U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 4

Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten game balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 4? Find out in this post.


1. Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska: 8 car., 119 yards, 2 TD; 1 rec., 25 yards – Looks like that injured left knee is just fine, huh? Burkhead, in his first action since the season opener, rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries (14.9 yards per carry). He was vintage Burkhead on several totes, including the 61-yard scoring scamper in the video above.

2. Matt McGloin, QB, Penn State: 23-35, 312 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 6 car., 14 yards, 2 TD – Often criticized and frequently doubted, McGloin continued his strong play with a career-high 312 yards and one touchdown. The senior quarterback also rushed for a pair of scores, both of the 2-yard variety, to lift the Nittany Lions to their second consecutive win.


3. Venric Mark, RB, Northwestern: 16 car., 117 yards, 3 TD; 1 rec., 3 yards – The Big Ten’s blur, Mark needed just 16 carries to tally 117 yards (7.3 yards per carry) and score a career-high three touchdowns en route to helping Northwestern move to 4-0. No doubt about it, the Wildcats have their first reliable back since Tyrell Sutton.

4. Eric Martin, DE, Nebraska: 5 TFL, 2.5 sacks – Finally healthy, Martin made a living in Idaho State’s backfield, racking up a ridiculous five tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

5. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State: 36 car., 253 yards, 1 TD; 1 rec., minus-8 yards – Mark Dantonio and company didn’t want to give Bell 36 carries against Eastern Michigan, that’s for sure. But the closer-than-expected score called for it, and the stud back accepted the heavy workload on his way to racking up a career-high 253 rushing yards.


Mark Weisman, RB, Iowa: 27 car., 217 yards, 3 TD | Watch Weisman’s stiff-arming highlights

Thomas Gordon, S, Michigan: 6 tackles, 1 INT

Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State: 6 rec., 112 yards, 1 TD

Denicos Allen, LB, Michigan State: 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 sack

Aaron Hill, LB, Minnesota: 10 tackles, 1 INT

Donnell Kirkwood, RB, Minnesota: 28 car., 97 yards, 2 TD

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska: 8 car., 49 yards, 1 TD; 81-yard punt return TD

Ciante Evans, CB, Nebraska – 2 tackles, 1 INT, TD

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State: 12-20, 143 yards; 11 car., 64 yards, 2 TD

Etienne Sabino, LB, Ohio State: 11 tackles, 1 FF, 2 pass breakups

Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State: 9 tackles, 1 FF, 1 pass breakup

Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin: 12 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 pass breakups, 2 sacks

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: 8 car., 112 yards, 1 TD

Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin: 6 rec., 147 yards, 1 TD

BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.


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aroznowski on 9/23/2012 @ 12:27am EDT Said:

I have recently viewed articles such as this one using both Mozilla Firefox 15 and Internet Explorer 9, and the videos do not show up when using Internet Explorer. Can anyone else confirm this problem? I just thought that I should let the folks at BTN.com know about it.

    BTN.com staff on 9/24/2012 @ 10:20am EDT Said:

    Aaron, thanks. We’ve seen a few issues. We switched video systems last month and, unfortunately, here are still some wrinkles to be ironed out. We apologize.

bob jones on 9/23/2012 @ 2:09pm EDT Said:

Nice comeback game for Burkhead, he wore a knee brace and said he was about 90%. His backups, Abdullah, Heard and Cross have looked very, very good, giving the Huskers a deep rb position. Rex won’t have to carry such a heavy load this year as last and hopefully he gets back to full speed shortly. Pretty nice per carry average on the year, something around 17 yds per carry on just 11 carries.

aroznowski on 9/24/2012 @ 7:13pm EDT Said:

It appears that issue has been fixed. Thank you, BTN.