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Winners and losers from Week 5 in college football

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Week 5 of the college football season came with plenty of heroes and a few goats as well. College Football 24/7 takes a look some draft prospects who made some noise, for better or worse.

Winners

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Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee

With 10 seconds left against Georgia, the UT senior launched a 43-yard Hail Mary touchdown to stun the rival Bulldogs, 34-31. It wasn't always pretty; Dobbs threw an interception and didn't even eclipse the 200-yard mark until his final, fateful attempt. But it was good enough to escape with a shocking road win that keeps the Vols unbeaten and at the top of the SEC East. Dobbs' play has been up and down this season, but a shrinking number of quarterbacks share the zero Dobbs has in the loss column.

DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish quarterback couldn't have come up with a better response to coach Brian Kelly's decision to admonish him publicly. Albeit against a Syracuse defense that can be charitably described as porous, he threw for 471 yards and three touchdowns in a 50-33 win. Kelly stamped approval on Kizer's play, at least for the second half. For now, we'll assume Kizer is having fun again.

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

With a little help from some atrocious tackling by the Texas defense, Rudolph averaged more than 20 yards per completion in dismantling the Longhorns on Saturday, 49-31. Even without a full game from star WR James Washington, who was sidelined with a head injury, Rudolph finished 19 of 28 for 392 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. And he did it in the face of a significant amount of pressure from the Texas pass rush.

Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan

Lewis' spectacular one-handed interception sealed the Wolverines' 14-7 win over Wisconsin. For a player whose senior season was delayed by injury, the All-Big Ten cornerback definitely made up for some lost time with the play. Teammate Jabrill Peppers, another of Michigan's elite talents, called Lewis the best player in the nation.

Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M

Texas A&M needed Hall to be at his best Saturday with its other outstanding pass rusher, Myles Garrett, out with an injury. Hall responded with 3.5 tackles for loss, a pair of sacks, and two quarterback hurries in a win over South Carolina.

Adam Butler, DL, Vanderbilt

One of the more underrated talents in the SEC, Butler gave the Florida offensive line all kinds of problems Saturday with two sacks in a 13-6 loss. Butler helped keep the game close with a disruptive presence up front, and finished with five tackles.

Losers

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

The best rusher in the Pac-12 didn't look like it on Friday night, thanks largely to an offensive line that looked overwhelmed, as McCaffrey was held to 49 yards on 12 carries in a 44-6 road loss at Washington. The versatile junior couldn't get loose as a receiver either (5 for 30), though he did break a kickoff return for 57 yards. It was McCaffrey's lowest rushing total since November of 2014, and certainly a blow to his Heisman Trophy hopes. Fortunately for McCaffrey, it might not cost him with NFL scouts.

Cooper Rush, QB, Central Michigan

The much-anticipated MAC matchup between Rush and Western Michigan QB Zach Terrell turned out to be a forgettable one for the Chippewas senior. Rush threw for just 178 yards with an interception in a 49-10 loss, and his lone touchdown pass came with the outcome all but decided. Earlier in the week, WMU coach P.J. Fleck projected Rush as an "incredibly high" NFL draft choice. But in terms of production, he didn't look like it Saturday with the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions on hand to scout the game.

Jalen Hurd, RB, Tennessee

UT coach Butch Jones understandably blew his temper on the sideline when his top rusher's mental lapse cost the Volunteers seven points. The junior caught a pass down the middle around the 5-yard line and appeared to relax with the ball, assuming no defender was near him. He was very wrong. Georgia's DeAndre Baker hit Hurd from behind to force a fumble just before he crossed the goal line, costing scoreless-at-the-time UT a badly needed score. Fortunately for Hurd, it didn't contribute to a loss.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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