Sunday, September 11, 2011
Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 2
By Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett
It's time to recognize the best and the brightest from around the Big Ten in Week 2.
- Michigan QB Denard Robinson: This might be the first and only time a quarterback who throws three interceptions in a game also receives a helmet sticker. But Robinson is no ordinary quarterback, and he once again stepped up in heroic fashion to stun Notre Dame. "Shoelace" accounted for 446 yards (338 pass, 108 rush) and five touchdowns (4 pass, 1 rush), including the game-winning toss to Roy Roundtree with two seconds left. One of the nation's most exciting players led Michigan to 28 fourth-quarter points.
- Michigan State's defense: If there's a more dominating defensive performance than the one the Spartans delivered against Florida Atlantic, please let us know. Not only did Michigan State shut out the Owls, but the Spartans surrendered only one first down and 48 total yards in a 44-0 victory. It marked the first time since 1944 that Michigan State held an opponent to one first down. More impressive is that the Spartans' second- and third-stringers were just as impressive as the starters.
- Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson: Wilson gets a sticker for the second straight week. The Badgers needed him as Oregon State stuffed the run early. Wilson completed 17 of 20 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns as Wisconsin beat Oregon State 35-0.
- Northwestern QB Kain Colter: Dan Persa suited up for the game, but Colter once again proved more than capable of leading the Northwestern offense. He rushed for 109 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries against Eastern Illinois and completed 10 of 13 passes for 104 yards.
- Nebraska KR Ameer Abdullah: The freshman came of age against Fresno State. With the Cornhuskers clinging to a 28-26 lead in the fourth quarter, Abdullah went 100 yards for a kickoff return touchdown. That gave the Nebraska some much-needed breathing room in a 42-29 victory.