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October 17, 2010

Auburn's Newton races to weekly award

North Carolina WR Dwight Jones caught seven passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-10 rout of Virginia. The Tar Heels won at Virginia for the first time since 1981.
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Baylor QB Robert Griffin was 22-of-27 passing for 234 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 31-25 victory at Colorado. He also rushed for 137 yards on 15 carries.
Cincinnati WR Armon Binns caught eight passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-27 victory over Louisville after leading receiver D.J. Woods left the game with a concussion.
Wisconsin RB John Clay rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-18 upset of visiting Ohio State. He was the first player to rush for 100 yards against the Buckeyes in 29 games.
East Carolina QB Dominique Davis was 37-of-47 passing for 376 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a score in a 33-27 OT upset of visiting N.C. State.
Eastern Michigan QB Alex Gillett was 10-of-18 passing for 225 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries in a 41-38 OT victory at Ball State. It was Eastern Michigan's first win since Nov. 28, 2008.
Washington WR Jermaine Kearse caught nine passes for 146 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-34 OT victory over visiting Oregon State.
Florida International QB Wes Carroll was 17-of-31 passing for 288 yards and two scores in a 34-10 victory over North Texas.
Hawaii LB Corey Paredes recorded nine tackles and forced fumbles in the first and third quarters in a 27-21 upset of Nevada.
Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd caught nine passes for 157 yards and three scores in a 44-20 win over visiting Western Michigan.

At one point, Cameron Newton hoped to be the heir apparent to Tim Tebow at Florida.

He never took over the quarterback job with the Gators, but he's taking over for Tebow in other ways. Now at Auburn, Newton is the new superstar quarterback in the SEC, putting up eye-popping rushing numbers and placing himself in the Heisman race.

Newton continued his outstanding season Saturday by rushing for 188 yards and three scores and throwing for another 140 yards and a score in a 65-43 victory over visiting Arkansas to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.

"[Newton] is one spectacular football player, and I am not one to go out on a limb but everybody in the world sees it," Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. "It's not like I'm telling anybody anything new."

The SEC doesn't look quite so defense-centric in Newton's games. The game against Arkansas was the highest-scoring regulation SEC game in history. Last week against Kentucky, Newton rushed for 198 yards and four touchdowns.

A year after an Alabama running back won the Heisman, an Auburn quarterback is leading the league in rushing. If Newton can put up similar numbers next week against LSU and in the finale against Alabama, Auburn could be headed to a historic season.

"I haven't seen everybody [in the country], but he has to be playing as good as the best ones," Chizik said.

RB Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State

In the years since Marshall Faulk left San Diego State, the Aztecs have been known for losing and, for the most part, an inability to run the ball.

Hillman is erasing both problems. Hillman rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-25 victory over Air Force, the Aztecs' first win over a ranked team since 1996.

With 785 yards in six games, Hillman already has San Diego State's best rushing numbers since 2005. He could become the Aztecs' first 1,000-yard rusher since 2003 and only the sixth since Faulk's final season in 1993.

Will Muschamp, Texas

Texas held Nebraska to 125 rushing yards and 77 passing yards in a 20-13 victory in Lincoln on Saturday to earn Muschamp national coordinator of the week honors. Muschamp's defense did what no one else has been able to do this season: disrupt Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez.

Nebraska coaches pulled Martinez in the third quarter, when he was 4-of 12 passing for 63 yards and had rushed for only 21 yards. Backup Zac Lee fared no better, with only 39 yards of total offense.

With the win, Texas moved to fourth in the nation in total defense.

David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dfox@rivals.com, and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.

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