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Official Players of the Week are out

10/27/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The Big Ten has released its offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week. You might have seen them before.

Excerpts from the release:

OFFENSE

Michigan State QB Brian Hoyer

Hoyer completed 17-of-29 passes (58.6 pct.) for 282 yards and a season-high three touchdown passes to lead Michigan State to its first win at Michigan since 1990. The senior quarterback added a 24-yard reception and surpassed 200 passing yards for the third time this season and the 11th time in his career. Hoyer opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game with a 61-yard strike to give the Spartans an early 7-0 advantage. After the Wolverines claimed a 21-14 lead in the second half, Hoyer tossed a four-yard touchdown pass to even the score at 21-21. After MSU reclaimed the lead, he put the game away with a seven-yard scoring toss with just over three minutes remaining for a 35-21 victory.

DEFENSE

Penn State S Mark Rubin

Rubin collected a career-high 11 tackles and made the play of the game when he forced a fumble in the fourth quarter, which Penn State turned into the game-winning scoring drive to remain undefeated and stand alone atop the Big Ten standings. The senior safety registered nine solo stops on the night to spearhead a Nittany Lions defense which held the Buckeyes to only six points, its fewest points at home since 1982. After Penn State missed a potential game-tying field goal at the start of the fourth quarter, Ohio State held a 6-3 lead and drove to midfield before Rubin hit the Buckeyes quarterback to force a fumble. Linebacker Navorro Bowman recovered the loose ball at the 38-yard line with just over 10 minutes left. The Nittany Lions scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive to claim a 10-6 lead on the way to the victory, PSU's first win in Columbus since 1978.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Wisconsin P Brad Nortman

Nortman averaged 51.7 yards per punt and placed three kicks inside the 20-yard line in a victory over Illinois. The freshman punter recorded six punts for 310 yards, including a career-long 64-yard boot. He continually pinned the Illini deep in their own territory, highlighted by one punt downed on the four-yard line. Illinois ' average offensive starting position in the first half was the 25-yard line.