Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Top individual performances of '13: No. 1
By Brian Bennett
At long last, we have reached the summit in our list of the top individual performances of the 2013 season.
The list takes into account the difficulty of opponent and stakes of the game and tries to identify record-breaking, honor-winning, jaw-dropping games from league players. Players are limited to one entry on this list, for variety's sake.
The numbers: Gallon had 14 catches for 369 yards and two touchdowns.
A closer look: Was it a big game? No. Was Indiana's defense any good? No.
Still, Gallon's performance in that wild shootout in the Big House was one for the ages. He had the second-most receiving yards in FBS history, trailing only Louisiana Tech's Troy Edwards, who had 405 yards receiving against Nebraska in 1988. Gallon shattered the previous Big Ten record of 301 yards, set by Purdue's Chris Daniels in 1999.
In fact, Gallon had the Big Ten record before the third quarter was even over, as he put up 343 yards before the fourth quarter began. His day included a 70-yard catch and a 50-yard touchdown strike from Devin Gardner, who had a monster day himself against the Hoosiers' hapless defense. Consider that both Edwards and Daniels had 21 catches each in their record-breaking days; Gallon managed all those yards on just 14 receptions, averaging 26.4 yards per catch.
His 369 yards were, at the time, more than the leading receivers at six Big Ten schools for the season. Simply put, Gallon had crazy numbers on a crazy day, and his Big Ten record should stand for a while. At least until the next great individual performance.