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San Jose State's David Fales leads top QB performances of week

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Southern Miss QB Nick Mullens threw five TD passes as the Golden Eagles ended a 23-game losing streak.

The 10 best quarterback performances from Week 14 -- a "terrific 10," as it were:

(Reflects all games that have gone final as of 8 p.m. ET; this will be updated to include late games.)

10. Grant Rohach, Iowa State

The key stats: 25 of 39, 331 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception, 66 rushing yards, 1 TD in win vs. West Virginia.

The buzz: Rohach threw two TD passes in the fourth quarter to help the Cyclones rally from 17 points down, and another TD pass came in the third overtime and provided the winning points. His scoring run was a 54-yarder in the first quarter.

9. Trevor Siemian, Northwestern

The key stats: 31 of 44, 414 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in win vs. Illinois.

The buzz: Siemian, a junior, set career highs in passing yards and passing TDs. He threw two TD passes in the fourth quarter as Northwestern rallied from a 27-23 deficit to beat its archrival.

8. C.J. Brown, Maryland

The key stats: 13 of 25, 259 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 138 rushing yards, 3 TDs in win vs. North Carolina State.

The buzz: All three of his TD runs came in the first half and helped the Terps to a 34-14 halftime lead. The second TD pass came early in the third quarter and removed any doubt about the outcome.

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7. Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

The key stats: 27 rushes for 321 yards, 3 TDs, 1 passing TD in win vs. Western Michigan.

The buzz: Lynch helped NIU keep its BCS hopes alive with the Tuesday night win. The yardage total was a FBS single-game record for a quarterback -- breaking the mark he set earlier this season. All three TD runs covered at least 29 yards, and two of them came in the second quarter as the Huskies took control.

6. Tre Roberson, Indiana

The key stats: 25 of 37, 273 yards, 6 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 154 rushing yards in win vs. Purdue.

The buzz: Roberson helped Indiana roll up 692 total yards and 42 (seriously, 42) first downs. He threw at least one TD pass in each quarter, and he led the Hoosiers in rushing, too.

5. Devin Gardner, Michigan

The key stats: 32 of 45, 451 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 1 rushing TD in loss to Ohio State.

The buzz: Gardner put together the best game of his career against the Big Ten's best team. He threw three TD passes in the fourth quarter, and his rushing TD was the first score of the game.

4. Derek Carr, Fresno State

The key stats: 38 of 50, 519 yards, 6 touchdowns, 1 interception in loss to San Jose State.

The buzz: All six of his TD passes came in the first half, including four in the first quarter, which ended with Fresno leading 27-21. The interception was his first in six games. It also was his second consecutive 500-yard game.

3. Nick Mullens, Southern Miss

The key stats: 24 of 39, 370 yards, 5 touchdowns, 1 interception, 1 rushing TD in win vs. UAB.

The buzz: Mullens' performance helped the Golden Eagles snap their 23-game losing streak. Four of his TD passes came in the second half to help Southern Miss rally from an eight-point halftime deficit. He had three scoring passes and his TD run in the third period.

2. Keith Wenning, Ball State

The key stats: 27 of 33, 445 yards, 6 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in win vs. Miami (Ohio).

The buzz: Wenning had as many touchdown passes as incompletions Friday as Ball State finished its regular season at 10-2. Three Ball State players finished with more than 100 receiving yards. Wenning had five TD passes in the first half, including four in the second quarter.

1. David Fales, San Jose State

The key stats: 37 of 45, 547 yards, 6 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 1 rushing TD in win vs. Fresno State.

The buzz: Fales outdueled Carr in a memorable game for both Friday. Fales had three players finish with 100 receiving yards; as with Carr, all six of Fales' TD passes came in the first half. His TD run came in the fourth quarter and gave the Spartans a 15-point lead.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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