Blitz Points: All Defense, No Offense Among College Football Top Performers Week 12

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Nov 15, 2014; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers fans rush the field after the Beavers defeated the Sun Devils 35-27 at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Susan Ragan-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Doctor, Linebacker, Oregon State Beavers (Defeated Arizona State Sun Devils 35-27)

5 Tackles, 1 Interception, 1 Touchdown

Often times, we award Blitz Points to college football top performers who made the list not just because of their stat line but because they came through in the biggest moments.

This is one of those times.

Oregon State was holding on for dear life against Arizona State Saturday night with a 28-27 lead late in the fourth quarter. And with not just the upset in the balance but hope for a bowl game also in the balance, Michael Doctor was just what the doctor ordered.

The senior linebacker intercepted a Taylor Kelly pass and ran it back 35 yards for a touchdown to give the Beavers a 35-27 lead. Sure, it was still a one-possession game, but it can’t be underestimated how big of a deal that was.

The Sun Devils only needed a field goal beforehand, had a high-powered, balanced offense, and were playing to keep their national championship hopes alive. Doctor dashed those hopes and potentially saved Oregon State’s season with a huge interception at the perfect time.

He also had 3 solo tackles and 2 assisted tackles, which doesn’t hurt his case, but to jump in front of a curl route over the middle the way he did and then maneuver his way into the end zone was epic.

Doctor gets on this list for that.