Big Ten Official Players of the Week
October, 12, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
I hit on only one of the three picks for this week. At least that's a nice batting average.
OFFENSE -- Iowa TE Tony Moeaki
After missing the last three games due to injury, Moeaki returned to haul in six passes for 105 yards, including two key touchdowns to help Iowa hold off Michigan, 30-28, and improve to 6-0 for the first time since 1985. The senior tight end’s 105 receiving yards were only seven yards shy of his career high of 112 yards, set more than two years ago against Syracuse on Sept. 8, 2007.
DEFENSE -- Ohio State LB Ross Homan
Homan racked up a career-high 15 tackles while adding two sacks, a pass breakup and a forced fumble to help the Ohio State defense hold the Badgers’ offense to a pair of field goals and remain atop the Big Ten standings. The junior linebacker’s two sacks pushed Wisconsin back 13 yards and nine of his 15 defensive stops were solo tackles. He surpassed his previous career high of 10 tackles, set in two games last season. Homan spearheaded a defensive attack that held the Big Ten’s top-ranked scoring and rushing offense to a pair of field goals and 118 yards on the ground.
SPECIAL TEAMS -- Michigan P Zoltan Mesko
Mesko recorded his best game as a Wolverine by averaging 53.8 yards on five punts at Iowa, including one inside the 20-yard line and a long of 61 yards. The senior standout boomed five punts for 269 yards, including kicks of 52, 53, 55 and 61 yards. His 53.8-yard average marked the second-best single-game effort in school history, trailing only the 56.3-yard average set by Don Bracken at Northwestern on Oct. 24, 1981. Mesko ranks second in the Big Ten and eighth nationally with 45.6 yards per boot.
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
12:15 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