Another highlight-reel day keeps Bush ahead of pack
Posted: Sunday October 23, 2005 6:31PM; Updated: Sunday October 23, 2005 6:55PM
USC's Reggie Bush made Washington pay for punting to him on Saturday.
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This week's Watch is dedicated to someone who has not received any love from the Watchman all season, and most likely will not get any after this week, so we better mention him now. Washington State running back Jerome Harrison, a 5-foot-10 senior, ranks second in the nation in rushing with 166.1 yards per game and is having a stellar, albeit under-the-radar, year. Here's to you, Jerome. Now, it's time to get ready for No. 1 USC.
1. Reggie Bush, RB, USC, Jr.
Last week: 8 rushes, 51 yards, 1 touchdown; 2 receptions, 18 yards; 1 punt return, 84 yards, 1 touchdown in a 51-24 victory at Washington Season: 94 rushes, 812 yards, 10 touchdowns; 19 receptions, 244 yards, 2 touchdowns; 11 punt returns, 137 yards, 1 touchdown; 203.1 all-purpose yards per game
The lowdown: Bush, who had watched teams punt away from him all season, finally got his hands on a return against the Huskies ... and broke off a wild TD run that'll be stored in the memory banks of many voters. He's still the one to catch.
The lowdown: After a Longhorns touchdown Saturday, Young struck a mini-Heisman pose on the Texas sideline. He was a bit more modest after the game, giving himself a C-minus after his two-interception performance in what was his last marquee regular-season matchup.
Up next: Saturday at Oklahoma State
3. Matt Leinart, QB, USC, Sr.
Last week: 20-of-26 passing, 201 yards, 4 touchdowns in a 51-24 victory at Washington Season: 145-of-224 passing (64.7 percent), 2,148 yards, 16 touchdowns, 5 interceptions
The lowdown: Welcome back, Matt. With just two touchdown passes in his previous three games, the Leinart we all know returned and picked apart the Huskies' secondary for four scores. Still, his best games have come against the bottom half of USC's schedule, not the top.
Up next: Saturday vs. Washington State
4. Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame, Jr.
Last week: 32-of-41 passing, 467 yards, 6 touchdowns in a 49-23 victory against BYU Season: 175-of-266 passing (65.8 percent), 2,352 yards, 20 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
The lowdown: Seven Notre Dame players have won the Heisman, and on Saturday Quinn played as if he could be the eighth -- though he'll have a better chance next season than this one.
Up next: Nov. 5 vs. Tennessee
5. Maurice Drew, RB, UCLA, Jr.
Last week: 21 rushes, 120 yards; 3 receptions, 67 yards, 2 touchdowns; 2 punt returns, 63 yards in a 51-28 victory against Oregon State Season: 116 rushes, 605 yards, 9 touchdowns; 17 receptions, 273 yards, 4 touchdowns; 13 punt returns, 401 yards, 3 touchdowns; 185.6 all-purpose yards per game
The lowdown: Who, really, is the top junior all-purpose running back from an undefeated Pac-10 team in L.A.? Drew has better scoring, receiving and punt-return numbers than his more heralded USC counterpart.