Saturday, November 26, 2011
Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 13
By Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett
Recognizing the best and the brightest from Week 13 in Big Ten play.
- Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead: The inaugural Heroes Game served as the perfect platform for "Superman" to turn in another big performance. Burkhead set a team record with 38 carries and racked up 160 yards and a touchdown as Nebraska beat Iowa on Black Friday. The junior recorded his seventh 100-yard rushing performance of the season. He shares the sticker with the Huskers' defenders, who put together their best effort of the season.
- Wisconsin RB Montee Ball: "MoneyBall" continues to cash in for Wisconsin, which locked up the Leaders division championship Saturday. Ball tied his career high with four touchdowns against Penn State and racked up 156 yards on 25 carries in barely three quarters of work. After churning out 68 yards in the first half, Ball exploded in the third quarter for 88 rush yards and two touchdowns. He broke Barry Sanders' record for consecutive games with multiple touchdowns with his 12th and moved within five touchdowns of Sanders' single-season mark (39).
- Michigan State WR B.J. Cunningham: Cunningham shredded Northwestern's defense for 6 catches, 120 receiving yards and two touchdowns, both in the second half and both on third-and-long. He capitalized on freshman CB Daniel Jones and consistently found gaps in the secondary. Cunningham shares the sticker with his quarterback, Kirk Cousins, who broke Jeff Smoker's team record for career touchdown passes (62).
- Michigan QB Denard Robinson: The Wolverines finally ended their losing streak against Ohio State, and "Shoelace" led the way. Robinson accounted for 337 total yards and five total touchdowns in the 40-34 victory. With the rivalry and a potential BCS bid on the line, Robinson tied a season high with 26 carries for 170 yards.
- Minnesota QB MarQueis Gray: The Gophers' double-trouble signal-caller ran 27 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns and completed 7 of 14 passes for 85 yards and a score in a 27-7 win over Illinois.