Head 2 Head Analysis: Week 5

How did last weekend's top matchups of 2008 draft-eligible prospects turn out? Scout.com NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber fills you in.

#8 Ohio State at Minnesota

Game Details: Ohio State 30 | Minnesota 7

The Prospects:  Ohio State, MLB - James Laurinaitis (Jr.) vs. Minnesota, RB - Amir Pinnix (Sr.)

The Matchup:  James Laurinaitis is the best linebacker in the country. Game in and game out he continues to prove that validation. He played an outstanding game against Minnesota, as he captured 14 tackles. He played excellent instinctive football and made key stops throughout the game. Pinnix wasn't a factor in this game, as he was nursing an ankle injury. He finished with four carries for 4 yards.

Keep An Eye On:  Ohio State, WR - Brian Robiskie (Jr.): What a season Robiskie is having for the Buckeyes. The junior wide receiver has improved his route running and has flashed great hands this season. Robiskie hauled in five receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown against Minnesota. For the season, Robiskie has 25 receptions for 530 yards and six touchdowns.

#5 West Virginia at #18 South Florida

Game Result: South Florida 21 | West Virginia 13

The Prospects:  West Virginia, RB - Steve Slaton (Jr.) vs. South Florida, MLB - Ben Moffitt (Sr.)

The Matchup: Ben Moffitt had an outstanding game against a fast, athletic West Virginia offense. He was all over the field and made his presence known early in the game. Moffitt had eight tackles, two for a loss, and two interceptions -- one for a touchdown. He showed great instincts and awareness that caused the Moutaineers a lot of problems. Steve Slaton, one of the nation's premier players, didn't have much success against the Bulls defense. Slaton uncharacteristically fumbled the ball twice, but didn't lose possession for West Virginia. He only carried the ball 13 times for 54 yards, and wasn't a factor in the passing game, as he only had one reception for 13 yards. Slaton entered this game averaging better than two touchdowns a game, but the stout South Florida defense had an outstanding game plan to contain Slaton.

In-Game Analysis: Moffitt got involved early in this game. The Mountaineers were at their own 28-yard line, on 3rd-and-7, with 1:18 remaining in the first quarter. Quarterback Pat White was in the shotgun and received the snap. When White started to drop back, Bulls defensive end Jarriett Buie stormed around the left end and hit White as he was throwing the ball. White's throw was behind his intended receiver over the middle, and Moffitt picked it off at the 26-yard line and took it all the way to the house for the game's first score. In the beginning of the fourth quarter, Moffitt intercepted his second pass of the day. Mountaineers backup quarterback Jarrett Brown replaced White, who left with a leg injury in the second quarter, and threw an arrant pass intended for Slaton that was picked off by Moffitt. The interception gave the Bulls possession at their own 45-yard line.

Keep An Eye On: West Virginia, WR - Darius Reynaud (Jr.): Reynaud, who's only a junior, has excellent hands and runs great routes. He is a playmaker and the Mountaineers' leading receiver this season (28 receptions for 382 yards and five touchdowns). Reynaud had five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown against South Florida.

Maryland at #10 Rutgers

Game Result:  Maryland 34 | Rutgers 24

The Prospects: Maryland, DT - Dre Moore (Sr.) vs. Rutgers, RB - Ray Rice (Jr.)

The Matchup: Ray Rice had a nice showing against Maryland this past weekend, but it was the second straight game he didn't rush for 100-yards. Rice managed 97 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown against the Terrapins defense. Maryland defensive tackle Dre Moore played well in the trenches, and recorded three tackles. Moore displayed good penetration up front and applied pressure on Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel.

In-Game Analysis: The Terrapins defense really did a great job against Rice, who's one of the best running backs in the country. Overall, Rice had a nice game, but if you look inside the numbers, on Rice's last 15 attempts Maryland held him to 38 yards.

Keep An Eye On:  Maryland, OLB - Erin Henderson (Jr.): The younger brother of former Maryland star and current middle linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings E.J. Henderson, Erin is one of college football's finest linebackers. Henderson, who leads the Terrapins in tackles this season with 55, is an instinctive playmaker at the linebacker position and is a force on the Terrapins defense. Henderson collected 11 tackles and recovered a fumble for Maryland against Rutgers.

UCLA at Oregon State

Game Details: UCLA 40 | Oregon State 14

The Prospects: UCLA, DE - Bruce Davis (Sr.) vs. Oregon State, RB - Yvenson Bernard (Sr.)

The Matchup: Yvenson Bernard had a really good game for Oregon State, despite the blowout victory by UCLA. Bernard had 27 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown against the Bruins. He showed great vision and ran with a purpose. Bernard was the lone bright spot for the Beavers. UCLA's ferocious pass rusher Bruce Davis didn't have much of an impact on this game. Davis, who entered the game with 3.5 sacks through the first four games, didn't record a sack against Oregon State and only managed one tackle.

In-Game Analysis: The Beavers led the game in the first quarter 14 - 0, but UCLA scored 40 unanswered points on their way to a 40 - 14 blowout victory. Oregon State had a 14 - 6 lead at halftime, but the Bruins dominated the second half.

Keep An Eye On: UCLA, QB - Ben Olson (Jr.): A talented quarterback with nice size and poise, Olson has been inconsistent at times this season, but shows a lot of promise. Against Oregon State, Olson led the Bruins as he completed 14-of-25 passes for 220 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.

#6 California at #11 Oregon

Game Details: California 31 | Oregon 24

The Prospects: California, S - Thomas DeCoud (Sr.) vs. Oregon, WR - Jaison Williams (Jr.)

The Matchup: Jaison Williams is a tremendous physical specimen that commands a lot of attention because of his size. Williams has been a threat all season long for Oregon, but was held in check by the Golden Bears defense. He hauled in four receptions for 70 yards and no touchdowns. Cal's Thomas DeCoud played well in coverage and against the run. He collected six tackles in California's huge win.

In-Game Analysis: This was a back and forth battle between two of the top teams in the country. Cal was down 17 - 10 entering the fourth quarter, but they scored 21 points to Oregon's seven in the final frame to clinch the win. DeSean Jackson, Cal's ultra-dynamic multi-purpose threat, had an outstanding game. He had 11 receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns.

Keep An Eye On: California, QB - Nate Longshore (Jr.): Longshore has been outstanding thus far for California. Only a junior, Longshore shows great command of the Golden Bears offense and has a lot of poise in the pocket. He's an accurate passer, who displays great touch. He willed Cal to their win against Oregon when he threw a 31-yard touchdown strike to Jackson that gave the Golden Bears their first lead of the game at 24 - 17 in the fourth quarter. Longshore finished the game with 28-of-43 for 285 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his NFL draft analysis on the web and on the radio since 1999.

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