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October 30, 2011

Week 9 awards: Keenum passes them all

For a time, Rice led Houston by double digits in the first quarter.

CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ACC
Georgia Tech QB Tevin Washington rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown in a 31-17 upset of visiting Clemson. He also was 4-of-9 for 60 yards with an interception.
BIG EAST
Pittsburgh QB Tino Sunseri was 29-of-42 for 419 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-20 win over Connecticut on Wednesday night. He also rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
BIG TEN
Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-3 victory over visiting Michigan State. He also caught a 27-yard touchdown pass.
BIG 12
Oklahoma QB Landry Jones was 35-of-47 for 505 yards and five touchdowns in a 58-17 rout of host Kansas State.
MID-AMERICAN
Western Michigan WR Jordan White caught nine passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a key 45-35 win over Ball State.
MOUNTAIN WEST
Wyoming freshman QB Brett Smith was 25-of-36 for 342 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-27 upset of host San Diego State. He also rushed for 20 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
PAC-12
Stanford QB Andrew Luck was 29-of-40 for 330 yards and three touchdowns in a 54-48 triple-overtime victory over host USC. Luck also rushed for 36 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
SEC
Georgia LB Jarvis Jones had five tackles, including four sacks, and a forced fumble in a 24-20 win over Florida in Jacksonville.
SUN BELT
Arkansas State QB Ryan Aplin was 28-of-42 for 322 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-14 win over visiting North Texas. He also rushed for 69 yards on eight carries to help keep Arkansas State unbeaten in league play.
WAC
Nevada QB Cody Fajardo was 19-of-29 for 283 yards in a 48-34 win over host New Mexico State. He also rushed for 60 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries.
INDEPENDENTS
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o had 13 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss as the host Irish held Navy to a season-low 229 yards in a 56-14 romp.
But Cougars quarterback Case Keenum responded by nearly throwing double-figure touchdown passes. Even by Keenum's standards of outlandish passing numbers, his game against Rice was in a class of its own.

Keenum completed 24 passes, and they went for 537 yards and a career-high nine touchdowns in a 73-34 demolition of Rice to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.

"That was probably the most fun I've ever had playing football," Keenum said.

Keenum's nine touchdown passes were not even a school single-game record, though. That record belongs to David Klingler, with a NCAA-record 11 against Eastern Washington in 1990.

Keenum's fifth touchdown pass of the game, which came in the midst of a 45-3 run that erased Rice's 17-7 lead, gave him the NCAA career record for touchdown passes. He now has 139, five more than the old record, which had been held by Texas Tech's Graham Harrell.

Keenum's career passing day was accompanied by a career receiving day. Senior Patrick Edwards caught seven passes for 318 yards and five touchdowns. Edwards' 318 receiving yards were tied for the seventh-highest total in FBS history.

"It just kind of happened," Keenum said. "Patrick having five of them with more than 300 yards receiving is crazy as well."

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NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
TB Brandon Wilds, South Carolina

South Carolina has suffered its share of losses this season - among them, the dismissal of Stephen Garcia and a season-ending injury to TB Marcus Lattimore - but only one of them has occurred on the field.

The Gamecocks remain in the lead for the SEC East despite the injuries thanks in part to the effort Saturday of Lattimore's replacement. Wilds, a true freshman, rushed for 137 yards on 28 carries to earn Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week honors. He also was South Carolina's leading receiver with three catches for 31 yards in a 14-3 victory at Tennessee.

The Gamecocks seized control with a 20-play, 98-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter. The drive had 17 runs and three passes; Wilds rushed for 51 yards on 11 carries on the defining drive.

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NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK
Iowa State's Wally Burnham

A week after Texas Tech's shocking upset at Oklahoma, the Red Raiders were on the wrong end of a shocking upset themselves.

The Tech offense that was unstoppable early against the Sooners was nowhere to be found in Lubbock. Iowa State held Texas Tech to seven points and 290 total yards, earning Cyclones defensive coordinator Burnham the Rivals.com National Coordinator of the Week honors.

It was the first time Tech failed to throw a touchdown pass in 69 games, dating to a 12-3 loss to TCU on Sept. 16, 2006.

The Red Raiders had gained fewer than 500 yards only once all season, and this also was Iowa State's first win in Lubbock in six tries.

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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