Top Performers: Richmond's Jacobi Green, USC's Cameron Smith, Georgia Tech's Lance Austin
Jacobi Green, Richmond
With all the hoopla surrounding ESPN’s College GameDay, the Richmond Spiders, not the home-standing James Madison Dukes, came to play in Week 8. Led by running back Jacobi Green, Richmond’s offense tallied over 700 yards of offense and 59 points. Green himself had a career day, pounding the rock for 236 yards on 27 carries and five rushing touchdowns. With the Dukes’ offense also clicking, the Spiders relied on scores by Green to retake the lead for Richmond. Green’s first touchdown came six minutes in on a two-yard run to put the Spiders up first. The senior's next two scores tied the game up for Richmond, and he punched in a one-yard touchdown to give his team the lead for good with 4:24 to play in the third.
Cameron Smith, USC
Smith was a one-man wrecking crew for the Trojans' defense, snagging three Utah interceptions and returning one for a touchdown in a stunning 42-24 USC win over the then-No.3 Utes. With USC already holding a one-score lead, Smith ended a promising Utah drive when he picked off quarterback Travis Wilson for the second time with 1:20 left in in second quarter and sprinted 55 yards for the touchdown. Smith finished with an incredible 122 return yards on his three interceptions and also led the team with nine total tackles.
Lance Austin, Georgia Tech
For the second straight week, a team pulled out a victory over a bitter rival with a special teams touchdown as time expired. This time, Georgia Tech toppled then-No. 9 Florida State on a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown. Tied at 16 with under a minute to play, the Seminoles drove down to attempt a 56-yard field goal with six seconds to play, but the attempt was blocked and Austin scooped the ball up and returned it 78 yards for the game-winning score.