After playing nearly flawlessly the two weeks prior, Russell Wilson struggled for North Carolina State against Virginia Tech. He still threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns, but the three interceptions he threw were costly for his team.
In that same game, Darren Evans ran wild for the Hokies, totaling 160 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries in place of the injured Ryan Williams. But the conference’s biggest performer at running back was Clemson’s Andre Ellington, who ran for 107 yards and three touchdowns against the Hurricanes.
Leonard Hankerson matched Ellington’s touchdown total for the Hurricanes while catching seven passes for 147 yards, leaving him with six scores in 2010. While that went on, Duke’s dominant duo at wideout, Donovan Varner and Conner Vernon, combined for 14 catches for 227 yards against Maryland.
Although Ryan Broyles was quiet against Texas, DeMarco Murray had no trouble putting up big numbers as his Sooners topped the sinking Longhorns squad. After running for 115 yards and two touchdowns in the game, Murray has 10 total touchdowns this year.
Baylor’s Robert Griffin went nuts against Kansas, throwing for 380 yards and three touchdowns while running for 64 yards and a touchdown. Jerrod Johnson was far less impressive for Texas A&M, throwing four interceptions for the second week in a row.
Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon continues to dominate at wideout, as he caught 10 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown against the Aggies, giving him nine scores on the year.
It’s officially a crisis for Dion Lewis owners, as he missed Saturday’s game with a shoulder issue and his (former?) backup, Ray Graham, lit up Florida International for 277 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
It was business as usual for Connecticut’s Jordan Todman, who sliced through Vanderbilt for 190 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Meanwhile, Bilal Powell kept dominating for Louisville, totaling 222 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns against Arkansas State.
Although his team suffered an unbearable homecoming loss against Tulane, Mohamed Sanu continues to show why he’s one of the best players in the country, posting 191 yards from scrimmage and scoring twice for Rutgers.
It might be possible to contain Denard Robinson, but the Michigan quarterback hasn’t slowed down yet. Indiana was the latest victim, with Robinson burning the Hoosiers for 277 yards and three touchdowns through the air and 217 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Ben Chappell almost was able to keep pace for Indiana, throwing for 480 yards and three touchdowns. Although Damarlo Belcher has been excellent this year, it was Tandon Doss who was Chappell’s main partner in crime, finishing the game with 15 catches for 221 yards.
Meanwhile, Dan Persa still looks great for Northwestern. He threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns while running for 99 yards against Minnesota.
East Carolina was overmatched when they took on the Tar Heels, but Dwayne Harris showed that he could hold his own against a superior North Carolina defense. He only produced 64 yards on eight catches, but his 39-yard touchdown pass made it a serviceable fantasy outing.
Elsewhere, Aldrick Robinson scored for the third week in a row, catching six passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns as SMU took down Rice. He now has six touchdowns in the last three weeks.
Of course, a big game for Robinson usually means a big game for Kyle Padron, and Week 5 was no exception. Padron lit up the Owls for 371 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
Army’s Trent Steelman was the star among the independents in Week 5, as he ran for 65 yards and four touchdowns while throwing for 124 yards and another touchdown against Temple. Meanwhile, Navy’s Ricky Dobbs continues to disappoint badly, as he didn’t score and threw two interceptions against Air Force.
Notre Dame receiver Theo Riddick is emerging as a top player for the Irish, as scored for the third game in a row and totaled 69 yards on nine catches against Boston College.
With Bernard Pierce sitting out, Temple’s Matt Brown went bonkers against Army. He ran for 226 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries, and now Temple just might have a parallel of the Dion Lewis/Ray Graham controversy in Pittsburgh.
Although his quarterback situation is a mess, Toledo’s Eric Page kept the chains moving against Wyoming, catching six passes for 101 yards. If Page ever gets some help from the players around him, watch out.
The same is true for Eastern Michigan’s Kinsman Thomas, who continues to demonstrate that he’s one of the nation’s most underrated young wideouts. He caught five passes for 57 yards and a touchdown against Ohio, giving him 14 catches for 319 yards and four touchdowns in the last four games. He has more than twice as much yardage as any other Eastern Michigan receiver.
Can anyone stop Tim Jefferson? The Air Force quarterback only has three passing touchdowns on the year, but he has been extremely consistent on the ground, totaling 349 yards and seven touchdowns through five weeks. His 62 yards and two touchdowns rushing against Navy was yet another solid performance.
UNLV doesn’t make life easy for Phillip Payne, but the wideout still burned Nevada for 170 yards on eight catches.
Life isn’t much easier for BYU’s J.J. Di Luigi, as his team’s poor passing game is allowing opponents to stack against the run. But he still had 104 yards from scrimmage and scored twice against Utah State.
Running back LaMichael James and quarterback Darron Thomas look completely unstoppable for Oregon. James scorched Stanford for 257 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries, and he’s averaging eight yards per carry on the year. Although he threw two interceptions, Thomas still had a huge day as he threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns while running for 117 yards and a touchdown.
Thomas wasn’t the only Pac-10 passer to put up gigantic dual-threat numbers in Week 5, however. Washington’s Jake Locker threw for 310 yards and a touchdown and ran for 110 more yards against a struggling USC defense, giving him his second victory over the Trojans. Stanford’s Andrew Luck threw two interceptions against Oregon, but he also threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns while running for 39 yards and another touchdown.
Washington State doesn’t get much attention, but they seem to have a star in true freshman wideout Marquess Wilson. He caught five passes for 118 yards on the road against UCLA, giving him 25 catches for 458 yards and two touchdowns through five games. If he keeps playing like this, people will know who he is soon enough.
From a fantasy perspective, A.J. Green’s long-awaited return from suspension was every bit as good as one could have hoped. He caught seven passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, and even took a carry for 40 yards.
Derrick Locke, Vick Ballard and Brandon Bolden had the biggest numbers among SEC runners, but Stevan Ridley probably came away with most of the cred after his game-winning touchdown saved LSU from an embarrassing loss against Tennessee.
Everyone knew the Alabama defense is better than Kentucky’s, but Florida’s Trey Burton knows it better than anyone. After scoring six times against Kentucky in Week 4, Burton got absolutely nowhere against the Tide defense. He totaled just 38 yards from scrimmage and threw an interception.
Many of the Sun Belt’s biggest names were on bye this week, and another, Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Ladarius Green, missed Saturday with an unannounced ankle injury.
Lance Dunbar was one of the few conference stars who played, and he came up with his biggest performance of the year for North Texas. He took 24 carries for 141 yards and a touchdown and added 33 yards as a pass-catcher.
Wideout Allen Muse might be an emerging star for Arkansas State. He caught three passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns against Louisville, giving him 19 receptions for 382 yards and three touchdowns in four games this year.
It’s not Week 5-related, but Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher returns from suspension and, assuming there’s not too much rust, he should have a big game against Troy Tuesday.
Hawaii’s Kealoha Pilares could very realistically end the year as college’s top fantasy wideout. He caught 18 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns against Louisiana Tech, giving him nine touchdowns through five games.
Meanwhile, Bryant Moniz also continues to put up mammoth numbers for Hawaii, throwing for 532 yards and four touchdowns in Week 5. Boise State’s Kellen Moore had modest yardage numbers against New Mexico State, but he still threw three touchdowns for the third time this year.
As is usually the case, Nevada’s backfield tandem of quarterback Colin Kaepernick and running back Vai Taua ran wild Saturday, as the two combined for 285 yards and four touchdowns on the ground against UNLV.