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Posted by's Graham Watson

Max Hall, QB, BYU: Wow. That's pretty much all you can say about the Cougars' senor quarterback who threw for 272 yards and a BYU record-tying seven touchdowns in a 59-0 beatdown of UCLA. He also completed 77.1 percent of his passes.

Notre Dame: Few gave the Irish much of a chance in this game, but the Irish forced six turnovers and turned them into 21 points in a 35-17 win over rival Michigan. The win gave the Irish its first back-to-back home wins since 2006.

Malo Taumua, DL, UNLV: Blocked a game-tying field goal in overtime to preserve a 23-20 upset win over No. 15 Arizona State. The win was only the eighth for the Rebels in the last three seasons.

Naaman Roosevelt, WR, Buffalo: Fought off three defenders to catch a 35-yard Hail Mary pass as time expired and give Buffalo a 30-28 win over Temple. Roosevelt caught the ball against his leg as he was falling to the turf.

Week 3 SEC helmet stickers

September, 14, 2008

Posted by's Chris Low

A pretty zany Saturday in the SEC. Auburn got a home run in the ninth inning to edge Mississippi State 3-2. South Carolina outplayed Georgia most of the game and found a way to lose at home, and that's not even to mention the bedlam at the end of Kentucky's escape against Middle Tennessee. Let's pass out a couple of helmet stickers:

Trindon Holliday, PR, LSU: The 5-foot-5 dynamo showed off his world-class speed in LSU's 41-3 rout of North Texas with a 92-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first half. He nearly returned another for a touchdown in the second half when he shook loose for a 59-yard return, setting up a short touchdown run. Holliday finished with 163 yards in punt returns, the second most in school history.

Auburn's defense: Despite being put in several difficult situations, Auburn's defense kept Mississippi State from scoring in an old-school 3-2 win. The Bulldogs' only points came on a safety when Auburn offensive lineman Ryan Pugh was penalized for holding in the end zone in the fourth quarter. Auburn held Mississippi State to 116 yards of total offense and 0-for-14 on third-down conversion attempts.

Posted by's Ted Miller

It was a terrible weekend for the Pac-10. The conference went 3-7 overall, California and Arizona State were upset and likely will fall out of the national polls and UCLA and Washington gave up 114 points combined in blowout defeats.

So, not much in the way of helmet stickers.

USC QB Mark Sanchez: It's not just that he tossed four touchdown passes in the 35-3 win over No. 5 Ohio State. It's the way he has embraced a leadership role on the team. It's clear that he commands respect from both offensive and defensive players.

The USC defense: Ohio State had 177 yards and 13 first downs at halftime. The Buckeyes gained just 30 yards and earned two first downs in the second half. The Trojans also forced three turnovers, with linebacker Rey Maualuga returning one 48 yards for a score. 

Oregon's run game: LeGarrette Blount rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns, and Jeremiah Johnson added 17 carries for 96 yards as Oregon rushed for 306 yards in its 32-26 overtime win at Purdue. The Ducks entered the game averaging 332 yards rushing per game, so they apparently were a little off.

Oregon State QB Lyle Moevao: Moevao completed of 20 of 34 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions as the Beavers bounced back from a drubbing at Penn State with a 45-7 win over Hawaii in front of their relieved home fans.

Big Ten helmet stickers

September, 14, 2008

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

An exciting day in the Big Ten is complete, and the league owes Wisconsin a huge debt of gratitude.

The 10th-ranked Badgers saved what was looking like a disastrous day for the conference by edging Fresno State, 13-10, on the road. Wisconsin overcome a scrappy Bulldogs team, some horrendous officiating on a reversed fumble call and the loss of quarterback Allan Evridge to leg cramps in the fourth quarter. The Badgers showed they're a legitimate top 10 team and a viable candidate to win the Big Ten. 

Michigan State RB Javon Ringer -- Ringer followed a five-touchdown performance with a Herculean effort in the rain against Florida Atlantic. The senior set career highs in carries (43) and rushing yards (282) and accounted for the only two touchdowns in Michigan State's 17-0 victory. He has nine rushing touchdowns this season.

Wisconsin LB DeAndre Levy -- The senior linebacker was everywhere Saturday night, recording an interception that set up Wisconsin's only touchdown. He also had a sack that forced Fresno State to punt with 2:30 left and should have been credited with a third-quarter fumble recovery.

Iowa secondary -- The Hawkeyes' defense has been fabulous so far, especially in the back half. Safeties Tyler Sash and Brett Greenwood and cornerback Amari Spievey combined for three interceptions, two pass breakups and 27 tackles in Saturday's 17-5 win against Iowa State. 

Penn State WRs Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood -- The Nittany Lions' tandem combined for 12 receptions, 223 yards and four touchdowns in a rout of Syracuse. Norwood and Butler became the first Penn State tandem to eclipse 100 receiving yards in the same game since 2003. 

Posted by's Brian Bennett

Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut: Brown's helmet is already getting full, as he's now 3-for-3 in helmet stickers. In another great performance, he had 206 yards on 20 carries and scored three times in UConn's 45-10 win over Virginia. It's now not a stretch to say he deserves some early Heisman talk.

Matt Grothe, QB, South Florida: Completed 32 of 45 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 30 yards and a score in the Bulls' 37-34 win over Kansas on Friday.

George Selvie, DE, South Florida: Had a sack and three pass break-ups against Kansas, but stats can't really tell how disruptive he was all over the field.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 3

September, 14, 2008

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Tough choices this week.

Baylor QB Robert Griffin: Ran for a school-record 217 yards rushing on only 11 carries and passed for 129 yards to lead the Bears' 45-17 victory over Washington State. Griffin's average of 19.7 yards per carry was a Big 12 single game record and included runs of 57, 58 and 58 yards. He also had passes of 27 and 61 yards.

The entire Missouri offense: Hard to break this one up, considering the Tigers scored on their first 10 possessions en route to a 69-17 victory over Nevada. The Tigers piled up 651 yards, averaging 10 yards per snap to amass the most points ever scored in school history.

Oklahoma's State offensive line: Helped the Cowboys pile up 450 yards on 56 carries -- an average of 8.0 yards per carry -- to help spark the Cowboys' 57-13 victory over Missouri State. The holes helped three OSU backs gain at least 130 yards each -- Keith Toston (148 yards), Beau Johnson (138 yards) and Kendall Hunter (132 yards).

Nebraska QB Joe Ganz: Became only the third player in Nebraska history to score a touchdown by run, pass and reception to spark the Cornhuskers' 38-7 triumph over New Mexico State.

ACC Helmet Stickers: Week 3

September, 13, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

UNC -- It's impossible to single out one person or group, as the defense recorded four interceptions and the offense shined in the Tar Heels' 44-12 nationally televised rout of Rutgers on Thursday night. The coaching staff and players all deserve stickers as they earned their first out-of-state road win since 2002.

Duke's duo of quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and receiver Eron Riley -- They became the most productive scoring tandem in school history and led the Blue Devils to a 41-31 win over Navy. They connected for three touchdown passes and ended a four-game losing streak to the Midshipmen.

Maryland's defensive front -- The Terps sacked Cal five times and held the Golden Bears to 38 yards rushing, including just 12 in the second half of a 35-27 win. Those are impressive numbers, considering Cal entered the game ranked sixth in the nation in rushing offense (297.0 ypg), and had surrendered just one sack on the season entering Saturday's game. They also led the Pac-10 in fewest sacks allowed the previous two seasons.

Maryland quarterback Chris Turner -- One week after throwing three interceptions, Turner regrouped and managed the offense almost perfectly. He made the right calls and was 7 of 9 on third downs. He completed 15 of 19 passes (78.9 percent) for 156 passing yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor -- In his first start since the Duke game last season, Taylor's two-yard touchdown run put the Hokies ahead 14-9 and his happy feet gave the coaching staff just what they were looking for -- a playmaker and an important 20-17 win against a Coastal Division opponent.