10/05/15 - Cam Serigne, rSo/2018, Wake Forest, 6-3, 245 (DS#6 TE) OCT 5 ACC RECEIVER – Cam Serigne, Wake Forest, So.-r, TE, 6-3, 245, Ashburn, Pa.,...Serigne hauled in 10 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown in the Demon Deacons’ 24-16 ACC loss to visiting 11th-ranked Florida State on Saturday. Serigne caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Kendall Hinton late in the second quarter to bring Wake Forest within 14-10 at the half, and remained a consistent target as the Deacons battled the Seminoles to the finish. Serigne currently ranks sixth in the ACC in receptions per game (5.2) and is tied for eighth in receiving yardage (300 yards through five games). - ACC Football
10/05/15 - Caleb Peterson, rJr/2017, North Carolina, 6-5, 300 (DS#8 OG) OCT 5 ACC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Caleb Peterson, North Carolina, Sr., LG, 6-5, 300, Auburn, Ala.,...Peterson posted a career-best 13 knockdown blocks, did not allow a sack and graded out at 89 percent to help lead the Tar Heels to Saturday’s win over Georgia Tech. Peterson helped pave the way for the Tar Heels to rush for 231 yards on 31 attempts, an average of 7.5 yards per rush. Carolina scored four rushing touchdowns as quarterback Marquise Williams had 148 yards rushing (9.9 yards per carry) and two rushing scores and tailback Elijah Hood had 60 yards rushing (5.0 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. - ACC Football
10/05/15 - Marquise Williams, rSr/2016, North Carolina, 6-2, 220 (DS#30 QB) OCT 5 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Marquise Williams, North Carolina, Sr., QB, 6-2, 225, Charlotte, N.C.,...Williams rushed for a career-high 148 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead North Carolina to a record-setting 38-31 come-from-behind victory over Georgia Tech. The win was UNC’s first in Atlanta against Georgia Tech since 1997 and marked the biggest comeback in school history (from a 21-0 first-half deficit). Williams led the Tar Heels in rushing yards (148), passing yards (134) and receiving yards (37). He scored on a 7-yard run in the second quarter with four seconds remaining to bring the Tar Heels within 21-14 at the half, and then scored what proved to be the winning touchdown with a 27-yard run in the fourth quarter on fourth down. Williams also caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Quinshad Davis early in the fourth quarter to give the Tar Heels their first lead of the game. - ACC Football
10/05/15 - Lamar Jackson, Fr/2019, Louisville, 6-2, 196 (DS#12 QB) OCT 5 ACC ROOKIE – Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Fr., QB, 6-3, 196, Boynton Beach, Fla.,...Jackson picked up his second ACC Rookie of the Week honor of the season after leading the Cardinals to a 20-13 win at NC State. Jackson recorded his third 100-yard rushing game with 121 yards on 19 carries, including a 68-yard touchdown run – his second this season of over 65 yards. Jackson also also threw for 103 yards and a touchdown. After five games, Jackson already holds the Louisville school record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback with 435 on 66 attempts (6.6 yards per carry). - ACC Football
10/05/15 - Ross Martin, Sr/2016, Duke, 5-09, 185 (DS#4 K) OCT 5 ACC SPECIALIST – Ross Martin, Duke, Sr., PK, 5-10, 185, Solon, Ohio,...Martin accounted for all of Duke’s scoring in Saturday’s 9-7 ACC win over Boston College with three field goals covering 36, 38 and 53 yards. The 53-yarder equaled his career long while matching the seventh-longest made field goal in Duke history. It is the longest in the ACC this season and is tied for the fifth longest nationally. Martin moved into sole possession of second place on Duke’s all-time chart for career field goals of 50-plus yards (five). Martin’s effort on Saturday propelled Duke to its first win without the benefit of a touchdown since 1978. - ACC Football
10/05/15 - Terrish Webb, Jr/2017, Pittsburgh, 5-11, 190 (DS#17 FS) OCT 5 ACC CO-DEFENSIVE BACK – Terrish Webb, Pitt, Jr., S, 5-11, 190, Clairton, Pa.,...Webb collected four tackles defended two passes and had an interception in helping Pitt limit Virginia Tech to 100 yards total offense and 91 yards passing in Saturday’s 17-13 ACC road win. Webb’s pick came with just under seven minutes to go in the game and helped the Panthers protect their four-point lead. It marked the third consecutive game that Webb had a hand in a turnover. He had interceptions in back-to-back games (versus Virginia Tech and Iowa) and forced a fumble at Akron on Sept. 12. - ACC Football
10/05/15 - Trey Marshall, So/2018, Florida State, 6-0, 203 (DS#4 SS) OCT 5 ACC CO-DEFENSIVE BACK – Trey Marshall, Florida State, So., DB, 6-0, 207, Lake City, Fla.,...Marshall led the Seminoles with 11 tackles and added a pass breakup in Saturday’s 24-16 win at Wake Forest. The versatile Marshall played “star” and safety and helped hold the ACC’s No. 1-ranked passing offense (300 yards per game entering the contest) to 215 passing yards. His 11 tackles were a career high. - ACC Football
10/05/15 - B.J. Goodson, rSr/2016, Clemson, 6-0, 240 (DS#29 ILB) OCT 5 ACC LINEBACKER – B.J. Goodson, Clemson, Sr.-r, LB, 6-0, 240, Lamar, S.C.,...Goodson had five tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in Clemson’s win over Notre Dame. Both of his takeaways came in the fourth period with Notre Dame in the midst of a strong comeback bid. Goodson first had an interception, and then recovered a fumble on the Clemson 3-yard line to stop another drive. Goodson became the first Clemson defensive player to have two takeaways in the fourth period of a game the Tigers won by seven points or less since 1979, when Terry Kinard had a pair of fourth quarter interceptions in Clemson’s 16-10 win at Notre Dame. - ACC Football
10/05/15 - Kevin Dodd, rJr/2017, Clemson, 6-4, 275 (DS#18 DE) OCT 5 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Kevin Dodd, Clemson, Jr.-r, DE, 6-5, 275, Taylors, S.C.,...Dodd had 3.5 tackles for losses of 17 yards, including a pair of sacks and a caused fumble in Clemson’s 24-22 win over Notre Dame. Dodd had six total tackles and was involved in the key play of the game when he combined with teammate Carlos Watkins to stop Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kiser on a two-point conversion attempt with just seven seconds remaining in the game. Dodd played 60 snaps in the game and also had a pair of quarterback pressures. - ACC Football
10/05/15 - RJ Williamson, rSr/2016, Michigan State, 6-0, 215 (DS#5 SS) Michigan State defensive back RJ Williamson will miss an extended period of time after having surgery Sunday on a torn bicep. The fourth-ranked Spartans have had to deal with several major injuries this season. Linebacker Ed Davis, defensive back Vayante Copeland and offensive lineman Dennis Finley are out for the season, and offensive lineman Jack Conklin and tight end Josiah Price also went down with injuries recently. Williamson, a fifth-year senior, has intercepted two passes this season. Michigan State plays at Rutgers on Saturday night. - AP Sports
10/05/15 - Ezekiel Elliott, Jr/2017, Ohio State, 6-0, 225 (DS#1 RB) OCT 5 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ezekiel Elliott, The Ohio State University, Junior, Running Back, St. Louis, MO/Burroughs...Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a career-best 274 yards (on 23 carries) and three touchdowns as top-ranked Ohio State defeated Indiana, 34-27, in its Big 10 opener. Elliott’s 274 yards were the second-highest single-game total in school history. He scored on runs of 55, 65 and 75 in the contest. Notes: Elliott is the ninth Ohio State player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the third offensive honoree (first since QB Kenny Guiton, Sept. 15, 2013). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
10/05/15 - Antonio Morrison, Sr/2016, Florida, 6-1, 225 (DS#12 ILB) OCT 5 WALTER CAMP DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Antonio Morrison, University of Florida, Senior, Linebacker, Bellwood, IL/Bolingbrook...Antonio Morrison recorded 13 tackles (6 solo), including 3.5 for losses, as 25th-ranked Florida defeated third-ranked Ole Miss, 38-10. With the win, the Gators improved to 5-0, 3-0 in SEC East. Notes: Morrison is the seventh Florida player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the second defensive honoree (and first since DB Loucheiz Purifoy on Oct. 6, 2013). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
10/05/15 - Mario Ojemudia, Sr/2016, Michigan, 6-3, 252 (DS#26 DE) Achilles injury ends season for Wolverines LB Ojemudia...The undefeated and 18th-ranked Michigan Wolverines have lost one of their top defenders for the rest of the season. On Monday, coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed that linebacker Mario Ojemudia suffered an Achilles tendon injury during Saturday's 28-0 win over Maryland. Ojemudia is Michigan's third-leading tackler with 19 stops after five game. He's also second on the team with six tackles for loss, and second in sacks with two. Michigan (5-0) will turn to senior Royce Jenkins-Stone to take over the "buck" linebacker spot. Heading into Saturday's showdown against No. 13 Northwestern (5-0), the Wolverines defense is ranked second in the nation in scoring defense. - The Sports Xchange
10/05/15 - Corey Smith, rSr/2016, Ohio State, 6-0, 195 (DS#27 WR) Buckeyes WR Smith out for season...Ohio State wide receiver Corey Smith is out for the season with a broken leg. Coach Urban Meyer said the key special teams player would not recover in time to contribute this season. Meyer said of the fifth-year senior "My heart bleeds for that guy. One of my favorite players." Smith had five receptions for 62 yards this season. He was injured blocking on a running play when his leg was rolled up on as Curtis Samuel was being tackled Saturday at Indiana. - The Sports Xchange
10/05/15 - Ezekiel Elliott, Jr/2017, Ohio State, 6-0, 225 (DS#1 RB) Buckeyes hang on to No. 1 ranking...Ohio State stayed on top of the latest Associated Press top 25 poll Sunday, a day after just holding off unranked Indiana. The Buckeyes received 38 first-place votes after beating the Hoosiers 34-27. Four other teams picked up first-place votes, including No. 2 TCU (five votes), No. 3 Baylor (10), No. 5 Utah (seven) and No. 9 Texas A&M (one). No. 5 Michigan State dropped two spots from last week. No. 11 Florida made the biggest jump of the week, climbing 14 spots since the previous poll after a big win over Mississippi on Saturday. The Rebels fell from third to No. 14. No. 19 Georgia also fell 11 places after losing to visiting Alabama. No. 20 UCLA, however, experienced the biggest drop, falling 13 spots after losing to visiting Arizona State. No. 22 Iowa, No. 24 Toledo and No. 25 Boise State entered the poll. Wisconsin, Mississippi and West Virginia dropped out of the top 25. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/15 - Mason Rudolph, So/2018, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 220 (DS#4 QB) Oklahoma State's offense and defense rose and fell as the telling storylines Saturday, before kicker Ben Grogan settled things by booting the game-winning field goal. Grogan, who kicked the tying and winning field goals in the final 1:33 the week before, pushed through a 37-yarder with 32 seconds left against Kansas State, rallying the No. 20 Cowboys to a 36-34 victory at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Wildcats took a 34-33 lead with 3:01 left when quarterback Joe Hubener scored on a fourth-and-three option keeper from the five-yard-line. But the Cowboys (5-0, 2-0 in the Big 12) marched back down the field, putting Grogan in position to be the hero again after he connected on field goals of 41 and 40 yards in a 30-27 victory over Texas.
"In the end, we found a way to win," said Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "Ben just goes out and does what he does. Ben was very calm. I think he has a lot of confidence in his ability to make a play." The Wildcats (3-1, 0-1) led 28-20 in the first half, riding the unexpected play of Kody Cook. The team's fifth-string quarterback was forced into duty when Hubener was knocked out on the game's first series and all other options were either hurt or sick. The Cowboys' defense eventually silenced the Wildcats until Hubener's late touchdown, allowing Oklahoma State to catch up and go ahead -- twice. Quarterback Mason Rudolph threw for a career-high 437 yards with three touchdowns for the Cowboys. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/15 - Wes Lunt, rJr/2017, Illinois, 6-4, 225 (DS#8 QB) Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Geronimo Allison with 10 seconds to play as the Fighting Illini rallied for a 14-13 victory over Nebraska on Saturday in both teams' Big Ten Conference opener in Champaign, Illinois. Illinois (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) began its final possession at its 28-yard line with 51 seconds to play and no timeouts remaining. Lunt hit Malik Turner on a 50-yard gain to the 7-yard line, and Lunt's touchdown pass came after two pass interference penalties. Lunt was 23 of 45 for 251 yards against a Nebraska defense that ranked last in the nation in defending the pass, allowing 379.5 yards per game.
Lunt hit a wide open Marchie Murdock on a 22-yard touchdown pass to cut Nebraska's lead to 13-7 with 13:32 remaining in the game. That finished a 10-play, 75-yard drive in which the Illinois converted three third-down plays. But the Illini went three-and-out on three straight possessions before stopping Nebraska (2-3, 0-1) on fourth down to begin its final series. The Cornhuskers, adamant on throwing the football in less-than-ideal conditions, mustered a season-low 292 yards of total offense. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong was 10-of-31 passing for 105 yards. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/15 - Ezekiel Elliott, Jr/2017, Ohio State, 6-0, 225 (DS#1 RB) Ezekiel Elliott had three second half touchdown runs of over 55 yards and No. 1 Ohio State withstood a furious rally in the closing minutes Saturday as the Buckeyes held on to beat Indiana 34-27 at Memorial Stadium. On the game's final play, Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple knocked down a pass in the end zone as IU had a fourth-and-goal at the 9. In a battle of unbeaten teams in the Big Ten opener for both schools, Ohio State rallied from a 10-6 halftime deficit. The Buckeyes also trailed 17-13 with 2:23 to play in the third quarter. Elliott, who ran for 274 yards on 23 carries, had touchdown runs of 55, 65 and 75 yards.
Ohio State (5-0) has now won 25 Big Ten regular season games in a row, a conference record. The Buckeyes have also won 15 consecutive road games and 18 games overall in a row. Indiana (4-1) hung around despite losing the nation's leading rusher, Jordan Howard, in the second quarter with an ankle injury, and later, starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld in the third quarter, also with an ankle injury. For IU that meant the insertion of backup quarterback Zander Diamont into the game. Diamont, who started the final six games a year ago after Sudfeld suffered a shoulder injury against Iowa, used his legs to keep the Hoosiers in the game. Diamont ran for 98 yards on seven carries including a 79 yard touchdown run that got IU back to within a touchdown at 34-27 with 10:03 to play. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/15 - Tyler Hunter, rSr/2016, Florida State, 5-11, 205 (DS#9 SS) Florida State could have done without the late-game drama, but the No. 11 Seminoles figure they might be better off in the long run after surviving another Atlantic Coast Conference road assignment. It took some defensive toughness in the fourth quarter to capture a 24-16 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday at BB&T Field. "We needed to step up and seize the moment," cornerback Jalen Ramsey said. "Tyler (Hunter) did his job. ... That's situational football and that's part of the game." Wake Forest moved to the Florida State 20-yard line in the final minute before defensive back Tyler Hunter intercepted quarterback Kendall Hinton's pass in the end zone with 21 seconds remaining.
The Seminoles survived in a game in which running back Dalvin Cook, one of the country's top rushers, had a long touchdown run before exiting in the first quarter because of a leg injury. Cook left with 1:25 left in the quarter after making a reception for a first down. Florida State (4-0, 2-0 in the ACC), which has won 26 conference games in a row, was coming off a 15-day layoff since winning at Boston College. It is 4-0 for the fourth consecutive season. "We're 4-0, so we're happy," Ramsey said. "But we're not content at all." The Seminoles began the second half with a touchdown drive that ended with quarterback Everett Golson's five-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Kermit Whitfield. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/15 - Marquise Williams, rSr/2016, North Carolina, 6-2, 220 (DS#30 QB) Quarterback Marquise Williams scored three touchdowns, one a 27-yard reception on a reverse option pass, to help North Carolina overcome a 21-point first-half deficit and stun Georgia Tech 38-31 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Tar Heels (4-1, 1-0 in the ACC) forced a fumble with 11:35 remaining in the game and scored on the next play to take their first lead of the day, 31-28. Receiver T.J. Logan faked a reverse run and pitched the ball back to receiver Quinshad Davis, who found quarterback Williams open for a 37-yard touchdown. Georgia Tech (2-3, 0-2) responded by driving to the North Carolina 41, but failed to convert a fourth-and-five.
North Carolina put the game away by driving 59 yards, with Williams running for a 27-yard touchdown on fourth-and-6 to make it 38-28. Williams rushed 15 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns, and completed 13-of-24 for 134 yards. Tailback Elijah Hood rushed 12 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Justin Thomas of Georgia Tech rushed 18 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns, and completed 12-of-21 passes for 162 yards with one interception and one touchdown. Georgia Tech looked overpowering in the first quarter. The Yellow Jackets scored on its first three possessions, with Thomas scoring two one-yard runs and A-back Clinton Lynch scoring on a seven-yard run. North Carolina answered with two touchdowns in the final three minutes of the half to trim the margin to 21-14. Hood scored on a two-yard run and Williams scored on a seven-yard run. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/15 - Keenan Reynolds, Sr/2016, Navy, 5-11, 195 (DS#31 QB) Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for 183 yards and threw a touchdown pass, leading the Midshipmen to a 33-11 victory over Air Force in the first leg for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy on Saturday in Annapolis, Md. Reynolds also completed 4 of 10 passes for 117 yards on a rain-swept day. Fullback Chris Swain had a pair of touchdowns for the Midshipmen (4-0). Air Force quarterback Karson Roberts completed just 5 of 12 passes for 73 yards with an interception. He ran for the Falcons' only touchdown in the fourth quarter.
A 54-yard run by Reynolds ran on Navy's first play set up a 2-yard touchdown by Swain. The Midshipmen recovered a fumble by Roberts early in the second quarter and made Air Force pay with a 10-play, 64-yard drive, capped by a 27-yard pass from Reynolds to Thomas Wilson to boost the lead to 14-0. Reynolds broke another 67-yard run to set up the third touchdown. This time, Demond Brown scored on a 1-yard run and the Midshipmen led by three touchdowns with 2:58 left in the half. Navy continued to pull away in the second half as another 1-yard run by Swain provided a 27-0 lead. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/15 - Peyton Barber, rSo/2018, Auburn, 5-10, 225 (DS#17 RB) Its offense badly in need of a boost after consecutive losses, Auburn found it from sophomore running back Peyton Barber. Rushing for all five of the Tigers' touchdowns Saturday, Barber led them to a 35-21 non-conference win over San Jose State at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Barber scored on runs of 2, 2, 5, 1 and 36 yards, the last coming with 4:43 left in the game, and finished with 147 yards on 28 attempts. His last score enabled Auburn (3-2) to win despite losing the statistical battle. With running back Tyler Ervin rolling up 164 yards and a score on 27 carries, San Jose State (2-3) maintained possession for nearly 34 minutes and collected 406 yards to Auburn's 342. But the Spartans coughed the ball up four times, three coming in the first half, and the mistakes were too much to overcome. Quarterback Joe Gray completed 21 of 33 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown for San Jose State while running for a score, but also tossed two interceptions. Tigers quarterback Sean White tried just 10 passes, completing six for 108 yards. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/15 - Blake Frohnapfel, rSr/2016, Massachusetts, 6-6, 230 (DS#8 QB) Blake Frohnapfel threw three touchdown passes to lead Massachusetts to a 24-14 victory over Florida International on Saturday. Frohnapfel was 32 of 42 for 363 yards passing. He threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Marken Michel early in the game, and connected with Michel again on an 5-yard scoring throw with 7:11 remaining to cap the scoring. Tajae Sharpe had 15 catches for 159 yards with one touchdown for Massachusetts (1-3), which snapped a five-game losing streak dating back to last season. Alex McGough threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Owens for FIU (2-3) late in the second quarter. Massachusetts answered on the ensuing series when Logan Laurent kicked a 48-yard field goal to give the Minutemen a 17-7 halftime lead. Alex Gardner bullied in from the 1-yard line with 20 seconds left in the third quarter to pull FIU to 17-14. It was the first meeting between the schools. - AP Sports
10/03/15 - Phillip Ely, rSr/2016, Toledo, 6-1, 202 (DS#55 QB) Phillip Ely threw two touchdowns as Toledo won its fourth-straight with a 24-10 victory over Ball State In Mid-American Conference play on Saturday. Ely was 16 of 22 for 164 yards for the Rockets (4-0, 1-0). Terry Swanson rushed for 139 yards and Damion Jones-Martin finished with 85 yards and a score. A pair of Ely touchdown passes in the second quarter, along with a Jones-Moore scoring run and a Jameson Vest field goal gave Toledo a 24-3 advantage at halftime. Ball State's Morgan Hagee got the Cardinals (2-3, 1-1) on the board just before the break with a 29-yard field goal and Riley Neal hit Jordan Williams for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to close the gap to 24-10. With 5:34 left, Ely chewed up the clock with an 11-play, 57-yard drive to preserve the Toledo lead. Neal had 236 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinals. - AP Sports
10/03/15 - Hunter Wells, So/2018, Youngstown State, 6-4, 198 (DS#55 QB) Hunter Wells completed 15 of 26 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yard strike to Andrew Williams, to help Youngstown State to a 31-3 victory over South Dakota on Saturday. Williams finished with 79 yards receiving on four catches. Martin Ruiz added 86 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Penguins (3-1, 1-0 Missouri Valley Conference). Defensively, Youngstown State held South Dakota to 262 total yards and just 10 first downs while forcing three turnovers. The Penguins led 17-0 at halftime and were never seriously threatened, extending their lead to 24-0 midway through the third before the Coyotes (2-2, 0-1) finally got on the board after a Miles Bergner 39-yard field goal. Ryan Saeger threw for 119 yards for South Dakota but completed just nine of his 25 passes with an interception. - AP Sports