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October 24, 2010

Third time's the charm? Newton tops again

CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ACC
Miami DE Allen Bailey had six tackles and 3.5 sacks in a 33-10 victory over visiting North Carolina.
BIG 12
Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert was 30-of-42 passing for 308 yards and a touchdown in a 36-27 upset of visiting Oklahoma, which had been No. 1 in the BCS standings.
BIG EAST
Syracuse LB Doug Hogue intercepted two passes and recorded 10 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in a 19-14 upset of host West Virginia. The win ended the Orange's eight-game losing streak to the Mountaineers.
BIG TEN
Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien was 20-of-26 passing for 205 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 31-30 victory at Iowa.
CONFERENCE USA
Houston LB Sammy Brown had eight tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble in a dominating 45-20 victory over SMU.
MID-AMERICAN
Ohio QB Boo Jackson was 10-of-19 passing for 149 yards in a 34-13 victory over Miami of Ohio. He also rushed for 31 yards and two touchdowns in the key MAC East game.
MOUNTAIN WEST
TCU RB Ed Wesley rushed for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries in a 38-7 romp over visiting Air Force.
PAC-10
Arizona QB Matt Scott was 18-of-22 passing for 233 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-14 beatdown of visiting Washington. Scott, who also rushed for 65 yards, was a replacement for injured starter Nick Foles.
SUN BELT
Western Kentucky QB Kawaun Jakes was 18-of-22 passing for 262 yards and a touchdown, and he also rushed for two TDs in a 54-21 win at Louisiana-Lafayette. The Hilltoppers ended the nation's longest losing streak at 26 games and won for the first time as an FBS member.
WESTERN ATHLETIC
Hawaii RB Alex Green rushed for 172 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries in a 45-7 win at Utah State.
INDEPENDENTS
Navy FB Alexander Teich rushed for 210 yards on 26 carries and caught a 31-yard touchdown pass in a 35-17 victory over Notre Dame. It was the Midshipmen's most lopsided win over Notre Dame since 1963.

If there's a script to a Heisman campaign, Auburn QB Cameron Newton is following it.

Newton has put up gaudy numbers, lifted his team to new heights and has done it against top competition. Saturday's 24-17 victory over visiting LSU was the latest as Newton rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns against what had been the nation's sixth-ranked run defense.

He is averaging 201.0 rushing yards over his past three games, and his performance against LSU makes him the Rivals.com National Player of the Week for the third time this season.

Newton added another critical component of a Heisman quest: a signature play.

In the third quarter, he rushed up the middle, slipped through the LSU front to his right and, after that, made four LSU defenders miss on the way to a 49-yard touchdown run.

"It was just a simple play we were calling all night," Newton said. "Coach [Gus] Malzahn and the staff called that play numerous times, but that particular play, the offensive line did their job. And I guess it was left to me to do my job. A lot of missed tackles, and I just tried to make the most of it. It's just a play that is in my job description to make."

NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
QB Taylor Martinez, Nebraska

Martinez went into Saturday without a 200-yard performance or a multi-touchdown game as a passer. He exceeded career marks in a big way against Oklahoma State with 323 yards and five passing touchdowns in a 51-41 victory over the previously undefeated Cowboys.

He did all that without losing much in the running game as he rushed for 112 yards on 19 carries.

Making the performance more important was Martinez's ability to rebound from the worst outing of his career. In the last game, against Texas, Martinez accounted for only 84 yards of total offense. He showed no sign of lost confidence against Oklahoma State after being benched in the third quarter last week against the Longhorns.

NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK
Gus Malzahn, Auburn

Say what you want about Les Miles and LSU, but the Tigers' defense had been one of the nation's best through a 7-0 start. But that's no longer the case.

LSU had allowed only 83.6 rushing yards per game coming into the game against Auburn. Malzahn's offense put a huge dent in those numbers as Auburn rushed for 440 yards and three touchdowns against LSU. That was Auburn's highest total against an SEC foe in school history.

Cameron Newton was the leader for Auburn, but the Tigers' tailbacks were effective as well. Michael Dyer rushed for 100 yards on 15 carries, and Onterio McCalebb rushed for 84 yards on four carries, including the 70-yard winning touchdown.

David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dfox@rivals.com, and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.



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