NCF Nation: Kevin Goessling
Offense: Reggie Bullock, RB, East Carolina. Bullock rushed for a personal-best 169 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries to help East Carolina beat UAB 28-23.
Defense: Jamie Bender, S, UAB. Had 11 tackles and returned one interception 35 yards for a touchdown in a loss to East Carolina. That was the first defensive score for the Blazers since 2009.
Special teams: Danny Hrapmann, K, Southern Miss. Made three of four field goals (43, 35 and 27 yards), including two in the final quarter of a 30-24 victory over Virginia. He also converted a fake punt deep in the Golden Eagles' end zone and ran 31 yards for a first down.
Offense: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame. Eifert set a career-high with eight receptions for a game-high 75 yards and a touchdown in a 15-12 win at Pittsburgh.
Defense: Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU. Had eight tackles and a sack in a win over UCF.
Special teams: Cody Hoffman, WR/KR, BYU. Had a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 24-17 win over UCF. That was BYU's first kickoff return touchdown since Oct. 17, 1998 -- a span of 161 games.
Offense: Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple. Ran for a school record and MAC record-tying five touchdowns in a 38-7 win at Maryland. Pierce eclipsed the 100-yard mark in rushing for the 12th time in his career and third time this season. He finished with 149 yards on 32 carries for five touchdowns.
Defense: Luke Wollet, S, Kent State. Had two interceptions while matching his season-high with eight tackles in a 33-25 win over South Alabama.
Special teams: Ray Hutson, WR, Bowling Green. Blocked a punt and recovered a fumble on a kickoff return in the Falcons’ 37-23 win at Miami (Ohio).
Co-Offense: Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan. Eric Page, WR, Toledo. White set his career record with 14 catches for 134 yards and a touchdown in a 23-30 loss at No. 24 Illinois. White became the fourth Bronco to have over 200 career catches and recorded his 14th 100-yard receiving game.
Page had a season-high 13 receptions and career-high 158 receiving yards in a 33-30 overtime loss at Syracuse. Page had 279 all-purpose yards, including 114 yards in kickoff returns.
Defense: Sean Baker, S, Ball State. Had eight tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and one interception in a 48-21 victory over Army. He was a part of a Ball State defense that tied an NCAA single game record by not allowing Army to complete a pass in the game.
Special Teams: Jeremiah Detmer, K, Toledo. Kicked a 52-yard field goal in his first career attempt in a 33-30 overtime loss at Syracuse. The 52-yarder was the second-longest field goal in Toledo history.
Co-Offense: Chris Nwoke, RB, Colorado State, Deon Long, RB, New Mexico. Had 102 yards of total offense (85 rushing, 17 receiving) and scored two touchdowns in Colorado State’s 35-34 double-overtime victory at Utah State. Nwoke tied the game with a 1-yard touchdown run with 42 seconds left in regulation, then provided the game-winner with a 2-yard run on CSU’s second possession in overtime.
Long broke the school and Mountain West single-game record with 378 all-purpose yards in New Mexico’s overtime loss to Sam Houston State. Offensively, Long caught nine passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns, and returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.
Defense: Shaquil Barrett, LB, Colorado State. Had a team-high 14 tackles in a 35-34 double-overtime win at Utah State. He also added his first career fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Special teams: Tanner Hedstrom, LS, Colorado State. Hedstrom recovered two fumbles on muffed punts, including a critical takeaway to set up the game-tying score in Colorado State’s 35-34 double-overtime win at Utah State.
Offense: Blaine Gautier, QB, Louisiana. In just his fourth career start, Gautier totaled 307 yards (221 passing/86 rushing) and tossed three touchdown passes to lead the offense in a 36-31 upset over FIU.
Defense: Chris Pickett, DB, Troy. Recovered a fumble and returned it for a 63-yard touchdown in a win over Middle Tennessee. Pickett finished the game with seven total tackles, including one for loss, and also broke up a pass.
Special Teams: Brian David, K, Arkansas State. Set a new Sun Belt and school record when he made six field goals in a 53-24 win over Central Arkansas. His 23 points scored in the game also set a league and school record for points scored in a single game by a kicker.
Offense: Bryant Moniz, QB, Hawaii. Set a new school record and tied an NCAA record with seven touchdown passes in the first half of a 56-14 win over UC Davis. Moniz also set a new school record with 424 passing yards in a half. He was 30-of-40, and did not play in the second half.
Defense: Travis Brown, LB, Fresno State. Made a career-high 11 tackles in Fresno State’s 48-24 win at Idaho. Brown led the Bulldog defense that allowed just 55 yards of total offense in the second half and 44 yards rushing for the whole game.
Special teams: Kevin Goessling, K, Fresno State. Made all six of his extra point attempts and both field goal attempts from 48 yards in the win at Idaho.
Offense: Troy quarterback Corey Robinson. Went 25-of-34 for 324 yards and three touchdowns in a win against FAU.
Defense: Middle Tennessee defensive end Jamari Lattimore. Had seven tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble, and a quarterback hurry in a 28-27 win against FIU. Lattimore’s sack gave him 11.5 for the year and tied him for the single-season record at Middle Tennessee.
Special Teams: Troy defensive back Sam Sellers. Had five tackles while helping to hold FAU to just 131 yards on nine kickoff and punt returns in the game.
Offense: Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz. Went 29-of-43 for 380 yards and four touchdowns and rushed five times for 29 yards and two more scores in a win against UNLV.
Defense: Nevada defensive end Dontay Moch. Made seven tackles, including two for a loss, in a 35-17 win at Louisiana Tech. After going into the locker room tied at 14, Moch helped lead a defense that held the Bulldogs to less than 100 yards of total offense in the second half, giving the Wolf Pack a share of the WAC title.
Special teams: Fresno State kicker Kevin Goessling. Made both of his field goal attempts in a 25-23 win against Illinois on Friday night. His 52-yard field goal in the second quarter was the longest by any WAC player this season. He also hit a 45-yarder late in the first quarter of the game.
Offense: Tulane WR Casey Robottom. Had a career-high 10 receptions for a career-best 151 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a 34-24 win over UTEP. His 43-yard touchdown catch gave the Green Wave the lead for good with 5:30 remaining in the game.
Defense: Houston LB Sammy Brown and UCF DE Darius Nall. Brown led the Cougars with eight tackles, two sacks and a forced a fumble in a 45-20 win over SMU. In the past two games, Brown has recorded nine tackles for loss and four sacks. Nall had 2.5 sacks, forced a fumble, had a pass pressure and tied for the team lead with six total tackles as UCF defeated Rice 41-14.
Special Teams: Houston KR Tyron Carrier. Scored on a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a win over SMU. It was the sixth of his career. Clemson's C.J. Spiller holds the NCAA career record with seven kickoff returns for touchdowns.
Offense: Kent State WR Tyshon Goode. Had a career-high 12 catches for a season-high 158 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-6 win at Bowling Green. He also extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 15.
Defense: Temple DT Muhammad Wilkerson. Led the Owls with six tackles and a career-high 2.5 sacks in a 42-0 win at Buffalo. Temple had its first shutout since 1992 and first shutout of a BCS opponent since 1984.
Special teams: Kent State K Freddy Cortez. Scored 12 points in a 30-6 victory at Bowling Green. Cortez tied his career-high with three field goals (29, 32, 30), while making all three extra points. He missed a 51-yarder.
Offense: Western Michigan WR Juan Nunez. Had six receptions for a career-high 192 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-10 win over Akron.
Defense: Northern Illinois LB Tyrone Clark. Had two interceptions in a 33-7 win over Central Michigan. Both came in the second quarter to stop Chippewa drives and ensure that the Huskies would have a halftime lead.
Special Teams: Toledo KR Isaiah Ballard. Returned three kickoffs for 103 yards, including a 56-yard return, in a 31-24 win over Ball State.
Offense: TCU RB Ed Wesley and Utah QB Jordan Wynn. Wesley had a career-high 209 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 28 carries to help the Horned Frogs beat Air Force 38-7. Wynn completed 23 of 29 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters of action in a 59-6 win over Colorado State.
Defense: BYU LB Brandon Ogletree. Had career highs of five solo tackles and three tackles for loss in a 25-20 win over Wyoming. Four of the tackles came on Wyoming’s final drive of the game, and two were for a loss.
Special Teams: BYU KR Cody Hoffman. Had 104 kick return yards in the victory over Wyoming. In all, Hoffman averaged 26.0 yards on four kick returns.
Offense: Western Kentucky QB Kawaun Jakes. Went 18-of-22 for a season-high 262 yards and one touchdown in a 54-21 win over Louisiana, snapping a 26-game losing streak. He also picked up 28 rushing yards and scored two rushing touchdowns. He led the Hilltoppers to scores on nine straight offense possessions.
Defense: Arkansas State DB Adrian Hills. Recorded a career-high two interceptions, including one returned 37 yards for a touchdown, over the final 10 minutes of a 37-16 fourth-quarter comeback victory against Florida Atlantic.
Special Teams: Western Kentucky K Casey Tinius. Score 12 points in the Hilltoppers’ victory over Louisiana. His 47-yard kick as time expired in the first half tied a career long.
Offense: Hawaii running back Alex Green. Ran for a career-high 172 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries in a 45-7 win at Utah State. He had a career-long rush of 60 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Defense: Hawaii linebacker Corey Paredes. Had a game-high 10 tackles and two interceptions at Utah State. Paredes helped anchor a defense that held its opponent to 181 yards of total offense, the fewest in a game for the Warriors since 2005.
Special Teams: Fresno State K Kevin Goessling. Made all four of his field goal attempts in a 33-18 win at San Jose State. Goessling was also 3-for-3 on extra point attempts to run his consecutive streak to 116 -- 12 shy of the all-time WAC record.
Arkansas State kicker Josh Arauco headlines a list of 10 players from the nonautomatic qualifying schools who were named to the Lou Groza Award watch list on Wednesday.
Arauco was a finalist for last year's award but was edged out by Florida State's Graham Gano.
Two players from the current non-AQ schools have won the award -- Tulane's Seth Marler (2001) and TCU's Michael Reeder (1995).
Utah's Louie Sakoda also was a finalist last season.
The Award will be presented on Dec. 10, 2009, as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards program. The three finalists will be honored at the 18th annual Lou Groza Award Banquet to be held at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Dec. 8.
2009 LOU GROZA AWARD WATCH LIST
Josh Arauco, Arkansas State
James Aho, New Mexico
Kyle Brotzman, Boise State
Ross Evans, TCU
Clark Fangmeier, Rice
Sam Glusman, Troy
Kevin Goessling, Fresno State
Ben Hartman, East Carolina
Mike Salerno, Northern Illinois
Alex Steigerwald, Toledo
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|Wisconsin's Jaevery McFadden, left, watches Fresno State's Devon Wylie drop a pass in the second half. Fresno State squandered multiple chances to take control of the game.|
Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
FRESNO, Calif. -- Tom Brandstater didn't have any excuses for Saturday 13-10 loss to No. 10 Wisconsin, just a realization that he and his team had several opportunities to win the game and never capitalized on them.
"I think I feel bad now," Brandstater said. "But it will be a lot worse in the morning when we watch film and we realize how many chances we had."
All fingers will point to kicker Kevin Goessling, who missed three field goals, including a 35-yarder with 11 minutes remaining that would have tied the game. But the reality is, Fresno State had several opportunities and several bounces to turn a 3-point loss into a two-touchdown rout.
An interception by Brandstater and a punt that errantly hit a Fresno State player led to 10 of the Badgers' 13 points.
"There were so many opportunities that were missed opportunities for us that I'm not going to place the blame anywhere except that we just didn't make enough plays to win the game," Fresno State coach Pat Hill said. "They won the turnover battle and that's a huge part of the game. We knew going into that game that we'd have to win the turnover battle and we didn't."
The Fresno State offense was never able to catch the momentum the defense and special teams we're trying to throw its way.
After cutting the score to 10-7, the Fresno State defense forced Wisconsin into a three-and-out and Desia Dunn blocked the punt to give the Bulldogs a start at the Wisconsin 37-yard line. But Brandstater threw two incomplete passes and the offense managed just three yards before Goessling missed the 51-yard field goal.
In the fourth quarter, running back Lonyae Miller rushed 57 yards to the Wisconsin 25-yard line, but the Bulldogs could only muster nine yards, and that's when Goessling missed the 35-yarder.
"It hurts just to know that I didn't give it my best shot and I let my team down," Brandstater said. "It's just a hurtful one. I feel I was given opportunities over and over and we couldn't capitalize and we couldn't capitalize and it's just like a hollow, empty feeling right now. I can't really describe it."
Fresno State will have to regroup if it wants to make something out of this season. Even though the dream of a BCS bowl is gone, the Bulldogs still could vie for the WAC title. There's no telling whether a one-loss team could still make a BCS bowl considering how poor teams from the Big East and the ACC have played the opening three weeks of the season.
But Saturday's loss hurt more simply because Fresno State beat itself.
"We let one slip again," Brandstater said. "I'm tired of talking like this. I'm tired of regretting things. I'm just tired of losing games like this when we should win. I don't care how close it was. We need to win games like this and that's all that matters."