Jeff Mathews of Cornell, Austin Sumner of South Dakota State, Ian Sluss of Portland State, Quinn Backus of Coastal Carolina and Jamin Godrey of Tennessee State have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the week ending October 27, 2012 in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.
Each of the honorees are listed here with their achievements and their school, position, height, weight, class and hometown.
Jeff Mathews, Cornell, Quarterback, 6-4, 224, Junior, Camarillo, CA
Mathews continued his record-setting ways with 525 yards, on 35-of-51 passing, and four touchdowns without a turnover to help the Big Red top Princeton 37-35 with a last-minute scoring drive. Mathews' single-game yardage ranks second at Cornell and third in the Ivy League history. He drove Cornell 66 yards after receiving the ball with two minutes to play to set up the game-winning field goal with under a minute to play. He converted a pair of third-down chances on the crucial drive.
Austin Sumner, South Dakota State, Quarterback, 6-5, 220, Sophomore, Brandon, SD
Sumner set a career high with five touchdown passes and also set a season high with 351 yards passing as South Dakota State defeated Youngstown State, 41-28, in the 99th Hobo Day Game. Sumner, who finished the game 19-of-28 passing, threw three touchdown passes as part of a 28-point second quarter. His five touchdown passes -- all to different receivers -- covered 6, 50, 13, 17 and 49 yards.
Ian Sluss, Portland State, Linebacker, 6-0, 225, Senior, Vista, CA
Sluss intercepted two passes, scored a touchdown, recovered two fumbles, and tallied six tackles in Portland State’s 49-21 win over U.C. Davis. Sluss was a one-man turnover machine in the fourth quarter, falling on two fumbles and intercepting two passes in the final 15 minutes. Sluss picked off a pass and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown with 5:32 to play, marking the third straight game he has scored a defensive touchdown. His first interception came with 12:10 to play and the Vikings holding a 28-14 lead. Sluss made five solo stops.
Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina, Linebacker, 5-10, 206, Sophomore, Greenwood, SC
Backus had 15 tackles (seven solo, eight assisted), including 1.5 tackles-for-loss, one sack, one forced fumble and an interception in Coastal’s 36-12 win over Liberty. He had eight second-half tackles, including his sack, as the Chanticleers held Liberty to just 31 rushing yards in the second half. Backus forced a fumble on his sack on a 3rd-and-8 play, while his half tackle-for-loss forced a punt near the end of the third quarter. He cemented the win with an interception on the Flames’ final drive of the game.
Jamin Godrey, Tennessee State, Kicker, 6-0, 190, Jumior, Englewood, TN
Godfrey was a perfect 5-of-5 in lifting the Tennessee State Tigers to a 22-21 win over Tennessee Tech. Godrey connected from 37 and 32 yards in the first quarter, 27 and 41 yards in the second quarter and added a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter. With TSU trailing 21-15 and Godfrey’s 15 points being the only points the team had scored all day, the Tigers scored a touchdown with no time remaining to tie the game and Godfrey made the extra point attempt to lift TSU to the victory. The five made field goals set a new Tennessee State record and are tied for the most made field goals in a FCS game this season. Godfrey also punted four times, with a long of 44 and one downed inside the 20-yard line. Godfrey currently ranks sixth nationally in field goals made/game (1.56).