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November 10, 2008
Rivals.com Week 11 National Awards
Iowa's 24-23 upset of previously undefeated Penn State likely ended the national championship hopes for the Nittany Lions and reorganized the BCS behind the top two of Alabama and Texas Tech.
The upset also earned the Hawkeyes Rivals.com National Player of the Week and National Coordinator of the Week awards.
It was no surprise Iowa's run game headed by Shonn Greene and stingy defense led the way again. The Hawkeyes' four losses this season have come by a total of 12 points. On Saturday, their ball-control offense and stout defense finally pulled out the close win they had waited for all season.
Greene - a junior - has rushed for at least 100 yards in each game this season, but his game against Penn State may have been his most impressive. Greene carried the ball 28 times for 117 yards and accounted for two of the Hawkeyes' three touchdowns in the 24-23 victory.
Virginia Tech is back in the ACC Coastal lead, thanks to a record performance from redshirt freshman Darren Evans. Evans continued the Hokies' tradition of winning on Thursday nights – the Hokies are 15-3 on that day – with a 25-13 win over Maryland.
Evans rushed for a school-record 253 yards and a touchdown against the Terrapins, putting the Hokies in position to strengthen their lead in the Coastal this Thursday against Miami.
Also considered for freshman of the week:
Penn State came into its game against Iowa leading the Big Ten in rushing offense, total offense and scoring offense. The Hawkeyes' defense answered the challenge.
Iowa held Penn State to 289 total yards and forced quarterback Daryll Clark, the Big Ten leader in passing efficiency, into a 9-for-23 night, with an interception.
Also considered for coordinator of the week:
• Nick Holt's USC defense is allowing less than a touchdown per game after holding California to a field goal in a 17-3 win. The Trojans allowed only 165 total yards and 27 rushing yards in the victory.
• Phil Bennett led the Pittsburgh defense to a dominant performance against Louisville, holding the Cardinals to 299 yards and 96 rushing yards. The Panthers forced five turnovers and returned an interception for a touchdown in the 41-7 win.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.