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Saturday, September 20, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com'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.