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September 29, 2008

Rivals.com Week 5 National Awards

VIDEO: Player of the Week: Jacquizz Rodgers

Before eight ranked teams lost Saturday, Oregon State set the tone for the weekend with the most improbable of wins.

CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ACC
Antone Smith showed there is a little life in the Florida State running game with 25 carries for 154 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-21 win over Colorado.
BIG 12
Oklahoma wide receiver Manuel Johnson caught five passes for 206 yards, including touchdowns of 73, 55 and 63 yards against a stout TCU defense, in a 35-10 win.
BIG EAST
Connecticut linebacker Lawrence Wilson clinched a 26-21 win at Louisville with a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown to go with a fumble recovery and six tackles.
BIG TEN
Wide receiver Derrick Williams became the first Penn State player in the Joe Paterno era with a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and a kickoff-return touchdown in the same game in a 38-24 win over Illinois. He had 211 total yards.
CONFERENCE USA
Houston quarterback Case Keenum added to East Carolina's misery by going 36 of 44 for 399 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception, in a 41-24 win.
MID-AMERICAN
Bowling Green won 45-16 at Wyoming thanks to Tyler Sheehan, who was 22-for-35 for 287 yards and three total touchdowns.
MOUNTAIN WEST
New Mexico beat in-state rival New Mexico State 35-24 thanks to 37 carries, 146 yards and a touchdown from backup tailback Paul Baker.
SEC
Alabama safety Justin Woodall had five tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in the 41-30 win over Georgia.
SUN BELT
Louisiana-Lafayette again came up short on the road against a "Big Six" opponent in a 45-37 loss to Kansas State, but running back Tyrell Fenroy rushed 20 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns.
WESTERN ATHLETIC
Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick was 11-for-16 for 176 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-27 win over surprising UNLV.
INDEPENDENTS
Eric Kettani helped Navy shock host Wake Forest with 19 carries for 175 yards in a 24-17 win.

The Beavers stunned top-ranked USC with a complete effort on both sides of the ball, led by tiny freshman running back Jacquizz Rodgers.

Rodgers and his teammates started a domino effect for the rest of the top 25. For its efforts, Oregon State swept the Rivals.com national awards this week.

Rivals.com named Rodgers its National Player of the Week, National Freshman of the Week and Pac-10 Player of the Week. Beavers offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf is the National Coordinator of the Week.

The 5-foot-6 Rodgers, shorter than everyone on USC's roster, became a national name after carrying the ball 37 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns against a stout USC defense in the 27-21 win.

Credit Langsdorf with formulating a game plan and sticking with it throughout the game. Quarterback Lyle Moevao passed for 167 yards and two touchdowns, and the Beavers committed no turnovers.

Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green and LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee were considered for freshman honors in a huge week for rookies.

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In his second career start, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was 8-for-13 for 70 yards while adding 87 rushing yards and three total touchdowns in a 34-21 win over Minnesota.

Notre Dame cornerback Robert Blanton returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown and had five tackles and a pass breakup in a 38-21 win over Purdue.

Alabama's Julio Jones won a matchup of freshman wide receivers by outdueling Georgia's A.J. Green with five catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.

ALSO CONSIDERED FOR COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK:

Mark Banker's Oregon State defense held USC to 313 total yards, limiting USC's stable of running backs to 86 yards and keeping Mark Sanchez on the run all day.

Buddy Green's defense shocked Wake Forest by forcing six turnovers (four interceptions, two fumbles) and holding the Demon Deacons to 313 yards in Navy's first win over a ranked team in 23 years.

Oklahoma's offense under Kevin Wilson ended TCU's stay at the top of the defensive rankings by amassing 436 yards, including 411 passing, against the Horned Frogs.

Former Texas Tech assistant Dana Holgorsen has taken the "Air Raid" offense to Houston, where the Cougars put up 399 passing yards and 222 rushing yards against East Carolina.

Daryll Clark, Evan Royster and Derrick Williams are in good hands under offensive coordinator Galen Hall, who led Penn State to a 421-yard performance - including 241 rushing yards - against Illinois.

Jim McElwain has worked wonders with John Parker Wilson and the Alabama offense, which was remarkably efficient against the Georgia defense.

David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dfox@rivals.com.



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