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September 19, 2010
Mallett passes road test, nabs top honor
For all of his prolific passing numbers last season, Ryan Mallett had one key question he needed to answer before Arkansas could be seriously considered a threat in the SEC West: Can he win on the road?
Although the Razorbacks allowed Georgia to crawl back into the game Saturday, Mallett emphatically answered his road-woes question. Mallett was 21-of-33 passing for 380 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-24 victory over the Bulldogs to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.
After Georgia tied the score at 24, Mallett took Arkansas 73 yards in three plays and 32 seconds to win the game on a 40-yard catch-and-run from Greg Childs.
The performance was his best in an SEC road game his career. Arkansas went 0-4 on the road last season as Mallett completed only 53-of-135 passes (39.3 percent) in those games.
"This has got to be one of the greatest moments I've felt since I've played the game of football," Mallett said. "It so rarely comes down to the wire like this. It's sometimes gone the other way for us, but now I know how it feels to get the win."
As Martinez, a redshirt freshman quarterback at Nebraska, sets personal bests, he's also setting Huskers milestones.
In his first road start and his first game against a major-conference opponent, Martinez accounted for four touchdowns in a 56-21 victory over Washington to earn National Freshman of the Week and Big 12 Player of the Week honors. Along the way, Martinez outperformed Washington quarterback Jake Locker, a potential NFL first-round pick.
Martinez was 7-of-11 passing for 150 yards and a touchdown, but he did most of his damage on the ground with 137 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries.
Martinez, who has 392 rushing yards this season, is the first Nebraska quarterback to top 100 rushing yards in three consecutive games since Eric Crouch in 2001. Crouch won the Heisman that season.
Bullough's defense held Houston to 360 total yards and 252 passing yards to earn him National Coordinator of the Week honors. UCLA's defense intercepted Keenum twice before he left in the second quarter with a leg injury.
For the first time this season, the Cougars failed to score a touchdown on their opening drive. In addition, it was the first time Houston was held to fewer than 20 points since the final game of the 2007 season.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.