Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/20/12
Champs of the Week:1. Montel Harris, RB, Temple- 351 rushing yards, 7 TD’sAfter last week’s injury, it looked like a very good possibility that Harris wouldn’t even play in the game against Army. Hope that didn’t deter anyone from playing him this week! Harris finished the game with 351 yards rushing and seven (yes, seven!) touchdowns in the win over Army. Both numbers were Big East conference records, and he finished one shy of the all-time record set by Howard Griffith. What helped get Harris the record was the unfortunate injury to backup Matt Brown after he himself had two touchdown runs all in the first quarter. Without that injury, we may not even be talking about Harris today2. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson- 531 total yards, 8 TD’sWhat’s better than seven? Eight! That’s how many total touchdowns Boyd accounted for in the win over NC State. Boyd set a school and ACC record for those eight scores, and was responsible for every Clemson touchdown. He set a school record with the 531 yards of offense, while also breaking the conference record he set of with touchdowns in a season. In the last four games alone, Boyd has 22 touchdowns by himself. It’s hard to imagine, though, Boyd will keep it going against South Carolina next week and one of the best defense in the country.3. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma- 554 passing yards, 6 TD’sAfter a slow start to the 2012 season, Jones has picked things up in the second half of the year. The senior QB threw for over 550 yards and six scores, including a five-yard touchdown to Kenny Stills, in the shootout win over West Virginia. With this performance, Jones broke his own school records for yards in a game and tied his own record for touchdowns. Since Week 6, Jones has thrown for 300+ yards in a game in all but one, and has two 400+ games. This will get a bit more challenging with the last two games against Oklahoma State and TCU, two of the better defenses in the conference.Honorable Mention:1.     Devin Gardner, QB, Michigan- 351 total yards, 6 TD’sThings are sure looking up for Michigan in 2013 when Gardner is the full-time starter. The junior QB put up a heck of a performance in place of Denard Robinson for the third straight week, accounting for six total touchdowns and over 351 yards of offense in the win over Iowa. Barring anything unforeseen, Gardner will get the start against Ohio State.2.     Keith Price, QB, Washington- 248 passing yards, 5 TD’sFinally the Keith Price from 2011 decided to show up one time in 2012. I guess this is just what happens when you get to play Colorado. Price really spread the rock around as well, with five different receivers catching a touchdown on the day. That’s now the fourth straight win for the Huskies, and Price is really beginning to find his groove late in the season.3.     Stephon Morris, QB, Miami- 413 passing yards, 3 TD’sThere were some better performances on Saturday, but Morris deserves a spot on here because of what he is working with. Four different wideouts have been lost for the year due to injuries or other circumstances, yet Morris still put up over 400 yards passing and three scores in a victory over a decent USF defense. That’s Morris’ third 400+ passing game of 2012.4.     Tobias Palmer, WR, NC State- 219 receiving yards, 3 TD’sPalmer had by far his best performance of the season. Not only did he compile over 200 yards receiving and three touchdowns, but also added in 277 return yards, giving him an ACC record 496 all-purpose yards for the game. Prior to this game against Clemson, Palmer didn’t even have 400 yards receiving the entire year, and tripled his touchdown count with this one performance.5.     West Virginia WR Duo- 631 total yards, 6 TD’sIt’s hard to imagine that these numbers by Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin resulted in a loss, but that’s exactly what happened. The two stud receivers combined for over 600 yards of total offense and six scores in the loss, but did it in a much different fashion. Bailey was his typical self, with 13 catches for over 200 yards and four touchdowns. Austin, on the other hand, was used as a running back and did not disappoint, topping 300 yards rushing with a pair of scores. Unfortunately for West Virginia, it was all for nothing and resulted in a fifth straight loss. Who saw that one coming after starting 5-0?This Won’t Last:1.     Sam Richardson, QB, Iowa State- 293 total yards, 5 TD’sA freshman QB in his first start, against Kansas—not much more to be said as to why this probably won’t continue. Who knows, Richardson could be just the quarterback the Cyclones are looking for in the future, but again…it was against Kansas. Even so, nearly 300 total yards and five touchdowns in your first ever start is quite the performance.2.     Keyarris Garrett, WR, Tulsa- 130 receiving yards, 3 TD’sSurprisingly, this has not been the Tulsa offense that we are typically accustomed too. They are still the 29th rated scoring offense in the nation, but have primarily relied on the run to move the football. Against UCF, it was the combination of Cody Green to Keyarris Garrett that was clicking as they connected for three scores in the win. This was only the second 100-yard game for Garrett on the season.3.     Crawford Jones, QB, Houston- 316 passing yards, 5 TD’sMaybe David Piland was the issue all along. For some reason, the Houston offense suddenly clicked in the loss to Marshall with Jones behind center. The senior backup threw for over 300 yards and five touchdowns in the close loss that came up just short in the fourth quarter after a feverish comeback. If Jones gets another start next week, he could be in line for another big performance against Tulane, but I wouldn’t bet on it if you’re in a tight race for a fantasy championship.Chumps of the Week:1.     Trayion Durham, RB, Kent State-20 rushing yards, 0 TD’sDurham was injured coming into the game, but did get 10 carries so he must have been fully available to play. Either way, it was the Dri Archer show in the win, and Durham took a backseat with some popcorn in hand. Against a very underrated Bowling Green defense, Durham was limited to just 20 yards while being banged up for much of the contest. Until the injury, Durham had been on a tear. The sophomore back had scored a touchdown in each of the last seven games prior to this week, and had topped the 100-yard mark in six games as well.2.     Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M- 1 reception, 6 yards, 0 TD’sA week after playing a crucial part in the upset of Alabama, Swope was a ghost in the blowout win over Sam Houston State. Granted, Swope was not needed as the Aggies rolled, but I’m sure Swope owners expected more against a lesser opponent. Coming in, Swope was having his best streak of the year with three-straight 100 yard games, but had only a single reception. Rest assured he will be a much bigger part of the game plan as the team fights for a BCS bowl berth next week against Missouri.3.     Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State- 145 total yards, 0 TD’sWhile Miller hasn’t put up huge touchdown numbers this year, he has been extremely consistent. Until this past weekend’s game against the Badgers, Miller had scored a touchdown in every game this season. Despite the loss, Wisconsin had a great deal of success in containing Miller. They kept everything in front of them in the passing game, and never let the talented QB break loose rushing the football. This was the second straight game in which Miller did not top 100 yards rushing, but also the second game all season long in which he did not have a rushing touchdown. Despite a tough Michigan defense next week, there is no reason to think he will be held scoreless two weeks in a row.Honorable Mention:1.     Darrin Reaves, RB, UAB- 38 rushing yards, 0 TD’sFor a team that gives up 30 points a game, Memphis did pretty well in shutting down Reaves and the rest of the UAB offense. Reaves, averaging over 190 rushing yards per game the past three weeks, put up only 38 yards on the ground in the loss. The up-and-coming sophomore running back was also shut out from the end zone for the first time in four games. He had nine rushing scores in the prior four weeks.2.     Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech- 230 passing yards, 1 TDAfter five straight weeks of 300+ yards passing, Doege put up a pedestrian 230 yards and a single score against Oklahoma State. Doege did come into the game leading the nation in TD passes on the year, but was held to only one touchdown while also throwing a pair of picks. Nothing like a porous Baylor defense on the horizon next week, though, to make up for a lackluster performance.3.     Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon- 66 rushing yards, 0 TD’sOne week it’s a 300+ rushing day, the next it’s the quarterback that steals the show. And now? Well, Barner just ran into a hot team with a fantastic, sound defense. Coming in, Barner was averaging 136 yards per game, but was shut down to just 66. In fact, the entire Ducks team had just 198 on the day—much less than what they are used to producing.4.     James White, RB, Wisconsin- 33 rushing yards, 0 TD’sThis day was really all about Montee Ball, which in turn, hurt the production of White. Ball, in his last game Camp Randall Stadium, got the ball 39 times as he tried to secure the all-time touchdown record in NCAA history. White, on the otherhand, received only eight carries for the game for 33 yards. He had been averaging nearly 120 yards on the ground the prior four weeks.5.     Josh Stewart, WR, Oklahoma State- 19 receiving yards, 0 TD’sStewart, the team’s leading receiver, had only 19 yards in the big win at home over Texas Tech. The game really seemed to be all about fellow receiver Isaiah Anderson who was playing his last ever game in Boone Pickens Stadium. Anderson caught all three touchdown passes from quarterback Clint Chelf while Stewart was shutout.This Won’t Last:1.     Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee- 109 passing yards, 1 TDThe only saving grace Tennessee had the past few weeks was the play of quarterback Tyler Bray. The defense has been terrible, the running game non-existent and the coaching staff is about to be let go, but Bray had been fantastic. Until now. The junior QB had is worst performance of the season against Vandy with only 109 yards passing and a single TD. Bray had been threatening Peyton Manning’s single season passing record, but that may not happen now with this lackluster game.2.     James Sims, RB, Kansas- 81 rushing yards, 0 TD’s81 yards is not a terrible output, but when you were on a six-game streak of over 100 yards rushing, 81 is not good enough. Sims, since coming back from a three-game suspension to begin the year, has been on a roll as one of the best backs in the country. This was only the second game all season in which he did not top the 100-yard mark, and only the second game that he did not have a touchdown as well. Sims will assuredly make amends for this one next week against a pitiful West Virginia defense.3.     Eric Ward, WR, Texas Tech- 38 receiving yards, 0 TD’sTexas Tech likes to rotate their receivers in and out of games as they have a bunch of them to use, but Ward had been the go-to guy recently. His three-game streak of topping 100 yards receiving ended in the loss to Oklahoma State. Next week’s game against Baylor will most likely be a shootout to end the season, so expect Ward to rebound. 
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