Official Big Ten Players of the Week
September, 28, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
I went 2-for-3 on player picks this week. A lot better than my picks for the games.
OFFENSE -- Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien
In just his fourth game as a starter, Tolzien set career highs with 19 completions, 31 attempts and four touchdown passes to help Wisconsin improve to a perfect 4-0 on the season with a victory over Michigan State. The junior quarterback completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 243 yards and became the first Badgers’ signal-caller to toss four scoring strikes in a game since John Stocco accomplished the feat on Oct. 14, 2006. Tolzien staked Wisconsin to a 21-7 halftime lead with a pair of touchdown throws to tight end Garrett Graham. After the Spartans pulled within 24-17 at the end of three quarters, the Illinois native opened the final stanza with two more scoring strikes. Tolzien hit Nick Toon for a 19-yard touchdown, then connected with Graham for a third time with a 23-yard touchdown pass to put the Badgers ahead 38-17.
DEFENSE -- Iowa LB Pat Angerer
Angerer racked up a game-high 14 tackles while producing a pair of key turnovers to help the Iowa defense limit Penn State to only 10 points in a road triumph. After the Hawkeyes took their first lead of the game, 11-10 on a blocked punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Nittany Lions’ offense marched into Iowa territory on the ensuing drive looking to reclaim the lead. On third-and-7 from the 49-yard line, Angerer recorded his first interception of the season and rambled 38 yards to set up the visitors’ second touchdown of the quarter and an 18-10 advantage. After a good kickoff return and a penalty, the hosts started their next possession at Iowa’s 36-yard line with less than nine minutes left in the game. On first down, the PSU running back sprinted 18 yards before Angerer forced a fumble that was recovered by the Hawkeyes at the 18-yard line. Iowa would add another interception on Penn State’s next drive and tack on a field goal for the 21-10 victory. Angerer spearheaded a defensive effort which picked off three passes and forced two fumbles, including one that led to a safety to give Iowa its first points of the game.
SPECIAL TEAMS -- Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn
Trailing 10-5 in the fourth quarter at nationally ranked Penn State, Clayborn turned the game around by blocking a Nittany Lions’ punt and returning it 53 yards for the touchdown and a lead Iowa would not relinquish. Clayborn’s punt block score was the first for the Hawkeyes since Sean Considine returned a blocked punt seven yards for a touchdown in Iowa’s win over LSU in the 2005 Capital One Bowl. Clayborn, who also recorded two tackles on defense, scored his first career touchdown and blocked the second kick of his career, after rejecting a field goal as a freshman in a 2007 victory at Northwestern.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
2:00 PM ET Washington State Colorado State 3:30 PM ET 20 Fresno State 25 USC 5:30 PM ET Buffalo San Diego State 9:00 PM ET Tulane Louisiana-Lafayette
6:00 PM ET Pittsburgh Bowling Green 9:30 PM ET Utah State 23 Northern Illinois
2:30 PM ET Marshall Maryland 6:00 PM ET Syracuse Minnesota 9:30 PM ET Brigham Young Washington
12:00 PM ET Rutgers Notre Dame 3:20 PM ET Cincinnati North Carolina 6:45 PM ET Miami (FL) 18 Louisville 10:15 PM ET Michigan Kansas State
11:45 AM ET Middle Tennessee Navy 3:15 PM ET Ole Miss Georgia Tech 6:45 PM ET 10 Oregon Texas 10:15 PM ET 14 Arizona State Texas Tech
12:30 PM ET Arizona Boston College 2:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 17 UCLA 4:00 PM ET Rice Mississippi State 8:00 PM ET 24 Duke 21 Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET Nebraska 22 Georgia 12:00 PM ET UNLV North Texas 1:00 PM ET Iowa 16 LSU 1:00 PM ET 19 Wisconsin 9 South Carolina 5:00 PM ET 5 Stanford 4 Michigan State 8:30 PM ET 15 UCF 6 Baylor
7:30 PM ET 13 Oklahoma State 8 Missouri 8:30 PM ET 12 Clemson 7 Ohio State