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Top Performers in the Big East: Week 2


10. Matt Grothe, QB, South Florida

Grothe gave a gutsy performance in a tough environment, going 18-of-27 for 184 yards and a touchdown through the air, and rushing for 31 more yards and another score as the Bulls pulled the upset at Auburn.

9. Gary Barnidge, TE, Louisville

The senior tight end was one of four Cardinal receivers to breach the 100-yard mark, hauling in four passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns.

8. Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia

It was just another ordinary Saturday for the Heisman candidate as he rushed 150 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.

7. Mike Teel, QB, Rutgers

Teel was impressive for the second week in a row, hitting on 14-of-19 attempts for 266 yards and three scores.

6. Pat White, QB, West Virginia

The dual threat was paramount to the Mountaineers huge second half, and finished the game having accounted for 281 yards and three touchdowns.

5. LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh

The freshman found the endzone on three of his first four carries, and finished the day with 107 yards on 19 touches.

4. Darius Reynaud, WR, West Virginia

Still the most underrated weapon of Rich Rodriguez's offense, Reynaud caught nine balls for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the Mountaineers' win over Marshall.

3. Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers

Rice laid claim to the school's all-time rushing record on a night that saw him amass 157 yards on the ground, and find the endzone three times.

2. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville

Brohm surpassed the 400-yard mark for the first time in his brilliant career, going 25-of-39 for 401 yards and five touchdowns.

Offensive Player of the Week: Anthony Allen, RB, Louisville

Though Steve Kragthorpe probably wishes they hadn't needed him so deep into the fourth quarter, Allen set the U of L single-game rushing record against Middle Tennessee State by gaining 275 yards on 35 carries. He also scored two touchdowns.


10. Danny Lansanah, LB, Connecticut

The Huskies' defensive leader tied for the team lead with seven tackles, and made three behind the line.

9. Scott Lutrus, LB, Connecticut

Lutrus made six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and intercepted a pass as Uconn blanked Maine.

8. George Selvie, DE, South Florida

The big man coming off the edge notched 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and hit Auburn QB Brandon Cox three times on Saturday night.

7. Brouce Mompremier, LB, South Florida

USF's weakside linebacker led the team in tackles with 12, one of which came in the backfield

6. Kevin Malast, LB, Rutgers

Malast bested his 10-tackle performance against Buffalo by notching a team-best 13 against Navy last Friday. The junior also broke up a pass.

5. DeAngelo Smith, CB, Cincinnati

Smith was the beneficiary of an increased number of passes thrown in his direction because of Oregon State quarterbacks trying to avoid Mike Mickens on the other side of the field. The strategy didn't work as Smith picked off two passes and the Beavers never found the endzone.

4. Ron Girault, S, Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights' strong safety made his first interception of the year in addition to recording ten tackles.

3. Haruki Nakamura, S, Cincinnati

Nakamura continued to live up to his preseason hype, intercepting two passes and notching six tackles as UC blew out Oregon State.

2. Reed Williams, LB, West Virginia

West Virginia's man in the middle made 15 tackles, two tackles for loss, and forced a fumble as the Mountaineers won at Marshall.

Defensive Player of the Week: Nate Allen, S, South Florida

Though not as highly thought of as some of his counterparts in the USF secondary, Allen gave a masterful performance on Saturday night, intercepting a pass, forcing a fumble, recovering a fumble, making seven tackles, and breaking up a pass.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Jake Rogers, K, Cincinnati

The freshman who struggled so mightily against Southeast Missouri State a week ago was a perfect 4-for-4 on extra points, and drilled field goals 38 and 55 yards. the 55-yard kick was the second longest in Cincinnati history.

Delbert Alvarado finished 97th.

Freshman of the Week: LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh

I'm anxious to finally be able to see him this weekend, because he certainly sounds like the real deal.

Team of the Week: South Florida

I thought briefly about copping out and giving the distinction to both USF and Cincinnati, but the Bulls earned the right to stand alone by winning on the road in a tough environment against a team that had been hearing about the game all summer. This could be the worst Auburn team in 20 years and the best South Florida team ever, and it still wouldn't diminish how remarkable it is that a program of merely 11-years just defeated one of the most storied programs in college football history in their own house.