Sunday, November 18, 2012
Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 12
By Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett
Honoring the best and the brightest from around the Big Ten in Week 12.
- Michigan QB Devin Gardner: On a day when Michigan honored record-setting QB Denard Robinson and its other seniors, Gardner showed why he's the future for the Wolverines offense. The junior continued to make strides as a passer, completing 18 of 23 attempts for 314 yards and three touchdowns. He's not Robinson, but he can run a bit, too, racking up 37 rush yards and three touchdowns, including two fourth-down runs for scores. Gardner became the first Michigan quarterback to account for six touchdowns since Steve Smith did it in 1983 at Minnesota.
- Penn State QB Matt McGloin and WR Allen Robinson: The record-setting duo continue to power an improved Nittany Lions passing game, and both had enormous days in a 45-22 win over Indiana. McGloin completed 22 of 32 passes for a career-high 395 yards and four touchdowns, with all the scores coming in the first half. He broke Daryll Clark's single-season passing record while also setting the career mark for passing touchdowns. Robinson also had an enormous afternoon, with 10 catches for 197 yards and three scores, smashing the school's single-season reception mark.
- Northwestern S Ibraheim Campbell and LB David Nwabuisi: Four takeaways lifted a shorthanded Northwestern team past Michigan State, and both Campbell and Nwabuisi played a big role in forcing them. Campbell had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, and his hit on Michigan State QB Andrew Maxwell led to a third-quarter interception. Nwabuisi had a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the third quarter, the team's first pick-six since the 2011 TicketCity Bowl. Campbell and Nwabuisi combined for 18 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, as Northwestern improved to 8-3.
- Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier and DE John Simon: Another dynamic duo, these two Buckeyes defenders were beasts in Ohio State's 21-14 overtime win over Wisconsin. Shazier had 12 tackles, including three tackles for loss, and forced a fumble on the goal line from Montee Ball late in regulation. Simon had four sacks for a total of 36 yards and kept the heat on Badgers QB Curt Phillips.
- Nebraska WR Kenny Bell: The Nebraska sophomore was the go-to guy in the Huskers' 38-14 win over Minnesota. Bell set career highs with nine catches for 136 yards and two scores. He was the main beneficiary of another strong game by quarterback Taylor Martinez (21-of-29, 308 yards).