November 14, 2010

Four-gone conclusion: Newton is player of week

N.C. State LB Nate Irving had an astounding eight tackles for loss and 13 total tackles in a 38-3 rout of Wake Forest.
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Texas A&M RB Cyrus Gray rushed for 137 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries in a 42-30 victory at Baylor. Gray scored the Aggies' last three touchdowns as they rallied from a 30-21 halftime deficit.
Connecticut RB Jordan Todman rushed for 222 yards on 27 carries in a 30-28 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday. Going into the game, Pitt was ranked eighth in the nation in rush defense and had not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season.
Northwestern QB Dan Persa was 32-of-43 passing for 318 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-17 upset of Iowa. He also rushed for 50 yards on 18 carries. He made his last pass of the season a memorable one with a winning 20-yard touchdown; he ruptured an Achilles on the play.
Southern Miss QB Austin Davis was 21-of-34 passing for 254 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-21 upset of UCF. He also rushed for 41 yards.
Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish was 11-of-16 passing for 162 yards and a touchdown in a 65-30 romp over Toledo on Tuesday. He also rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries to give NIU the key MAC West win
TCU WR Jeremy Kerley caught eight passes for 85 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-35 victory over San Diego State.
USC RB Marc Tyler rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries in a 24-21 victory over Arizona.
Florida International WR T.Y. Hilton rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns on six carries in a 52-35 thrashing of Troy. He also caught two passes for 75 yards as FIU took over sole possession of first place in the league.
Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in a 35-34 victory over Fresno State. He also threw for 171 yards.
Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees was 12-of-19 passing for 112 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start in a 28-3 upset of visiting Utah.

For 3 hours and 39 minutes Saturday, nothing surrounding Cam Newton was controversial.

The scene at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday was no different from so many performances from Newton earlier this season. Newton passed for 148 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 151 yards and a score as Auburn defeated Georgia 49-31. Newton's day clinched Auburn's first SEC West title since 2004, and he is the National Player of the Week for the fourth time this season.

Although the distractions surrounding Newton will continue into the Iron Bowl, through the SEC championship game with East champion South Carolina and perhaps beyond, Newton is having a season for the record books.

On Saturday, he became the first SEC quarterback and the seventh FBS QB to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He joins a list that includes Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler, Missouri's Brad Smith, Texas' Vince Young, Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick. Newton also set a career high in passing accuracy by completing 80 percent of his passes (12-of-15).

South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore

After defeating Florida 36-14, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said the Gamecocks won the division the day they signed the running back out of Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes.

South Carolina clinched the division Saturday thanks to a career day from Lattimore. He rushed for a career-high 212 yards and three touchdowns and set a school record with 40 carries.

South Carolina led 15-7 at halftime, and the Gamecocks turned to Lattimore to ice the game in the second half. He rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries after the break.

California defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast

Publicly, Oregon coach Chip Kelly dismissed any concerns about his offense after a 15-13 victory over Cal, but in private, perhaps Kelly is concerned opponents have 60 minutes of game film of a defense stifling LaMichael James, Darron Thomas and the rest of the Ducks' offense.

Cal didn't win the game, but Pendergast's defense may have turned in the best performance of any team this season. The Bears held Oregon to 162 rushing yards, 155 passing yards and just one offensive touchdown.

No defense had held Oregon to fewer than four offensive touchdowns, and Oregon hadn't scored fewer than 42 points all season.

Beyond raw numbers, Cal limited Oregon on a per-play basis. Going into the game, the Ducks averaged 6.8 yards per play. Against Cal, Oregon averaged 3.8 yards per play.

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