U.S. Marine Corps: BTN.com Leaders of Week 9

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. Check out our Week 9 stars and highlights in this fun-filled post.

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State. Miller had another phenomenal individual performance in the Buckeyes 63-14 win over Penn State on Saturday night. The Buckeyes’ junior signal caller totaled 321 yards and five touchdowns in the win, putting himself right back into the Big Ten Player of the Year conversation. Miller’s 252 passing yards marked a career-high.

Watch Miller’s 39-yard TD run:

Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State. Ohio State’s bruising tailback continues to impress on a weekly basis. It was the same story on Saturday as Hyde rushed for a game-high 147 yards and two touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ blowout win over Penn State. Hyde has now topped the 140-yard mark in three straight games.

Watch Hyde’s 39-yard TD run:

Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State. Langford paced the Spartans offense in a commanding 42-3 blowout win over Illinois. The junior running back rushed for a game-high 104 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Langford has now topped the 100-yard mark in three straight games, all of which have resulted in MSU wins.

Watch Langford’s 7-yard TD run:

Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State. Cook bounced back with an exceptional performance in MSU’s 42-3 victory over Illinois. Cook completed 15-of-16 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns for the Spartans. His .938 completion percentage is a school single-game record and the sixth best single-game total in Big Ten history.

Watch Cook’s 29-yard TD pass to Bennie Fowler:

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska. Abdullah continues to make his case for All-Big Ten honors. The Huskers junior back was one of the lone bright spots in Nebraska’s disappointing 34-23 loss to Minnesota. He rushed for a game-high 165 yards, marking the sixth game Abdullah has gone over the 100-yard mark this season. Adbullah has now totaled 981 yards on the ground this season, second in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon.

Watch Abdullah hurdle the Minnesota defender:

Chi Chi Ariguzo, LB, Northwestern. Much like Abdullah, Ariguzo was one of the lone bright spots for his team on Saturday. Ariguzo was all over the field, recording a game-high 14 tackles, two of which were for a loss, a sack and an interception in the Wildcats 17-10 OT loss to Iowa. Ariguzo ranks in the top-five in the Big Ten in total tackles this season.

Watch Ariguzo’s fourth quarter INT:

Philip Nelson, QB, Minnesota. Nelson was outstanding in the Gophers 34-23 upset victory over Nebraska. Minnesota’s sophomore quarterback totaled 207 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Nelson passed for 152 yards and a score, and added 55 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns.

Watch Nelson’s 33-yard TD pass to Derrick Engel:

David Cobb, RB, Minnesota. Cobb did everything that you would expect from a “workhorse” back. The Gophers junior halfback carried the ball 31 times for 138 yards in the Gophers 34-23 win over Nebraska. This marked the third 100-plus yard game for Cobb this season.

Watch Cobb’s 18-yard run:

Christian Kirksey, Anthony Hitchens, James Morris, LBs, Iowa. This linebacker group has been outstanding this season, and it was the same story again in Saturday’s 17-10 OT victory over Northwestern. The Hawkeyes’ trio combined for 29 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in the win. Kirksey led the way with a team-best 12 tackles, Morris had a fumble recovery and two sacks, while Hitchens added nine tackles and a sack of his own.

Watch Morris’ fumble recovery:

Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State. Robinson continues to make his case as the top wide receiver in the nation. The Nittany Lions’ junior wideout had 12 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown in the loss. His 65-yard touchdown reception was the longest play of his collegiate career.

Watch Robinson’s 65-yard TD catch:

About Sean Merriman BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman covers football and men’s basketball and provides original content for BTN.com. You can follow him on Twitter @BTNSean.

Originally from Farmington Hills, MI, I have worked at the Big Ten Network since 2012 and took over my role as web editor and blogger in August, 2013. Follow me on twitter for constant Big Ten updates @srmerriman. Thanks and enjoy!!

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