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Sunday, November 9, 2008
Big Ten Players of the Week

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

It was kind of a strange week in the Big Ten. A lot of solid performances, but not too many mind-blowing ones.

OFFENSE

Ohio State RB Chris "Beanie" Wells -- After getting shut down against Penn State, Wells returned to form at Northwestern, rushing for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries (5 ypc). You can bet the NFL scouts took notice of a 55-yard scoring run early in the second quarter, when Wells appeared to be stopped behind the line of scrimmage, only to break free to the end zone.

DEFENSE

Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn -- The sophomore defensive end was a beast against Penn State, racking up two tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble in the upset victory. Clayborn and his fellow line mates flustered Nittany Lions quarterback Daryll Clark and forced enough mistakes to win the game.

CO-SPECIAL TEAMS

Michigan K K.C. Lopata -- The fifth-year senior tied a school record and set a career high with five field goals on as many attempts at Minnesota. Lopata converted attempts of 23, 26, 34, 44 and 48 yards as Michigan pounded the Gophers at the Metrodome.

Iowa K Daniel Murray -- He hadn't attempted a field goal since Sept. 20 and hadn't made one since the season opener against Maine. But when Iowa needed a huge kick to beat Penn State, the coaches called on Murray. He connected from 31 yards out to give the Hawkeyes the biggest win in recent program history.