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September 19, 2010

Mallett passes road test, nabs top honor

Florida State DE Markus White recorded four tackles and a sack, forced one fumble and recovered another in a 34-10 victory over visiting BYU.
West Virginia QB Geno Smith was 19-of-29 passing for 268 yards with four touchdowns in a 31-17 victory over visiting Maryland. Smith completed his first 10 passes.
Wisconsin RB John Clay rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in a 20-19 victory over visiting Arizona State.
UAB WR Jackie Williams caught six passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-33 victory over Troy. He caught touchdown passes of 36 and 44 yards and also rushed for a touchdown.
Temple RB Bernard Pierce rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns while catching a 27-yard pass for a score in a 30-16 upset of visiting Connecticut.
San Diego State freshman RB Ronnie Hillman rushed for 228 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-24 loss at Missouri.
Arizona QB Nick Foles was 28-of-39 passing for 304 yards and two touchdowns, including the winner in the fourth quarter, in a 34-27 victory over Iowa. The only drawback was an interception returned for a touchdown.
Arkansas State QB Ryan Aplin was 20-of-32 passing for 243 yards with a touchdown in a 32-20 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. He also rushed for 75 yards and a score.
Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick was 10-of-15 passing for 181 yards in a 52-31 victory over California. He also rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries.
Navy QB Ricky Dobbs was 8-of-14 passing for 219 yards with a touchdown in a 37-23 victory over Louisiana Tech. He also rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

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."

Taylor Martinez, Nebraska

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.

Chuck Bullough, UCLA defensive coordinator

True, UCLA didn't have to defend Houston quarterback Case Keenum for the entire game, but while he was in the game, he struggled.

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 dfox@rivals.com.

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