Saturday, November 12, 2011
Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 11
By Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg
Peel off the back and affix to hat. Time to recognize the stars who shined brightest in the Big Ten on Saturday.
- Northwestern WR Jeremy Ebert: Ebert had a huge day in the 28-6 win over Rice, recording 7 catches for a career-high 208 yards and two touchdowns. That included a 90-yard strike from Dan Persa that was the second-longest play in school history. Persa had a big game, too, throwing for 372 yards and four touchdowns, with a pair of interceptions.
- Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell: The Spartans needed a spark after averaging just 67 rushing yards in their first three road games, and Bell provided it with help from his offensive line in a 37-21 victory against Iowa. Bell racked up a season-high 112 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries (5.6 ypc). He also added two receptions for 49 yards, including a 45-yarder on third-and-8 midway through the fourth quarter.
- Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson: The senior continued his assault on the record book, completing his first 16 pass attempts in Wisconsin's blowout win against Minnesota. Wilson finished the game 16-for-17 passing for 178 yards and four touchdowns. RB Montee Ball (166 rush yards, 2 rushing TDs, 1 receiving TD) and WR Nick Toon (8 receptions, 100 yards, 2 TDs) also merit mentions.
- Purdue DL Bruce Gaston: He gets a sticker simply for making one play, but it was enormous. Gaston blocked Drew Basil's extra-point attempt after Ohio State had tied the score at 20 with 55 seconds left, keeping the Boilermakers alive and giving them a chance to eventually win the game 26-23 in overtime.
- Nebraska P/K Brett Maher: A secret weapon for the Huskers, Maher proved to be very important in a 17-14 win at Penn State. He averaged 45 yards on eight punts and put five inside the Nittany Lions' 20, including a 61-yarder late that pinned Penn State deep in its own territory. Maher also made a 41-yard field goal in his only attempt.
- Michigan RB Fitzgerald Toussaint: The Wolverines offense has some issues right now, but the running back spot isn't one of them. Toussaint has established himself as the team's top back. After recording 170 rush yards two weeks ago against Purdue, Toussaint racked up a career-high 192 rush yards and a touchdowns on 27 carries in Saturday's 31-14 win at Illinois. DT Mike Martin (9 tackles) merits a mention after leading a suffocating effort against the run.