CBSSports.com Players of the Week (Dec. 2)
San Jose State QB David Fales, Buffalo LB Khalil Mack, Auburn CB Chris Davis and Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg earned CBSSports.com Player of the Week honors.
Every Monday, we will highlight the best and brightest performances from the weekend with the CBSSports.com Players of the Week. The honors will run through the end of the regular season right up until the CBS Sports All-America Team announcement.
You will be able to watch the unveiling of the CBS Sports All-America Team live on CBS Sports Network on Dec. 17.
All season, Mountain West fans and NFL scouts have been looking forward to the showdown of Derek Carr and David Fales in the regular season finale between Fresno State and San Jose State. Fales not only notched the victory thanks to 580 yards of total offense (547 passing, 33 rushing) but made the Spartans bowl eligible and knocked Fresno State from BCS buster status. The game started like a tennis match, with both quarterbacks leading six touchdown drives in the first half. However, the Bulldogs offense sputtered in the second half and Fales finished the day completing 35-of-47 passes and recording seven total touchdowns in the 62-52 win.
Mack already claimed the NCAA career record for forced fumbles earlier this season, and with 2.5 tackles for loss against Bowling Green on Friday the future 1st Round NFL Draft pick tied Jason Babin's NCAA record of 75 tackles for loss. The Bulls missed out on an opportunity to play for the MAC title, but with Mack's notoriety and an 8-4 record there should be an opportunity to pad this impressive career.
Chris Davis' one punt return recorded -1 yard, but the senior cornerback won this award with the play that you have no doubt seen over and over again. Malzahn's decision to substitute Davis into the game and send him to the end zone will forever change the lore of the Iron Bowl, and his 108ish-yard return (NCAA officially records such returns as 100 yards) clinched the SEC West for Auburn and changed the entire landscape for the final week of the college football season.
With NCAA sanctions preventing Penn State from competing in the postseason, Saturday's trip to Camp Randall had a bowl game feel for the Nittany Lions. Penn State delivered one of its most impressive performances of the season in upsetting Wisconsin, as freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg gave fans a glimpse of what might be in 2014. It's been an up-and-down year for the highly-touted true freshman, but Hackenberg finished strong with 339 yards and four touchdowns on 21-for-30 passing (70 percent) and most importantly, zero interceptions.
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