Studs and Duds from Week 11 in College Football
Week 11 of the 2013 college football season provided yet another stepping stone for several major powerhouses on their way to prime postseason position.
The week that was gave us a handful of big-time performances from well-known players, as well as some head-scratching efforts that came at the wrong time.
Aside from Stanford knocking off Oregon on Thursday night, the predicted script mostly played out without a hitch.
Let's take a look at some of the studs and duds from Week 11.
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Stud: CB DeVon Edwards, Duke
It usually takes something a lot more special than three touchdowns against a terrible North Carolina State team to make the weekly "studs" list, but DeVon Edwards is an exception.
You see, the freshman plays defense for the Blue Devils, yet he still managed to have a major impact on the game. Edwards, a cornerback, accounted for 10 tackles and made two interceptions, returning them both for touchdowns.
He also returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score, and the Blue Devils escaped what could have been a disappointing loss.
What makes Edwards' effort so special is the timing. With his team leading 24-20 late in the fourth quarter, he grabbed his first pick and took it to the house. The second came just 16 seconds later. It was a night he'll remember for quite some time.
Dud: QB Blake Bell, Oklahoma
Coming into the showdown with Baylor, Oklahoma knew it had to score plenty of points and get a near-flawless performance from the offense.
The Sooners ended up with just 12 points, and while you could certainly place blame on a rushing attack that managed only 87 yards, this one should ultimately be pinned on quarterback Blake Bell.
Bell completed just 15 of his 35 passes for 150 yards and a score, along with two interceptions. The modest line was far too little in trying to keep up with the Bears. The bruising quarterback, also known for his legs, tallied a mere five yards on the ground as well.
A better performance from the defense may have kept this thing within reach, but Bell needed a much better game than the one he had for the Sooners on Thursday.
Stud: RB Andre Williams, Boston College
The nation's leading rusher had himself a whale of a game against New Mexico State on Saturday.
Andre Williams, a senior, carried the ball 30 times for a whopping 295 yards and two scores in Boston College's 48-34 victory over the Aggies.
What could have been a disastrous afternoon became a rather pleasant one following Williams' late-game heroics. He tacked on scores of 47 and 80 yards to help his team pull away for the final margin.
It was Williams' third game with more than 200 yards rushing this season.
Dud: Wake Forest QBs
Someday, Wake Forest will get excellent quarterback play to make up for the train wreck that occurred in Saturday's 59-3 loss to Florida State.
But that day better be pretty darn special, because the Demon Deacons got historically bad performances out of freshman Tyler Cameron and senior Tanner Price. The two combined to complete just six of 23 passes for 66 yards and six interceptions.
Junior Patrick Thompson was inserted into the game and did manage to complete half of his throws, but he only attempted two passes and his only connection went for negative three yards.
At the end of the game, Wake Forest quarterbacks had thrown seven completions to the right team and six more to the Seminoles. Ouch.
Stud: QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas takes a lot of heat for his mediocre performances, but he needs to be rewarded for providing an effort that finally matches his talent.
In a 42-24 victory over Miami, the Hokies signal-caller went 25-of-31 for 366 yards and two touchdowns. Perhaps the most important statistic is zero interceptions, and Thomas also added 42 yards on the ground.
We're not willing to project some major turnaround for a guy who has been up and down for the better part of two seasons now, but it's a huge game for Thomas, who could use a confidence boost heading into the final few weeks of the season.
Dud: Oregon Rushing Attack
The Oregon Ducks average more than 300 yards per game on the ground, which contributes heavily to the success quarterback Marcus Mariota has had in the passing game.
Against Stanford, the rushing attack managed just 62 yards, including negative 16 from Mariota.
Part of the problem was that the unit only had 24 carries, a likely result of needing to throw the ball to get back into the game. Still, 2.6 yards per carry isn't going to cut it against a top-notch defense, and the consequence was a brutal loss that takes the Ducks out of the race for a national title.
Stud: RB T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
Sometimes, it doesn't take 500 passing yards or 250 rushing yards to get recognized. Sometimes, it's about showing up in one of the biggest games of the season and excelling against a fast and physical defense.
Which is exactly what Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon did in the Crimson Tide's 38-17 win over LSU on Saturday night.
The stud sophomore carried the ball 25 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the second half, when Yeldon was at his best.
As the game wore on, he continued to pound away at the defense, and that included several cuts that would impress Barry Sanders. It was an impressive performance by one of the best running backs in college football.
Dud: RB Jeremy Hill, LSU
While T.J. Yeldon was having a day to remember for Alabama, LSU running back Jeremy Hill was having one to forget.
With the very important disclaimer that, yes, he was facing one of the top defenses in the land, Hill didn't have a great evening for the Tigers.
The talented sophomore carried the ball 13 times for just 42 yards and a score. He did most of his damage in the first half, when the offense got into a bit of a rhythm. But he was otherwise bottled up, forcing quarterback Zach Mettenberger to try to win it all with his arm.
Hill is an NFL talent with a lot of big games in the future. Unfortunately, he didn't showcase the best he has to offer at Alabama.
Stud: LB Myles Jack, UCLA
It was one of those "aha" moments for the UCLA offense: Freshman linebacker Myles Jack was subbed in at running back, only to tear apart the Arizona Wildcats defense in the Bruins' 31-26 victory.
Jack, who has been a revelation at linebacker, showcased his unique combination of speed and power on offense, carrying the ball six times for 120 yards and a score.
With the Bruins clinging to a five-point lead in the fourth quarter, Jack took a third-down carry 66 yards for a score, outrunning several members of the Arizona secondary en route to the end zone. He followed this up with a pass breakup on defense, making him the best player on the field by a Myle.
Dud: RB Dallas Crawford, Miami
In Duke Johnson's absence, Miami running back Dallas Crawford needed to step in and become a go-to player in the Hurricanes offense.
Instead, he carried the ball 10 times for just 37 yards in a 42-24 loss to the Hokies, raising questions about whether Miami can get back on track before the end of the season.
If Crawford were burning his redshirt and appearing for the first time, he'd get a pass. But we've seen him rush for 100 yards in a game this season, and he clearly has the talent to be a prime-time running back.
His first game in the spotlight yielded very little, so it will be interesting to see what kind of steps he takes in the next few weeks.
Stud: RB Kapri Bibbs, Colorado State
It would be easy to go with a big-name player, such as Auburn's Nick Marshall, Missouri's Maty Mauk or Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, on this final "stud" slide. But we're going to highlight a special performance that may have escaped national attention, and it comes courtesy of Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs.
Bibbs, just a sophomore, carried the ball 30 times for 312 yards and four touchdowns in the Rams' 38-17 win over Nevada.
With his team trailing 7-6 at the half, Bibbs came out and scored twice in the third quarter on runs of 28 and 59 yards. He tacked on two more touchdowns in the final period as his team put the home crowd into a frenzy.
You probably didn't know about this talented back before this week, but here's a guess that his name will appear again before too long.
Dud: QB Travis Wilson, Utah
The Utah Utes led the Arizona State Sun Devils 19-7 heading into the fourth quarter, and it looked as though they might actually pull off an upset that would shake up the Pac-12 South.
Instead, quarterback Travis Wilson threw a pair of costly interceptions, and the offense was unable to muster another score, which led to the 20-19 loss.
For the game, Wilson completed just six of 21 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns to go along with the aforementioned picks. Where he often makes the greatest impact is on the ground, yet the sophomore gained only 44 yards there.
It's been an up-and-down season for the Utes, who very nearly scored a second major upset after knocking off Stanford in October.