Big Ten: Cory Sauter

Big Ten Players of the Week

November, 2, 2009
11/02/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

As announced by the league office on Sunday night.

OFFENSE -- Minnesota QB Adam Weber

Weber became the first Minnesota quarterback to surpass 400 passing yards in more than a decade, throwing for a career-best 416 yards and matching a career high with five touchdown passes in a victory over Michigan State. Despite playing without injured All-Big Ten wideout Eric Decker, Weber completed 19 of 31 passes (61.3 percent) to make him the Gophers’ first 400-yard passer since Cory Sauter compiled 404 yards against the Spartans in 1995. Weber’s five scoring strikes equaled his career best set in a double-overtime game at Northwestern in 2007.

CO-DEFENSE -- Wisconsin LB Chris Borland and Minnesota DT Garrett Brown

Borland recovered two fumbles and forced another while adding four tackles and one tackle for loss to help Wisconsin record a shutout against Purdue. The freshman linebacker spearheaded a Badgers defense that held an opponent scoreless for the first time since 2006 and the first time in Big Ten play since 1999.

Brown set career highs with seven defensive stops and three tackles for loss, while also forcing and recovering a fumble to help Minnesota knock off Michigan State. The senior defensive tackle pushed the Spartans’ offense back 6 yards with his three tackles for loss, and six of his seven defensive stops were solo tackles. Brown led a Gophers defense that held MSU to 124 rushing yards, 84 of which came on a reverse in the second half.

SPECIAL TEAMS -- Michigan State WR Keshawn Martin

Martin compiled a career-best 284 all-purpose yards, including four kickoff returns for 176 yards and a 93-yard touchdown to open the second half at Minnesota. The sophomore wideout averaged 44 yards per kickoff return, highlighted by his 93-yard score to pull the visitors within 21-17 to open the third quarter. His 93-yard score marked the first kickoff return touchdown for the Spartans since 2005.

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