What another fabulous week of college football.
With all of the close games, ranked teams that fell and near upsets, players from all over the country made their impact felt in a major way. Week 6 of the college football season featured two quarterbacks who passed for more than 500 yards, five running backs who topped 200 rushing yards and an SEC defensive lineman who had three sacks.
Many players put their team on their back this week, but who had the best overall performance?
Keith Price, Washington
Although Price came up just short in the game against Stanford, he still threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns, and he completed 68.8 percent of his passes against one of nation's top defenses. Not only did he keep the Huskies in the game until the very end, he did a wonderful job of extending plays and making things happen when there appeared to be nothing there.
Even the last play of the game that was overturned and called incomplete was a questionable play that could have gone his way.
Washington State's Connor Halliday and California's Jared Goff both passed for more than 500 yards, but neither faced the elite competition that Price did. Price looked a lot like the player he was in 2011 and will give Oregon problems next week if he can match this effort.
Duke Johnson, Miami
Johnson had one of the better performances of his career in a 45-30 win over Georgia Tech. He rushed for 184 yards, had one reception for 27 yards and averaged 28.5 yards on four kickoff returns. The talented sophomore was once again the difference-maker in the Hurricanes' victory and is helping Miami creep toward the Top 10 of both polls. Like it or not, the Hurricanes are back.
Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
Abdullah is off to an incredible start this season, but he had a performance for the ages in Nebraska's 39-19 win against Illinois. He rushed for 225 yards and two touchdowns on only 20 carries. That's more rushing yards than Illinois, Clemson or LSU had as a team last week. Abdullah has now rushed for more than 100 yards in four of the first five games this season.
Solomon Patton, Florida
What's that? Florida has an offensive playmaker?
Patton provided the Gators with another impressive performance in their 30-10 win over Arkansas. The senior caught six passes for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His score near the end of the second quarter helped Florida pull away in the SEC clash. Patton now has two 100-yard games in the last four contests.
Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
Strong came up strong in Arizona State's 37-34 loss to Notre Dame. Although the Sun Devils came up short, the sophomore caught eight passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. He consistently found holes in the Notre Dame defense and did what he could to help the Sun Devils move the chains. Strong has now topped 100 receiving yards in each of the last four games and is quickly becoming one of the better receivers in the Pac-12.
Devin Funchess, Michigan
Funchess had his best game of the season and the best game of his career in Michigan's 42-13 win over Minnesota. The sophomore tight end caught seven passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. His reception total and receiving yards set a new career high for the talented receiver.
Funchess lined up to the outside many times in this game, and at 6'5", he was a tough cover for the Minnesota defensive backs. Heading into the heart of the Big Ten schedule, he'll continue to be a top target within this offense.
Missouri's Offensive Line
Missouri made a statement in a 51-28 road win against Vanderbilt. Yeah, the Commodores are a shell of themselves and shouldn't be considered SEC elite, but the Tigers were left for dead after last season and weren't expected to be much of a threat this year.
Instead, the big uglies stepped up in a big way, as Missouri averaged 5.7 yards per rush and kept a clean pocket for quarterback James Franklin. After picking up a combined eight sacks in the first two games, Vandy only came away with two sacks and one quarterback hurry in this contest.
Missouri still has a ways to go to earn its stripes in this tough conference, but this win was a nice start.
Michael Sam, Missouri
Sam is another Missouri player who played his tail off. The senior defensive lineman came away with five tackles, three tackles for loss and three sacks. It was his second consecutive game with three sacks, and he is now fifth on the team with 22 tackles.
Who said the Tigers weren't tough?
Last season, Missouri was considered soft in the trenches, and it played a big role in why the team struggled in its first season in the SEC. We're seeing a different attitude this season with the Tigers having something to prove.
Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State
After Oklahoma State was upset by West Virginia, Lewis wasn't about to fall victim to Kansas State. In a 33-29 win over the Wildcats, the senior linebacker took it upon himself to make plays and to lead his team, which is what he told Gina Mizell of News OK:
Our coach emphasized that all week. The opportunity presented itself to make a play, so I just had to lay out for my team. That's big-time. Right before we went on the field, we said, ‘Don't wait for somebody else to make the play. You make the play.'
Making plays is what he did. He led the team with eight tackles, forced a fumble and came away with a late interception that set up a field goal to put the game out of reach. Lewis was the clear difference-maker in the Cowboys' fourth win of the season.
Deone Bucannon, Washington State
Don't look now, but Washington State is 4-2 on the season. While Mike Leach teams are mostly known for offense, the Cougars have played surprisingly well defensively. Defensive back Deone Bucannon was the player who shined brightest in a 44-22 win against Cal.
The senior safety flew all over the field and led the team with 12 tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception on a deep pass in the second quarter.
Bucannon now leads the Cougars with 56 tackles and four interceptions on the season.