CBSSports.com Players of the Week (Nov. 4)
Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, Michigan State's defense, Minnesota punter Peter Mortell and Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk 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 on Dec. 17.
Derek Carr has been on an offensive warpath as of late, breaking school records left and right while leading the Bulldogs on their climb up the BCS standings. Carr became Fresno State's career passing leader on Saturday night thanks to a 487 yard performance that included three passing touchdowns and another score on the ground. It was Carr's 12th career 400-yard passing game, and the Bulldogs needed every bit of it with Nevada fighting back in the second half and cutting the deficit to one score early in the fourth quarter.
Allen led the way with three sacks and nine total tackles, but the entire Spartans defense deserves a nod for their performance against Michigan. If you include yards lost in seven sacks, Michigan was held to -48 yards rushing and just 168 total yards for the game as Michigan State slowly pulled away from the Wolverines in the second half. Looking at the schedule ahead (Nebraska, Northwestern and Minnesota), it might be time to start talking about whether this dominant unit can slow down the league's best team in Indianapolis on Dec. 7.
Specialist of the Week: Minnesota punter Peter Mortell
There were several impressive performances by place-kickers in Week 10, but many of them -- like USF kicker Marvin Kloss hitting from 39, 49 and 50 yards in an 11-point game -- came in a losing effort. That was not the case for Minnesota punter Peter Mortell, who averaged 43 yards per punt on five attempts and pinned Indiana inside the 20-yard line twice in the second half of the Golden Gophers 42-39 road win.
Rookie of the Week: Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk
Mauk helped Missouri bounce back from the second-half collapse against South Carolina with three touchdown passes and 114 rushing yards in the 31-3 win against Tennessee. The redshirt freshman reserve may be handing the starting job back to James Franklin soon, but you would not know it from his confidence as he led the offense to a turnover-free performance against the Volunteers.
Performance Noted: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston completed 21-of-29 passes for 325 yards, but he has won this award several times this year and did throw two interceptions in the game. Plus, Winston's name is still on the short list for honors much more prestigious than this.
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