Week 5 of college football featured a myriad of electric performances. School records were shattered in the process during this week’s matchups and naturally, some defenders were left in their wake.
Stat stuffing wasn’t the only common denominator these players shared. Athletes on this list — on offense and defense — helped their team win this week with their explosiveness and game-changing plays.
Quarterbacks from Alabama, Texas Christian, Coastal Carolina and Southern Methodist are among the list of standouts.
Ranking the top 10 performances from Week 5:
1. Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech, RB: Herbert obliterated the Hokies’ previous all- purpose yards record of 294 set by Mike Imoh in 2004 with his stellar outing against Duke. Herbert racked up 208 rushing yards, 150 kick return yards and added two rushing touchdowns to boot. Virginia Tech won, 38-31.
2. Reggie Roberson Jr., Southern Methodist, WR: Roberson put on an explosive performance in SMU’s 30-27 win against No. 24 Memphis with 243 yards and two touchdowns off of just five catches. However, he left late in the third quarter with a non-contact knee injury.
3. Anthony Butler, Liberty, LB: Butler had himself a day against North Alabama with two interceptions, nine tackles and a sack in what was a well-rounded defensive performance. Liberty won 28-7.
4. Shane Buechele, Southern Methodist, QB: Buechele was 32-for-45 and threw for 474 yards in SMU’s win. The gunslinger also tacked on three touchdowns through the air and 27 yards on the ground.
5. Tyler Batty, Brigham Young, DL: BYU’s 45-14 rout of Louisiana Tech was in large thanks to the Cougars’ defense. That defense was led by Batty up front and his onslaught included three sacks and six tackles.
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6. Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State, WR: Wallace reeled in an impressive nine catches on his way to his 148-yard performance and also contributed two touchdowns in the 47-7 win over Kansas.
7. Quavian White, Georgia State, CB: White was all over the field in Georgia State’s 49-29 win against East Carolina. The junior had 1.5 sacks, one interception and four tackles in the blowout.
8. Mac Jones, Alabama, QB: The Crimson Tide crushed Texas A&M 52-24 and were led by Jones under center. Jones threw for 435 yards and four touchdowns in No. 2 Alabama’s win over the No. 13 Aggies.
9. Breece Hall, Iowa State, RB: Hall was the driving force for Iowa State as the Cyclones upset No. 16 Oklahoma for their first home win vs. the Sooners since 1960. The sophomore carried the ball 28 times, racking up 139 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 4:06 to go.
10. Max Duggan, Texas Christian, QB: Duggan led the Horned Frogs in passing and rushing in TCU’s 33-31 upset over No. 9 Texas. His impressive stat line included 231 passing yards, 79 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina, QB: The freshman signal caller threw for an impressive 322 yards and four touchdowns in the 52-23 thrashing of Arkansas State. McCall also had 44 yards on the ground.
J.D. King, Georgia Southern, RB: The senior King had a career-high 196 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries as the Eagles defeated Louisiana-Monroe.
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