No. 22 Alabama scored a season-high 41 points against Tennessee
Master Coaches Award MCS Nike Game Balls
No. 25 Rutgers’ Jeremy Ito named National Special Teams Player of the Week
 
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ATLANTA (October 24, 2007) – Rutgers knocked off a Top 5 team on a Thursday night at home for the second year in a row.  South Florida brought its undefeated record and No. 4 ranking to Piscataway, and the Scarlet Knights knocked off the Bulls 30-27.  "The specialty teams were really the difference in the game for Rutgers," former Iowa coach Hayden Fry said.  Senior Jeremy Ito led the way for the Rutgers special teams, pulling double-duty as placekicker and punter for the Scarlet Knights.  On the opening possession, Ito executed a fake punt, completing a 36-yard pass that led to his first of three field goals.  His long in the game came in the 4th quarter and was a 51-yarder that proved to be the difference in the three-point victory.

For his tremendous play, Jeremy Ito is awarded the MCS Nike Game Ballfor the National Special Teams 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 Ito, the Master Football Coaches will also award MCS Nike Game Balls to Ohio State running back Chris Wells, Vanderbilt cornerback D.J. Moore, Alabama Offensive Coordinator Major Applewhite and Missouri Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus.

Offense
Chris Wells, RB Ohio State

Ohio State retained its No. 1 ranking in the Master Coaches Poll after defeating Michigan State 24-17.  The Buckeyes offense was led by running back Chris Wells, who accounted for more than half of the total yards gained.  Wells ran over and around the Spartan defense, totaling 221 yards on the ground, a career-high.  The sophomore tailback added a touchdown to put the Buckeyes up 17-0, a lead that they would not relinquish.  Wells' longest run was 47 yards and he averaged a solid 7.1 yards per carry.

Defense
D.J. Moore, CB Vanderbilt

The Vanderbilt Commodores shut out Steve Spurrier and South Carolina in the first half and held them out of the end zone in their biggest win of the season.  Sophomore cornerback D.J. Moore led the Commodore defense in the 17-6 victory over the ninth-ranked team in the country.  Moore intercepted Chris Smelley's pass on the Gamecocks opening possession that led to Vanderbilt's first points.   Midway through the 3rd quarter, Moore intercepted another Smelley pass in his own endzone that brought an end to a South Carolina drive. He also added a team-high eight tackles, five of which were solo and one defensed pass.

Offensive Coordinator
Major Applewhite, Alabama

No. 22 Alabama produced their best offensive output in an SEC contest since 2002, defeating Tennessee in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.  Under the guidance of Major Applewhite, the Crimson Tide passed for a season-high 363 yards and scored season-high 41 points on the Volunteers.  Applewhite's offense was outstanding on first down, averaging 7.9 yards per play, which made his second and third down play calls much easier.  Senior wide receiver DJ Hall had a career day, gaining 185 yards receiving and scoring two touchdowns on 13 receptions, an Alabama single-game record.

Defensive Coordinator
Matt Eberflus, Missouri

Missouri moved up four spots in the Master Coaches Poll after dominating Texas Tech in the 41-10 victory.  Led by defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, 12th-ranked Mizzou held the vaunted Texas Tech offense 40 points under their average and almost 200 yards below their yards-per-game average.  The Tigers intercepted Heisman hopeful Graham Harrell four times and held the Red Raiders leading receiver Michael Crabtree out of the end zone.  Missouri's 3 sacks helped to hold Tech to a net -9 yards rushing.  Eberflus' unit also shut the Red Raider offense out in the second half, a feat that no other Texas Tech opponent can claim this year.

 

 

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