Master Coaches award Canada game ball

The Master Coaches who have created a new poll rating the top college football teams have awarded a game ball to Indiana offensive coordinator Matt Canada for his game plan in Indiana’s win over Purdue.

The Master Coaches are a group of 17 former coaches who include a lot of big names: Bill Mallory, John Cooper, Terry Donahue, Vince Dooley, Pat Dye, LaVell Edwards, Hayden Fry, Don James, Frank Kush, Dick MacPherson, Don Nehlen, Tom Osborne, John Ralston, John Robinson, R.C. Slocum, Gene Stallings and George Welsh.

Here is the press release from the Master Coaches:

ATLANTA (November 19, 2007) — Indiana University has completed their fallen coach’s goal to “Play 13.” Matt Canada’s offense did Terry Hoeppner proud as the Hoosiers topped Purdue 27-24 to improve to 7-5 and become bowl eligible for the first time in 14 years.

Canada’s balanced gameplan kept the Purdue defense on their heels as running back Marcus Thigpen ran for a career-best 140 yards. Quarterback Kellen Lewis added 19 yards of his own and two rushing touchdowns. He also threw for a score and totaled 216 yards through the air.

The Hoosiers jumped on top of the Boilermakers 24-3, and after Purdue tied the score late in the game, Lewis drove his team 45 yards down the field to set up the game-winning 49-yard field goal by Austin Starr.

For his team’s outstanding play, Coach Matt Canada is awarded the “MCS Nike Game Ball” for the National Offensive Coordinator of the Week.

Each week during the 2007 college football season, the 17 Master Football Coaches will award an MCS Nike Game Ball to the respective schools of a National Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week. The Master Coaches will also present a game ball to the offensive and defensive coordinator whose game plans made the biggest impact in their respective teams’ victory.

In addition to Coach Canada, the Master Football Coaches will also award MCS Nike Game Balls to Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, Arizona defensive back Antoine Cason, Missouri wide receiver/kick returner Jeremy Maclin and Ohio State Defensive Coordinator Jim Heacock.