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Another week of college football has come and gone.
Week 11 of the college football season featured a very emotional game for the Marshall Thundering Herd football program, which was on the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that killed 75 people including 37 Marshall football players. There also were 15 games that were not played this week due to COVID-19. Although many teams couldn’t play this week, it didn’t stop players from continuing to put on impressive offensive performances this week.
The SEC led the offensive charge this week, featuring four different players on three different teams. North Carolina and Ole Miss both feature multiple players on the offensive side of the ball this week.
The ACC features three players on this week’s list, while Conference USA, the MAC, and Mountain West feature two players. This week also featured an Independent as well as one team from the Big Ten. Here are the top five statistical performers for each offensive category:
QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss
Corral also has made this list in his past two games, including a Week 9 performance against Vanderbilt. This week, Corral put on an amazing performance against South Carolina in a 59-42 victory. He threw for 513 yards and four touchdowns on an 87.5% completion rate while also adding a rushing touchdown. The 513 passing yards set a new school record for a single game, previously set in 2017 by Shea Patterson. Corral becomes the only Ole Miss player and second SEC player since at least 2000 to have 500 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, and a rush touchdown in a game. The other SEC player was Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, who completed the feat in 2015 against Arkansas.
QB Grant Wells, Marshall
On the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that killed 75 people, including 37 Thundering Herd football players, Wells helped Marshall defeat Middle Tennessee 42-14 in a very emotional game. He threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 36 yards on the ground. Wells became just the third Marshall player since 2000 to have 300 or more passing yards, five or more passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. He joins Chase Litton (2016) and Byron Leftwhich (2001).
QB Sam Howell, North Carolina
Howell has now made this list in two of the past three weeks, being featured in Week 9 against Virginia along with this week’s comeback against Wake Forest. Howell led the Tar Heels back from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Demon Deacons, 59-53. He threw for 550 yards and six touchdowns while also adding a touchdown on the ground. Howell broke the North Carolina school record for passing yards in a single game and is the only Tar Heel to ever throw for 500 or more yards in a game. He becomes the first player in ACC history to have 550 passing yards, six passing touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown in a game.
QB Kyle Trask, Florida
Trask continues his dominant season by making this list for the second consecutive week. He threw for 356 yards and six touchdowns on an 79.6% completion rate in a dominant 63-35 victory over Arkansas. Trask now has thrown 28 touchdowns this season, tying Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell (2007) for most passing touchdowns by a player through his team’s first six games. He also becomes the only Gator since at least 2000 to have 350 or more pass yards, six passing touchdowns and higher than a 75% completion rate in a single game.
QB Malik Willis, Liberty
Willis is back on this list after another stellar performance against Western Carolina. Willis threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 97 yards and two touchdowns in the 58-14 victory. He becomes the first Liberty player since at least 2000 with 300 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, and multiple rush touchdowns in the same game. Willis now has three games this season where he has thrown three passing touchdowns and scored a touchdown on the ground, which is leading the country.
RB Caleb Huntley, Ball State
Huntley put on a show against Eastern Michigan, rushing for 204 yards and three touchdowns on 34 attempts. In a 38-31 victory, he became just the fourth Ball State player since 2000 to have 200 or more rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in a single game. Huntley now has more than 330 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns in his first two games of the season. He becomes just the second MAC player since 2000 to accomplish this feat. Western Michigan’s Jarvion Franklin completed the feat in 2014.
QB Malik Cunningham, Louisville
Although Cunningham is a quarterback, it was his legs that put him on this week’s list. Cunningham ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 20 attempts in a 31-17 loss to Virginia. He becomes just the second Louisville quarterback ever to have 190 or more rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the same game. He joins Lamar Jackson who completed the feat a single time each in 2015 and 2016. Cunningham had totaled 196 rushing yards in his previous six games. He matched that total in a single game this week.
RB Kevin Harris, South Carolina
Harris ran all over the Ole Miss defense. He accumulated 243 yards and five touchdowns on 25 attempts in a tough 59-42 loss to Ole Miss. He becomes the first SEC and South Carolina player since at least 2000 to have 240 or more rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns in a single game. Harris now has four games this season in which he had 100 or more rushing yards and multiple touchdowns. That leads the entire country.
RB Terion Stewart, Bowling Green
The true freshman went off in his first collegiate game, rushing for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 14 attempts in a 62-24 beatdown by Kent State. Stewart becomes just the second Bowling Green true freshman since 2000 to have 160 or more rushing yards and multiple rushing touchdowns in a single game. The other Falcon to accomplish the feat was Chris Bullock in 2006 against Temple.
QB Javion Posey, Florida Atlantic
Posey made his first collegiate start for the Owls this week and he did not disappoint in a 38-19 win over Florida International. Posey showed off his legs by rushing for 182 yards and a touchdown on 18 attempts. He also added 80 yards and two touchdowns in the air on 10 completions. The 182 yards set a new FAU single-game rushing record by a quarterback. Posey becomes the only player in the country in the last two seasons to have 180 or more rushing yards, two pass touchdowns, and a touchdown on the ground in a single game. It’s safe to say he’ll be the FAU starter moving forward.
WR Elijah Moore, Ole Miss
Moore joins Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral in making this list for the second consecutive game. Moore put on another impressive performance against South Carolina, catching 13 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. One of the touchdowns scored was a 91-yard catch in the fourth quarter that gave Ole Miss the lead for good. Moore became the first player in SEC history to have 225 receiving yards in consecutive games. He currently leads the country this season with 74 receptions and 1,054 receiving yards. Moore now has three games this season with 200 or more receiving yards and 10 or more receptions. This is tied for most by any player in a season since 2000. He joins West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey (2012) and Missouri’s Danario Alexander (2009).
WR Jalen Cropper, Fresno State
Cropper broke out in a huge way this week in a 35-16 victory over Utah State. Cropper caught 10 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns, including a 59-yard pass early in the second quarter. He becomes just the second Bulldog since 2000 to have 200 or more receiving yards, three receiving touchdowns, and 10 or more receptions in a single game. The other Fresno State player to accomplish the feat was Devante Adams in 2013 against San Jose State. In his three previous games this season, Cropper totaled just eight receptions for 77 yards. He nearly tripled that total in this week’s outstanding performance.
WR Ty Fryfogle, Indiana
Fryfogle played a huge part in the Hoosiers’ big 24-0 shutout of Michigan State. He caught 11 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns. He becomes the only Indiana player since at least 2000 to have 200 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a single game. Fryfogle now has 342 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns in his last two games played.
WR Romeo Doubs, Nevada
Doubs has now made this list in consecutive lists and continues his dominant offensive season for the Wolf Pack in a 27-20 win over New Mexico. He caught five passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns, including two touchdown catches for more than 55 yards. Doubs is just the second Nevada receiver since 2000 to have 170 or more receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns in the same game. Brendan O’Leary-Orange completed the feat in 2017 against San Diego State. Doubs now has more than 600 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns through his team’s first four games of the season. He is just the third player in the last 20 years to complete the feat, joining West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey (2012) and Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree (2007).
WR Dazz Newsome, North Carolina
Newsome was Sam Howell’s favorite target in the comeback win against Wake Forest. Newsome caught 10 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. He becomes just the fifth Tar Heel since 2000 to have 180 or more receiving yards and multiple touchdowns in the same game. His teammate Dynami Brown completed the feat this season and last.