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Pac-10 helmet stickers

December, 5, 2010
Who deserves a sticker on his helmet for a job well done?

Allen Bradford: The USC running back, who spent time on the bench this year because of ball security issues, rushed for 212 yards and a touchdown and turned a screen pass into a 47-yard TD in the Trojans' 28-14 win over UCLA.

Kenjon Barner: The Oregon running back -- LaMichael James' backup -- rushed for 133 yards on just 15 carries -- 8.9 yards per rush -- with a 23-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that iced the 37-20 Civil War win over Oregon State.

Thomas Weber: Arizona State beat rival Arizona on Thursday because it had a better kicker. While the Wildcats missed two PATs, Weber was 5-for-5 on field goals with a long of 52 yards and made his one extra point.

Chris Polk: Polk rushed for 284 yards on 26 carries with two TDs in the Huskies' 35-28 win over Washington State. It was the second-best single-game rushing total in program history.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 14

December, 5, 2010
Connecticut's kickers: Kickers don't get much love in this space, but Dave Teggart and Cole Wagner are major reasons why the Huskies are going to the BCS. Teggart made all four of his field goals, including the 52-yard game-winner with 17 seconds left that will live forever in program lore. Punter Cole Wagner averaged 53.2 yards on six punts and had one downed at the USF 1 yard-line. Without those guys, the Huskies don't beat South Florida 19-16.

Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh: Lewis carried 42 times for a career-high 261 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-10 win at Cincinnati.

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: The sophomore completed 23 of 28 passes for a career-high 352 yards and a touchdown in the Mountaineers' 35-14 win over Rutgers.

Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia: The sophomore caught six passes for 121 yards and a touchdown and ran for a 46-yard score.

Non-AQ Helmet Stickers: Week 14

December, 5, 2010
Yes, Hawaii is still playing UNLV out on the islands, but we are going to give out our final regular-season non-AQ helmet stickers, anyway.

Miami (Ohio) QB Austin Boucher. In just his third career start, Boucher threw for 333 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to Armand Robinson with 33 seconds left to win the MAC championship game, 26-21 over Northern Illinois on Friday night. The RedHawks pulled an incredible upset and capped an incredible turnaround season after going 1-11 in 2009. Robinson had 176 yards on 14 catches.

Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders (6-6) are headed to a bowl game for consecutive years for the first time in their FBS history after a 28-27 win over Sun Belt c0-champion FIU. Quarterback Dwight Dasher threw for a season-high 244 yards and a touchdown, and ran for another 57.

UCF defense. The Knights had five sacks, six quarterback hurries and two interceptions in a 17-7 win over SMU in the Conference USA championship game. It was the lowest point total for the Mustangs since June Jones arrived in 2008.

Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick. Became just the third player in NCAA history to rush and pass for 20 touchdowns in the same season, joining Tim Tebow of Florida and Cam Newton of Auburn. Kaepernick had 155 yards rushing in a 35-17 win over Louisiana Tech, becoming the third quarterback in NCAA history to run for over 4,000 yards. He also had three rushing touchdowns, giving him 59 for his career, tied atop the NCAA rankings with Eric Crouch.

Fresno State QB Ryan Colburn. Went 18-of-26 for 304 yards and three touchdowns in a 25-23 win over Illinois on Friday night. The Bulldogs end the season with yet another win over an opponent from an AQ conference, their 17th win over a team from an AQ conference since 2000.