U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 13
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 13? Find out in this post.
WEEK 13 GAME BALLS
1. Robert Marve, QB, Purdue: 20-29, 348 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT – You know the story by now, that Marve is playing on one knee and will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL following the season. That surgery will wait until at least late December now that Marve led Purdue to bowl eligibility. In a must-win situation, Marve threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns (Watch TD No. 1 | No. 2 | No. 3 | No. 4), both career highs, to send Purdue past Indiana and into a bowl game.
2. Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State – 12 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks – Hill sure made Michael Mauti’s absence a lot easier to tolerate in an emotional 24-21 overtime victory over Wisconsin on Senior Day at Beaver Stadium. The senior tormented Wisconsin’s offensive line all day, registering a staggering 12 tackles from his defense tackle position. The guy was all over the field, there’s no other way to put it.
3. Akeem Shavers, RB, Purdue – 27 car., 126 yards, 1 TD; 2 rec., 99 yards, 2 TD – Put it this way: Shavers entered the fourth quarter of Saturday’s season finale with six touchdowns before he exploded for three scores in four-plus minutes to help lead Purdue past Indiana. The outburst included two receiving scores for 99 yards (Watch TD catch No. 1 | No. 2), both career highs.
4. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State: 35 car., 266 yards, 1 TD; 1 rec., 9 yards – It was all Bell all day in Michigan State’s bowl-clinching win at Minnesota. The junior workhorse was an absolute beast, racking up a career-high 266 yards and one touchdown (Watch TD). Bell averaged a ridiculous 7.6 yards per carry, too, and picked up much of his yards after first contact (Watch example No. 1 | No. 2).
T-5. Kain Colter, QB, Northwestern: 9-11, 102 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT; 14 car., 88 yards, 1 TD – Performances don’t get much more efficient than the one Colter compiled against rival Illinois. The junior athlete totaled only 190 total yards, but he completed 9-of-11 passes (82 percent), including a career-high three scoring strikes (Watch TD No. 1 | No. 2 | No. 3), and ran for 88 yards and one touchdown (Watch TD) on just 14 carries (6.3 yards per carry).
T-5. Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State: 26 car., 146 yards, 1 TD (Watch TD); 1 rec., 8 yards – Make it seven straight games with at least one touchdown for Ohio State’s bruising back. Add it all up during the hot streak, and Hyde’s scored 15 touchdowns – not mention totaled 768 yards.
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