College Football All-Week 14 Team
Now that we've had a couple of days to digest everything that happened during college football's rivalry week, it's time to take a look at some of the best performances from the players who made it all possible.
There wouldn't have been a miracle in Auburn if it wasn't for a small running back who played like a giant. Penn State wouldn't have pulled off the biggest upset of the weekend if a freshman quarterback didn't have ice in his veins. And Oregon may have lost another game this season if a certain cornerback didn't slow down Oregon State's pass-happy offense.
Who had the best showing of Week 14?
Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
Hackenberg was going up against probably the best defense he's faced all season in Wisconsin, and it was one of his first true road games of his young career. There was no way he was going to play well.
The freshman quarterback put the Nittany Lions on his throwing shoulder by throwing for 339 yards and four touchdowns. Another important stat is that he didn't throw any interceptions. Hackenberg really looked like a veteran quarterback out there leading Penn State to a shocking 31-24 upset win over the Badgers.
It's safe to say this team is in great hands at the quarterback position.
Tyler Gaffney, Stanford
As usual, the Stanford-Notre Dame meeting was physical and played down to the wire. Senior running back Gaffney didn't mind the atmosphere one bit. In fact, he thrived under the pressure.
He was once again the workhorse for Stanford's offense, carrying the ball 33 times for 189 yards and a touchdown. His one-yard score in the second quarter gave the Cardinal a two-score lead that they would never give up for the remainder of the game. What a performance for his last game in Stanford Stadium.
Tre Mason, Auburn
People will talk about Chris Davis' game-winning touchdown run until the end of time. Unfortunately, that one play will overshadow what Tre Mason did for four quarters. The speedy running back led the team with 29 carries, 164 rushing yards and a touchdown. He averaged 5.7 yards per carry.
When was the last time a running back shredded an Alabama defense to pieces? Mason helped make the last play of the game possible.
Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
While Florida has been a mess all season, its secondary is still one of the best in college football. Apparently, Benjamin didn't get the memo.
The sophomore receiver had the best game of his career in the rivalry game, hauling in nine passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. My goodness! The second-best Florida State receiver was tight end Nick O'Leary, who had only 52 receiving yards on three catches. The Seminoles offense is scary good.
Josh Huff, Oregon
Huff made sure that his last game in Autzen Stadium was one to remember. With Oregon in a true battle against Oregon State, he stepped up in big way with nine catches for 186 yards and three touchdowns.
Nearly unstoppable the whole game, he also caught the 12-yard touchdown pass in the final minute to give the Ducks the victory. Huff has now caught five touchdowns in the last three games, and the win gives Oregon double-digit victories for the sixth straight season.
De'Marieya Nelson, Arizona State
Nelson isn't your typical tight end, and he did a little bit of everything to help Arizona State beat up on rival Arizona.
The junior saved his best game of the season for the Wildcats, as he caught one pass for 21 yards and ran the ball eight times for 35 yards and two touchdowns. That's not all. He also played a little defense, finishing the game with three tackles and a forced fumble.
He's Iron Man!
It looks like head coach Todd Graham has found another key weapon heading into the conference championship.
Ohio State's Offensive Line
Another struggling team this season has been Michigan, but the Wolverines still had a respectable defense with veteran defensive coordinator Greg Mattison calling the shots. Ohio State's big uglies moved defenders around like they were toys.
Running back Carlos Hyde had the best game of his career, rushing for 226 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Braxton Miller also got his in the running game, grinding out 153 yards and three touchdowns. Due to overwhelming holes, the Buckeyes averaged more than eight yards per carry on the afternoon and racked up 393 rushing yards as a team.
Before this game, the most rushing yards Michigan allowed was 168 to Iowa.
Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
Jeffcoat had one of those games that remind you why NFL draft scouts are so high on his potential. The only reason some are a little hesitant is because he's made out of glass and seems to get injured more often than not.
Still, it's tough to argue with somebody who can play multiple positions and get to the quarterback the way he does. In the big Thanksgiving win over Texas Tech, Jeffcoat had seven tackles and three sacks. Not one Red Raider was capable of slowing him down all night.
Now, if only he can remain healthy...
Denicos Allen, Michigan State
Michigan State had a tricky home game against an underrated Minnesota squad. The Spartans needed the win to head into the Big Ten Championship Game with great momentum. Task complete thanks to one of the nation's top defenses.
Allen was once again the leader of the unit, finishing the 14-3 victory with 13 tackles, three quarterback hurries and two tackles for loss. Allen also had a half a sack.
The senior helped Minnesota stay out of the end zone and finished his last game at Spartan Stadium the right way.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
Ekpre-Olomu showed why he's considered one of the best cornerbacks in the country in a big win over Oregon State.
The junior, who's likely going to leave school early for the NFL draft, led the team with 12 tackles. He also batted down three passes and came away with his third interception of the season. It may sound like your typical day for a top player, but he was covering one of the most explosive receivers in Brandin Hooks, who was held without a receiving touchdown in just his third game this season.
Ekpre-Olomu showed his worth to an NFL franchise with this performance.