15 most jaw-dropping performances in CFB Week 10

By Matt Johnson
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Ridiculous yardage totals…

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College football fans have been treated to some remarkable performances and stunning stat lines this season. Week 10 of the season provided even more jaw-dropping performances than we’ve seen before.

Many defenses didn’t come to play this week and it directly led to some ridiculous yardage totals. From Tuesday to Saturday, Week 10 offered a plethora of monster performances across the country from stars to unheralded starters.

Here are the 15 most jaw-dropping performances in Week 10 of college football.

 

Tyree Jackson, quarterback, Buffalo Bulls

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In a thrilling battle on Tuesday night, Jackson put on a show with big plays made by his arm and legs throughout the night. It started with a 75-yard touchdown bomb that perfectly captured his arm strength and touch, and the domination only continued from there.

Jackson eviscerated Miami University’s defense to the tune of 358 passing yards and a jaw-dropping six total touchdowns. He was equally effective running and passing with three rushing scores and three touchdown passes in an exceptional performance for Buffalo.

 

Anthony Russo, quarterback, Temple Owls

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While the Owls fell short of a potential upset victory over Central Florida, Russo did everything humanly possible to keep his team in the game.

Facing a high-scoring offense, Russo matched the Knights point-for-point for much of the game. He specifically dominated in the first half with 277 passing yards and four total touchdowns to give Temple a lot of momentum heading into halftime.

It wasn’t quite enough, even on a night when Russo threw for 444 yards with five total touchdowns and 46 yards on the ground. The sophomore is showing plenty of talent in his first season as a starter, now he must cut down on the turnovers.

 

Darrin Hall, running back, Pittsburgh Panthers

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On a rainy night playing on a wet field, Pittsburgh made sure to take advantage with its running game. Hall became the focal point of this offense and rewarded the coaching staff with a monster performance in an upset win.

The senior started things off with a 42-yard touchdown run, set up perfectly with blocks that allowed him to unleash his speed. Hall then came through in crunch time with a 75-yard touchdown run to give the Panthers a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Hall finished his phenomenal performance with three touchdowns and 229 rushing yards on 19 carries. The senior entered the week with only one 100-plus yard game this season, but the elements in Virginia cleared a path for his big night and a huge win.

 

Anthony Johnson, wide receiver, Buffalo Bulls

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There are few things more perfect on a football field than when a quarterback and wide receiver have great chemistry. Everyone saw that on Tuesday with Johnson’s eye-opening performance.

The senior was a big-play machine and routinely beat the RedHawks secondary. Johnson hauled in eight receptions for a career-high 238 receiving yards and hauled in all three of his quarterback’s touchdown passes. The Jackson-Johnson combo can be electrifying, and it led to jaw-dropping stats by both players in Tuesday’s big win.

 

Khalil Tate, quarterback, Arizona Wildcats

Arizona’s fanbase might finally be seeing a healthy version of Tate in 2018. One of the most electrifying players in college football last year, an ankle injury and a major change in Arizona’s offensive scheme held down Tate for much of this season.

In Friday’s win over Colorado, Tate provided fans with an outing to get pumped up about. While he still isn’t being used as a weapon in the running game, he racked up five touchdowns and 350 passing yards on just 22 attempts, leading to a 276.8 quarterback rating.

While fans certainly miss the game-changing plays he made with his legs in 2017, they’ll gladly take this if it continues over the remainder of the season.

 

Jonathan Taylor, running back, Wisconsin Badgers

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In a game dominated by the Badgers, Taylor showed the overwhelming power of Wisconsin’s running game when everything is clicking.

Taylor rushed for 208 yards and picked up another 30 yards in the receiving game, wrapping up his day with a 238-yard performance on 28 touches with three touchdowns.

Taylor’s 200-yard performance is his third of the season and sixth since he first started dominating at Wisconsin. The young running back is a pure treat for football fans to watch, and outings like this highlight it even more.

 

J.K. Dobbins, running back, Ohio State Buckeyes

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The Buckeyes desperately needed their running game to step up in order to avoid a humiliating upset by Nebraska. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins couldn’t get anything going offensively, putting the pressure on another sophomore to step up.

Dobbins came through with his best performance of the season and carried this team to a win it desperately needed. The sophomore dominated the touches out of the backfield with 23 carries and he racked up 163 yards with three touchdowns.

Dobbins’ 42-yard touchdown run with less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter put the game away and kept the season alive. Following his 185 total yards on Saturday, the sophomore might be headed for another big workload moving forward.

 

Trevon Brown, wide receiver, East Carolina Pirates

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East Carolina’s offense experienced little trouble racking up yards and points in Saturday’s loss. In a matchup where the Pirates asked their quarterback to attempt 62 passes, Brown emerged as the beneficiary.

Brown hauled in 10 receptions for an eye-popping 193 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a sensational performance. Now with 491 receiving yards and 33 receptions over his last three games, the senior is back on track for another 1,000-yard season.

 

Darrell Henderson, running back, Memphis Tigers

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One of the nation’s most exciting running backs returned in Week 10 and quickly showed why everyone loves watching him.

Henderson’s masterful performance started with a screen pass he turned into a 70-yard touchdown. East Carolina held him out of the end zone for nearly three quarters after that, then the junior found his rhythm again in the fourth quarter with a 20- and 39-yard touchdown runs on consecutive drives.

Fans saw Henderson healthy for the first time in two weeks and it resulted in 204 total yards and three total touchdowns. Now sitting at over 1,500 total yards with 18 total touchdowns on the year, the junior’s unbelievable season just keeps getting better.

 

Andy Isabella, wide receiver, Massachusetts Minutemen

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We’ve seen some jaw-dropping performances from wide receivers this season, especially Isabella. This week’s performance by Massachusetts’ top player will probably go down as the best by any receiver this season.

Isabella’s outing against Liberty felt impossible. He hauled in nine receptions for an insane 303 receiving yards with two touchdowns. The senior averaged over 30 yards per catch in this game, an unthinkable number considering the volume of receptions. Now sitting at 1,394 yards on the season, a 1,900-yard season might be possible.

 

N’Keal Harry, wide receiver, Arizona State Sun Devils

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The Sun Devils looked for holes in the Utes’ defense and found them in the secondary. Harry, who dominated in Week 9’s win against USC, raised his game in an even bigger matchup with an outstanding performance.

Harry hauled in nine receptions and posted a season-high 161 receiving yards and three touchdowns. The junior has the NFL on his mind, and with more scouts making trips to watch him, he is leaving them with a first-round impression.

 

Reggie Corbin, running back, Illinois Fighting Illini

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In a season full of breakout players, an injury at running back has opened the door for a new emerging star in Illinois. The absence of Mark Epstein has opened the door to another highlight performance from Corbin.

Illinois’ junior running back entered Saturday far off the national radar on a sub-.500 team with issues all across the board. Corbin made sure more people would take notice of him in this week’s win.

Corbin rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns, numbers that would be insane by themselves. What makes this outing more impressive is the yardage totals came on only 13 carries with an average of 16.4 yards per carry in this game.

 

Jordan Fehr, linebacker, Appalachian State Mountaineers

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On a list where so many offensive players get attention, a defensive player deserves some love this week as well. Fehr came up huge for the Mountaineers on the road against Central Carolina with a performance that earned him a game ball.

The junior linebacker was a nightmare coming off the edge against Coastal Carolina. Fehr racked up three sacks on Saturday and also picked up a quarterback hurry. He turned Saturday into a game full of heartache for everyone who lined up in the backfield.

 

Ross Comis, quarterback, Massachusetts Minutemen

A quarterback who entered Week 10 with 11 total touchdowns and 798 passing yards nearly matched those marks in a single start against Liberty. Comis was phenomenal in this three-overtime game and used his arm and legs to push this team to a tight 62-59 victory.

The senior completed 29-of-44 attempts for an eye-popping 540 passing yards with four passing touchdowns and a 194.5 quarterback rating. He also picked up two rushing touchdowns and 26 yards on the ground. Just an unbelievable performance from a player who hadn’t produced much until this week.

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Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback, Alabama Crimson Tide

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Facing one of the best defenses in the country, Tagovailoa’s campaign for the Heisman Trophy catapulted even more against the LSU Tigers.

Tua’s biggest play of the game came on the ground, something we haven’t seen from him in the weeks since he started wearing a knee brace. Late in the third quarter with all his receivers covered, Tagovailoa took off and burned LSU’s defense for a 44-yard touchdown.

While he threw his first interception of the season, Tua’s outing against the Tigers was incredibly impressive. He traveled to one of the most difficult places to play in and dropped the hammer on LSU. While his stats on the box score aren’t stunning, his overall performance and 2018 season are worthy of the Heisman Trophy.