Big Ten helmet stickers


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The games are complete and it wasn't the best day for the Big Ten. Ohio State lost Heisman contender Beanie Wells to injury, Illinois and Michigan State couldn't beat marquee opponents and Michigan dropped its second consecutive season opener.

But there also were plenty of positives, and here are a few in my first edition of helmet stickers.

Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill: I can't believe some Wisconsin fans aren't sold on this guy. He opened the season with 210 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. His fellow backs weren't too shabby either, as the Badgers eclipsed 400 rushing yards for the first time since 2002.

Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis: Lewis confirmed why Indiana coach Bill Lynch made the right call in giving him back his starting job. The junior had touchdown runs of 75 and 62 yards and threw for two touchdowns as Indiana rolled against Western Kentucky.

Ohio State defense: A unit stocked with potential All-Americans stifled Youngstown State, holding the Penguins to minus-11 net rushing yards and 74 total yards in a 43-0 win. Youngstown State didn't reach Ohio State territory until the final play of the game.

Northwestern safety Brendan Smith: The Wildcats found out just how much they missed Smith's playmaking abilities when he returned to the field today. The safety had a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown that gave Northwestern a 13-point cushion in the third quarter. Smith added a pass breakup and a tackle for loss.

Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber: Weber accounted for 328 yards of total offense (298 pass, 30 rush) and went 5-for-5 passing on Minnesota's game-winning 74-yard touchdown drive against Northern Illinois. A solid start for the Gophers sophomore.

Iowa running backs: Led by Shonn Greene, the group eased some concerns entering the season by combining for 245 yards and four touchdowns against Maine. True freshman Jewel Hampton averaged 7.6 yards a carry and scored twice.

Penn State running backs Stephfon Green and Evan Royster: Sure, it was Coastal Carolina, but Penn State's two backs showed up in a big way, combining for 153 yards and five touchdowns. Both men averaged eight yards a carry or better.