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October 15, 2006

Top Performers: An upsetting weekend

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An unpredictable Saturday of college football ended with another No. 2 team losing this week, three players breaking school records in the Big 12, and a West Virginia quarterback breaking a Big East record.

There also was bad news, as Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson may have made his final collegiate appearance.

Still, a brawl in Miami in a 35-0 game made the top headlines,

Find out where everything fit in this week in Rivals.com's Top Performers and Goats for Week 7:

Rivals.com Week 7 Top Performers
1. Quentin Groves, Auburn defensive end
The numbers
: 3 sacks, forced fumble
The result: Auburn 27, Florida 17
Tommy Tuberville's halftime tongue-lashing certainly had an effect on Groves, who had three second-half sacks, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry. All came on third down, and none was bigger than his sack and forced fumble on Florida quarterback Chris Leak at the Auburn 6 with 9? minutes to play.
2. Bobby Reid, quarterback, and Adarius Bowman, wide receiver, Oklahoma State
Reid's numbers
: 23 of 35 passing, 411 yards, 5 TDs; 14 carries, 46 yards, TD
Bowman's numbers: 13 receptions, 300 yards, 4 TDs
The result: Oklahoma State 42, Kansas 32
Reid's 457 yards of total offense and Bowman's 300 receiving yards were both school records on a day the Cowboys racked up 603 yards of offense. Oklahoma State had lost back-to-back games to Houston and Kansas State and trailed the Jayhawks 17-0 before rallying to 42 points. It may have saved Oklahoma State's (4-2) season.
3. Pat White, West Virginia quarterback
The numbers
: 15 carries, 247 yards, 4 TDs; 12 of 19 passing, 97 yards, INT
The result: West Virginia 41, Syracuse 17
With Steve Slaton in the same backfield, its sometimes easy to forget about his partner in crime. White made sure that won't happen for a while by rushing for a Big East quarterback-record 247 yards. He ran for second-half touchdowns of 40, 32 and 12 yards and got things started with a 69-yard TD run in the first half. On top of that, he attempted 19 passes, the second-most all year.
4. Kellen Lewis, Indiana quarterback
The numbers
: 19 of 25 passing, 255 yards, 3 TD; 11 carries, 13 yards, TD
The result: Indiana 31, Iowa 28
Bloomington hasn't seen the Hoosiers beat a team ranked this high since 1978. Indiana also beat a No. 9 Ohio State team on the road in 1987. On Saturday, the redshirt freshman Lewis found a productive connection with James Hardy, who had eight catches for 104 yards and three TDs. Indiana coach Terry Hoeppner called the Hoosiers a "shooting rocket" after the game. Lewis and Hardy are a big reason why.
5. Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma running back
The numbers
: 26 carries, 183 yards, 2 TDs
The result: Oklahoma 34, Iowa State 9
College football fans may have seen the last game for Peterson after he suffered a potentially season-ending broken collarbone on a 53-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Peterson's big game was bittersweet as his father, Norman, was able to watch him play in person for the first time in college. Peterson could enter the NFL draft at the end of the year.
6. Colt McCoy, Texas quarterback
The numbers
: 21 of 32 passing, 275 yards, 6 TDs
The result: Texas 63, Baylor 31
7. Ramel Meekins, Rutgers defensive end
The numbers
: 12 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 2 sacks
The result: Rutgers 34, Navy 0
8. Sam Swank, Wake Forest kicker
The numbers
: Two 53-yard field goals, 51-yard field goal
The result
: Wake Forest 35, NC State 23
9. Curtis Painter, Purdue quarterback
The numbers
: 35 of 49 passing, 431 yards, 2 TD, INT; rush TD
The result: Purdue 31, Northwestern 10
10. Marshawn Lynch, Cal running back
The numbers
: 24 carries, 152 yards, 2 TDs
The result: Cal 21, Washington State 3
Week 7 Goats
1. Injuries
Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson (collarbone), Navy quarterback Brian Hampton (knee), Georgia running back Thomas Brown (knee), Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton and Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback (ankle) all left their games early with injuries. The season is probably over for Peterson, Hampton and Brown.
2. Miami-FIU brawlers
The Hurricanes didn't learn their lesson after stomping on Louisville's logo earlier this season or the fights with LSU players after the Peach Bowl. At least Miami managed to win the game.
3. Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell
Harrell was pulled for the second week in a row after he turned the ball over four times, and Texas Tech was shut out for three quarters for the first time since 1999.
4. Florida State quarterback Xavier Lee
Some Seminoles fans are screaming to see more of Lee. Maybe not anymore. He was 7 of 13 with three interceptions against Duke.
5. Utah
The Utes came into the season with an outside shot at a BCS bowl. After losing earlier this season to UCLA and Boise State, Utah lost to Wyoming 31-15 on Saturday. Brett Ratliff has six interceptions in the last three games.

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