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November 20, 2011

Week 12 awards: Griffin may be NYC-bound

Baylor junior quarterback Robert Griffin's 34-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Williams to beat Oklahoma may end up sealing a trip to New York for Griffin, but the bigger play came earlier.

CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ACC
N.C. State LB Terrell Manning had eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in a 37-13 upset of Clemson.
BIG EAST
Rutgers RB Jawan Jamison rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries in a 20-3 win over Cincinnati.
BIG TEN
Michigan QB Denard Robinson was 11-of-18 for 180 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-17 win over Nebraska. He also rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns.
CONFERENCE USA
Houston LB Sammy Brown had 10 tackles, three sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in a 37-7 victory over visiting SMU.
MAC
Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish was 26-of-36 for 338 yards and two TDs in a 41-38 victory over Ball State on Tuesday. He also rushed for 171 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, and finished with 509 yards of total offense.
MOUNTAIN WEST
Boise State WR Tyler Shoemaker caught 10 passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-35 victory at San Diego State.
PAC-12
USC QB Matt Barkley was 26-of-34 for 323 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-35 upset of host Oregon.
SEC
Tennessee WR Da'Rick Rogers caught 10 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-21 overtime victory over visiting Vanderbilt.
SUN BELT
Arkansas State QB Ryan Aplin was 25-of-37 for 294 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-19 rout of host Middle Tennessee. He also rushed for 41 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries as the Red Wolves clinched at least a tie for the league crown.
WAC
Louisiana Tech QB Colby Cameron was 25-of-45 for 355 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-20 upset of host Nevada.
INDEPENDENTS
BYU QB Jake Heaps was 21-of-36 for 238 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-7 romp over visiting New Mexico State.
After a Sooners timeout after Baylor's first play on its final drive, Griffin scrambled for a 22-yard gain to Baylor's 46. That's when Baylor stopped thinking about overtime and instead about winning the game. Griffin then delivered again with an 8-yard run and a 12-yard pass to put the Bears on OU's 34.

The final play of the drive sealed Baylor's first win over a team ranked in the top five since 1985, and the touchdown pass that gave the Bears a 45-38 win also earned Griffin the Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.

"The first plan was to get a first down because we knew they had three timeouts and we had none," Griffin said. "They were going to try and get the ball back, expecting us to be conservative. We came back with a pretty aggressive second-down play, and we got the first.

"After that, we were just trying to get into field-goal range. We started picking up a chunk of yardage."

Griffin finished 21-of-34 for 479 yards and four touchdown passes. He also rushed for 72 yards. His 551 yards of total offense is a career-high and the second-highest total for any player this season; Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder had 564 yards against Toledo.

"It's another day at the office for Robert," Baylor coach Art Briles said. " When the ball's in his hands, good things happen because he's very intelligent, very gifted."

[Dr. Saturday: Baylor brings the dagger to OU]

NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK
Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison

With no-huddle, up-tempo offenses ruling college football, time of possession is a less and less relevant statistic. Not so for Michigan in its win over Nebraska.

The Wolverines held the ball for 41 minutes, 13 seconds in the victory. Part of that was Michigan's grinding rushing attack, but defense played a major part as well. The Wolverines' defense forced five three-and-outs and held Nebraska to 260 total yards, earning Mattison coordinator of the week honors.

Michigan held Nebraska to 138 rushing yards and 122 passing yards, and forced three turnovers. The Wolverines held Nebraska tailback Rex Burkhead to 36 rushing yards. The Huskers' 260 total yards was their lowest output of the season.

"The mindset of this defense and this team is just on a whole new level this year," defensive tackle Mike Martin said. "We've improved as a team each week, and we have to make sure we take a positive step for this week coming up [when Ohio State visits Ann Arbor]."

[Dr. Saturday: USC brings the ambush to Oregon]

NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
USC WR Marqise Lee

At one point in the season, a hobbled Robert Woods would have meant a shaky passing attack for USC. But thanks to Lee's emergence, USC can flourish even if Woods is battling shoulder and ankle injuries.

Lee caught eight passes for 187 yards and a touchdown in a 38-35 win over Oregon. He caught a 59-yard touchdown pass for USC's first touchdown and had a kickoff return of 47 yards to set up another USC score.

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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