Saturday, November 20, 2010
Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 12
By Adam Rittenberg
It's time to recognize the best and the brightest from Week 12 in the Big Ten.
Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure: The Big Ten's most consistent running back produced a historic performance at Wrigley Field. Leshoure rushed for a team-record 330 yards -- the fifth-highest total in Big Ten history -- in a 48-27 win against Northwestern. The junior had five runs of 30 yards or longer, including bursts of 70 and 62 yards. Leshoure now has seven games with 100 rushing yards or more this season.
Wisconsin RBs James White and Montee Ball: The Badgers' backs were unstoppable at Michigan Stadium and are therefore inseparable in the helmet stickers. They combined for 354 rushing yards and six touchdowns in Wisconsin's 48-28 win against Michigan. White (181 rush yards, 2 TDs) and Ball (173 rush yards, 4 TDs) became the first Badgers' tandem to both eclipse 150 rush yards in a game since Billy Marek and Ken Starch in 1973, and just the second tandem to do so in team history.
Michigan State LB Denicos Allen: Allen made the latest huge special teams play in a season full of them for Michigan State, and it helped save the day in a 35-31 win against Purdue. The redshirt freshman blocked a punt midway through the fourth quarter, setting up the winning touchdown run two plays later. Allen shares this with receiver Mark Dell (8 catches, 108 receiving yards, 2 TDs).
Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward, DT John Simon and LB Brian Rolle: Although quarterback Terrelle Pryor came up big in the clutch, he wouldn't have had the chance if not for a stifling defensive performance. These three combined for six tackles for loss, two sacks, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry as Ohio State survived a scare in Iowa City, winning 20-17. Ohio State held Iowa to 81 rush yards.
Penn State S Andrew Dailey and LB James Van Fleet: These two combined for the biggest play of Saturday's 41-24 win against Indiana. With the score tied 24-24 late in the third quarter, Dailey blocked a punt and Van Fleet returned it 21 yards to the end zone for a touchdown. They share the sticker with quarterback Matt McGloin (315 pass yards, 2 TDs) and receiver Derek Moye (90 receiving yards, TD, 39 rush yards).