“Big time players make big time plays in big time games”- Santana Moss
1. Matchup: #6 LSU vs #4 Auburn
Cam Newton, QB, Auburn: For the second week in a row, and fifth time this season, Newton rushed for over 150 yards and added two touchdowns on the ground. It was a crucial win for Auburn’s chances to win the Southeastern Conference, and puts Cam Newton atop the Heisman Trophy watch list. He finished the game 10-of-16 passing for 86 yards with 28 carries for 217 yards and two scores.
2. Matchup: #16 Nebraska vs #14 Oklahoma St.
Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska: Freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez played like a seasoned veteran on the road against the Oklahoma State Cowboys; making key throws all over the field. He shook off a poor performance from a week prior against Texas, going 23-of-35 for 323 yards and five touchdowns, while adding 112 yards on the ground. Martinez had a stellar performance and reminds me of a more athletic version of former Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie.
3. Matchup: #22 Kansas State vs Baylor
Jay Finley, RB, Baylor: Though this game had little significance in the overall picture, it was a huge win for the Baylor Bears who have become bowl eligible for the first time since 1994. Jay Finley set a school record with 250 yards on 26 carries with a long run of 82 yards and two scores. Teammate and quarterback Robert Griffin also gave a career effort going 26-of-38 with 404 yards and four touchdown throws.
4. Matchup: Iowa State vs #19 Texas
Alexander Robinson, RB, Iowa State: Robinson ran with a purpose all day long against the Texas Longhorns, going for a season high 120 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. The Cyclones had not defeated a ranked team on the road since 1990.
5. Matchup: #6 LSU vs #4 Auburn
Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn: Fairley’s stat line was good, 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss, but doesn’t tell the whole story. Fairley was unstoppable against the run, drawing constant double teams and holding two gaps inside to clog running lanes for the entire sixty minutes, while adding consistent pressure on both LSU quarterbacks. Extremely impressive.
Honorable Mention: Darron Thomas, QB, Oregon 22-31 308yds 3td. Allen Bailey, DT, Miami 3.5 sacks. Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri, 30-42 308yds 1td,