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Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 2

9/7/2014

It was not a great Week 2 in the Big Ten, to put it kindly. But there were still some standout performances, and we're here to recognize them with these helmet stickers:

  • Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah: The Huskers senior rushed for only 54 yards (and a score) on 17 carries, but he won the game for Big Red with an incredible 58-yard, tackle-breaking touchdown reception with 20 seconds left in a 31-24 win over McNeese State. No player in America has a bigger heart than Abdullah, who saved Nebraska from some serious embarrassment.

  • Illinois QB Wes Lunt: In his second game with the Illini, Lunt completed 35 of 50 passes for 456 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception. Illinois needed him to power up the offense in a wild, 42-34 win over Western Kentucky. He had the second most passing yards by an Illini quarterback in Memorial Stadium history, behind Juice Williams' 462 in October 2008.

  • Minnesota RB David Cobb: The Gophers still don't have much of a pass game, but they can lean on Cobb, who ran for 220 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries in a 35-24 win over Middle Tennessee. Cobb's rushing total was the highest by a Gopher in nine years.

  • Iowa DE Drew Ott: The Hawkeyes junior had 13 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack, and he forced a fumble on Ball State's final play in a nail-biting 17-13 victory. Ball State's offense did not score a touchdown against Iowa's defense.

  • Penn State's red zone defense: The Nittany Lions have shown a great bend-but-don't-break ability early in the year. In a 21-3 win over Akron on Saturday, Penn State held the Zips to just one field goal in three trips inside the 20. Anthony Zettel, Jordan Lucas and Mike Hull were among the individual defensive standouts.