Big Ten Players of the Week -- Oct. 24

October, 26, 2009
10/26/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

After a perfect week in game picks, I went three-for-four in POTWs.

OFFENSE -- Penn State QB Daryll Clark

Clark led Penn State to its first win in Ann Arbor since 1996, connecting on 16 of 27 attempts for 230 yards and matching a career high with four touchdown passes in a 35-10 victory at Michigan. The senior quarterback completed 59.3 percent of his passes with no interceptions to help the Nittany Lions post 396 yards of total offense and their most points ever at Michigan Stadium. The Ohio native’s four scoring strikes equal a career best set against Michigan State to end the 2008 regular season. He now has 17 touchdown passes this season to lead the Big Ten and rank third among all signal-callers nationally.

CO-DEFENSE -- Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn and Ohio State DE Thaddeus Gibson

Clayborn racked up three tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks, and forced a fumble to help Iowa remain unbeaten in a 15-13 victory at Michigan State. The junior defensive end registered four tackles, including three solo stops, while his three tackles for loss pushed the Spartans' offense back 21 yards.

Gibson recorded a career-best three sacks and recovered a fumble to help Ohio State hold Minnesota to only a late touchdown in a 38-7 triumph. The junior defensive end collected six tackles, including five solo stops, and his three sacks pushed the Gophers’ offense back 17 yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS -- Northwestern K Stefan Demos

Demos booted his second game-winning field goal of the season, hitting from 19 yards out with 21 seconds remaining to cap the biggest comeback in Northwestern history. The junior kicker connected on all of his attempts against Indiana, including three extra points and a 28-yard field goal to put the Wildcats on the board in the second quarter. The Arizona native is now 11-of-12 on field goal attempts this year, with his only miss coming from a blocked kick.

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