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September 27, 2009

Keenum earns player of the week honor

CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ACC
N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson was 21-of-35 passing for 322 yards and four touchdowns, and he rushed for 91 yards in a come-from-behind 38-31 victory over Pittsburgh.
BIG EAST
USF quarterback B.J. Daniels was 8-for-21 passing for 215 yards, with two touchdowns, in a 17-7 upset at Florida State. Daniels, a redshirt freshman making his first career start, also led the Bulls with 126 rushing yards.
BIG TEN
Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer had 15 tackles, a fourth-quarter interception and a forced fumble in a 21-10 upset of Penn State.
BIG 12
Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier caught 10 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-28 victory over Southern Miss.
MID-AMERICAN
Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour was 23-of-31 passing for 197 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-21 victory over Akron. LeFevour also rushed for 140 yards and two scores.
MOUNTAIN WEST
TCU quarterback Andy Dalton was 17-of-26 passing for 226 yards and two touchdowns in a 14-10 victory at Clemson. Dalton also rushed for 86 yards.
PAC-10
Oregon tight end Ed Dickson caught 11 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns in the Ducks' romp over Cal.
SEC
South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood had 10 tackles, two sacks and a blocked kick in Thursday night's 16-10 victory over Ole Miss.
SUN BELT
Troy quarterback Levi Brown was 33-of-46 passing for 355 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-27 victory at Arkansas State.
WESTERN ATHLETIC
Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle was 18-of-23 passing for 270 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 upset of Northern Illinois.
INDEPENDENTS
Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen was 15-of-26 passing for 171 yards and a last-second touchdown in a 24-21 victory at Purdue.

Houston QB Case Keenum didn't have time to dwell on a couple of missteps in the fourth quarter against Texas Tech.

Not that Keenum and his teammates would have allowed an interception and two poorly thrown passes to hang over the team, anyway. After the two bad passes, which came on first and second down from his 34, Keenum ran for 10 yards on third down to keep the drive alive. It might have been the most critical play in the game, as it came during a late 95-yard TD drive that led to a 29-28 victory.

Keenum was 38-of-58 passing for 435 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors. He also rushed for 27 yards and took a quarterback draw in for the winning touchdown.

"The whole drive for everyone was just reaction," Keenum said. "There's not a lot of thinking after four quarters of hard-nosed football. As fast as we play and as fast as the Texas Tech defense plays as well as our defense, it's just reaction. We just have to go out there and make plays, and our guys did in a crucial time."

With the win over Texas Tech, coupled with a road upset of Oklahoma State two weeks ago, Houston is in the non-Big Six mix with Boise State and TCU for a BCS appearance. With 1,160 passing yards and 11 total touchdowns, Keenum also vaulted himself into the Heisman Trophy discussion.

NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech

Rainy conditions in Blacksburg didn't hurt Williams, a redshirt freshman. In fact, the rain may have worked in his favor against Miami. Williams rushed 34 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-7 victory over the Hurricanes. Williams was also Virginia Tech's leading receiver with two catches for 40 yards.

NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK: Nick Aliotti, Oregon

Jahvid who? Aliotti's defense held California running back Jahvid Best to 55 rushing yards in the Ducks' 42-3 demolition of the Golden Bears. The Ducks' defense recovered two fumbles and held Cal to 207 total yards in the rout.

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



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