Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah continued his attack on the Nebraska record books with a huge performance in the 42-24 win over Rutgers. The senior – and a leading candidate for the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner – earned Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors for Week 9 by gashing the Scarlet Knights for a school-record 341 all-purpose yards.
Abdullah recorded 225 of his 341 yards on the ground, including two touchdown runs longer than 40 yards in the first half. He caught two passes for 26 yards and added 90 on kickoff returns.
Abdullah’s 341 all-purpose yards are the most in college football by a player this year. He needs just 825 yards over Nebraska’s next five games to break the Big Ten record held by former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne.
Additionally, the senior has four 200-yard games in 2014 and needs one additional 200-yard performance to surpass the Nebraska single-season record held by Mike Rozier.
Nebraska is 3-1 in conference play and still has to face Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota in November. If Abdullah continues to perform at a high level, the senior could elevate the Cornhuskers to the Big Ten Championship in early December.
Defensive Player of the Week: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Bosa led a suffocating defensive effort for Ohio State on Saturday night. The Buckeyes held Penn State to just 240 total yards (3.0 yards per play), and the Nittany Lions failed to record a drive longer than 37 yards until the fourth quarter. Bosa finished third on the team with six tackles (2.5 for a loss) and recorded 2.5 sacks. One of Bosa’s sacks came at a critical point of the game, as the sophomore sacked Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg in overtime to clinch the victory for the Buckeyes.
Coordinator of the Week: Doug Meacham/Sonny Cumbie, Co-Offensive Coordinators, TCU
The first-year combination of Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie has provided an instant boost in production for TCU’s offense this year. The Horned Frogs defeated Texas Tech 82-27 on Saturday, with the offense recording 785 total yards, 32 first downs and five consecutive scoring drives to open the game. Meacham and Cumbie were brought in to revamp an offense that ranked eighth in the Big 12 in scoring last season. Through seven games, the Horned Frogs are averaging 50.4 points per game, and quarterback Trevone Boykin has jumped into the Heisman mix. Boykin is one of the most-improved players in the nation, and he threw for 433 yards and seven scores against the Red Raiders on Saturday. Coach Gary Patterson knows how to develop championship caliber defenses in Fort Worth. With the arrival of Meacham and Cumbie, TCU now has the offense to go with an elite defense.
Freshman of the Week: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Fournette’s numbers weren’t huge, but the LSU freshman delivered on a big stage Saturday night en route to an upset win over Ole Miss. Fournette and the Tigers’ rushing attack recorded 264 yards on 55 attempts against a Rebels’ defense that entered Week 9 holding opponents to just 97.1 yards per game. Fournette headlined the LSU ground game, rushing for 113 yards on 23 attempts. The freshman also caught two passes for 41 yards. Fournette has three 100-yard performances over his last five games.