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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
By no measure was it a good Saturday for the Big Ten. But it was for these guys.
Wisconsin WR David Gilreath and RB P.J. Hill -- Gilreath is listed as a wide receiver, but he did most of his damage as a ball-carrier against Indiana. The sophomore had a 90-yard touchdown run -- the team's second longest-run in the modern era -- and finished with eight carries for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Hill, the real running back, had 126 rushing yards and three touchdowns on only 19 carries.
Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor -- Pryor provided the perfect response to the Penn State loss, which he took especially hard. The freshman showcased his special skills against Northwestern, throwing three touchdown passes, keeping plays alive with his feet and converting several third-and-long situations. Pryor completed 9 of 14 passes for 197 yards.
Michigan defense -- After a surprising drop-off, this group regained its edge against Minnesota, holding the Golden Gophers to 46 total yards and one first down in the opening half. Minnesota finished with a measly 188 total yards and eight first downs at home. Defensive end Tim Jamison had a sack and a forced fumble, and safety Brandon Harrison had two tackles for a loss.
Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn -- Clayborn registered two tackles for a loss, a sack and a forced fumble that was nearly recovered in the end zone as Iowa stunned No. 3 Penn State. The sophomore is one of the Big Ten's top young defensive linemen and was among the pass-rushers who bothered Daryll Clark all game long.
Michigan K K.C. Lopata -- Lopata went 5-for-5 on field goals against Minnesota, twice connecting from beyond 40 yards. The five field goals tied a school record and marked a career high for Lopata, who hadn't attempted a field goal since Oct. 18.
Michigan State defense -- One of the league's unsung units punished Purdue quarterback Justin Siller, dropping the redshirt freshman for five sacks. Seven players were involved in tackles for losses and freshman cornerback Johnny Adams had a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown.