Every Saturday night during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com posts its “U.S. Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week.” The feature is designed to honor some of the top individual Big Ten performances.
See our Week 3 top 5 stars and our honorable mention honorees in this post.
1. Kenny Guiton, QB, Ohio State. Making his first career start, Guiton was nearly flawless in leading Ohio State to an easy 52-34 victory at Cal. The senior super sub threw a 90-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith on his first attempt, marking the longest play from scrimmage in Ohio State history, and he never looked back. Guiton completed 21-of-32 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns, both career highs, plus he was a force on the ground for the second consecutive week (14 car., 92 yards).
Watch Guiton’s top plays:
2. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State. What quarterback questions? Saturday, Mark Datonio finally found the answer to the question that has plagued his team since Kirk Cousins left town. For one game, at least, Cook solved Michigan State’s issues under center. In just his second career start, the sophomore threw four first-half touchdowns and helped the Spartans equal their biggest offensive explosion since 2011 (55 points vs. Indiana). Cook was so good, in fact, he spent much of the second half on the bench.
Watch Cook’s 24-yard TD pass:
3. Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana. Quick: Which quarterback leads the Big Ten in passing yards and touchdown passes? To the surprise of many, it’s Sudfeld, the same guy who came off the bench in each of Indiana’s first two games. As the starter Saturday vs. Bowling Green, Sudfeld threw his ninth and 10th scoring strikes and finished 17-of-26 for 335 yards. On top of that, the sophomore ran for a touchdown and had zero interceptions.
Watch Sudfeld’s 33-yard TD pass:
4. Jordan Hall, RB, Ohio State. As good as Kenny Guiton was through the air, Hall was equally impressive on the ground. The senior back torched Cal’s defense for 168 yards and three touchdowns, both career highs, to go along with a career-high five receptions for 20 yards. Whether it was Guiton or Hall, the Ohio State offense did what it wanted in the easy road win.
Watch Hall’s scoring plays:
5. Treyvon Green, RB, Northwestern. No about about it, Green has made some people forget Northwestern is missing standout Venric Mark. The junior backup running back compiled his third straight impressive game, rushing for a career-high 156 yards and two touchdowns, including a 42-yard scoring run, in Northwestern’s 38-17 victory over Western Michigan.
Watch Green’s 42-yard TD run:
Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana. 19 car., 129 yards, 2 TD
Nick Mangieri, DE, Indiana. 4 tackles; 1 INT; 1 sack
Jake Rudock, QB, Iowa. 14-23, 160 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT; 1 rushing TD
Mark Weisman, RB, Iowa. 35 car, 144 yards
Blake Countess, CB, Michigan. 6 tackles, 1 INT
Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State. 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FR, 1 sack
Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota. 6 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack, 1 Blkd
Ibraheim Campbell, S, Northwestern. 3 tackles, 1 INT
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State. 11 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF
Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State. 3 rec., 149 yards, 2 TD
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin. 16 car., 193 yards, 2 TD