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Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 9

10/26/2008

Posted by ESPN.com'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, Clark), these three got it done.