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 14 stars and highlights in this post.
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State. Hyde continues to make his case for the top running back honors in the Big Ten this season. The Buckeyes’ brusining back rushed for a game-high 226 yards and a touchdown in Ohio State’s memorable 42-41 win over Michigan. Hyde has now topped the 100-yard mark in seven straight games, and has rushed for 200-plus yards in two of his last three outings. If he hadn’t missed the first three games of the season due to suspension, Hyde would likely be involved in the Heisman Trophy conversation.
Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State. Hackenberg had arguably the best game of his young career in Penn State’s 31-24 upset win over Wisconsin. The Nittany Lions’ talented freshman completed 21-of-30 passes for 339 yards and four touchdowns in the victory. It was the fourth time this season that Hackenberg has thrown for 300-plus yards, and the first time he has thrown four touchdown passes in his career.
Watch Hackenberg’s 68-yard TD pass to Adam Breneman:
Trevor Siemian, QB, Northwestern. The Wildcats’ signal caller had arguably the best game of his career on Saturday. Siemian completed 31-of-44 passes for 414 yards and four touchdowns in Northwestern’s 37-34 victory over Illinois. While the Wildcats failed to make a bowl game this season, Siemian helped end the season on a much-needed high note with his outstanding performance.
Watch Siemian’s 27-yard TD pass to Christian Jones:
Tre Roberson, QB, Indiana. Roberson was on fire today in Indiana’s memorable 56-36 win over in-state rival, Purdue. The Hoosiers quarterback totaled 427 yards and six touchdowns in the game. He passed for 276 yards and six scores, and also rushed for a game-high 154 yards on 21 carries in the victory.
Watch Roberson’s 27-yard TD pass to Cody Latimer:
Chi Chi Ariguzo, Damien Proby and Collin Ellis, LBs, Northwestern. This trio of linebackers were exceptional in Northwestern’s 37-34 win over Illinois. The group combined for an eye-popping 38 tackles in the win. Ariguzo and Proby led the way with 14 tackles each, while Ellis added 10 tackles of his own and a pass breakup.
Devin Gardner, QB, Michigan. The Wolverines’ junior quarterback has been struggling as of late, but he was outstanding in Michigan’s heartbreaking 42-41 loss to Ohio State. Gardner completed 32-of-45 passes for 451 yards and four touchdowns, and also added 10 yards and a rushing touchdown on the ground. This was the second game this season that Gardner has thrown for 400-plus yards, and the seventh time he has recorded at least one passing and rushing touchdown in the same game.
Watch Gardner’s 17-yard TD pass to Jeremy Gallon:
Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State. Is it time to start including Braxton Miller in the Heisman Trophy conversation? I think so. Miller totaled 286 yards and five touchdowns as Ohio State clinched its second consecutive undefeated regular season with a 42-41 win over Michigan. The Buckeyes’ junior signal caller threw for 133 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding 153 yards and three scores on the ground. This marked the fifth consecutive game in which Miller has totaled three-or-more touchdowns.
Watch Miller’s 53-yard TD run:
Christian Jones, WR, Northwestern. Jones had a career day in the Wildcats’ 37-34 victory over Illinois. The junior wideout hauled in a career-high 13 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the win. This was the first time this season Jones has eclipsed the 100-yard mark, and he did it in memorable fashion.
Watch Jones’ 7-yard TD catch:
Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State. Langford continues to establish himself as one of the top running backs throughout the Big Ten conference. The Spartans’ junior back rushed for a game-high 134 yards and a touchdown in Michigan State’s 14-3 win over Minnesota. This marked the seventh consecutive game that Langford has topped the 100-yard mark, and the 17th time he has found the end zone, 16 of which have been rushing touchdowns.
Watch Langford’s 15-yard TD run:
Danny Etling, QB, Purdue. Etling had the best game of his young career on Saturday, although it came in a loss. The Boilermakers’ freshman signal caller completed 33-of-49 passes for 485 yards and four touchdowns in Purdue’s 56-36 loss to Indiana. This marked the first time that Etling has thrown for 300-plus yards and three-or-more touchdowns in a game.
Watch Etling’s 80-yard TD pass to Danny Anthrop:
Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan– 9 catches, 175 yards, 1 touchdown
Denicos Allen, LB, Michigan State– 13 tackles, 2 tackles-for-loss, 1 sack
Josh Ferguson, RB, Illinois– 14 carries, 110 yards, 3 catches, 26 yards, 2 total touchdowns
Steve Hull, WR, Illinois– 13 catches, 155 yards, 1 touchdown
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State– 14 tackles, 1 sack
Jonathan Brown, LB, Illinois– 17 tackles