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By Jason Catania
RB Chris Rainey, Florida
Rainey (pictured) spent all of Saturday doing most of the work for the Gators. The redshirt senior back out of Lakeland, Fla., became just the second player in school history to total 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game (Percy Harvin, currently of the Minnesota Vikings, is the other).
And his 108 yards rushing and 104 yards receiving – an 84-yard TD catch included – also made him the first SEC player to accomplish the feat this season.
Unfulfilled by his offensive exploits, though, Rainey even chipped in a blocked punt, the fifth of his career, setting a program and conference record. All of which helped lift the No. 16 Gators to a 33-23 win over Tennessee.
QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
When the starting quarterback is forced from a game with a shoulder injury, leaving the backup – a true freshman, at that – to take the snaps, expectations usually get shelved and play-calling typically turns to survival mode.
But when Cardinals’ starter Will Stein left the Governor’s Cup showdown against in-state rival Kentucky early in the second quarter, something unusual and atypical happened.
Teddy Bridgewater, who had attempted just three passes and thrown an interception in spot duty over his first two games, managed to lead Louisville to its first victory over the Wildcats since 2006.
The 24-17 win wouldn’t have been, had Bridgewater not shown poise and skill in completing 10-of-18 for 106 yards, including a pair of 25-yard TD passes, the first of which went to WR DeVante Parker, another true freshman.
WR Darius Reynolds, Iowa State
When the game’s on the line and time’s ticking down, a player will find just about any way possible to get into the end zone, whether it’s blasting through defenders, running around them – or even, say, jumping over ‘em.
Reynolds, a redshirt senior for the Cyclones, chose the latter route in scoring the game-winner over UConn with 9:08 left this past Friday. QB Steele Jantz hit Reynolds in the slot, and the wideout deked one defender before hurdling over two diving Huskies on his way to a 20-yard catch-and-run TD that concluded the scoring at 24-20.
Reynolds’ final snag not only helped him to a career-high 128 receiving yards, it also allowed Iowa State to pull out its third straight come-from-behind win, this one on the road