Florida Atlantic's Smith named Player of the Week
Each week during the season, readers can select their pick for USA TODAY's Player of the Week. Choices will be made available on Sunday night. The fan vote, open through noon ET on Tuesday, will comprise one-third of the award with one vote each also going to college football editor Erick Smith and Gannett columnist Mike Lopresti.
Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith grabbed this week's USA TODAY's Player of the Week honor with an impressive performance against Minnesota. Smith had five touchdown passes and threw for 463 yards to help the Owls from the Sun Belt Conference upset Minnesota 42-39. The senior won the award with the unanimous support of the fan balloting, college football editor Erick Smith and Gannett News Service columnist Mike Lopresti.
THIS WEEK'S WINNER
Rusty Smith— Florida Atlantic's quarterback stunned Minnesota as he threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns in the Owls' surprising 42-39 triumph against the Golden Gophers.
THIS WEEK'S OTHER NOMINEES
Robert Johnson— Utah's safety intercepted UCLA quarterback Ben Olson twice, recorded six tackles and forced two fumbles, including one while the Bruins were in the red zone during the Utes' 44-6 upset victory.
Jordy Nelson— Kansas State's wideout set a school single-game record with 15 catches for 209 yards and a touchdown pass while throwing for another score from 24 yards out in the Wildcats' 61-10 dousing of Missouri State.
Matt Ryan— Boston College's quarterback has the fans in Chestnut Hill thinking Doug Flutie after going 30-of-45 for 435 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' 24-10 win at Georgia Tech.
Tim Tebow— Florida's sophomore dual-threat signal caller threw for 299 yards, two touchdowns and a pick while gaining 61 yards and two more scores on the ground in the Gators' 59-20 knockdown of Tennessee.
FIVE WHO MISSED THE CUT
Alex Brink— Washington State's quarterback went 26-of-36 for 307 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in the Cougars' 45-28 win over Idaho.
Tommy Grady— Utah's quarterback executed the Utes' offense to the 44-6 upset over UCLA. Grady went 17-of-30 for 246 yards and three touchdowns.
Mike Hart — Michigan's running back came through with his guaranteed win as he rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries as the Wolverines defeated Notre Dame 38-0.
P.J. Hill — Wisconsin's workhorse rusher scored four touchdowns on 168 yards rushing off 25 touches as the Badgers downed The Citadel 45-31.
Kellen Lewis— Indiana's quarterback accumulated 336 total yards (137 passing yards and 199 rushing yards) and five total touchdowns in the Hoosiers' 41-24 defeat of Akron.