Saturday, November 19, 2011
Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 12
By Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg
Time to recognize the best and brightest from the Big Ten in Week 12:
- Michigan QB Denard Robinson: It was a vintage "Shoelace" performance against Nebraska. Robinson ran for 83 yards on 23 carries and threw for 180 yards while scoring four touchdowns in a 45-17 win. Robinson accounted for three more total yards than the Huskers' entire offense.
- Iowa's triplets: No one in the Big Ten has a more productive trio than Iowa's combination of quarterback James Vandenberg, receiver Marvin McNutt and running back Marcus Coker. All three showed up in a big way in a 31-21 road win at Purdue. Vandenberg completed 22-of-32 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns. McNutt caught two of those scores and had 151 receiving yards on nine total receptions. And Coker rumbled for 139 yards and a score on 30 carries.
- Wisconsin RB Montee Ball: It was another big day for "MoneyBall," and the Badgers needed it to avoid an upset. Ball carried 38 times for 224 yards and two scores and caught a touchdown pass. He became just the fifth player in FBS history to score 30 touchdowns in a season.
- Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins: In his final home game, the Spartans senior completed 16-of-23 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-3 shellacking of Indiana. His two favorite targets, B.J. Cunningham (six catches for 132 yards and two scores) and Keshawn Martin (8 receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown, plus a 19-yard scoring run) also had big days as Michigan State clinched the Legends Division crown.
- Northwestern S Brian Peters: The senior had 11 tackles, intercepted a pass in the end zone and forced a fumble that he recovered as the Wildcats got bowl-eligible with a 28-13 win over Minnesota.
- Penn State P/K Anthony Fera: Fera played a huge role in Penn State's win against Ohio State. He kicked a career-long 43-yard field goal in the first quarter and then bested it with a 46-yarder to close the half. He also placed three of four punts inside Ohio State's 20-yard line, including one that went out of bounds at the 3-yard line.