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September 18, 2011
Even then, Ken Niumatalolo was taken aback by Lattimore's performance against his team.
"He was better than advertised," Niumatalolo said.
Lattimore, a sophomore, enhanced his Heisman credentials with a career-high 246 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries in a 24-21 win over Navy to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.
"You try to stay back and have some lane integrity, and if you commit too early, he bounces outside," Niumatalolo said. "He is a very patient runner, but so explosive. He gets hit at the line of scrimmage and drags us for more yards. He is everything he was billed to be."
Lattimore was at his best late in the game. South Carolina beat Navy at its own game of grinding down the opponent with the running game. Lattimore rushed for 57 yards on 14 carries in the fourth quarter, including the 7-yard game-winning touchdown.
"We condition better than any team," Lattimore said. "When it comes to the fourth quarter, as I get more carries, I get stronger."
New offensive coordinator Chad Morris arrived at Clemson with a healthy amount of fanfare. Having a multi-threat receiver such as Watkins can make any coach look like a genius.
Watkins was a five-star recruit and the No. 15 prospect in the class of 2011. He caught 10 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-24 win over Auburn. He added 44 rushing yards on seven carries.
In three games, Watkins has 371 yards from scrimmage and 493 all-purpose yards, good for fourth in the ACC.
After getting torched by Wisconsin and Washington State for a combined 1,109 yards and 110 points in the first two games of the season, UNLV returned home licking its wounds ? and with pass-happy Hawaii next on the schedule.
But under the direction of Paulson, UNLV's defense rebounded in a big way: It held Hawaii to fewer than 300 yards of offense.
The Warriors amassed 290 yards against UNLV, with all but 6 yards of it through the air. UNLV recovered four fumbles and sacked quarterback Bryant Moniz three times in the 40-20 upset.
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