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 on Dec. 17.
Jordan Lynch set an FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback while Jeremy Gallon had the second-most productive game ever for a wide receiver. To ignore either one of these offensive performances would be unfair, so we've included them both.
Northern Illinois was tied with Central Michigan at halftime, then Lynch grained 232 of his 316 rushing yards on 18 second-half carries. In addition to the FBS quarterback rushing record, Lynch now holds the single-game FBS high for the 2013 season.
Jeremy Gallon, like Lynch, was able to help his team seal a conference victory with his record-setting performance. Michigan continued to march down the field on Indiana despite two lost fumbles in the second half, using the Gardner-to-Gallon connection to overcome the miscues. By the end of the game, Gallon had a new school and Big Ten record with 369 receiving yards on 14 catches, adding two touchdowns in the 63-47 win.
While Florida State's 55-14 win over Clemson in Death Valley has resulted in a lot of Jameis Winston chatter (but more on him below), it was the Seminoles defense that made the biggest statement on Saturday night. Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and the Tigers offense presented the toughest challenge yet for Jeremy Pruitt's unit, and Lamarcus Joyner was just one of several Florida State players that deserve to share this award after not allowing a single play of more than 20 yards. Joyner finished the game with two forced fumbles and an interception to pair with a sack and eight solo tackles.
Missouri's rise to the top of the SEC East was aided in part by the reliable leg of Andrew Baggett. The Tigers' sophomore kicker connected on a field goals from 43, 39, 33, 28 and 19 yards, tying the school record for field goals in a game and allowing the offense to keep putting points on the board while freshman Maty Mauk got comfortable in his first start at quarterback. Baggett now ranks fourth in the nation among kickers with 70 points on the season.
Co-Rookie of the Week: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston
At the risk of getting Seminole-heavy, Davis Webb has earned a spot alongside Jameis Winston this week for Rookie of the Week honors with his equally-impressive 444 yards performance in a win at West Virginia. The Mountaineers pushed Texas Tech, but Webb, making his first road start, broke the school's single-game freshman record with 462 yards in the 37-27 win. West Virginia held a 27-16 lead late in the third quarter, but Webb used frequently-targeted favorites Jace Amaro and Bradley Marquez (not mention Kenny Williams out of the backfield) to move the ball down the field for three straight touchdowns to close the game.
Winston merely threw for a career-high 444 yards and scored four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in the aforementioned road win against Clemson. It was the most points scored against Clemson in Death Valley ever, and quickly added Winston's name to the short list for awards much more prestigious than this weekly honor.