Sunday, December 4, 2011
Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 14
By Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett
It's time to hand out helmet stickers from an unforgettable inaugural Big Ten championship game.
- Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson: The senior once again came up big in the fourth quarter, and this time his efforts led to a come-from-behind win. After recording just 30 first-half passing yards, Wilson completed 12 of 15 pass attempts for 157 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. He earned title game MVP honors for his efforts.
- Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins: Cousins was the best quarterback on the field for much of the night and seemed locked in from the start. He repeatedly found gaps in Wisconsin's defense and finished with 281 pass yards and three touchdowns, completing 22 of 30 attempts. The senior completed his first eight pass attempts.
- Wisconsin RB Montee Ball: Although he faded after the first quarter, Ball still finished with another big touchdowns performance, scoring four times in Wisconsin's victory. He racked up 137 rush yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries and added a 5-yard scoring reception. Ball moved within one touchdown of Barry Sanders' single-season NCAA record of 39.
- Michigan State LB Denicos Allen: Allen was the most explosive defender on the field Saturday night. The sophomore recorded a career-high three sacks, the most by a Spartans player since Trevor Anderson had three against Michigan in 2008. Allen finished with four tackles for loss and nine total tackles.