The Power Five was fully back in Week 4, but the Group of Five still managed to stand out. While Texas and Texas Tech played one of the wildest games of the weekend, UTEP and UTSA surprisingly stood above with some of the best performances.
When finding the superlatives of the weekend, it takes much more than just seeing a final score. It's about standing out and exceeding expectations in a way that forces the state to take notice. Here are five players who earned those honors in Week 4.
RB Trestan Ebner, Baylor (Hendrickson)
Coming into the season, we were told that Ebner would be relied on to fill several different roles in Larry Fedora’s offense. It took just one game for Ebner to prove just how valuable he can be.
Ebner totaled four touchdowns against Kansas: one rushing, one receiving and two kick return. He became the first Baylor player to return a kick for a touchdown since Corey Coleman in 2013; on the next return, he took in another one. He finished with 272 all-purpose yards in a monster performance.
UTEP’s skill players
It’s simply impossible to not talk about all of UTEP’s triplets-plus-one. Quarterback Gavin Hardison threw for 302 yards, running back Deion Hankins posted 118 yards and three touchdowns and receivers Justin Garrett (120 yards) and Jacob Cowing (102 yards) both crossed the century mark.
UTEP hasn’t had a group go 300-100-100 since 2009. The Miners went over 500 yards of offense overall, an unbelievable performance across the board. Now, the key will be taking that performance and making it the norm.
LB Jamal Ligon, UTSA (Tyler Legacy)
When Kurt Traylor took an assistant job at UTSA, he managed to convince Jamal Ligon to flip from North Texas to UTSA with him. In his first real performance, Ligon showed exactly why Traylor was so keen to bring him to San Antonio.
In his first start, Ligon set a program record with 19 tackles. He added 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries to go along in a major win over Middle Tennessee to take the Roadrunners to 3-0. The future is bright for Ligon in San Antonio.
WR Joshua Moore, Texas (Yoakum)
Moore isn’t a big receiver – listed at just 169 pounds at 6-foot-1 – but he’s turning into quite the big-play receiver. When Sam Ehlinger was making plays with the game on the line, Moore was his look. Moore caught both the touchdown that tied the game and the game-winning touchdown in overtime to lead the Longhorns to a 63-56 win over Texas Tech.
Moore’s final line: seven catches for 73 yards and three touchdowns. Through two games, Moore has nearly reached the 200-yard plateau and has four touchdowns. With Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay gone, Moore has proven he’s ready to be Texas’ next big-time receiver.
QB Max Duggan, TCU
Duggan didn’t start the game after only working out for a short time due to recovery from a heart condition. But when he came into the game to start the second half, Duggan played one of his best and most consistent games.
The Cedar Bluffs, Iowa, product completed 16-of-19 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns in one half. One of his credited incompletions was an interception, which was a tipped ball. It was as flawless a game as Duggan has played; when the playcalling is more consistent, the offense could be pretty dang good.
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