Saturday, September 3, 2011
Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 1
By Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett
Time to recognize the best and the brightest from the first weekend of Big Ten action.
- Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson: The Badgers' most anticipated addition in recent memory lived up to the hype in his debut. Wilson completed 10 of 13 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. He also had an electric 46-yard touchdown run late in the first half. To be fair, the NC State transfer had plenty of help from running Montee Ball and several other weapons.
- Michigan LB Brandon Herron: Herron became the first defender in Michigan history to record two touchdown returns in the same game. His 94-yard interception return for a touchdown marked the longest in team history, and he added a 29-yard fumble return for a score. Herron became the first Michigan player to record two scoring returns in a game since Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon in 1940.
- Northwestern's offensive line: The nation's second-most experienced line looked the part in a big win at Boston College. With quarterback Dan Persa sidelined, Northwestern needed a strong effort from the line to help Kain Colter in his first career start. Northwestern piled up 227 rush yards against a Boston College defense that led the nation against the run in 2010.
- Ohio State TE Jake Stoneburner: The junior did something no other tight end had ever done in Buckeyes' history: catch three touchdown passes in a game. Stoneburner had four catches for 50 yards overall and was quarterback Joe Bauserman's favorite target in a 42-0 crushing of Akron.
- Michigan State WR B.J. Cunningham: The senior moved into a tie with Matt Trannon atop the Spartan's all-time career receptions list with a huge night against Youngstown State. Cunningham had nine catches for a career-best 130 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown. The struggling Michigan State offense needed it during a 28-6 win.