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Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 10

November, 2, 2008

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

It was an extremely entertaining Saturday around the Big Ten, and here are some of the men who made it possible.

Purdue QB Justin Siller -- The sophomore has spent most of the fall practicing as a running back, but he certainly looked the part at quarterback against Michigan. Siller showcased his passing ability, completing 21 of 34 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns in the win. He also did what he does best, racking up 77 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Michigan State K Brett Swenson -- The Big Ten's premier specialist this season came up big against Wisconsin after struggling the week before at Michigan. Swenson, who worked with former Spartans star Morten Andersen this summer, made his mentor proud by converting all four of his field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 44-yarder with seven seconds remaining.

Northwestern QB Mike Kafka -- Making his first start since 2006, Kafka stepped up to help Northwestern upset No. 17 Minnesota. He set a school single-game record for quarterback rushing with 217 yards and also tossed two touchdown passes. The junior finished the game 12-for-16 passing.

Michigan State WR Blair White -- I mistakenly left White off the sticker list last week, but he delivered another worthy performance against Wisconsin. White had seven receptions for 164 yards in the 25-24 win. The junior has 307 receiving yards in his last two games, the best two-game total for a Spartans receiver since Charles Rogers had 341 in 2002.

Illinois secondary -- I'm not too big on group stickers, but Illinois' secondary had a great collective effort in a must-win game against Iowa. Cornerback Vontae Davis and safety Donsay Hardeman recorded interceptions, and cornerback Dere Hicks made the play of the game in the fourth quarter with a sack, strip, scoop and score against Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi.

Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 9

October, 26, 2008

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

Here are your top performers in the Big Ten for Week 9.

Penn State S Mark Rubin -- The fifth-year senior had a team-high and career-high 11 tackles and forced the Terrelle Pryor fumble that led to Penn State's go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Rubin headlined a Penn State defense that shut down Ohio State's Chris "Beanie" Wells and kept the Buckeyes out of the end zone.

Michigan State RB Javon Ringer -- One of the many Spartans players who injected emotion into the Michigan game, Ringer turned in a dominant performance, racking up 194 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries. He'll undoubtedly share the sticker with quarterback Brian Hoyer, who had three touchdown passes and no interceptions in the 35-21 win.

Indiana S Austin Thomas -- The Hoosiers defense elevated its play against Northwestern, and Thomas led the way with a team-high 10 tackles and two interceptions. Thomas' second interception came in Indiana territory with 4:03 remaining. He hurt his leg on the play and needed to be helped off the field, but his gutsy performance did not go unnoticed.

Backup quarterbacks -- This sticker is split three ways between Wisconsin's Dustin Sherer, Indiana's Ben Chappell and Penn State's Pat Devlin. Sherer stopped the bleeding in Madison with three touchdowns (2 pass, 1 rush) against Illinois. Chappell limited mistakes and led Indiana to an upset of Northwestern. And Devlin relieved the injured Daryll Clark in crunch time at Ohio State and scored the go-ahead touchdown. Whether they played because of performance (Sherer) or injuries (Chappell, Devlin), these three got it done.

Big Ten helmet stickers

September, 20, 2008

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

It has been a strange, entertaining and revealing day in the Big Ten. Time to recognize some of the men who made it memorable.

Michigan State RB Javon Ringer -- Ringer continued to perform despite an insane workload, becoming the first Michigan State player to rush for 200 yards or more in consecutive games. His 201 rushing yards Saturday marked the most ever by a Spartans player against Notre Dame. In the last two weeks Ringer has 483 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 82 carries.

Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor -- The most anticipated recruit in program history backed up the hype in his first career start, throwing a freshman-record four touchdown passes in a win against Troy. The first true freshman quarterback to start for Ohio State since Art Schlichter in 1978, Pryor completed 10 of 16 passes and added 66 rushing yards.

Northwestern's defense -- Put simply, the Wildcats would be 2-2 instead of 4-0 without superlative defensive play. Coordinator Mike Hankwitz has transformed the unit, which held Ohio to a single-game school-record four rushing yards in a 16-8 victory. The Bobcats had 14 plays for negative yardage as Northwestern forced four turnovers and blocked two field-goal attempts. Redshirt freshman defensive end Vince Browne led the way with three sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.

Purdue coach Joe Tiller -- Tiller became Purdue's all-time winningest coach, passing Jack Mollenkopf with his 85th victory with the Boilers. Few of his wins were more dramatic than Saturday's, as Kory Sheets ran for the game-winning touchdown with a minute left after Central Michigan took a 25-24 lead on a gutsy two-point conversion call by Butch Jones.

Big Ten helmet stickers

September, 6, 2008

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

There were plenty of tense moments, but the Big Ten got through Week 2 undefeated. Time to hand out helmet stickers.

Penn State QB Daryll Clark -- Clark aced his first significant test as the Nittany Lions' starter, passing for 215 yards and two touchdowns and adding 61 rushing yards and a touchdown on only five carries in a 45-14 rout of Oregon State. Penn State might have the Big Ten's most explosive offense, and Clark is proving to be the linchpin.

Minnesota QB Adam Weber -- It's a different season for the Gophers, who already have eclipsed last year's win total, and Weber remains the biggest reason why. The sophomore was nearly perfect, completing 22 of 26 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-17 road win against Bowling Green. Weber added a rushing touchdown to put the game out of reach.

Michigan State RB Javon Ringer -- Jehuu Caulcrick has graduated, and that means more touchdown opportunities for Ringer. The senior cashed in with five rushing scores -- the second-highest single-game total in team history -- and gained 135 yards on the ground in a 42-10 win over Eastern Michigan.