Saturday, November 27, 2010
Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 13
By Adam Rittenberg
It's time to recognize the best and the brightest from Week 13 in Big Ten play.
Indiana QB Ben Chappell: Chappell delivered a heroic performance in Indiana's overtime win against Purdue, completing 31 of 50 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns. He broke Kellen Lewis' single-season passing yards record and helped Indiana stop its 12-game Big Ten road losing streak with its first win at Ross-Ade Stadium since 1996.
Wisconsin's cast of stars: I could do a separate set of helmet stickers just for the Badgers after their 70-23 win against Northwestern. Instead, I'll consolidate all the performances here. The sticker is to be shared by defensive end J.J. Watt (3 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 1 sack, 3 quarterback hurries, 1 blocked kick), running back Montee Ball (174 rush yards, 4 TDs), running back James White (138 rush yards, TD), quarterback Scott Tolzien (15-for-19 passing, 231 yards, 4 TDs) and safety Aaron Henry (50-yard interception return for a touchdown, 1 fumble recovery).
Ohio State RB Dan Herron: After finishing the first half with one yard on three carries, Herron exploded for 174 rushing yards and a touchdown in the final two quarters. He had a 31-yard touchdown run and tied a team record for longest run from scrimmage with an 89-yard burst that should have been a 98-yard touchdown if not for a bogus holding call. Herron shares the sticker with defensive end Nathan Williams (2.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery).
Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins and RB Edwin Baker: The Spartans' backfield tandem came up big in helping Michigan State win a share of its first Big Ten title since 1990. Baker racked up 118 rush yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, while Cousins, playing hurt, completed 17 of 22 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
Minnesota CB Troy Stoudermire: Stoudermire earns a sticker in both of Minnesota's Big Ten victories. He came up big against Iowa by forcing two fumbles, recovering one and recording a pass breakup. Stoudermire's second forced fumble allowed Minnesota to take over with 4:14 left and run out the clock to secure a 27-24 win.