BTN.com has a new staple every Saturday night. It’s called “United States Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s a feature designed to honor the best from every weekend of Big Ten action. Find the top performances, quotes and tweets from a wild Week 10 in this post.
Marcus Coker, Iowa – One week after going for a career-high 252 rushing yards, Coker racked up 132 yards and a pair of scores – his fourth straight game with two touchdowns – in a 24-16 win over Michigan.
Da’Jon McKnight, Minnesota – McKnight busted out of a season-long slump in a big way, with nine receptions for a career-high 173 yards and three touchdowns, which tied a career-high, in Minnesota’s 31-24 defeat at Michigan State.
Kirk Cousins, Michigan State – Cousins bounced back from his worst performance of the season with a 296-yard, two-touchdown performance in a 31-24 comeback victory over Minnesota. For the day, the senior completed 23 of 34 passes (68 percent), with no interceptions.Trenton Robinson, Michigan State – Robinson’s fourth-quarter interception wasn’t just his second pick of the day, but it sealed Michigan State’s comeback victory over Minnesota. The Spartan defensive back also added six tackles.
Boom Herron, Ohio State – With 148 rushing yards in Ohio State’s 34-20 win over Indiana, Herron eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the third consecutive contest since returning from a six-game suspension. The senior back averaged 10.6 yards per carry and added a touchdown.
Braxton Miller, Ohio State – Miller continues to struggle through the air, but the true freshman quarterback made up for it on the ground, running for 104 yards and a pair of scores, including an Ohio State quarterback record 81-yard scoring run, in Ohio State’s third straight win.
Kain Colter, Northwestern – Colter did it all in Northwestern’s upset victory at Nebraska, leading the Wildcats in passing (4 of 6, 115 yards, 1 TD) and rushing (57 yards, 2 TDs) and was the second leading receiver (3 rec., 57 yards).
Montee Ball, Wisconsin – When Ball reaches a career-high, you know it was a big day, and that’s what happened when the Badger back torched Purdue for 223 rushing yards, on just 20 carries, in Saturday’s 62-17 bounceback win over Purdue. He also scored three touchdowns, his fourth game with at least three rushing scores this year.
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin – Efficient as ever, Wilson completed 15 of 20 passes for 205 yards and two scores, with no interceptions, and added 76 yards and a score on the ground in Wisconsin’s 62-17 win over Purdue.
Chris Borland, Wisconsin – Borland notched 11 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss, forced two fumbles and picked off a pass to spearhead Wisconsin’s defensive effort in the blowout win over Purdue.
“We can’t leave the game to the officials. We’ve got to do it ourselves.” – Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, on Michigan’s narrow defeat at Iowa.
“I was playing with emotion and got frustrated.” – Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins, on his rare 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
“I think at the end of the game, the kid was physically exhausted. He gave everything he had but that’s how you learn.” – Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, on MarQueis Gray’s performance in a loss at Michigan State.
“We’re growing every week. We’re getting better every week.” – Indiana QB Tre Roberson, on the Hoosiers following their seventh straight loss.
“We needed this. “Badly.” – Wisconsin RB Montee Ball, on Wisconsin 62-17 win over Purdue following two straight last-minute defeats.
“He’s right up there with Denard Robinson as far as his ability to extend plays.” – Purdue linebacker Joe Holland, on Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson.
“We got beat. It’s that plain and simple. They outplayed us, they outcoached us. What are you going to say?” – Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, on unexpected home loss to Northwestern.
“I said it after last week, that if we wanted to make this season special we had to make it a November to remember.” – Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, on his team’s big upset win at Nebraska.
Northwestern is 4-5, still alive for a bowl, with games left vs. Rice, Minnesota and Michigan State–all at home. That Wildcats may do it.—
Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) November 05, 2011
We are not NU. NU is Northwestern. They earned it.—
(@CornNation) November 05, 2011
People don't go into Memorial Stadium unranked and win.—
Tim Doyle (@BTNTimDoyle) November 05, 2011
That's two winning plays from Trenton Robinson late in this game. Huge hit to stop forward progress and force a punt.—
Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) November 05, 2011
KIRK COUSINS JUST GOT AN UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT PENALTY. WORLD .. ENDING.—
Joey Nowak (@joeynowak) November 05, 2011