October 23, 2011

Doege was key in Raiders' upset victory

Texas Tech junior quarterback Seth Doege threw for a career-high 461 yards last week against Kansas State, but he also tossed three picks and the Red Raiders lost 41-34.

CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ACC
Clemson QB Tajh Boyd threw for 366 yards and five TDs and also scored a rushing TD as the Tigers blasted North Carolina 59-38. It's the seventh time this season the Tigers (8-0) have scored at least 35 points and the second week in a row they scored at least 56.
BIG EAST
Cincinnati QB Zach Collaros threw for 389 yards and three TDs and also ran for two scores in rallying the Bearcats past host USF 37-34.
BIG TEN
Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins outdueled Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson, throwing for 290 yards and three TDs, including the winning Hail Mary, in a 37-31 upset of the visiting Badgers.
CONFERENCE USA
Houston QB Case Keenum and East Carolina QB Dominique Davis share the honor. Keenum was 24-of-28 for 376 yards and six TDs as the Cougars blasted Marshall 63-28; in the process, he became the NCAA's leader in career total offense. Davis, meanwhile, was 40-of-45 for 372 yards and two TDs as the Pirates held off host Navy 38-35. Davis set two NCAA records; he hit all 26 of his first-half attempts, breaking the single-game consecutive completions mark of 23 held by Tennessee's Tee Martin in 1998 and tied by California's Aaron Rodgers in 2004. Davis had completed his final 10 attempts of last week's win over Memphis, giving him a streak of 36 consecutive completions, which broke Rodgers' NCAA mark set in '04.
MID-AMERICAN
Bowling Green DT Chris Jones had three sacks, six tackles and a quarterback hurry in a 13-10 upset of visiting Temple.
MOUNTAIN WEST
Boise State QB Kellen Moore was 23-of-29 for 279 yards and three TDs in a 37-26 victory over visiting Air Force.
PAC-12
Stanford TBs Stepfan Taylor (138 yards and a TD on 10 carries), Tyler Gaffney (117 yards and a TD on nine carries) and Anthony Wilkerson (93 yards and two scores on 14 carries) combined for 348 yards and four TDs on 33 carries as the host Cardinal blasted Washington 65-21.
SEC
Alabama LB Dont'a Hightower had seven tackles, a sack, an interception, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry as the Tide blasted visiting Tennessee 37-6.
SUN BELT
Western Kentucky TB Bobby Rainey rambled for 206 yards and three TDs on 32 carries as the host Hilltoppers upset Louisiana-Lafayette 42-23.
WAC
Nevada TB Mike Ball had 26 carries for 198 yards and a touchdown as the host Wolf Pack held off Fresno State 45-38.
INDEPENDENTS
BYU QB Riley Nelson was 11-of-17 for 215 yards and three TDs and also rushed for 60 yards and a score on seven carries as the Cougars bludgeoned overmatched Idaho State 56-3.
Saturday, Doege kept better care of the ball and the result was a shocking 41-38 victory over host Oklahoma; the loss snapped OU's 39-game home winning streak, which had been the nation's longest, and put the Sooners' hopes of getting to the national title game in severe peril.

For his efforts, Doege was named the Rivals.com National Player of the Week.

Doege (pronounced Day-gey, which rhymes with "key") threw for 441 yards and four TDs and also scored on a 1-yard run. Just as important, he was turnover-free in helping the Red Raiders snap their two-game losing streak. Texas Tech hadn't lost three in a row since 1998.

"It's special for the entire team. I'm excited about it," said Doege, whose Red Raiders were 29-point underdogs. "The best part of it is seeing how happy and excited my teammates are. We all got together, and we pulled it off."

NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Miami LB Denzel Perryman

Perryman was 5 feet 11 and 217 pounds as a senior at Coral Gables (Fla.) High, and a lot of schools shied away from him because of his lack of size.

But as with another former Gables High standout, Jonathan Vilma, Miami coaches didn't worry about his size and instead focused on his production.

Their faith in Perryman is beginning to pay off. He has seen more and more playing time of late, and Perryman turned in his best game to date in Saturday's 24-7 victory over Georgia Tech. He finished with seven tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble; it's the second week in a row he has forced a fumble.

NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK
Texas Tech's Neal Brown

Brown, 31, is a protege of Tony Franklin, the offensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech, and he also is from the Hal Mumme/Mike Leach coaching tree.

Brown put all that offensive genius to work Saturday night, calling the plays for an offense that rolled up 572 yards in the Red Raiders' stunning 41-38 upset of Oklahoma.

Texas Tech threw for 452 yards and four scores and also rushed for 120 yards and a score. The Red Raiders ran 96 plays, and Brown's use of the running game was vital in keeping OU's defense off-balance.

This is his second season at Texas Tech; he had been Troy's offensive coordinator when Red Raiders coach Tommy Tuberville hired him in January 2010. Before working at Troy, Brown had been at Massachusetts (one season as tight end coach), Sacred Heart (one season as quarterback coach) and Delaware (one season as wide receiver coach). He was Troy's receivers coach in 2006 and '07 before being promoted to coordinator, a position he held for two seasons.

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.

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