Brynn Harvey- After sitting out last week, Harvey appeared to be at full strength. He started slow but wore down the defense as the game continued and he powered his way to 139 yards on 35 carries and three scores.
The offensive line- All of the line members deserve serious props for opening some big holes for Harvey and for keeping pressure off of Brett Hodges for most of the game. The unit almost got better after Abre Leggins stepped in for an injured Nick Pieschel in the second half and the team stopped zone blocking and began doing more base blocking and pulling.
Cory Hogue- The senior backer was big in the middle. He had ten tackles and some monstrous hits and timely stuffs.
Bruce Miller- With a momentum-changing sack in the third quarter, Miller logged his 10th sack of the season. He also had two quarterback pressures and was relentless off the edge and in the middle on passing downs.
Quincy McDuffie- The true freshman led the team with four receptions for 77 yards and one huge touchdown snag. His acrobatic play combined with his consistent hands on crucial passing situations made him a big factor for the Knights. He also had another 122 yards on kickoff returns.
Kamar Aiken- The junior had four receptions as well for 60 yards and was also clutch in key situations.
Brett Hodges- Efficiency was the name of the game for Hodges. He was 21-of-25 for 241 yards and a touchdown. He had one ill-advised pass that was picked off but Hodges was cool and calm through most of the game and his steady hand helped propel the Knights to victory.
Torrell Troup- As usual, Troup's statistics weren't gaudy (two tackles, one for a loss) but his presence was huge. He stuffed the middle and collapsed the pocket throughout the game, allowing other members of the front seven to make big plays.
Kemal Ishmael, Justin Boddie and Josh Robinson- The three got better as the game went on and their coverage down field was critical in forcing Case Keenum to hold the ball longer than he wanted to. Ishmael finished with eight tackles and Boddie had a big pick late in the game.
Derrick Hallman and Lawrence Young- Their numbers weren't overly impressive (10 tackles combined) but when you consider the brief amount of time Houston was on the field then you see the impact these two made. Young made some ferocious hits and Hallman had the play of the game when he stripped the ball late in the second quarter to stop a Houston scoring drive and to steal momentum.
Jarvis Geathers- He had plenty of pressure and he also logged a sack to get to 10 on the year.
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