With the 13th weekend of the 2020 season in the books, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances. Each week, Athlon Sports will highlight some of the top performers in college football with its weekly awards section. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, team, and freshman from Week 13:
College Football Week 13 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Jaret Patterson, RB, Buffalo
Patterson had a record-setting day in Buffalo’s win over Kent State. The senior ran for 409 yards and eight touchdowns on 36 attempts. He also averaged 11.4 yards per carry. Patterson’s eight rushing scores tied a NCAA record for the most in a single game.
Defensive Player of the Week: Zion Tupuola-Fetui, LB, Washington
Tupuola-Fetui was all over the field in Washington’s win over Utah. He forced a fumble, recorded six tackles (three for a loss) and three sacks, while recovering a fumble for a 29-yard return.
Team of the Week: Iowa State
The Cyclones moved one step closer to an appearance in the Big 12 title game with a 23-20 win over Texas on Friday. Quarterback Brock Purdy threw for 312 yards, which helped the offense score on three of their final four drives, including a touchdown run by Breece Hall with just over a minute left. Iowa State’s defense tightened late, holding Texas without a score on its final four drives.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Steve Sarkisian, Alabama
Sarkisian had a lot of pressure on his shoulders on Saturday. With Nick Saban out due to COVID-19, Sarkisian filled in as head coach for the Iron Bowl. The extra responsibilities didn’t slow down Sarkisian’s ability to call plays for Alabama’s offense, as the unit averaged 8.4 yards per snap and scored 42 points.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Clark Lea, Notre Dame
Notre Dame’s defense was stellar in the win over North Carolina. After giving up 14 points on the first two drives of the game, the Fighting Irish found the right answers and tweaks to contain the Tar Heels’ high-powered offense. Lea’s group ended up holding North Carolina to just 5.2 yards per play and two third-down conversions on 11 attempts. Also, the Tar Heels managed only 58 yards in the second half. Notre Dame also forced six sacks and registered eight tackles for a loss.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Keyvone Lee, RB, Penn State
Lee ran for 134 yards and a touchdown in Penn State’s 27-17 win over Michigan.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Angelo Grose, DB, Michigan State
Grose recorded six tackles and a pass breakup in Michigan State’s 23-20 win over Northwestern.