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September 11, 2011

Clutch Robinson earns weekly honors

How Denard Robinson fits in coordinator Al Borges' offense remains to be seen. That was obvious at times in Michigan's slow start against Notre Dame �" the sailed passes, the three interceptions.

CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ACC
Wake Forest QB Tanner Price was 22-of-25 for 297 yards and a touchdown in a 34-27 win over N.C. State.
BIG EAST
USF QB B.J. Daniels was 28-of-39 for 359 yards and a touchdown in a 37-7 win over Ball State.
BIG 12
Iowa State QB Steele Jantz was 25-of-37 for 279 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-41 triple-overtime win over Iowa.
CONFERENCE USA
Marshall DE Vinny Curry had six tackles, three sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in a 26-20 win over Southern Miss.
MID-AMERICAN
Toledo WR Eric Page caught 12 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-22 loss to Ohio State.
MOUNTAIN WEST
TCU QB Casey Pachall was 20-of-25 for 206 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-19 victory over Air Force.
PAC-12
Arizona State WR Aaron Pflugrad caught eight passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-30 OT win over Missouri on Friday.
SEC
South Carolina DT Melvin Ingram ran for a 68-yard touchdown on a fake punt and recovered a fumble for another touchdown in a 45-42 win over Georgia. He also recovered Georgia's last-gasp onside kick to seal the victory.
SUN BELT
Florida International WR T.Y. Hilton caught seven passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-17 upset over Louisville.
WAC
New Mexico State QB Andrew Manley was 20-of-31 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-21 upset of Minnesota.
INDEPENDENTS
Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd caught 13 passes for 159 yards in a 35-31 loss to Michigan.
What's clear, though, is when Michigan needs a hero, Robinson delivers.

For the second time in his career, Robinson spoiled Notre Dame's hopes with late heroics. For the second year in a row, Robinson accounted for a touchdown in the final minute to snatch victory from the Irish.

Saturday, Robinson was just 11-of-24 but for 338 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-31 win over Notre Dame to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors. Robinson also rushed for 108 yards and a TD on 16 carries.

With eight seconds and two timeouts left, Michigan took a shot at the end zone rather than going for a game-tying field goal. Robinson made the decision pay off with his 16-yard touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree for the win.

"Depending on what would have happened within that eight seconds, we had a timeout that we could have taken advantage of and may have gone for the tie," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "But most of the time, we're going for the win."

After an uneven first half (2-of-9, 48 yards), Robinson settled down in the second half, completing 9-of-15 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns.

"We talked to him at halftime and just needed to calm him down because sometimes he speeds everything up and loses track of where he is," center David Molk said. "Once we got back out there in the second half, he was ready to go."

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NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Marshall QB Rakeem Cato

Rakeem Cato's career was off to an intriguing start from the moment he took his first snap against West Virginia. In that game, Cato �" who led Miami Central to the state title in Florida's largest prep classification last year �" became Marshall's first true freshman starting quarterback since Chad Pennington.

Marshall couldn't pull the upset against the rival Mountaineers, but Cato continued to flash his potential Saturday. Cato was 27-of-42 for 275 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in leading a second-half comeback over presumed Conference USA title contender Southern Miss.

Cato was 11-of-16 for 132 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the second half to erase a two-touchdown deficit in a 26-20 upset.

NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK
Bud Foster, Virginia Tech

For the second consecutive week, East Carolina gave a Big Six conference contender fits.

A week after the Pirates scored 37 points on South Carolina, Bud Foster's defense was ready to answer the call.

After an uncharacteristic down season in 2010, the Hokies' defense showed signs of significant improvement by holding East Carolina to 112 total yards in the 17-10 win.

Virginia Tech limited ECU to minus-15 rushing yards, thanks to nine tackles for loss and five sacks.

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David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dfox@rivals.com, and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.



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