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November 10, 2009

Power rankings: Big day lifts Shipley to top

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Never in the storied history of Texas football had a wide receiver put together the kind of game Jordan Shipley delivered this past weekend.

Shipley caught 11 passes for 273 yards -- shattering the 22-year-old school record by 31 yards -- in the Longhorns' 35-3 victory over UCF. The previous single-game record was held by Tony Jones, who had 242 receiving yards against Pittsburgh in the 1987 Bluebonnet Bowl.

"He's the best receiver in the country," Texas receiver James Kirkendoll said.

We agree.

Shipley's big performance makes him the new No. 1 receiver in the Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings, which measure the nation's top performers at each position. Shipley moved ahead of Notre Dame's Golden Tate, who caught nine passes for 132 yards and a touchdown in a 23-21 loss to Navy.

Tate has delivered a wonderful season, but Shipley arguably has been even better.

Shipley has caught 75 passes for 1,050 yards to join Roy Williams, now with the Dallas Cowboys, as the only Longhorns receivers to put together two 1,000-yard seasons. Shipley has caught at least 10 passes in four of the Longhorns' nine games.

His 273-yard outburst against UCF was the second-highest total in Big 12 history. Oklahoma State's Adarius Bowman gained 300 receiving yards against Kansas in 2006.

"It's one of those deals that you don't really think about [the single-game record] while you're playing," Shipley said. "I really had no idea. It was a fun game. It was fun to break free, and I think our offense executed well and our defense played great."

In the only other change atop the power rankings, Alabama's Rolando McClain replaced South Carolina's Eric Norwood as the nation's top linebacker in the wake of the Crimson Tide's 24-15 victory over LSU. McClain is the leading tackler for Alabama, which ranks fourth in the nation in total defense and sixth in scoring defense.

Houston quarterback Case Keenum, Alabama running back Mark Ingram, Pittsburgh tight end Dorin Dickerson, Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung, Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Tennessee strong safety Eric Berry, Florida coach Urban Meyer, Houston offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong remained atop their respective positions.

The power rankings are released each Tuesday during the regular season. The ranking of a player and coach can fluctuate each week during the season depending on how he fared the previous week. The power rankings measure overall career performances as well as their most recent results. Our coordinator rankings exclude coordinators who don't call their own plays or signals.

Rivals.com Power Rankings by Position: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ST
Coaches Power Rankings: Head Coach | Off. Coordinator | Def. Coordinator

Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at smegargee@rivals.com.

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