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November 17, 2008
Rivals.com Week 12 National Awards
The past week was uneventful by this season's standards: Only one game featured ranked teams, the Big 12 was quiet for the first time since the Red River Rivalry and no major upsets took place.
But try telling the ACC, Vanderbilt and Houston the week was business as usual. The week brought upheaval in the ACC and the Conference USA West Division. And the Commodores finally got their long-awaited sixth win.
For their efforts, Boston College, Houston and Vanderbilt were among those that earned Rivals.com weekly honors.
The Cougars knew they'd need a near-flawless performance out of their offense to keep up with Tulsa. Keenum delivered, going 24-of-37 for 402 yards with six touchdown passes and a touchdown run in the Cougars' 70-30 romp.
The victory puts Houston in a three-way tie for first place in Conference USA West with the Golden Hurricane and Rice. Houston faces Rice on Nov. 29.
Houston scored 42 first-half points against Tulsa and finished with 641 total yards.
Harris, a true freshman from Jacksonville, Fla., punished the 14th-ranked run defense in the country with 25 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown in the 27-17 win over Florida State.
Also considered for freshman of the week:
Oregon State continued its surprising run for the Rose Bowl with a stifling defensive effort against Cal.
Banker's defense held the Bears to 232 total yards, forced two turnovers and recorded five sacks. Other than a 65-yard touchdown run from Jahvid Best, the Beavers held Cal's ground game in check.
Oregon State capped the game with Keenan Lewis' 25-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Also considered for coordinator of the week:
• Florida got a boost from its defense and special teams against South Carolina, but Dan Mullen's offense still racked up 519 total yards - including 346 on the ground - against a Gamecocks unit that had been third in the nation in total defense.
• Virginia Tech's Darren Evans rushed for 253 yards a week earlier, but Bill Young's defense held him to only 43 yards. Miami's defense held the Hokies to 250 total yards, including just 77 on the ground.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.