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October 20, 2008
Rivals.com Week 8 National Awards
As Texas claimed the top spot in the first BCS standings, Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy is landing on the top spot of more and more Heisman lists.
McCoy continued his assault on Big 12 defenses against Missouri. McCoy is 80-of-97 passing for 876 yards and five touchdowns in three conference games; he also has rushed for two scores in league contests.
He is Rivals.com's national player of the week for his latest effort: 29-of-32 for 337 yards and two touchdowns, with 23 rushing yards and two more scores. In his past two games against ranked opponents, McCoy is 57-of-67 for 614 yards and three touchdowns. The state of Texas also provided this week's top coordinator, with Dick Bumpas' TCU defense shutting down high-powered BYU. The freshman of the week was Arizona's Keola Antolin, who had been a seldom-used backup running back before becoming a game-breaker against California.
Here are the award winners for Week 8:
McCoy helped solidify Texas' hold on No. 1 with his performance in a 56-31 demolition of Missouri. The Longhorns scored on all five of their first-half possessions and led 35-3 at halftime.
In completing 90.6 percent of his passes against Missouri, McCoy raised his season completion percentage to 81.2. At his current pace, he would shatter Daunte Culpepper's NCAA single-season record. UCF's Culpepper completed 73.6 percent of his passes in 1998.
Arizona starting running back Nic Grigsby fumbled on the second play from scrimmage and was replaced by Antolin, a true freshman from Las Vegas. There was no need for Grigsby to return as Antolin rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-27 win over Cal.
The victory puts Arizona one win away from bowl eligibility, and Antolin's performance gives USC more to think about when the Trojans visit Tucson this week.
Also considered for freshman of the week:
• Miami quarterback Jacory Harris may have earned more playing time by going 18-of-28 for 185 yards and accounting for four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in the second half of a 49-31 win over Duke.
There will be one fewer potential BCS-buster, thanks to TCU's defense. The Horned Frogs held BYU to 297 total yards – just 23 rushing – in a 32-7 rout Thursday night. Bumpas' defense sacked Max Hall seven times and forced four turnovers.
Also considered for coordinator of the week:
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.