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October 18, 2009

Ingram gains top honor, enters Heisman race

CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ACC
Boston College running back Montel Harris ran for 254 yards and five touchdowns on 27 carries in a 52-20 rout of N.C. State.
BIG TEN
Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan had nine tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in a 26-18 upset of Ohio State.
BIG 12
Texas safety Earl Thomas had seven tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in a 16-13 victory over Oklahoma.
CONFERENCE USA
East Carolina wide receiver Dwayne Harris caught nine passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-13 victory over Rice. He also retuned a kickoff 92 yards for a TD.
MID-AMERICAN
Toledo safety Barry Church had 12 tackles and two blocked kicks, including what would've been the go-ahead field goal, in a 20-19 victory over Northern Illinois.
MOUNTAIN WEST
BYU quarterback Max Hall was 27-of-39 passing for 346 yards and three scores in a 38-28 victory over San Diego State.
PAC-10
USC quarterback Matt Barkley was 19-of-29 passing for 380 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-27 victory at Notre Dame.
SUN BELT
Troy quarterback Levi Brown was 28-of-37 passing for 291 yards and three scores in a 42-33 victory over Florida International.
WESTERN ATHLETIC
Idaho running back DeMaundray Woolridge rushed for 81 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries in a 35-23 victory over Hawaii.
INDEPENDENTS
Navy fullback Vince Murray rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in a 38-35 overtime victory at SMU.

Through the first half of the season, Alabama looked like a top-ranked team without a Heisman contender.

But sophomore running back Mark Ingram might now be the front-runner for the award after putting the Crimson Tide on his back Saturday in a 20-6 win vs. South Carolina.

On a day when Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy threw two interceptions, Ingram responded with 246 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.

"If we had guys that could play like that, the sky would be the limit in terms of heart and character that he plays with," Alabama coach Nick Saban said.

Ingram's 246 yards were a Bryant-Denny Stadium record for an Alabama back and the second-best, single-game rushing total nationally this season.

NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
TB Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh

Lewis, a true freshman, rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries in a 24-17 victory over Rutgers on Friday to earn Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week and Big East Player of the Week honors. Rutgers had allowed an average of 39.5 rushing yards in its previous four games.

NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK
Norm Parker, Iowa

Parker's defense held Wisconsin to its worst offensive day of the season, with only 230 total yards. The Hawkeyes held the Badgers to a season-low 87 rushing yards and intercepted Scott Tolzien a season-high three times.

David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dfox@rivals.com.



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