Top Performers: Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs, Houston's Steven Taylor and Michigan's Jehu Chesson
Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
In Tennessee’s 38-31 upset victory over No. 19 Georgia, quarterback Joshua Dobbs accomplished something only Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow have done in a game: He rushed for over 100 yards and threw for over 300 yards. Tennessee trailed Georgia 24-3 late in the second half, but the junior signal caller rallied his team and led the Volunteers to a huge SEC comeback win. Dobbs shredded the Bulldogs' defense with his legs and his arms, scoring three touchdowns through the air and two on the ground. The most devastating touchdown came late in fourth quarter with the game tied at 31. After taking a snap five yards from the endzone, Dobbs wove through swarming defenders for the what ended up being the game-winning touchdown. When the final whistle sounded Dobbs finished with 312 passing yards and 118 rushing yards.
Houston linebacker Steven Taylor helped the Cougars improve to 5-0 with a huge defensive performance against SMU. Taylor registered eight total tackles, including three sacks, in Houston’s 49-28 win. Taylor constantly harassed the Mustangs with mutliple tackles for a loss and forced a fumble on SMU's 12-yard line to set up Houston for its final touchdown of the game. After this week, Taylor ranks third for most sacks in college football with eight on the season.
Jehu Chesson, Michigan
Michigan scored in every way imaginable in its 38-0 win over Northwestern on Saturday, but Jehu Chesson got the first crack at the endzone when he returned the opening kickoff 96 yards to put the Wolverines on the board first. Chesson went untouched after fielding the kick, gracefully moving from to the bottom left corner of the field to the right side and blowing by defenders for Michigan’s first touchdown. The sizzling special teams touchdown set the pace for the Wolverines, who scored three more touchdowns in the first half and shutout the No. 13 Wildcats.