Andre Woodson led Kentucky to an upset victory over archrival Louisville
Master Coaches Award MCS Nike Game Balls
Kentucky QB Andre Woodson named National
Offensive Player of the Week
 
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ATLANTA (September 18, 2007) -  With one perfectly thrown pass, Andre Woodson erased years of agony against Brian Brohm and turned Kentucky's border battle with Louisville into a real rivalry again.  Woodson threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Steve Johnson with 28 seconds left, and Kentucky shocked the then No. 9 Cardinals 40-34 Saturday night.

He completed 30 of 44 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns against Louisville, including a game-winning 57-yard scoring strike with less than 30 seconds remaining. Woodson also continued his amazing streak of 257 consecutive passes without an interception, a new SEC record and just 14 attempts shy of the NCAA record (held by Trent Dilfer). It was the Wildcats' first victory over a top-10 team in three decades -- since they beat Penn State in 1977 -- and halted Kentucky's four-year losing streak to Louisville (2-1). It also ended Woodson's even longer skid against Brohm, a nemesis since high school.

For his outstanding performance, Andre Woodson is awarded the MCS Nike Game Ball (www.mcspoll.com) for the National Offensive Player of the Week.

Each week during the 2007 college football season, the 17 Master Football Coaches will award an MCS Nike Game Ball to the respective schools of a National Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week. The Master Coaches will also present a game ball to the offensive and defensive coordinator whose game plans made the biggest impact in their respective teams' victory.

In addition to Woodson, the Master Football Coaches will also award MCS Nike Game Balls to Ohio State Linebacker James Laurinaitis, Returner Brandon James of Florida, along with Utah Defensive Coordinator Gary Andersen and Boston College Offensive Coordinator Steve Logan.

Defense

James Laurinaitis, LB Ohio State

No. 8 Ohio State scored 24 consecutive points in the second half to beat Washington 33-14 on Saturday.  Laurinaitis intercepted Washington's Jake Locker twice deep in Buckeyes territory to snuff out Washington drives. Last season's Nagurski Award winner as the nation's best defensive player also had a key quarterback sack during the decisive sequence of the third quarter, when Ohio State turned a 7-3 deficit into a 17-7 lead.

Special Teams
Brandon James, Punt & Kickoff Returner Florida

On Florida's first touch of the game Brandon James returned a punt 83 yards for a score. That began an avalanche of points that didn't subside until the final second ticked off of the No. 3 Gators' 59-20 victory over Tennessee Saturday.  He made two ankle-breaking moves before outrunning everyone else for a touchdown on the punt return. It gave Florida a 7-0 lead and all the momentum.  James finished with 91 yards on three punt returns and 102 on four kickoffs.

Offensive Coordinator
Steve Logan, Boston College

Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan led his offense to a 24-10 victory over No. 23 Georgia Tech on Saturday night.  At halftime, No. 12 ranked Boston College led 14-0 and it could have been much worse. Offensive coordinator Steve Logan executed a masterful plan as the Eagles led the Yellow Jackets in total yards, 318-86.

Defensive Coordinator
Gary Andersen, Utah 

After starting the season 0-2 and facing a strong UCLA team, Utah was ready to capitalize on any break that they could muster.  The Utah defense, led by defensive coordinator, Gary Andersen, forced five turnovers that included three interceptions and kept the Bruins from scoring a touchdown for the first time in four years.  Safety Robert Johnson made two interceptions and forced a critical fumble that turned a sure touchdown for UCLA into a touchback that really got the Bruins' meltdown going and eventually led to a 44-6 win for the Utes.

 

 

 

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