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November 6, 2011

Week 10 awards: Tigers' Reid is tops

If there was one play that epitomized LSU's 9-6 overtime victory at Alabama on Saturday night, it was a play where LSU safety Eric Reid, like the Tigers, came out on top.

CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ACC
Virginia S Rodney McLeod intercepted three passes and finished with seven tackles in a 31-13 victory over Maryland.
BIG EAST
Rutgers DT Justin Francis had 11 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks in 20-17 overtime victory over USF.
BIG TEN
Northwestern QB Kain Colter was 4-of-6 for 115 yards and a touchdown in a 28-25 victory over Nebraska. He also rushed for 57 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries after coming on when starter Dan Persa was injured.
BIG 12
Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon caught 13 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns as the Cowboys held on to beat visiting Kansas State 52-45.
CUSA
Southern Miss LB Jamie Collins returned an interception 97 yards for a touchdown and had six tackles and 1.5 sacks in a 48-28 victory over East Carolina.
MID-AMERICAN
Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish was 17-of-26 for 265 yards and six touchdowns in a 63-60 victory over Toledo on Tuesday. He also rushed for 133 yards on 16 carries.
MOUNTAIN WEST
Air Force QB Tim Jefferson was 6-of-12 for 122 yards in a 24-14 victory over Army. He also rushed for 66 yards and two touchdowns.
PAC-12
UCLA RB Derrick Coleman rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in a 29-28 upset of Arizona State.
SUN BELT
Louisiana-Lafayette QB Blaine Gautier was 30-of-47 for 355 yards and four touchdowns in a 36-35 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. He also rushed for 59 yards on eight carries.
WAC
Louisiana Tech QB Colby Cameron was 18-of-32 for 358 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-21 victory over Fresno State.
INDEPENDENTS
Navy QB Kriss Proctor was 4-of-6 for 127 yards and a touchdown in a 42-17 victory over Troy. He also rushed for 37 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
As LSU wrestled the win away from the Crimson Tide, Reid wrestled away the ball on perhaps the game's key play.

In the fourth quarter, Alabama called a reverse pass for wide receiver Marquis Maze from LSU's 28-yard line. Maze heaved the ball downfield to tight end Michael Williams, who appeared to be wide open. But Reid broke on the ball and closed in time to wrestle the ball away from Williams at LSU's 1.

"I was covering my guy and I saw the tight end running free," Reid told TigerBait.com. "I went for him. I got my hands on the ball first and he tried to take it away from me."

[Forde: LSU 'D' clamps down to win classic]

Reid also had six tackles and a tackle for a loss on top of the interception to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors. Reid also picked up a blocked field goal in the second quarter, returning it 26 yards.

On a defense with ballhawking cornerbacks Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne, Reid often is overlooked. But he has been steady all season and ranks second on the team with 49 tackles. Reid has two interceptions and two forced fumbles in the past three games.

NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater

West Virginia QB Geno Smith may be the best offensive player in the Big East, but on Saturday, he wasn't even the top quarterback in the stadium.

Louisville freshman Teddy Bridgewater was 21-of-27 for 246 yards with a touchdown in the Cardinals' 38-35 upset. The win was Louisville's first over West Virginia since 2006 and first victory in Morgantown since 1990.

Bridgewater's career as a starter began three consecutive losses, to Marshall, North Carolina and Cincinnati. Since then, Louisville has won three consecutive Big East games for the first time in five seasons.

NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK
LSU's John Chavis

Eric Reid delivered the game's most important play, and LSU's defense was the story. In a game that didn't include a touchdown, neither defense could afford to bend.

LSU's rarely did. The Tigers held Alabama to a season-low 96 rushing yards and 199 passing yards to earn Chavis - a longtime SEC assistant known as "Chief" - Rivals.com National Coordinator of the Week honors.

Trent Richardson's 89 rushing yards were the most by any opposing running back against LSU all season, but the Tigers' defense clamped down on him late in the game. Only seven of Richardson's 23 carries went for longer than 3 yards, and only two of those came in the second half.

[Wetzel: Miles flips script, LSU sinks Alabama]

"We started off shaky on defense," LSU safety Brandon Taylor told TigerBait.com. "We gave up some big plays. We got things corrected at halftime. They got the ball inside the 20 a few times and we held them. When they got the ball close, we just had to pin our ears back and play football."

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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