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October 13, 2008

Rivals.com Week 7 National Awards

No surprise here: The Big 12 dominated the Rivals.com weekly awards.

Virginia running back Cedric Peerman rushed 16 times for 173 yards, including touchdown runs of 60 and 80 yards, in a 35-20 win over East Carolina.
Louisville cornerback Johnny Patrick scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 19-yard fumble return in a 35-28 win over Memphis. He also added a blocked field goal, which was returned by a teammate for a touchdown.
Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark led the 48-7 rout of Wisconsin by going 16-of-25 for 244 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for two scores.
Trevor Vittatoe led UTEP to its third consecutive Conference USA win by going 21-of-32 for 294 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter, in a 24-21 win over Tulane.
Michigan had no answer for Toledo wide receiver Nick Moore, who set a Wolverines opponent record with 20 receptions for 162 yards in a 13-10 upset in Ann Arbor.
Safety Tejay Johnson led TCU's defensive effort against Colorado State with six tackles, a sack, two pass breakups and a forced fumble in a 13-7 win.
Stanford running back Toby Gerhart scored the game-winning touchdown with 25 seconds left to give the Cardinal a 24-23 win over Arizona. He rushed 24 times for 115 yards.
Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin set the tone for the 51-21 rout of LSU with six receptions for 112 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns against the Tigers.
Louisiana-Lafayette receiver Jason Chery had 335 total yards and five touchdowns before halftime in a 59-30 rout of North Texas. Chery finished with 123 receiving yards and three touchdown catches, an 81-yard rushing touchdown and a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
New Mexico State quarterback Chase Holbrook came out on top of a shootout with Nevada by going 28-of-47 for 409 yards with four total touchdowns in a 48-45 win over the Wolf Pack.
Collin Mooney led Army to its second consecutive win with 29 carries for 229 yards in a 17-13 win over Eastern Michigan.
The surprise is the unlikely candidates who were difference-makers in two critical Big 12 games Saturday. Quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy dueled in the highest-scoring Red River Rivalry of all time, but a receiver/kick returner provided the Longhorns with much-needed momentum.

In the Oklahoma State-Missouri game, neither of the Tigers' standout coordinators Dave Christensen and Matt Eberflus were the stars of the evening. That honor went to Oklahoma State's coaching staff.


Texas' comeback against Oklahoma couldn't have been possible without wide receiver Jordan Shipley.

After Texas fell behind 14-3 in the second quarter, Shipley returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. When Texas fell behind 28-20, Shipley caught a 2-yard touchdown pass.

Shipley finished the day with 11 receptions for 112 yards, but could have had an even bigger day. He twice was stopped at the 1 before fullback Cody Johnson capped those possessions with touchdowns.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: S Earl Thomas, Texas

Pass defense had been the Achilles' heel of Texas' defense, but that may be changing thanks to newcomers in the secondary.

The Longhorns gave up a heap of yards to Oklahoma in the passing game, but redshirt freshman safety Earl Thomas negated that by playing a part in forcing three turnovers.

Thomas intercepted two passes, forced a fumble and broke up two passes in the 45-35 win over the top-ranked Sooners.

Also considered for freshman of the week:

Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins finished with nine tackles, two pass breakups and a sack in the 51-21 win over LSU.

Cincinnati quarterback Chazz Anderson had a steady performance in a 13-10 win over Rutgers. Anderson was 21-of-29 for 238 yards with a rushing touchdown against the Scarlet Knights.

Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins was a bright spot in the loss to Minnesota, catching three passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns against the Gophers.

COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK: Tim Beckman, Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State announced its intentions to compete in the Big 12 with a 28-23 victory at Missouri. The Tigers were held to fewer than 40 points for the first time all season.

The Cowboys also put a dent in Chase Daniel's Heisman campaign by intercepting three of his passes in the upset.

Also considered for coordinator of the week:

Dan Mullen's offense rang up 475 yards as Florida dismantled LSU 51-21.

Paul Petrino's Arkansas offense had 420 yards, including 192 on the ground, in a 25-22 win at Auburn.

Greg Davis' offense helped Texas to a 45-35 win over Oklahoma. Texas had 438 yards against the Sooners and rallied after trailing for most of the first three quarters.

Arizona was ranked second in total defense entering the week, but Stanford's David Shaw wasn't fooled as the Cardinal offense amassed 420 yards despite using three quarterbacks in a 24-23 win.

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

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