Brohm, McFadden improve stock, team records
Brohm's lingering thumb injury was the biggest X factor heading into Thursday night's Big East showdown at home against West Virginia, but the junior gunslinger quickly eased all concerns. In the biggest game of his career to date, Brohm completed 73 percent of his throws for 256 yards and two touchdowns. He displayed great field vision and accuracy as a passer, while also re-establishing his position as the poised leader of the Cardinals. Brohm turned down a scholarship from Notre Dame out of high school because of family ties to the Louisville football program. It seemed like a questionable decision at the time, but not anymore. The Cardinals are six spots ahead of the Irish in this week's BCS standings and they could be four wins away from playing for a national title.
Sam Hollenbach, QB, Maryland
Hollenbach was one of the nation's most maligned quarterbacks a year ago -- and rightfully so. He threw more interceptions than touchdown passes in a miserably disappointing 5-6 season for the Terrapins. However, the senior signal caller is coming off one of his best career performances in a thrilling 13-12 victory at Clemson. Hollenbach completed 23 of his 34 attempts for 247 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also led Maryland 54 yards to Clemson's 12-yard line to set up Dan Ennis' 31-yard game winning kick as time ran out. The win keeps Maryland paced with Wake Forest atop the ACC Atlantic Division with just three games remaining, including what could be a win-and-in showdown versus the Demon Deacons on Nov. 25.
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