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October 31, 2010
Helu runs away with player of week award
Helu set the school's single-game rushing record with 307 yards against previously undefeated Missouri in a 31-17 victory to earn Rivals.com national player of the week honors.
The previous record was by Calvin Jones, who rushed for 294 yards against Kansas in 1991. No one had come within 60 yards of the record since 2002. Helu also has the only 300-yard game in the nation this season.
"You break a school record for single-game rushing at this place, with all the tradition around here, it's a pretty big deal," Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. "He played a heck of a football game."
After its performance against Oklahoma, Missouri's defense appeared as if it would be formidable roadblock for the Huskers. Helu erased that notion before the second quarter. He broke off a 66-yard touchdown run on Nebraska's first possession and added a 73-yard touchdown run at the end of the first quarter as Nebraska built a 24-0 lead.
Helu ran for 192 yards on his three touchdowns runs alone; that would've been a career high for Helu and Nebraska's second-best rushing performance of the season.
"Roy is very humble; he's appreciative of the offensive line," Huskers guard Keith Williams said. "He always thanks us afterward. He got the game ball after the game and he kind of sprinted throughout the locker room, throughout the offense. He's a great guy."
Urban Meyer figured out how Florida can move the ball -- give it to Burton, a jack-of-all-trades freshman.
The quarterback/running back/receiver/H-back rushed for 110 yards, including touchdown runs of 51 yards and 1 yard, in a 34-31 overtime victory over Georgia. His 17 carries were a season high and as many as he had in the past two games combined.
Burton also completed both of his passes, for 26 yards, and caught five passes for 35 yards. He didn't touch the ball on three Florida possessions. Those drives resulted in two punts and an interception.
In four seasons, Jim Harbaugh has had four assistants hold the defensive coordinator or co-coordinator title at Stanford. If first-year coordinator Fangio continues to coach defense like this, he might stick around for a while.
Stanford's defense turned in a historic performance in a 41-0 dismantling of Washington, earning its second Pac-10 road shutout of the season. The 107 yards allowed were the second fewest in school history and the fewest in a Pac-10 game. The previous Pac-10 low was 109 yards amassed by Washington State in 1969.
Stanford's defense has two road shutouts in a season for the first time since 1968, two Pac-10 shutouts in the same season for the first time since '68 and two overall shutouts in a season for the first time since '72. The first was a 35-0 victory over UCLA.
Fangio's defense held Washington to 19 rushing yards and frustrated Jake Locker, who passed for 64 yards and threw two interceptions.