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September 29, 2008
Rivals.com Week 5 National Awards
Before eight ranked teams lost Saturday, Oregon State set the tone for the weekend with the most improbable of wins.
Rodgers and his teammates started a domino effect for the rest of the top 25. For its efforts, Oregon State swept the Rivals.com national awards this week.
Rivals.com named Rodgers its National Player of the Week, National Freshman of the Week and Pac-10 Player of the Week. Beavers offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf is the National Coordinator of the Week.
The 5-foot-6 Rodgers, shorter than everyone on USC's roster, became a national name after carrying the ball 37 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns against a stout USC defense in the 27-21 win.
Credit Langsdorf with formulating a game plan and sticking with it throughout the game. Quarterback Lyle Moevao passed for 167 yards and two touchdowns, and the Beavers committed no turnovers.
ALSO CONSIDERED FOR FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK:
ALSO CONSIDERED FOR COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK:
• Daryll Clark, Evan Royster and Derrick Williams are in good hands under offensive coordinator Galen Hall, who led Penn State to a 421-yard performance - including 241 rushing yards - against Illinois.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.