Let's decorate some hats on Halloween weekend. Time to recognize the best and brightest from around the Big Ten in Week 9:
Michigan RB Fitzgerald Toussaint: It's safe to say Michigan found its running back. Toussaint was brilliant in the Wolverines' runaway 36-14 win against Purdue, racking up 170 rush yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. His 59-yard scoring dash late in the third quarter was one of the best plays of the Big Ten season. Defensive tackle Mike Martin merits a mention after forcing a momentum-turning safety and two sacks.
Northwestern TE Drake Dunsmore: Dunsmore highlighted a banner day for Northwestern's offense with four touchdown catches on four consecutive possessions as the Wildcats crushed Indiana 59-38. Dunsmore finished the game with a team-high seven receptions for 112 yards. He shares the sticker with QB Dan Persa and QB/WR Kain Colter, who both were fabulous.
Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead: Burkhead showed against Michigan State why he's one of the most valuable players in the Big Ten. Nebraska fed No. 22 early and often, and Burkhead responded with 130 rush yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries in the 24-3 victory. He also had a 27-yard touchdown reception.
Penn State LB Gerald Hodges: The defenses dominated Saturday's game in Happy Valley, and no individual shined more than Hodges, an emerging star for Penn State. He recorded a career-high 19 tackles in the 10-7 win against Illinois and had a forced fumble, a sack and two pass breakups. Fellow defender Devon Still (3.5 tackles for loss, sack) merits a mention.
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller: The freshman continues to grow before our eyes, and he had his best games yet in the 33-29 upset of Wisconsin. Miller ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, and while he only passed for 89 yards, he threw the 40-yard game-winner with 20 seconds left. Special mention also goes to Buckeyes running back Dan Herron, who had 160 yards rushing on 33 carries.