“Big time players make big time plays in big time games”- Santana Moss
1. Matchup: #13 Arkansas vs #21 Mississippi State
Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas: Davis ran for 187 yards on 30 carries, while adding three rushing touchdowns. His long run of the night was 62 yards; showing very good power and balance in his running. Knile can be effective between the tackles, while also showing enough speed to get towards the boundary with consistency. It was Davis’ second consecutive game rushing for over 180 yards, and at 6’2 220 pounds, he has great size. Arkansas fans should be extremely happy that Knile Davis is only a sophomore.
2. Matchup: #7 Wisconsin vs Michigan
Monte Ball, RB, Wisconsin: In a Big Ten Conference rivalry match, Wisconsin’s running game was huge. Monte Ball had 29 carries for 173 yards and four rushing touchdowns. Ball now has had three straight performances rushing for over 120 yards, and has also scored nine touchdowns in that span. At 5’11 and 235 pounds Ball is built very similiar to former Wisconsin Badger and Heisman Trophy winner, Ron Dayne.
3. Matchup: #13 Arkansas vs #21 Mississippi State
Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas: It was Mallett’s eighth 300 yard performance of the season, which also included a game winning touchdown pass in double overtime. He finished the game 17-of-26 passing for 306 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan Mallett continues to validate his stock as a first round pick and potential franchise quarterback for an NFL team, he’ll have an even bigger test this Saturday at home against LSU.
4. Matchup: #8 Nebraska vs #19 Texas A&M
Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M: Cyrus Gray continues to establish himself as one of the top running backs in the Big 12 Conference. He has now rushed for over 100 yards in five straight games. In the upset of Nebraska he had 26 carries for 137 yards, while also adding 9 receptions for 65 yards. The win gives Texas A&M an 8-3 overall record; two games better than last season.
5. Matchup: Purdue vs #12 Michigan State
Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State: Down 28-13 with six minutes left in the third quarter, Cousins rallied his team with two passing touchdowns and one rushing score to seal the come from behind victory. Cousins finished the game 28-of-37 passing with 276 yards and four touchdowns. The Spartans are currently tied for first place in the Big Ten Conference with Ohio State.
Honorable Mention: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State, 10 rec 130 yds 1 td. James White, RB, Wisconsin, 23 carries 181 yards 2 td. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, 16-20 235 yards 2 td, 3 carries 72 yards.