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Johnny Manziel throws five TDs, but not top QB of Week 11


A look at the 10 best quarterback performances from Saturday -- a "terrific 10," as it were:

10. Chase Rettig, Boston College

The key stats: 17 of 25, 230 yards, 3 TDs, 0 interceptions in win vs. New Mexico State

The buzz: TB Andre Williams ran for 295 yards and two TDs to overshadow Rettig's performance, but it was noteworthy nonetheless. He threw a scoring pass in each of the first three quarters. It was his second game this season with at least three TD passes.

9. Brett Hundley, UCLA

The key stats: 18 of 25, 227 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 56 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in win vs. Arizona

The buzz: Both of the TD passes came in the first half, as did the rushing TD. UCLA led 21-10 at halftime and fended off Arizona in the second half. It was his third consecutive game with a rushing TD.

8. Nick Marshall, Auburn

The key stats: 14 rushes for 214 yards, 2 TDs, 1 TD passing, 1 interception in win vs. Tennessee

The buzz: Marshall averaged 15.3 yards per carry. His TD pass came in the first quarter, and both scoring runs happened in the second period. He helped Auburn rush for 444 yards; the Tigers attempted just seven passes, completing three, and threw for only 35 yards.

7. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech

The key stats: 25 of 31, 366 yards, 2 TDs, 0 interceptions, 42 rushing yards in win vs. Miami

The buzz: After back-to-back poor outings, Thomas rebounded with one of his best games of the season. Thomas was extremely sharp and didn't force throws. He had TD passes in the second and third quarters, and helped the Hokies take advantage of three Miami turnovers.

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6. Bo Wallace, Ole Miss

The key stats: 26 of 33, 407 yards, 3 TDs, 2 interceptions in win vs. Arkansas

The buzz: Wallace, a junior, set a career-high in passing yards. He had two scoring tosses of more than 50 yards in the third quarter as Ole Miss broke open the game; he had three completions of more than 50 yards.

5. Derek Carr, Fresno State

The key stats: 33 of 46, 360 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 20 rushing yards in win vs. Wyoming

The buzz: Carr threw two TD passes in the second quarter, then two more in the second half as Fresno pulled away from a 14-10 halftime lead to win easily. It was Carr's seventh 300-yard game of the season and his fifth with at least four TD passes.

4. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

The key stats: 30 of 39, 446 yards, 5 TDs, 3 interceptions, 46 rushing yards in win vs. Mississippi State

The buzz: In what might have been his final home game, Manziel again put on a show. He threw scoring passes in each quarter (there were two in the first quarter) and helped A&M roll up 537 total yards. It was his fourth 400-yard game of the season. The flipside: He tied a single-game career-high in interceptions.

3. Maty Mauk, Missouri

The key stats: 17 of 28, 203 yards, 5 TDs, 0 interceptions in win vs. Kentucky

The buzz: Mauk, a redshirt freshman making his fourth career start, had at least one TD pass in each quarter (he threw two in the second period) and four went to Dorial Green-Beckham. Mauk had thrown five TD passes in his career coming into the game.

2. Keenan Reynolds, Navy

The key stats: 28 rushes for 226 yards, 4 TDs, 1 passing TD in win vs. Hawaii

The buzz: Reynolds had three TD runs in the second half to help Navy break away from a 14-14 tie. His longest run was a 67-yarder for a score and a 35-21 lead. Reynolds' TD pass came early in the first quarter.

1. Shane Carden, East Carolina

The key stats: 34 of 50, 384 yards, 5 TDs, 0 interceptions, 2 rushing TDs in win vs. Tulsa

The buzz: Carden had a rushing TD in each half, and threw three TD passes in the second half. He completed passes to 10 receivers, and four receivers had TD catches. It was his second five-TD game of the season, and he has 11 TD passes in the past three games.

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