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November 8, 2009

Weekly awards: Gerhart runs over Ducks

CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ACC
Clemson senior running back C.J. Spiller rushed for a career-high 165 yards and a touchdown in the 40-24 victory over Florida State. He also caught three passes for 67 yards and a touchdown.
BIG EAST
Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros was 29-of-37 passing for 480 yards and a touchdown as the Bearcats outlasted Connecticut 47-45. He also rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
BIG TEN
Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward had two sacks, three tackles for loss and 11 tackles in a dominating 24-7 victory over Penn State.
BIG 12
Nebraska free safety Matt O'Hanlon intercepted three passes and recorded 12 tackles in a 10-3 victory over Oklahoma.
CONFERENCE USA
Houston quarterback Case Keenum was 40-of-60 passing for 522 yards and three touchdowns in a wild 46-45 win vs. Tulsa.
MID-AMERICAN
Akron wide receiver Jeremy LaFrance caught eight passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-20 victory over Kent State, which basically eliminated the Golden Flashes from the MAC East race.
MOUNTAIN WEST
TCU quarterback Andy Dalton was 14-of-20 passing for 239 yards and two touchdowns in a 55-12 win over San Diego State. He also rushed for 44 yards and two touchdowns to set up a huge game this weekend against Utah.
SEC
Alabama running back Mark Ingram rushed for 144 yards on 22 carries, doing most of his damage in the second half, in a 24-15 victory over LSU that clinched the SEC West title for the Tide.
SUN BELT
Louisiana-Monroe WR LaGregory Sapp caught seven passes for 187 yards and two TDs in a 33-6 rout of North Texas.
WESTERN ATHLETIC
Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews, the nation's leading rusher, gained 143 yards and scored three touchdowns on 26 carries in a 31-21 victory at Idaho.
INDEPENDENTS
Navy fullback Vince Murray rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in a 23-21 upset of Notre Dame.

Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh described Toby Gerhart's performance against Oregon as "pretty darn heroic."

Though the Ducks usually wear green, Gerhart was the one turning in an Incredible Hulk-like performance. The running back barreled through Oregon's defense for a school-record 223 yards on 38 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 51-42 upset of the Ducks to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.

"As usual, he was just unbelievable," fullback Owen Marecic said. "It's great blocking for him. I have to get a hat on somebody and he'll do the rest. His performance speaks for itself. He carried the team. He was just awesome."

Gerhart's performance helped Stanford become bowl eligible for the first time since 2001. Stanford (6-3) finishes its schedule with a road game against USC and home games against California and Notre Dame.

At 135.2 rushing yards per game, Gerhart is second in the nation in rushing - behind Fresno State's Ryan Mathews (162.1 ypg).

NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
QB Kyle Parker, Clemson

Parker is a redshirt freshman quarterback from Fruit Cove, Fla., a little bit south of Jacksonville, and he has had little trouble with defenses from his home state. After passing for 326 yards and three touchdowns in an upset of Miami on Oct. 24, he led the Tigers to a 40-24 victory over Florida State on Saturday. He was 18-of-30 passing for 242 yards and four touchdowns against the Seminoles.

NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK
David Shaw, Stanford

Stanford managed to do what USC could not - keep up with the Oregon offense. Led by offensive coordinator Shaw, the Cardinal amassed 505 yards of offense on the way to the 51-42 upset. Redshirt freshman quarterback Andrew Luck was 12-of-20 passing for 251 yards and two touchdowns, and the Cardinal rushed for 254 yards and four scores.

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



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