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Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 14

December, 2, 2012
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Time to hand out the last batch of helmet stickers of the regular season. Your hardware is in the mail, gentlemen.

Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State: In his last game ever at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Klein stated a strong Heisman case and won the Wildcats' first Big 12 title since 2003, keying off a massive celebration at midfield with 50,000 of his closest friends. Not a bad night. He bounced back after two off games and rushed for 103 yards and two scores on 23 carries and added 184 yards and a touchdown on 8-of-14 passing. What a way to go out.

Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor: Seastrunk gave us the highlight of the day, clinching Baylor's 41-34 win with a 76-yard touchdown run, despite injuring his hamstring and hobbling the final 30 yards. Seastrunk finished with 178 yards and a score on just 16 carries. Seastrunk's last five games of the season: 693 yards and five touchdowns. Budding star in Waco, folks.

Damien Williams, RB, Oklahoma: TCU's defense averaged fewer than 100 rushing yards a game, but Williams broke loose for 115 yards on 18 carries, highlighted by a 66-yard touchdown run, his fourth touchdown of the season longer than 65 yards. Nice day for the junior juco transfer to help the Sooners clinch a share of the Big 12 title.

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: Never mind that Smith's only incompletion of the day was an interception. He set a school record with 21 consecutive completions and finished with three touchdowns and 407 yards on 23-of-24 passing in WVU's 59-10 blowout win over Kansas. That clinched his second consecutive 4,000-yard season and provided a fitting end to his career in his final home game before WVU's bowl game. Even against Kansas, stringing together that kind of a run is impressive.

Pac-12 helmet stickers: Week 14

December, 2, 2012
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This is it, the final helmet stickers post of the year. Let’s take a moment to reflect on all those whose helmets were stuck in 2012, and the ones we are honoring today.
  • Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford: He’s 4-0 as a starter. He’s 4-0 against teams ranked in the BCS top 20. And now he has the Pac-12 champion Stanford Cardinal headed to the Rose Bowl after passing for a touchdown and rushing for another in the 27-24 title-game win.
  • Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford: He picked up his sixth interception of the season, followed by a ridiculous 80-yard return. Probably should have been 81 yards for a touchdown, but replay said otherwise. Either way, heck of a play. It was the lone turnover in the game, and provided a huge momentum swing.
  • Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: He was outstanding against Stanford’s burly rush defense, carrying 19 times for 194 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
  • Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State: Became Oregon State’s all-time receiving leader after hauling in 12 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the blowout win against Nicholls State. He also rushed for a touchdown in the 77-3 win.

Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 14

December, 2, 2012
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Recognizing the best and brightest from the Big Ten championship game:

Wisconsin's running backs: What a breathtaking performance the Badgers' trio of backs put on in Indianapolis. Montee Ball showed why he's still arguably the best back in the country, running 21 times for 202 yards and three touchdowns, setting the NCAA career record for rushing scores (he had previously broke the mark for total TDs). Redshirt freshman Melvin Gordon put his immense potential on display with 216 yards on just nine touches, averaging a ridiculous 24 yards per carry. Not to be outdone, James White ran for 109 yards and accounted for five touchdowns (four rushing, one passing). Wisconsin had a school-record eight rushing touchdowns and ran for more yards (539) than any Nebraska opponent ever.

Wisconsin DB Marcus Cromartie: The senior had maybe his finest game, recording his first career interception and returning it 29 yards for a touchdown early in the game. He also broke up two passes, including one that looked like it might have gone for a score in the third quarter. Linebacker Chris Borland (13 tackles, forced fumble) and defensive end David Gilbert also had big games for the defense.

Wisconsin offensive coordinator Matt Canada: Criticized earlier in the year for some vanilla play calling, Canada unleashed the full fury of his playbook against Nebraska. If he's got anything left in there, we'd like to see it. Saturday's game plan included an array of formations and pre-snap motions, passes thrown by a receiver and a running back, a swinging gate, jet sweeps and all sorts of other fun stuff. The result was nine touchdowns by the offense and an average of 10.7 yards per play. "I was kind of surprised that everything worked," center Travis Frederick said.

ACC helmet stickers: Week 14

December, 2, 2012
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Here are your top three performers from the Dr Pepper ACC championship game:

Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan: He had a career-best nine tackles, including 1.5 for loss and a sack, and was probably the biggest reason Florida State was able to hold Georgia Tech to just 183 rushing yards. His previous career best was six stops, which he had done twice. He earned his first full sack of the 2012 season when he stopped Vad Lee in the first quarter. He now has 4.0 career sacks.

Florida State LB Karlos Williams: His interception with about a minute remaining was the difference in the game, and he also led the team with 11 tackles in what was the first time he’s played extensively at linebacker. Williams, who had played at safety most of the season, had a breakout game.

Florida State RB James Wilder Jr.: He was named the MVP of the game after he led FSU with 69 yards rushing on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns in the second quarter. Wilder’s two rushing scores give him 11 on the season and mark his fourth two-touchdown game of the year. He becomes just the eighth Seminole ever to rush for 10 or more touchdowns in a single season and just the second since Warrick Dunn in 1996 (Antone Smith, 15, 2008).

Big East helmet stickers: Week 14

December, 2, 2012
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Here are the Big East guys who stood out the most during the final regular season weekend.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. Yeah, the sophomore completed 20 of 28 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns … and that tells you absolutely nothing about his performance in a 20-17 win over Rutgers. Bridgewater willed the Cardinals to the Big East's BCS bowl bid with a come-from-behind win Thursday night at Rutgers, overcoming a sprained right ankle and a fractured non-throwing wrist that kept him from practicing and almost kept him from playing. Tough to think he's just a sophomore.

Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati. What didn't Kelce do during a 34-17 win at UConn? He caught five passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns, and he threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Brendon Kay, too. The Bearcats have a share of their fourth Big East title in the past five years, and the strong play of their senior tight end is a big reason for that.

Ray Graham, RB, Pitt. Take a bow, Ray. More than a year ago you tore the ACL in your right knee. On Saturday you extended your team's season -- and your college career -- by rushing for 93 yards and two touchdowns in 27-3 win over USF. And you notched your first 1,000-yard season, too -- one year after falling 42 yards short because of the injury.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 14

December, 2, 2012
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After a terrific SEC championship game, it's time to hand out a few helmet stickers:

Alabama receiver Amari Cooper: Talk about a game-changer for Alabama’s offense. Cooper, a true freshman, was sensational in the 32-28 win over Georgia with seven catches for 127 yards, including the go-ahead touchdown with 3:15 to play on a 45-yard bomb. Cooper’s ability to get deep and stretch the field makes Alabama’s already potent running game that much more effective.

Alabama center Barrett Jones: There are stronger offensive linemen and more physically imposing offensive linemen, but there’s no way to put a value on everything Jones means to Alabama’s team. He’s gone against the best this league has to offer at guard, tackle and now center and keeps coming out on top. He played most of Saturday’s SEC Championship Game on one leg after injuring his foot in the first quarter.

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy: Sophomore offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio said it best about Lacy, who bulled his way to 181 yards on 20 carries against the Bulldogs. “He just doesn’t quit,” Kouandjio said. “You think he’s down, and he’ll get back up and get 10 more yards.”

Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon: The most important play of the game Saturday might have been Yeldon’s 5-yard run where he simply refused to go down and fought for the first down on third-and-5 late in the fourth quarter. The very next play, AJ McCarron hit Cooper with the game-winning 45-yard touchdown pass. Yeldon finished with 153 rushing yards and was an absolute beast after contact.

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