Graham Harrell led the Texas Tech offense in their upset of No. 3 Oklahoma
Master Coaches Award MCS Nike Game Balls
Indiana's Matt Canada named
National Offensive Coordinator of the Week
By MCS Staff
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ATLANTA (November 19, 2007) -- Indiana University has completed their fallen coach's goal to "Play 13." Matt Canada's offense did Terry Hoeppner proud as the Hoosiers topped Purdue 27-24 to improve to 7-5 and become bowl eligible for the first time in 14 years.

Canada's balanced gameplan kept the Purdue defense on their heels as running back Marcus Thigpen ran for a career-best 140 yards. Quarterback Kellen Lewis added 19 yards of his own and two rushing touchdowns. He also threw for a score and totaled 216 yards through the air.

The Hoosiers jumped on top of the Boilermakers 24-3, and after Purdue tied the score late in the game, Lewis drove his team 45 yards down the field to set up the game-winning 49-yard field goal by Austin Starr.

For his team’s outstanding play, Coach Matt Canada is awarded the “MCS Nike Game Ball” for the National Offensive Coordinator of the Week.

Each week during the 2007 college football season, the 17 Master Football Coaches will award an MCS Nike Game Ball to the respective schools of a National Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week. The Master Coaches will also present a game ball to the offensive and defensive coordinator whose game plans made the biggest impact in their respective teams' victory.

In addition to Coach Canada, the Master Football Coaches will also award MCS Nike Game Balls to Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, Arizona defensive back Antoine Cason, Missouri wide receiver/kick returner Jeremy Maclin and Ohio State Defensive Coordinator Jim Heacock.

Graham Harrell, QB Texas Tech

Texas Tech ended Oklahoma's hope for a national championship on Saturday night in front of a national audience. The Red Raiders assaulted the Sooners through the air all night long, led by quarterback Graham Harrell.

The junior lit Oklahoma up for 420 passing yards, his third straight 400-yard passing game. In the game, he became only the second quarterback in Tech history to surpass the 5,000 yard mark in a single season and became only the 47th quarterback in NCAA history to pass for 10,000 yards.

On a career-high 72 passing attempts, Harrell threw two touchdowns, including one to his favorite target in freshman phenom Michael Crabtree. The Red Raiders jumped out on top of Oklahoma 34-10 and held on to knock off the No. 3 team 34-27.

Antoine Cason, DB Arizona

The Arizona Wildcats knocked off a ranked opponent at home for the fourth straight season, and this time, their victim was No. 2 Oregon. After Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon went down with an ACL tear, Arizona capitalized on the opportunity and began an onslaught of the second-ranked team.

Early in the second quarter, senior defensive back Antoine Cason intercepted Brady Leaf's pass and returned it 42 yards for the score, which gave Arizona a lead that they would not relinquish. Later in the second quarter, Cason returned a punt 56 yards for his second touchdown that put the Cats on top 31-11. The Lott Trophy Semifinalist caused problems for Leaf all night long, breaking up five total passes along with the interception. Cason added seven tackles in the game as the Wildcats went on to win 34-24.

Special Teams
Jeremy Maclin, WR/KR Missouri

Missouri moved up to No. 4 in the Master Coaches Poll following their win 49-32 over Kansas State. Freshman phenom Jeremy Maclin led the way, as he totaled a Mizzou single-game record of 360 all purpose yards.

Maclin gained a chunk of his record-breaking yardage on one play, a first quarter 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The return was the first kickoff return for a score by a Missouri player since 1982. The freshman wide receiver tallied a career-high nine receptions for 143 yards in the game as well, two of which were touchdown catches.

Maclin also broke the freshman single-season all-purpose yardage record in the game. Maclin now has 2,309 total yards on the season, breaking the record set by Rutgers' Terrell Willis in 1993.

Defensive Coordinator
Jim Heacock, Ohio State

Ohio State beat Michigan for the sixth time in seven years to win the outright Big Ten Title, and it moved back up to No. 3 in the latest Master Coaches Poll. The Ohio State defense, led by defensive coordinator Jim Heacock, held their archrival to just 91 yards of total offense in the Big House on Saturday afternoon.

The Michigan offense was never able to get in rhythm on a wet day in Ann Arbor. Heacock's defense held Mike Hart to just 44 yards on 18 carries in his final regular season game, and senior quarterback Chad Henne managed just 76 yards through the air. The Buckeye defense forced 12 Michigan punts in the game as well.

"Coach Heacock's defense has been the strong point for Ohio State all year long," said Master Coach Dick MacPherson. "I think the Buckeyes are in the best position of any other Top 5 team, because they are the only team in the group that has completed their schedule. The way this year has gone, anything can happen."


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