By Scott Shirley

Week 4 of the college football season is in the books, so who had some of the top performances?

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Florida State and EJ Manuel- Can you believe that the Seminoles had not beaten a ranked team at home since 2005, until last night’s win over Clemson. The #4 Seminoles proved their preseason hype was worth all the buzz with their 49-37 victory over Clemson. They are a legit threat for the national championship. Florida State QB EJ Manuel had the best night of his career, and accounted for 482 yards of total offense. He is the first FSU QB to throw for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 since Charlie Ward in 1992. Manuel is now in the Heisman picture.

Kansas State - Kansas State is the best team in the country that no one knows about. Right now they are the best team in the Big 12 with their 24-19 win at Oklahoma. This was Bob Stoop’s first lost at home to a ranked team since he has been at Oklahoma. Remember that in week 2 KSU beat Miami 52-13. They are led by their QB Collin Klein. If he was playing at a football power he would be receiving a lot more hype.

Notre Dame Defense- Notre Dame has probably had nightmares of Denard Robinson, and that’s because he has shredded Notre Dame the last couple years. The Notre Dame defense got its revenge by shutting down Robinson in their 13-6 win. In the last two meetings against the Wolverines Norte Dame has given up an average of 31. 5 points, 492 total yards of offense, 291 passing yards and 183 rushing yards to Robinson. On Saturday the Irish gave up 6 points, 299 total yards, 138 passing yards, and held Robinson to 90 yards rushing. They forced 6 turnovers, 5 of them came from Robinson. This is clearly the best defense Notre Dame has had in years as they are led by LB Manti Te’o.

Connor Shaw- The South Carolina QB was nearly perfect in the Gamecocks 31-10 win over Missouri. Shaw completed 20 of 21 passes for 252 and 2 touchdowns. He also added 41 yards on the ground. So far this season Shaw has battled some injuries but hopefully for him this game will get him rolling.

Matt McGloin- New Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien has turned the former walk on QB into a legitimate division 1 quarterback. In Penn States win over Temple, McGloin set a career high for passing yards (318). He threw for a TD and rushed for 2 more. McGloin looks a lot more comfortable this season a lot of the credit has to go to O’Brien. Penn State fans were unhappy with Jay Paterno, the former quarterbacks coach at Penn State for a long time. McGloin has already thrown 9 touchdowns this season he only threw 8 all of last season.

MAC- On Saturday the MAC Conference beat four BCS conference schools. Central Michigan beat Iowa, Northern Illinois topped Kansas, Ball State defeated South Florida and Western Michigan got past UConn.

Stefphon Johnson- This past week in Nevada’s 69-24 romp of Hawaii Johnson accounted for 7 touchdowns. Through 4 games he leads the NCAA in rushing with 699 yards. He has also accounted for 12 Touchdowns.







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