Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Delvin Breaux, CB, Hamilton (CFL) — The Tiger-Cats are going to the Grey Cup, due in large part to Breaux’s performance in Sunday’s 40-24 win over Montreal in the Canadian Football League’s Eastern Final. In addition to holding Duron Carter, the CFL’s third-leading receiver during the regular season, to just three receptions for 25 yards, Breaux also had one of Hamilton’s three interceptions against Alouettes QB Jonathan Crompton.
Marcus Gilchrist, SS, Chargers (NFL) — His interception at the goal line with 56 seconds to go saved the day in San Diego’s 27-24 win over St. Louis on Sunday. It was especially important for Gilchrist because about a minute before that play, he’d given up the touchdown that cut the Chargers’ lead to three. Gilchrist finished with seven tackles to go with the pick.
Rohan Gaines, S, Arkansas (NCAA) — The defining play of the Razorbacks’ stunning 30-0 rout of eighth-ranked Ole Miss was Gaines’ 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter. It was the most spectacular of the six turnovers Arkansas forced on Saturday.
Micah Hyde, FS, Packers (NFL) — Green Bay’s offense wasn’t able to bury its opponent under a pile of Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy touchdowns this week, meaning the Packers’ D had to step up. Hyde was the defensive standout in Sunday’s 24-21 win over the Vikings, finishing with four tackles, a sack and an interception.
Scott Peters, FS, Harvard (NCAA) — There was a great visual of the crowd at Harvard Stadium erupting when Crimson QB Conner Hempel hit Andrew Fischer for the go-ahead touchdown against Yale with under a minute to go on Saturday. But Harvard didn’t secure its 31-24 rivalry victory or its Ivy League title until Peters’ interception on Yale’s last drive. Peters, a junior, added eight tackles for the Crimson.
Charles Woodson, FS, Raiders (NFL) — While the Raiders avoided history by finally winning a game, Woodson made history by reaching an unprecedented statistical milestone. On his way to finishing Thursday’s 24-20 Oakland victory with eight tackles, three pass breakups and a sack, Woodson became the only player in NFL history to accumulate 50 interceptions and 20 sacks in a career.