including a fleet-footed 32-yard scamper that put Missouri up early in its 38-28 win over Kansas State.

The Blackshirts: Nebraska's defense needed a big game with Taylor Martinez easing back into action, and delivered one in a 20-3 win over Kansas. They limited Quinn Mecham to 15 yards and an interception on 3-of-13 passing and allowed just 72 yards rushing on 34 carries, a 2.1 average.

ACC Helmet Stickers: Week 11

November, 13, 2010
Offense, defense and special teams all made the cut in the ACC's top five performers for Week 11:

FSU kicker Dustin Hopkins: He kicked the game-winning, 55-yard field goal for the 16-13 win over Clemson as time expired, and the Noles wouldn't have won without his two other field goals in the game. It was redemption for Hopkins, who last week missed the game-winner in a loss to UNC.

BC defensive end Max Holloway: BC's defense was the difference in the Eagles' 21-16 win over Duke, and Holloway got the final word. He batted down Duke quarterback Sean Renfree's pass on fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line to preserve the win with 46 seconds left. He finished with 11 tackles, 4.5 for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble.

Virginia Tech's defense: The Hokies had six takeaways in their 26-10 win over North Carolina, including two interceptions from Jayron Hosley. UNC receiver Dwight Jones was held to just one catch, and the Hokies pitched a shutout in the second half after trailing 10-9 at the break. UNC quarterback T.J. Yates threw four interceptions, and the Hokies held UNC to just 19 total yards in the third quarter.

Miami running backs: The Canes took the pressure off of rookie quarterback Stephen Morris in the 35-10 win over Georgia Tech with their ability to run the ball. Miami had 145 yards on 21 carries in the first half. Miami finished the game with 277 yards on 46 carries, led by Lamar Miller with 85 yards on 11 rushes. Four different running backs -- Damien Berry, Graig Cooper, Lamar Miller and Mike James -- scored touchdowns.

Maryland's offense. Wide receiver Torrey Smith had had more than 100 yards receiving with 12 minutes left in second quarter of a 42-23 win against Virginia. He finished with a game-high 157 yards on seven receptions and 214 all-purpose yards. D.J. Adams ran for three touchdowns against Virginia, becoming the first Maryland player to do that since Lance Ball on Oct. 6, 2007 against Georgia Tech. And quarterback Danny O'Brien threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 11

November, 13, 2010
Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut: Todman rushed 37 times for a career-high 222 yards in Thursday night's 30-28 win against Pitt.

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: The sophomore completed 15 of 25 passes for 174 yards and four first-half touchdowns in the Mountaineers' 37-10 win over Cincinnati.

West Virginia's defense: The Mountaineers' defense held Cincinnati to one touchdown, forced three turnovers and did not give up a third-down conversion in 12 Bearcats attempts.

Lindsey Lamar, KR, South Florida: Lamar had a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown in the Bulls' 24-21 overtime win at Louisville.

Syracuse: A sticker goes out to all the Orange coaches and players for reaching bowl eligibility for the first time since 2004 with a 13-10 win at Rutgers.

Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 11

November, 13, 2010
It's time to recognize the best and the brightest in a wild Week 11 in Big Ten play.

Northwestern QB Dan Persa: What a bittersweet day for Persa and the Wildcats. Persa delivered another Herculean performance in the 21-17 win, completing 32 of 43 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He led Northwestern on two fourth-quarter scoring drives against No. 13 Iowa and fired the game-winning touchdown with 1:22 left. Unfortunately, he also suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon on the touchdown play and will have season-ending surgery. Persa will be missed, but he went out a winner.

Wisconsin RBs Montee Ball and James White: No John Clay? No problem for the Badgers, who ran all over Indiana for a school-record six touchdowns on the ground. Ball and White combined for 311 rush yards and five touchdowns on 41 carries in the 83-20 rout. They share the sticker with quarterback Scott Tolzien, who completed 15 of 18 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns.

Ohio State RB Dan Herron: There's no doubt about the identity of Ohio State's top running back. It's all about Boom. Herron continued his strong second-half push with 190 rush yards and a touchdown on 21 carries as No. 9 Ohio State rallied past Penn State for a 38-14 win. The junior has eclipsed 100 rush yards in each of his past two games.

Minnesota CB Troy Stoudermire: It hasn't been an easy season for Stoudermire or his Gophers teammates, but they finally had a chance to celebrate Saturday. With Minnesota down 34-24 midway through the fourth quarter, Stoudermire turned momentum by returning a kickoff 90 yards to set up a touchdown. He then sealed the 38-34 victory with an interception on the final play. He shares the sticker with quarterback Adam Weber (225 pass yards, 2 TDs) and running back DeLeon Eskridge (3 rush TDs).

Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan: OK, I'm breaking my own rule about giving stickers to players on losing teams. But Kerrigan has been horribly overlooked for much of the season, and he deserves some love after another truly dominating performance. Kerrigan recorded 10 tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in a 27-16 loss to Michigan. He now owns the Big Ten record for career forced fumbles (14) and has tied the FBS mark.