No. 25 Miami (FL) stuffed the Texas A&M rushing attack all night, winning 34-17
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ATLANTA (September 26, 2007) - Under the defensive guidance of Tim Walton, No. 25 Miami stymied Texas A&M's high-powered offense in a 34-17 victory Thursday night in the Orange Bowl.  The Aggies (3-1) entered averaging 46.3 points, scoring at least 38 in every game. Those numbers plummeted against the Hurricanes (3-1), who held a 402-240 edge in yards.

Texas A&M's three leading rushers –Stephen McGee, Mike Goodson and Jorvorskie Lane -- came into the game averaging a combined 235 yards, a big reason why the Aggies' were ranked fifth nationally in rushing offense with nearly 300 yards per outing.

That trio rushed for 21 yards in the first half and 69 for the game. Lane had no carries in the first half, and the Aggies didn't get on the board until Matt Szymanski's 32-yard field goal with 11:40 left. The Hurricanes held the Aggies to 38 yards in the first half, taking a 24-0 lead.

Offense
Tim Tebow, Quarterback Florida

Tim Tebow set a school record for quarterbacks with 166 yards rushing and accounted for four touchdowns Saturday to lead the third-ranked Gators to a hard fought 30-24 win at Mississippi.  Tebow ran the spread option offense in workmanlike fashion; taking what Ole Miss (1-3) gave him underneath and never forcing the deep pass. The sophomore led the Gators to their 11th straight win and 19th in their last 20.  Tebow, who was the nation's No. 2 passer coming into the game, finished with 261 yards passing. In addition, he was the first quarterback to go over 100 yards rushing at Florida since Terry LeCount had 108 against Georgia in 1977.

Defense
Wesley Woodyard, LB Kentucky

Facing Arkansas’ dynamic rushing duo of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, Kentucky needed a super-hero effort from its defense in order to win at Fayetteville.  Kentucky Linebacker Wesley Woodyard emerged with the giant red “S” on his jersey as he accounted for a game-high 17 total tackles with one for a loss, forced a fumble and a quarterback pressure in Kentucky's 42-29 win at Arkansas. Late in the first half, Woodyard forced an Arkansas fumble in which Trevard Lindley returned 66 yards for a touchdown to pull Kentucky to within six points, 20-14.

Kentucky allowed only 13 Arkansas offensive points during the game, with none coming in the second half.  Woodyard became the first UK player in 14 seasons to reach 300 tackles in his career (306).

Special Teams
Colt David, Kicker LSU

When LSU scored to increase their lead to 14 points over South Carolina in the first half, Kicker Colt David was responsible for all seven points.  Besides adding his usual extra point, David also produced the touchdown on a 13 yard run off of a fake field goal.  On an innovative play, holder Matt Flynn tossed the football backwards over his head and David caught the ball, breezing into the right corner of the end zone for the score.  The fake widened LSU's lead to 21-7 at halftime, deflating a South Carolina defense that had kept LSU within a touchdown. LSU went on to defeat the Gamecocks 28-16.

Offensive Coordinator
Rich Olson, Arizona State

For the second time in three weeks, Arizona State’s offense erased a double-digit deficit to remain unbeaten.  Rudy Carpenter threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns and the Sun Devils defeated Oregon State 44-32 on Saturday night, rallying from a 19-point first-quarter hole. The Sun Devils survived a shaky start for the second time in three weeks.  Two Oregon State touchdowns and a field goal put ASU in its biggest hole of the season.

Under the leadership of Offensive Coordinator Rich Olson, the Sun Devils didn't panic. They quickly scored two touchdowns to cut ASU's deficit to 19-13 at halftime. Arizona State inched ahead 28-27 near the end of the third quarter and put the game away with 17 points in the fourth quarter.

 

 

 

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