Cal Poly linebacker Marty Mohamed, Gardner-Webb kicker Ryan Gates, James Madison linebacker Stephon Robertson, Liberty quarterback Mike Brown and South Dakota quarterback Dante Warren have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the second week of NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision play.
Mike Brown, Liberty, Quarterback, 6-0, 205, R-Junior, Charlottesville, Va.
Brown sparked Liberty to a 27-23 win over FBS member Ball State, just the second win over an FBS opponent in Big South Conference history. The multi-dimensional quarterback was 24-of-38 passing for 276 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 18 times for 87 yards and the eventual game-winning score for one-yard out with 4:55 remaining.
Brown finished with a career-high of 363 yards of total offense. He was 3-of-3 for 30 yards passing and scampered 28 yards on five carries during the nine-play, 74-yard winning drive. That comes on the heels of a 352-yard total offense performance with four TD passes in just three quarters against St. Francis in the opening week.
He had touchdown passes of 21 and 65 yards to Chris Summers in the first and third periods and accounted for three of the Flames' four touchdowns.
Ryan Gates, Gardner-Webb, Place Kicker, 5-9, 182, Junior, Newnan, GA (East Coweta)
Gates had a perfect day kicking during Gardner-Webb's 38-37 victory over Akron, including the game-winning PAT following a four-yard scoring run from Juanne Blount that tied the game in overtime. Gates also made a clutch extra point, one of five during the game, as the Bulldogs tied the game in the fourth period and he also drilled a 40-yard field goal.
It was the first field goal attempt in six games for Gates, dating back to last season. He finished with eight points in the one-point win, the first-ever victory over an FCS opponent for the Bulldogs and a Big South Conference squad.
Even more important may have been the tackle Gates made in the third quarter, with Gardner-Webb trailing 31-24. He saved a touchdown by tackling a kickoff returner at midfield to keep the Bulldogs in the game.
Marty Mohamed, Cal Poly, Linebacker, 6-1, 235, Senior, Brawley, California
Mohamed was a catalyst on defense for Cal Poly in its 35-33 victory over No. 1-ranked Montana. He intercepted a pass with four seconds left to kill the Grizzlies' last drive and was all over the field during the night, particularly in the second half as the Mustangs won for just the second time in history against Montana and for the first time at home in the 15-game series.
Muhamed, who led the Mustangs in tackles as a junior, also had a career-high with game-high 15 tackles, including six solo stops and a quarterback hurry as Cal Poly beat a top-ranked team for the first time in its history.
Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Linebacker, 5-11, 210, R-Freshman, Alexandria, Va. (Edison)
Robertson was one of the major contributors as James Madison defeated Virginia Tech 21-16 Saturday in just the second win ever for an FCS team against a ranked, FBS and BCS opponent.
Playing in only his second college game, Robertson had a game-high 13 tackles, including one for a seven-yard loss on Hokie running back Darren Evans. His biggest play came with under three minutes to play when Robertson had another tackle to force a fumble that the Dukes recovered to stop a Virginia Tech drive.
He had a pair of solo stops as JMU beat Virginia Tech for the first time in school history. Virginia Tech, which was ranked in the top-10 of all major FBS polls in the preseason, was coming off a narrow loss to No. 3 Boise State on Monday night.
Dante Warren, South Dakota, Quarterback, 6-0, 196, Junior, Arlington Heights, Illinois
Warren was spectacular in leading South Dakota to a 41-38 upset of Minnesota on Saturday. He scorched the Gopher defense for 433 yards of total offense and was responsible for five touchdowns as the provisional Coyotes won their first game against a BCS opponent.
Making just his second start, Warren completed 21-of-30 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 16.8 yards per completion. He also added 81 yards and two TDs on the ground in 10 attempts.
Warren had TD tosses of 14 and 61 yards to Will Powell, the second one coming in the third quarter to put the Coyotes ahead 28-10. He also had a 26-yard scoring strike to Chris Ganious late in the first half to give USD some needed momentum.
He added a 25-yard scoring burst near the end of the third quarter, but Warren's biggest play may have been a 36-yard, naked bootleg for a touchdown in the fourth period on a fourth-and-one play. Warren's 433 yards of total offense were the fifth-best total in Great West Conference history.