The FootballScoop Coaches of the Week Awards - Week 10
- by Zach Barnett 8 months ago
Head Coach of the Week - Ed Orgeron, USC
At this point it's hard to tell where Ed Orgeron's good coaching begins and Lane Kiffin's bad coaching ends, but that's a debate for another time. Right now, it's time to celebrate Coach O's ability to play a winning hand of poker week after week despite playing with half a deck of cards. Orgeron is now 3-0 in Pac-12 play as the Trojans' interim head coach, his only loss coming in a 14-10 final at Notre Dame. On Friday, USC did things to Oregon State even Stanford didn't do the week prior. The Trojans' defense held Oregon State's top-ranked passing offense 14 ratings points lower than Stanford, matching Sean Mannion's season total of three interceptions. Oregon State was also a meager 2-for-12 on third down.
USC jumped out to a 14-0 lead, saw Oregon State tie the game in a 14-second span early in the second quarter, and then owned the rest of the game, taking off on a 17-0 run for a 31-14 win.
Honorable Mention: Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Brian Wright, Florida Atlantic; Dan McCarney, North Texas; Steve Adazzio, Boston College; Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State.
Offensive Staff of the Week - Oklahoma State
The Mike (Gundy) and Mike (Yurcich) pair didn't take off from day one - Oklahoma State scored 99 points in its first four games against BCS competition - but the Cowboys' offensive brain trust has certainly found its stride now. In topping 50 points for the second straight week, Oklahoma State capitalized on early momentum and never relented on its way to a 52-34 win at No. 15 Texas Tech.
Oklahoma State rushed the ball 55 times for 281 yards (5.1 per carry) and five scores - including a brilliant quarterback draw on 3rd and 9 that turned into a 67-yard Clint Chelf scoring dash that pushed the Pokes' lead to 42-24. Chelf also completed 18-of-34 passes for 211 yards with two scores and two interceptions. With 57 rushes for 316 yards and seven touchdowns in the last two weeks, Desmond Roland has taken over as Oklahoma State's featured back role. With Clint and Desmond, Mike and Mike have found their perfect mix.
Honorable Mention: Minnesota, Florida State, Auburn, Fresno State, Texas A&M, Boston College, Clemson, Northern Illinois, Ohio State.
Defensive Staff of the Week - Michigan State
Michigan has played football since 1879, and never before have they rushed for less yards than the minus-48 they, uh, accumulated on Saturday. Devin Gardner was credited with 18 rushes for minus-46 yards, including seven sacks.
But, really, there's nothing I can say better than this friggin-awesome infographic the Spartans produced to celebrate the win:
Honorable Mention: Florida State, USC, North Texas, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Clemson, Syracuse, Kansas State, UTSA, Missouri.
Special Teams Staff of the Week - Delaware
Facing No. 7 Towson, Delaware turned a 31-10 fourth quarter deficit into 31-24 with 49 seconds to go, but one onside kick would determine whether those scores would be building blocks for a comeback, or just box score window dressing. I don't know how often onside kicks in these situations are successful, but this one was. Rob Jones came down with the kick, then caught a touchdown pass on the ensuing drive, and then caught the game-winning two point conversion one snap later, and Delaware knocked off Towson, 32-31.