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October 3, 2010
James gets into gear, runs to top honor
James missed the first game of the season because of a suspension, but he quickly has made up for lost time. Saturday, he rushed for 257 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries in a 52-31 victory over Stanford to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.
It was his second career 200-yard day, topping his 227 yards against Portland State on Sept. 18. He also rushed for three scores for the third time in his career.
"I felt that I hit on all cylinders," said James, a sophomore from Texarkana, Texas. "I played with a lot more energy than I did the last couple games."
Oregon trailed 31-24 at halftime, and James was instrumental in the Ducks' comeback. He rushed for a 3-yard touchdown to put the Ducks ahead for good, then erased any hope of a Stanford comeback with a 76-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. The touchdown capped a 173-yard second half.
Despite missing the opener, James is second in the nation in rushing yards per game and total rushing yards; he's behind Michigan QB Denard Robinson in both categories. Those numbers have put James into the discussion for national awards and Oregon into the national title hunt.
"I don't worry a lot about the yards," James said. "I worry about the wins. My focus isn't on being the best running back in the nation. It's on being the best team in the country. I don't care about winning a Heisman. I care about helping us stay undefeated."
After a couple of inconsistent performances, Wort, a redshirt freshman linebacker, found the perfect way to endear himself to Oklahoma fans: Put up a standout performance against Texas.
Wort had 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in the 28-20 victory over the Longhorns, making up for a spotty performance in a close call against Cincinnati in the previous game.
Texas' offensive struggles continued as the Longhorns rushed for just 107 yards.
Treadwell may have been the acting coach with Mark Dantonio out of commission, but let's not forget that he's been one of the Big Ten's best playcallers this season.
Treadwell earns National Coordinator of the Week honors after the Spartans rolled up 444 yards and 34 points on Wisconsin on Saturday.
As the fake field goal to beat Notre Dame in overtime two weeks ago illustrated, Michigan State never will be accused of playing it safe. The Spartans continued that trend Saturday by going for it three times on fourth down, converting two. One resulted in a B.J. Cunningham touchdown catch to put the game away late in the fourth quarter.