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Connor Cook of Michigan State
In order to beat Ohio State in the Big Ten championship, Cook had to be determined. Ohio State has an excellent offense and defense, and in turn is extremely difficult to beat. Cook finished 24 of 40 for a career-high of 304 yards and three touchdown passes. His first touchdown pass came in the beginning of the second quarter when he found Keith Mumphery for 72 yards. About six minutes later, Tony Lippett caught a 33-yard pass for another touchdown. Josiah Price found the end zone in the fourth quarter off a pass from Cook. For Michigan State, this is a game to remember. It won its 12th game for the first time in school history. The last 9-game winning streak came in 1966.
Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State
Benjamin caught two of the three touchdown passes from Jameis Winston. Benjamin’s first touchdown came early in the first quarter after he caught a 14-yard pass. His second touchdown came late in the second quarter after he caught a 54-yard pass to put Florida State up by 31 points. Benjamin had 5 receptions for 119 yards, averaging 23.8 yards per catch.
Tyler Gaffney of Stanford
Gaffney was successful early on, as he had a 69-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. Throughout this dominating first half for Stanford, Gaffney scored two more touchdowns. Gaffney had 133 yards in the first half alone. Gaffney completed the day with 22 total carries, while averaging six yards per carry. This win over Arizona State has allowed Stanford to return to the Rose Bowl.
Tre Mason of Auburn
I would easily argue that Mason is one of the best running backs in college football, especially after watching his performance on Saturday. After carrying the ball for 46 times, he rushed for a total of 304 yards and four touchdowns. This led Auburn to an impressive 59-46 victory over No. 5 Missouri in the Southeastern Conference title game. Mason had scoring runs of 7, 3, and 1 yards before his last touchdown in the fourth quarter when he ran for 13 yards to clinch the victory.
Matt Johnson of Bowling Green
Johnson was 21 of 27 for a career-high of five touchdown passes, which all came in the first half, to help Bowling Green have an upset game against No. 14 Northern Illinois 47-27 to win the MAC championship. He also had a career-high of 393 yards and his five touchdown passes broke the MAC championship record.
-Jordan Jacobson (On Twitter @jordanjacob91)