Steve Johnson caught the game winning touchdown for the 43-37 win over LSU
Master Coaches Award MCS Nike Game Balls
Kentucky's Joker Phillips named National Offensive Coordinator of the Week
By MCS Staff
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ATLANTA (October 16, 2007) – No. 12 Kentucky managed to achieve something that no other team this year has done, beating the top-ranked LSU Tigers.  Coming off of a loss at South Carolina, the Wildcats were out to prove that their 5-0 start was not a fluke.  That they did, as they knocked off then No. 1 LSU 43-37 in triple overtime. 

Under the guidance of Offensive Coordinator Joker Phillips, the Kentucky offense was outstanding against one of the best defenses in the country.  Phillips dialed the right number time after time, as Kentucky came surging back from a 27-14 deficit late in the 3rd quarter.  No call was bigger than the final play for the Kentucky offense.  In the third overtime, Steve Johnson ran a slant-and-go route, and Senior quarterback Andre Woodson threw a perfect strike, releasing the ball just before he got hit by the LSU blitz.  The pass was completed and Kentucky notched the biggest win in school history.

For his team’s terrific play, Joker Phillips is awarded the MCS Nike Game Ballfor the National Offensive Coordinator 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 Phillips, the Master Football Coaches will also award MCS Nike Game Balls to South Florida quarterback Matt Grothe, Iowa linebacker Mike Humpal, Kansas kick returner Marcus Herford, and Auburn Defensive Coordinator Will Muschamp.

Matt Grothe, QB South Florida

No. 4 South Florida passed yet another test in a big way this weekend as they defeated Central Florida 64-12 in the "I-4 War."  Sophomore quarterback Matt Grothe led the offensive surge for the Bulls and helped his team move to 6-0 on the season.  Grothe completed 15-of-28 passes with two touchdowns through the air, throwing with the most precision he has all season.  Grothe also torched the UCF defense with his legs, rushing for over 100 yards for the second straight game and adding two scores. "Matt Grothe is not necessarily the prototypical quarterback, but I would take him on my team because he will do what it takes to win," Iowa legend Hayden Fry said.   Grothe has certainly done what it takes to win for South Florida, and he has his team on its way to a national championship berth.

Mike Humpal, LB Iowa

With their backs against the wall, the Iowa Hawkeyes turned to their defense to lead them past a hot Illinois team.  No. 24 Illinois entered the game with one of the top rushing attacks in the nation, but Linebacker Mike Humpal and the Hawkeye defense shut down the three-headed tandem. Iowa executed its defensive scheme perfectly, playing outstanding assignment football against Juice Williams and the Illinois option game.  Humpal and the Iowa defense held running back Rashard Mendenhall to just 71 yards and Williams gained just 44 on the ground. Humpal led the Hawkeyes with 18 tackles, including 2.5 for loss with a quarterback sack.  His Hawkeye defense held Illinois out of the end zone all day long, and Iowa got a much needed 10-6 win.

Special Teams
Marcus Herford, KR Kansas

In a game that was extended by lightning delays, No. 15 Kansas defeated Baylor in a 58-10 rout.  Junior kick returner Marcus Herford delivered some lightning of his own in the first quarter as he dashed through the Baylor kickoff coverage for an 88-yard touchdown early in the first quarter.  Herford's touchdown got Kansas rolling again, and the Jayhawks continued to surprise the nation, improving to 6-0 on the season.  "Kansas looks to be for real this year," Nebraska legend Tom Osborne said. The touchdown was Herford's second kickoff return of the season.

Defensive Coordinator
Will Muschamp, Auburn

No. 19 Auburn put on a defensive clinic this weekend in a 9-7 victory over Arkansas.  The Tigers executed Defensive Coordinator Will Muschamp's plan to perfection, holding the vaunted Arkansas rushing attack to under 100 yards.  Heisman hopeful Darren McFadden managed to gain only 53 yards on the ground and Felix Jones rushed for just 42 yards. "That is the best and most physically Auburn has played against the run in a long time," Master Coach Pat Dye said of his former team.  Auburn shut out the Razorbacks in the first half and allowed just one score with 1:36 to play in the game.



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