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October 11, 2009
"People been talking bad about me in the papers, man," Rodgers told reporters. "They say, 'Quizz hasn't rushed over 100 yards in three games,' so I took that personal."
Going into Saturday's Pac-10 showdown with Stanford, Rodgers actually hadn't topped 85 yards in any of his past three games - all against Big Six conference competition. Rodgers answered his critics by rushing for 189 yards and four touchdowns on 33 carries against Stanford to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors. Rodgers also caught five passes for 82 yards in the victory.
Rodgers outplayed Pac-10 rushing leader Toby Gerhart, who had led the Cardinal to a 3-0 start in conference play. Meanwhile, Oregon State looks as if it will continue its tradition of shaking off a slow start in September with standout performances in October and November. The Beavers started 2-2 this season, but have won their past two games, against Arizona State and Stanford.
First, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier found a quarterback in Stephen Garcia. Now, maybe Spurrier has found a new star receiver in Alshon Jeffery, who caught seven passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-26 win over Kentucky.
Alabama further established itself as the class of the SEC West by dismantling Ole Miss 22-3 in Oxford. Kirby Smart's defense continued its dominance by holding the Rebels to 72 rushing yards and 140 passing yards. The Tide intercepted Jevan Snead four times.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.