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November 15, 2009
Most of the attention was focused on California's Jahvid Best and Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers. USC's Joe McKnight was considered a breakout candidate. And people wondered what LeGarrette Blount could do as Oregon's feature back.
So much for predictions.
Gerhart rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries in Saturday's 55-21 demolition of USC to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.
The standout performance gives Gerhart 401 yards and six touchdowns against top-10 opponents in the past two weeks. It also puts him in the top three nationally in rushing and probably on some Heisman ballots.
Stanford's 55 points were the most scored on USC in the Trojans' history.
"To do that against a storied program, a perennial power, it's the greatest feeling in the world," Gerhart said. "It was just will. The offensive line just moved people. We got after them and got downhill, and it was just a good offensive day."
Manuel, a redshirt freshman, was 15-of-20 passing for 220 yards and a touchdown in his first career start, a 41-28 victory at Wake Forest. Manuel also rushed for 45 yards and a score in the win, which evened Florida State's record at 5-5 as the Seminoles make a push for their 28th straight bowl.
In recent years, TCU's offense has been overshadowed by a fantastic defense. That's not so this season. Anderson and Fuente, first-year co-coordinators, led TCU's offense to a dominating performance of Utah, a top-20 team in total defense going into Saturday. The Horned Frogs rushed for 342 yards and passed for 207 in the 55-28 victory over the Utes, which kept TCU undefeated.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.