Sunday, November 1, 2009
Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 9
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Recognizing the five most outstanding performances from Saturday.
- Minnesota QB Adam Weber: Playing in his first full game without top target Eric Decker this season, Weber passed for a career high 416 yards and tied his career best with five touchdowns in a 42-34 win against Michigan State. He executed a creative game to perfection and got a lot of receivers involved.
- Iowa WRs Marvin McNutt and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos: Who says the Hawkeyes don't have a big-play passing attack? McNutt and DJK combined for seven receptions, 272 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the come-from-behind win against Indiana. They started Iowa's fourth-quarter surge with scoring catches of 92 and 66 yards.
- Illinois QB Juice Williams: An extremely well deserved sticker for Williams, whose nightmarish senior season finally took a turn for the better against Michigan. He rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown and was very efficient in the pass game, completing 8 of 11 attempts for 123 yards and a score. He shares the sticker with running backs Mikel LeShoure and Jason Ford and defensive tackle Josh Brent.
- Wisconsin RB John Clay: The sophomore can dominate a game, and he steamrolled Purdue for 123 rush yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's blowout victory. Clay eclipsed 100 rush yards before halftime. He shares the sticker with teammates Lance Kendricks and Chris Borland.
- Michigan State WR Keshawn Martin: I don't often give these to players from losing teams, but Martin had an unbelievable third quarter against Minnesota. He started the second half by returning a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown and then raced 84 yards to the end zone on a run play. It wasn't enough, but those are two huge plays.