Complete 2011 Season Results | Top 2011 Bowl Performances

While not every one was a record, there were plenty of impressive performances throughout the FBS ranks last season. As we wait for the start of the 2012 season, here's a look at 10 top efforts from 2011.

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Texas running back Fozzie Whittaker made headlines with his kick-return skills as he posted 100-yard run backs in back-to-back weeks in October. Against Oklahoma on Oct. 8, he went the distance, something only 12 other players did all season. A week later against Oklahoma State, Whitaker did it again, taking one back 100 yards to become the only player in 2011 with multiple 100-yard KORs. His return against the Cowboys came on the ensuing kickoff after OSU’s Justin Gilbert went 100 yards with the opening kickoff of the second half. 
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Collin Klein will be looked to by some fans and media as a dark horse for the 2012 Heisman Trophy. His production a year ago makes it hard to overlook him. He was one of only 14 quarterbacks to score at least three touchdowns in a game last year, and he did it five times (no other QB did it more than twice). His five touchdowns against Texas A&M -- in a 53-50 victory in 4OT on Nov. 12 -- tied for the single-game high by any player in 2011. 
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Dustin Garrison posted the second-highest rushing total in West Virginia history in the fifth game of his freshman season. He ran for 291 yards against Bowling Green on Oct. 1. The total was the second-highest in the country during 2011, trailing only North Texas senior Lance Dunbar, who had 313 yards against Middle Tennessee. For the season, Garrison led the Mountaineers with 742 rushing yards.   
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While he wasn't as effective when Dustin Garrison and West Virginia ran past them a week later, Anthony Samuel recorded the longest run in Bowling Green history – and the third-longest of the year in the FBS – when he ripped off a 96-yarder against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 24. It was part of 844 yards on the season, a school rushing record. Just as impressive? Samuel became the first Falcon RB since 2004 to post back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances when he reached the marks in the first two games of the year.
 
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Colorado’s Paul Richardson is sitting out 2012 with an injury or he’d have top billing in this category after hauling in 284 yards worth of passes against California last year. Instead, it’s Southern California WR Robert Woods we’re talking about, who nearly matched Richardson’s effort by catching 14 passes for 255 yards against Arizona in a 48-41 victory on Oct. 1. Woods also led the country in single-game receptions, catching 17 balls for 177 yards against Minnesota in the first week of September, while on his way to 111 receptions for 1,292 yards on the year. 
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Western Michigan lost to Toledo 66-63 – in regulation – on Nov. 8, but it wasn’t for lack of trying, especially QB Alex Carder. The gun-slinger threw for 548 yards and finished with 564 total offense yards, the most by any player in FBS last fall. Carder tossed seven TD passes, completing scoring drives to five different receivers. It was one of Carder’s five games with at least 400 yards of total offense in 2011. 
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Jeremy Shelley nearly won the national title for Alabama all by himself, kicking five field goals in the championship game against LSU. The only place-kicker to have a better game in 2011 was Brian Davis, who connected on all six attempts for Arkansas State. Davis helped the Red Wolves to a 53-24 victory by booting field goals of 24, 32, 33, 34, 21 and 33 yards. 
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Arkansas needed every one of Tyler Wilson’s 510 passing yards to fend off Texas A&M in a 42-38 victory on the opening weekend of October. Wilson completed 30 of 51 attempts and had three touchdowns. Western Michigan’s Alex Carder (548 yards) and Houston’s Case Keenum (534 and 532 yards) were the only two players with more passing yards in a game in 2011. Wilson finished the year with four 300-yard passing games. 
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No player was more prolific in completing passes in a single game than Seth Doege, who recorded five of the 16 performances with at least 40 completions. In his first year as Texas Tech’s starter, Doege threw for at least 300 yards in 10 games and had a season-high 44 completions in a 45-40 loss to Texas A&M. He also had three touchdown passes, his fifth consecutive game with at least three TD tosses. 
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Ripping off a 59-yard punt is pretty impressive. Averaging it in a game with at least three punts? That’s the best average FBS fans saw last year when Cincinnati’s Pat O’Donnell punted three balls for a 59.7-yard average against NC State on Sept. 22. It wasn’t the only strong game for O’Donnell, who had two other contests when he averaged at least 53 yards-per-punt. 
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