Marcus Lattimore: A Man Among Boys
“Big time players make big time plays in big time games”- Santana Moss
1. Matchup: #23 South Carolina vs #22 Florida
Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina: In a contest that would likely determine the SEC East representatives in the conference title game, Marcus Lattimore dominated Saturday night in “The Swamp”. The true freshman rushed for 212 yards on 40 carries with three rushing touchdowns, while also adding two catches for 31 yards. It was head coach Steve Spurrier’s first win as an opponent in Gainesville; Spurrier won both a Heisman Trophy as a player and a national championship as a head coach for the Gators. After the win Steve Spurrier said, “God smiled on the Gamecocks”, a statement he often made as the head football coach of the Florida Gators. The quote would also ring true for the addition of Marcus Lattimore.
2. Matchup: #13 Iowa vs Northwestern
Dan Persa, QB, Northwestern: With 1:22 left in regulation, Persa threw a 20 yard touchdown pass to take the lead and seal the win for the Wildcats. It was Persa’s second touchdown throw in an impressive outing against the 13th best team in the country. He finished the game 32-of-43 for 318 yards, to go along with two scores. Unfortunately for Persa, he ruptured his achilles tendon on his final throw and will miss the rest of the 2010 season. It was Dan Persa’s fourth 300 yard game outing this year.
3. Matchup: USC vs #18 Arizona
Marc Tyler, RB, USC: Tyler was a workhorse for the Trojans against conference rival Arizona, rushing for 160 yards on 31 carries. It was a season high in both categories, and Tyler’s second game rushing for over 150 yards this year. Tyler is a powerful running back who is able to generate tough yards after contact and move the pile when stacked up. While an extra year in college would help his consistency and stock, Tyler already has the physical tools to be effective between the tackles at the NFL level.
4. Matchup: #10 Oklahoma State vs Texas
Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State: The Cowboys came into this game having lost twelve straight against the Texas Longhorns. They were finally able to break through behind the arm of quarterback Brandon Weeded who finished the game 29-of-43 for 409 yards and a touchdown. It was Weeden’s second straight game passing for over 400 yards. The victory now puts Oklahoma State alone atop the Big 12 South at 5-1.
5. Matchup: #24 Kansas State vs #17 Missouri
Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri: After two dissapointing losses on the road for Missouri, Blaine Gabbert was able to get the team back on track with an efficient performance, finishing the game 17-of-25 for 208 yards passing. He also added three scores; two with his arm and one with his legs on 89 yards rushing. If the Tigers can win their next two games, it will give them ten for the year, and a two game improvement over last season.
Honorable Mention: Dan Herron, RB, Ohio State, 21car 190yds 1td. Cam Newton, QB, Auburn, 12-15 148yds 2td, 30car 151yds 2td. Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas, 19-26 215yds 5td (single game school record), 4car 18yds 1td.