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October 31, 2010

Helu runs away with player of week award

CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ACC
N.C. State QB Russell Wilson was 18-of-28 passing for 178 yards and a touchdown in a 28-24 upset of Florida State on Thursday. He also rushed for 69 yards and three touchdowns to keep the Wolfpack's Atlantic Division title hopes alive.
BIG EAST
Connecticut LB Sio Moore recovered two fumbles and recorded 17 tackles, including three for loss, in a 16-13 overtime upset of West Virginia on Friday.
BIG TEN
Iowa CB Shaun Prater recorded 10 tackles and returned an interception 42 yards to set up a Hawkeyes touchdown in a 37-6 romp over previously unbeaten Michigan State. Turnovers led to or directly accounted for 16 points of Iowa's first 23 points as the Hawkeyes opened up a 23-0 lead.
CONFERENCE USA
UCF RB Ronnie Weaver rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries in a key 49-35 victory over East Carolina.
MID-AMERICAN
Bowling Green DT Chris Jones recorded five tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks and recovered a fumble in a 17-14 upset of Central Michigan.
MOUNTAIN WEST
Utah freshman S Brian Blechen intercepted a pass that set up the go-ahead touchdown in a 28-23 victory over Air Force. He also recovered a fumble and recorded nine tackles.
PAC-10
Oregon RB LaMichael James rushed for 239 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries in a 53-32 victory at USC.
SUN BELT
Louisiana-Monroe redshirt freshman QB Kolton Browning was 20-of-30 passing for 226 yards and a touchdown in a 28-14 stunner against visiting Troy.
WESTERN ATHLETIC
Hawaii QB Bryant Moniz was 27-of-38 passing for 326 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-10 rout of Idaho. Moniz also rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
INDEPENDENTS
Army FB Jared Hassin rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 14 caries in a 29-7 victory over VMI. He also caught three passes for 54 yards.

Rushing records usually don't come easily at Nebraska, but Roy Helu Jr. tried to make it look that way.

Helu set the school's single-game rushing record with 307 yards against previously undefeated Missouri in a 31-17 victory to earn Rivals.com national player of the week honors.

The previous record was by Calvin Jones, who rushed for 294 yards against Kansas in 1991. No one had come within 60 yards of the record since 2002. Helu also has the only 300-yard game in the nation this season.

"You break a school record for single-game rushing at this place, with all the tradition around here, it's a pretty big deal," Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. "He played a heck of a football game."

After its performance against Oklahoma, Missouri's defense appeared as if it would be formidable roadblock for the Huskers. Helu erased that notion before the second quarter. He broke off a 66-yard touchdown run on Nebraska's first possession and added a 73-yard touchdown run at the end of the first quarter as Nebraska built a 24-0 lead.

Helu ran for 192 yards on his three touchdowns runs alone; that would've been a career high for Helu and Nebraska's second-best rushing performance of the season.

"Roy is very humble; he's appreciative of the offensive line," Huskers guard Keith Williams said. "He always thanks us afterward. He got the game ball after the game and he kind of sprinted throughout the locker room, throughout the offense. He's a great guy."

NATIONAL FRESHMAN AND SEC OF THE WEEK
Florida QB Trey Burton

Urban Meyer figured out how Florida can move the ball -- give it to Burton, a jack-of-all-trades freshman.

The quarterback/running back/receiver/H-back rushed for 110 yards, including touchdown runs of 51 yards and 1 yard, in a 34-31 overtime victory over Georgia. His 17 carries were a season high and as many as he had in the past two games combined.

Burton also completed both of his passes, for 26 yards, and caught five passes for 35 yards. He didn't touch the ball on three Florida possessions. Those drives resulted in two punts and an interception.

NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK
Stanford's Vic Fangio

In four seasons, Jim Harbaugh has had four assistants hold the defensive coordinator or co-coordinator title at Stanford. If first-year coordinator Fangio continues to coach defense like this, he might stick around for a while.

Stanford's defense turned in a historic performance in a 41-0 dismantling of Washington, earning its second Pac-10 road shutout of the season. The 107 yards allowed were the second fewest in school history and the fewest in a Pac-10 game. The previous Pac-10 low was 109 yards amassed by Washington State in 1969.

Stanford's defense has two road shutouts in a season for the first time since 1968, two Pac-10 shutouts in the same season for the first time since '68 and two overall shutouts in a season for the first time since '72. The first was a 35-0 victory over UCLA.

Fangio's defense held Washington to 19 rushing yards and frustrated Jake Locker, who passed for 64 yards and threw two interceptions.

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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