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Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 3

9/19/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

A lot of good candidates this week, and several very tough calls. The toughest had to be Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka, who completed 35 of 42 passes for 390 yards and three scores. But his fourth-quarter interception proved costly in a loss to Syracuse, so he misses out on a sticker.

Who got them?

Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn -- The Hawkeyes' defense is playing with a swagger, and Clayborn set the tone against Arizona. He forced his first career fumble and registered a career-high three quarterback hurries. Clayborn also had a sack in the Hawkeyes' 27-17 victory.

Michigan RB Carlos Brown -- Brandon Minor has been banged up most of the year, but Michigan doesn't miss a beat with Brown in the game. The senior rushed for a career-high 187 yards and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard scoring scamper, on only 13 carries. On a day when Tate Forcier struggled a bit, Brown stepped up and put himself in the mix for the starting job.

Minnesota WR Eric Decker -- I rarely give stickers to players on losing teams, but Decker blew me away with his play against Cal. The guy takes a vicious hit in the end zone, manages to hang on for a touchdown, gets four to five stitches in his chin and doesn't miss a single play. Decker had eight receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns, and he accounted for Minnesota's other score with a pass to MarQueis Gray. He cemented himself as the greatest receiver in team history by breaking Ron Johnson's team receptions record.

Ohio State WR Dane Sanzenbacher -- The junior has emerged as the Buckeyes' big-play threat. He had five catches and set career highs in both yards (126) and touchdowns (2) as Ohio State thumped Toledo. Sanzenbacher is averaging 26.7 yards a catch this season. Terrelle Pryor can borrow Sanzenbacher's sticker from time to time after an impressive performance (372 yards of total offense) despite two interceptions.

Penn State RB Evan Royster -- One of several Penn State players battling the flu, Royster revived the Nittany Lions' ground game with 134 rush yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. It was a classic Royster performance (7.1 yards per carry), and it bodes well for Penn State with Iowa looming.