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September 13, 2009

Keenum gets big win to go with big numbers

Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan had 10 tackles, four tackles for a loss and three sacks in a 30-27 win over Clemson on Thursday.
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Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts was 36-of-57 for 456 yards and seven touchdowns - one shy of the school record - in a 55-10 romp past Rice.
West Virginia quarterback Jarrett Brown was 24-of-31 for 334 yards, with four touchdowns and an interception, in a 35-20 win over East Carolina. Brown also rushed for 73 yards.
Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour was 33-of-46 for 328 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception, as he led the Chippewas to a 29-27 comeback win at Michigan State.
TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes recorded 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks in a 30-14 win at Virginia in the Horned Frogs' opener.
Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries in a last-second, 23-21 win over UNLV. He also caught 10 passes for 65 yards.
Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran record 15 tackles and broke-up the potential game-winning pass in a 41-37 win over South Carolina.
Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher was 18-of-26 for 231 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-14 victory over Memphis. He also rushed for 89 yards.
Hawaii quarterback Greg Alexander was 26-of-36 for 452 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-20 victory over Washington State in Seattle.
Navy slotback Marcus Curry rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in a 32-14 victory over Louisiana Tech.

Following the lead of BYU quarterback Max Hall, Houston quarterback Case Keenum put his team in BCS-busting position by upsetting a team from Oklahoma to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.

Keenum was 32-of-46 for 366 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception, in a 45-35 upset of host Oklahoma State. Keenum, who was Rivals' Conference USA player of the week, also rushed for a score to account for four of the Cougars' five offensive touchdowns.

His best moment, though, might have been one of his few imperfect moments. On fourth-and-goal from Oklahoma State's 6, Keenum threw a pass into the end zone that was batted into the air by a Cowboys defender. Running back Bryce Beall came down with the catch for the go-ahead touchdown with 6:42 left in the game.

Keenum, who passed for 5,020 yards and 44 touchdowns in 2008, will have another shot to beef up Houston's BCS credentials in the Cougars' next game, a home contest against Texas Tech on Sept. 26.

NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK: Gus Malzahn continued his makeover of Auburn's offense as the Tigers rolled up 589 total yards in a 49-24 rout of Mississippi State. The Tigers rushed for 390 yards in the victory.

NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK/BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Michigan true freshman quarterback Tate Forcier helped turn the Wolverines' fortunes by going 23-of-33 for 240 yards and two touchdowns in a wild 38-34 win over Notre Dame. Forcier - a San Diego native who enrolled early and went through spring practice - also rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown.

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

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