It was an amazing week of incredible performances and you already know who belongs on this list. Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon broke LaDanian Tomlinson’s rushing record for most yards in a single game; and he didn’t even take the field in the 4th quarter.
Here are your Week 12 Beast Mode Performers.
Keenan Reynolds, Navy: 5 of 8 for 71 yards, 1 TDs and 0 Int vs Georgia Southern. In a match-up of two teams with similar offensive philosophies, the Junior Midshipmen is not on the list for putting up huge numbers through the air. Reynolds is on this list because of what he did with his feet. He carried the ball 30 times for 277 yards and 6 TDs. That was not a type, he had 6 rushing touchdowns.
Cody Kessler, USC: 31 of 42 for 371 yards, 4 TDs and 1 Int va Cal. It was almost too easy for Kessler as his Trojans scored seemingly at will early on and after the win 38-30, USC is positioned nicely for the Pac-12 South Division title. This upcoming weekend is the battle for Los Angeles against cross-town rival UCLA.
Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech: 27 of 50 for 393 yards, 4 TDs and 0 Int vs Oklahoma. Mahomes flung the rock around all day but it wasn’t enough as the Red Raiders lost to the Sooners 30-42. The Freshman had a breakout performance and perhaps gave a picture of what Texas Tech football will be next season.
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin: 25 carries for 408 yards, 4 TDs vs Nebraska. Gordon reminded me of the old Techmo Bowl video game, where Bo Jackson could not be stopped. Gordon broke LaDanian Tomlinson’s FBS record (406 yards) for rushing yards in a game and he did not even take the field in the 4th quarter. So far for the 2014 season, the Heisman candidate has rushed for 1,909 yards and 23 touchdowns. Amazing, perhaps a running back will break the streak of quarterbacks winning the Heisman.
James Conner, Pittsburgh: 30 carries for 220 yards, 4 TDs at North Carolina. Conner tried to carry his Panthers to a victory but the Tarheels scored with 50 seconds left in the game for a 35-40 victory. Conner keeps making our list and despite the play from Pitt, he is pretty much a fixture.
Leon Allen, Western Kentucky: 33 carries for 345 yards, 3 TDs vs Army. The Hilltoppers beat Army at their own game and the Junior had an incredible day slicing and dicing the Black Knights. If it wasn’t for Gordon’s performance, more would be talking about Allen (even if he isn’t in a Power 5 Conference).
Nelson Agholor, USC: 16 receptions for 216 yards, 2 TDs vs Cal. The Junior from Florida is having his best season as a Trojan (10 TDs so far this season) and is helping them to stay in the hunt for the Pac-12 South Division Title.
William Fuller, Notre Dame: 9 receptions for 159 yards, 3 TDs vs Northwestern. The Junior from Philadelphia had a great day averaging 17.7 yards per catch but it wasn’t enough as the Fighting Irish fell 40-43 in Over Time to the Wildcats.
QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State: 15 of 25 for 200 yards, 3 TDs and 1 Int at Minnesota. Barrett had added 189 yards and 1 TD on the ground on just 17 carries. The Freshman through his first 10 career games has accounted for more TDs (38) than any other FBS player in the last 10 years. The Buckeyes are contending for a Big-10 Championship as well as a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoffs.
QB Zach Terrell, Western Michigan: 17 of 19 for 357 yards, 4 TDs and 0 Ints vs Eastern Michigan. Had to include the Sophomore Bronco because he only attempted 19 passes and was nearly perfect on the day, albeit against a program struggling at the bottom of the Conference. Terrell and his team are in contention for the Mid-American Conference West Division Title. The Broncos are tied with both Toledo and Northern Illinois at 5-1 in Conference Play.