(12) Georgia's Knowshon Moreno ran all over the Florida defense in Jacksonville
Master Coaches Award MCS Nike Game Balls
No. 12 Georgia's Knowshon Moreno named
National Offensive Player of the Week
 
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ATLANTA (October 31, 2007) – Georgia (6-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) leaped to No. 12 -- an improvement of 12 spots -- in the latest Master Coaches Poll after a 42-30 victory over Florida. More importantly, they are first in the SEC East and have a legitimate shot at playing for their third league championship in six years. The win was sparked by redshirt freshman running back Knowshon Moreno.

Moreno, who had to handle the bulk of the running duties because of injuries to Thomas Brown and Kregg Lumpkin, was up to the task with 33 grueling carries for a career-best 188 yards. Moreno led the charge for Georgia throughout the game as he scored the Bulldog’s first touchdown that gave his team a 7-0 lead. After falling behind to the Gators 17-14, Moreno scored on a 10-yard burst that gave the Bulldogs a 21-17 halftime lead. He capped off his big day by adding an insurance touchdown with 1:35 to go in the game that swelled Georgia’s lead to 12.

For his terrific play, Georgia’s Knowshon Moreno is awarded the “MCS Nike Game Ball” 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 Moreno, the Master Football Coaches will also award MCS Nike Game Balls to Oregon safety Matthew Harper, Tennessee kicker Daniel Lincoln, Ohio State Offensive Coordinator Coach Jim Bollman and Arizona Defensive Coordinator Coach Craig Bray.

Defense
Matthew Harper, DB Oregon

Oregon defensive back Matthew Harper snuffed out Southern California’s chance of playing for the national championship by intercepting two passes in the Ducks’ 24-17 win over the Trojans in Eugene.

Harper’s first interception came from a pass near the end of the third quarter and he returned it 27 yards. Oregon went on to score on Jonathan Stewart's 1-yard run to make it 24-10. Down by a touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Trojans were on the march as the game was winding down. The Trojans got the ball to the Oregon 33 on their final drive when Harper made his second interception which preserved a 24-17 victory and kept the Ducks in the hunt for a national title.

Special Teams
Daniel Lincoln, K Tennessee

Daniel Lincoln kicked a game-tying 48-yard field goal with 5 seconds left, then provided the only points in overtime, and Tennessee recovered after blowing a big lead to beat South Carolina 27-24 Saturday night. With time running down, Gamecock’s Casper Brinkley sacked Eric Ainge after the Vols used their last timeout. Ainge spiked the ball to stop the clock with 9 seconds left. Lincoln, a redshirt freshman, hooked his 43-yard attempt wide left, but a false start penalty on the Vols gave him another chance. This time, Lincoln sent the 48-yarder through the uprights to tie the game at 24. Lincoln came through in the clutch to boot the game-winning field goal during overtime.

Offensive Coordinator
Jim Bollman, Ohio State

Happy Valley belonged to top-ranked Ohio State, who cruised to a 37-17 victory over Penn State on Saturday night, thanks to the Buckeyes’ dominance on offense. Coach Bollman’s skillful game allowed Todd Boeckman to throw for 253 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, Chris Wells ran for 133 yards leading Ohio State to another easy win in what was supposed to be its toughest test of the season so far.

The Buckeyes' vaunted defense didn't need to be at its best with Boeckman on a roll and Ohio State's massive offensive line dominating. Penn State, seventh in the nation in total defense coming in to the game, had numerous breakdowns on third downs. Ohio State was 7-of-8 alone in the first half on third-down conversions and finished with 453 total yards.

Defensive Coordinator
Craig Bray, Arizona State

Arizona State continued its trend of starting slowly, falling behind, and then, roaring back to overcome their opponent in the 31-20 win over California on Saturday night in Tempe. After California took a 13-0 lead in the first quarter, the Sun Devils’ defense led by Defensive Coordinator Craig Bray, stiffened and held the Golden Bears to seven points, which stirred their offense on to scoring 31 points in the final three quarters.

Despite giving up 359 net yards, the Arizona State defense made timely plays that thwarted Cal’s scoring drives, which allowed their offense to methodically score the points necessary to come from behind. ASU clinched the victory with fourth-quarter interceptions by Justin Tryon and Robert James.

 

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