Top 10 performances from Week 9 of college football
Week 9 of the college football season started off with an epic overtime duel that featured running backs who each racked up over 200 yards on the ground. Tailbacks and wideouts reigned supreme in this week's list with only two quarterbacks making the cut — though they accounted for 11 touchdowns between them.
Naturally, a defensive back who snags two interceptions will also usually sneak their way onto lists like these.
Ranking the top 10 performances from Week 9:
1. DeVonta Smith, Alabama, WR: The Alabama wide receiver dazzled with an 11-catch, 203-yard, four-touchdown day in Alabama's blowout win over Mississippi State.
2. Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota, RB: Ibrahim found the end zone four times and also registered 207 yards on the ground. Incredibly, Minnesota lost to Maryland in overtime, 45-44.
3. Elijah Moore, Ole Miss, WR: Vanderbilt defenders will have nightmares of Moore after he caught 14 passes for an absurd 238 yards and three touchdowns.
4. Travis Etienne, Clemson, RB: With star quarterback Trevor Lawrence out this week due to testing positive for COVID-19, the Tigers leaned heavily on their star running back. Etienne, who broke the record for the most rushing yards in ACC history, ran for 84 yards and a touchdown. If that wasn't enough, he hauled in seven catches for 140 yards and another touchdown. Clemson defeated Boston College 34-28.
Clemson running back Travis Etienne scores a touchdown during the first quarter of the Tigers' win over Boston College. (Photo: Josh Morgan, USA TODAY Sports)
5. Jake Funk, Maryland, RB: Funk accounted for 216 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries for Maryland in its 45-44 overtime win over Minnesota. The senior also caught three passes for 22 yards and a touchdown to add to his already impressive stat sheet.
6. Ricky White, Michigan State, WR: White gashed the Wolverines secondary in the rivalry game. He caught eight passes for 196 yards and a touchdown in the historic outing. The only other Spartan to have more receiving yards in a single game was Plaxico Burress when he had 255 in 1999. Michigan State came out with the upset, beating No. 14 Michigan 27-24.
7. Matt Corral, Ole Miss, QB: Corral threw for six touchdowns and 412 yards (on 31-for-34 passing) in the Rebels' 54-21 blowout win over Vanderbilt. The sophomore also tacked on 23 rushing yards.
8. Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland, QB: Tagovailoa scored five total touchdowns and led the Terps to a 45-44 overtime win over Minnesota. The sophomore threw for 394 yards and ran for 64 on the day.
9. Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State, WR: Although Oklahoma State was upset by Texas in overtime, 41-34, it wasn't Wallace's fault. He came down with 11 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
10. Brandon Joseph, Northwestern, DB: Joseph was crucial in Northwestern's 21-20 win over Iowa. The ball hawk picked off two passes and had three solo tackles in the close contest.
Austin Trammell, Rice, WR: Of the four touchdowns Rice scored in its 30-6 win over Southern Miss, Trammell accounted for three of them. The senior receiver couldn't be contained and registered seven catches and 143 yards in the win.
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