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Three Stars of College Football: Week 14


1) Jaret Patterson, RB, Buffalo

26 Att, 298 Yds, 6 TD

Patterson was on our list last week after a five-touchdown performance against Toledo, and he was able to one-up that this week in a 49-7 win over Bowling Green. His 298 rushing yards set a school record, and his six rushing touchdowns set a MAC conference record while also being the most by a single player in a game this season. Patterson scored five times in the first half with rushes of 35, 30, 9, and 1 yard out, with an 81-yard score coming on the first play of the game. He only played two series in the second half, adding another 1-yard touchdown, before making way for Kevin Marks, who also rushed for 107 yards. Both Buffalo running backs are now over 1,000 yards on the season, with Patterson also setting school records for rushing yards (1,686) and touchdowns (17 rushing, 18 total) in a season. The Bulls seventh win also got them a bid to the Bahamas Bowl to take on Charlotte, so we’ll get to see Patterson in action one more time this year.

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2) Bryce Perkins, QB, Virginia

20/33, 311 Yds, TD, INT; 19 Att, 164 Yds, 2 TD

After being hospitalized for tonsilitis after the Cavaliers win over Liberty last Saturday, Perkins missed Monday’s practice and was less than 100 percent on Tuesday, but he looked fine in racking up 475 yards of offense in a 39-30 win over Virginia Tech. Touchdown runs of 39 and 67 yards in the first quarter helped get Virginia a double-digit lead early and his passing touchdown in the third tied the game back up as the Cavaliers would defeat the Hokies for the first time since 2003. The win also puts Virginia in the ACC Championship game against Clemson next week in the team’s first meeting since 2013.

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3) J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

31 Att, 211 Yds, 4 TD

The number 1 team in the CFP rankings kept rolling in their 56-27 win over hated rivals Michigan thanks to four touchdowns from Dobbins and four more from quarterback Justin Fields. The Buckeyes won The Game for the eighth consecutive year as Michigan’s 13th ranked run defense just couldn’t stop Dobbins all game. He rushed for three scores and over 100 yards in the first half, and scored the final points of the game that put the Wolverines away for good. Ohio State faces Wisconsin for the Big Ten championship next week in a rematch of a game where Dobbins rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns earlier this season.

Honorable Mentions

Joe Burreaux, QB, LSU: 23/32, 352 Yds, 3 TD

Nathan Rourke, QB, Ohio: 20/28, 304 Yds, 5 TD(1 Rush)

Zac Thomas, QB, Appalachian State: 28/34, 326 Yds, 5 TD(1 Rush), INT

Zach Smith, QB, Tulsa: 21/30, 331 Yds, 5 TD, INT

Lynn Bowden Jr, Slash, Kentucky: 1/2, 4 Yds; 22 Att, 284 Yds, 4 TD

Eric Gray, RB, Tennessee: 25 Att, 246 Yds, 3 TD

Frankie Hickson, RB, Liberty: 29 Att, 196 Yds, 4 TD

Jamale Carothers. FB, Navy: 18 Att, 188 Yds, 5 TD

Ronnie Rivers, RB, Fresno State: 29 Att, 177 Yds, TD; 8 Rec, 63 Yds

Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas: 6 Rec, 199 Yds, TD

Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama: 5 Rec, 144 Yds, 4 TD

Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU: 7 Rec, 197 Yds, 2 TD

KeSean Carter, WR, Texas Tech: 11 Rec, 150 Yds, TD

Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama: 4 Rec, 98 Yds, 3 TD; 3 Returns, 132 Yds, TD

Alex Highsmith, DE, Charlotte: 12 Tackles, 5 TFL, 4.5 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Pass Defended

AJ Epenesa, DE, Iowa: 14 Tackles, 5 TFL, 2 Sacks

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