“Big time players make big time plays in big time games”– Santana Moss
1. Matchup: #3 TCU vs #5 Utah
Andy Dalton, QB, TCU: Andy Dalton shined in the biggest game of his career, completing 81% of his passes, going 21-of-26 for 355 yards and three touchdowns. Dalton showed sound poise and accuracy, making key throws with balance, while consistently converting on third downs. It was a great performance on the road against a top five opponent and puts TCU in a prime position to play for a national championship.
2. Matchup: #12 Missouri vs Texas Tech
Lyle Leong, WR, Texas Tech: Leong caught everything thrown his way against Missouri and showed good seperation in man -coverage, finishing the game with 9 catches for 123 yards and two scores. It was Leong’s third game with three touchdown catches this season, which now gives him fifteen for the year; fifth best in the NCAA.
3. Matchup: North Carolina vs #24 Florida State
T.J. Yates, QB, North Carolina: In a conference matchup on the road, T.J. Yates carried his football team to victory, finishing the game 24-of-35 for 439 yards and three scores, including a five minute game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, which set up a 22 yard field goal with 55 seconds left in regulation. Yates continues to show progression in every area of his game as a pro prospect, and could be an early round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.
4. Matchup: #15 Arizona vs #13 Stanford
Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: It was the first time both Arizona and Stanford have met with both teams ranked in the top fifteen; a contest that featured two of the top quarterbacks in the NCAA with Andrew Luck and Nick Foles. Andrew Luck came out on top, playing a highly efficient game going 23-of-32 with 293 yards and two touchdowns. The win keeps Stanford’s hopes of playing in the Rose Bowl alive and well.
5. Matchup: #18 Arkansas vs #19 South Carolina
Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas: Knile Davis continues to establish himself as a feature running back in the SEC, rushing for 110 yards on 22 carries and three scores. Davis now has 368 yards rushing and eight touchdowns in the past three games, and has given the Arkansas offense the balance it lacked early in the season. South Carolina had won its last six home games.
Honorable Mention: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State, 34-42 435yds 3td. Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford, 9rec 165yds 1td. Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa, 6rec 126yds 1td (game winning).