Week 9 Winners & Losers: Ameer Abdullah, Trevone Boykin take over
Who excelled and who stalled in Week 9? FOX Sports breaks down the winners and losers from Saturday.
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Winner: Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU
Boykin put up monster numbers on Saturday vs. Texas Tech, throwing for 433 yards and a TCU-record seven touchdowns in the Horned Frogs 82-27 win. His outing in Week 9 was enough for opposing coach Kliff Kingsbury to call him the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy.
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Loser: Bo Wallace, QB, Ole Miss
This wasn’t exactly the return of ‘Bad Bo’ but Wallace was largely ineffective in Week 9 vs. the LSU passing attack. His final stat line peaked at 176 yards and 14 of 33 passing; 90 of those yards came in the first quarter. One of the compliments thrown his way during the Rebels’ winning streak is that he hasn’t tried to do too much. But when the game was on the line and he had a chance to be the difference, his toss to the end zone was easily intercepted, sealing the game for LSU.
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Winner: Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
Abdullah is one fun dude to watch. He hit up the Rutgers D for 225 yards and three scores on the ground in Week 9, and added two catches for 26 yards for good measure. Abdullah now has four games with more than 200 yards this season and has found the end zone 17 times rushing, at least once per game. Nebraska's looking pretty smart for sending out those special addition batteries right about now.
How did the Wolverines possibly think it would be a good idea to spear the Spartans' field before the start of the game, further fueling a rivalry matchup they had a slim chance of winning to begin with? And to back it up with a dud of a performance like that? Not smart stuff, guys. Not smart at all. QB Devin Gardner throws two interceptions and the rushing attack manages just 65 yards as the Wolverines fall to 3-5. Is Brady Hoke's seat hot any more or is it just indifferent?
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Winner: Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State
Robinson fell just 2 yards short of the 200 plateau, but still managed to have a career day. He also scored twice as the top-ranked Bulldogs fought off a pesky Wildcats squad. As FOX Sports South writes, it was nice to see the sidekick of the "Dakman and Robinson" tandem get a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.
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Loser: Oklahoma State
Two weeks ago Oklahoma State was 5-1 and in the thick of the Big 12 race. But after a 42-9 loss at TCU last week and a 34-10 loss to West Virginia at home in Week 9, the Cowboys have plummeted out of the top 25 and conference race. Some potential good news: Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma are still on the schedule, so at two league losses, OK. State has an outside shot at a league title. But things got dire quickly.
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Don't look now but here come the Tigers. LSU continued to be a menace at home under the lights, knocking off the nation’s third-ranked team in Baton Rouge. With their most impressive win since Week 1 vs. Wisconsin, the Tigers now have a three-game winning streak and should be rewarded handsomely come Sunday's new AP Poll.
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Entering Week 9, four teams were battling in the Pac-12 South: USC, Utah, Arizona State and Arizona. Three of those teams won on Saturday, with the Trojans being the odd team out after falling at Utah. At this point in the season, it's survive and advance, and now USC needs a lot of help to get a shot at a PAc-12 crown.
Winner: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
It took only nine catches but the junior was able to break No. 4 Alabama's school record for receiving yards with 224 vs. the Vols. He also scored twice as the Crimson Tide topped Tennessee 34-20. Standing out on Alabama's star-studded roster is no easy task, but Cooper is making it look easy this year.