Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, October 7, 2012
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 6? Find out in this post.
WEEK 6 GAME BALLS
1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State: 7-14, 127 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; 16 car., 186 yards, 1 TD – Miller was, well, Miller-esque in helping Ohio State drill Nebraska and remain perfect, the Big Ten's final unbeaten team. The sophomore led Ohio State on seven touchdown drives and his 186 yards on the ground broke his own school record for a quarterback – a record he very well may break again before all is said and done.
2. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan: 8-16, 105 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; 24 car., 235 yards – It was only a matter of time before it happened, and it did Saturday in Michigan's Big Ten opener at Purdue. Robinson ran for a ridiculous 235 yards to become the Big Ten's all-time leading rusher as a quarterback. The 235 rushing yards was Robinson's second-best total of his career (258 at Notre Dame in 2010) and marked his fifth career 200-yard rushing performance. The senior also threw for 105 yards and a score, with no interceptions.
3. Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State: 28 car., 140 yards, 4 TD – Hyde entered Saturday night's game with a total of 158 rushing yards and two touchdowns this season. Against the Huskers, he doubled his touchdown total and nearly matched his season yardage output – the 140 yards were a career-high. Hyde scored twice in the second quarter and once apiece in the third and fourth quarters.
4. John Simon, DE, Ohio State: 7 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 FF – Simon was an absolute beast on Ohio State's defensive line Saturday night. The never-say-stop Buckeye made a living in the Nebraska backfield, registering 5 tackles for loss and two sacks. The two sacks, believe it or not, doubled Simon's season total entering the night.
5. Matt McGloin, QB, Penn State: 35-51, 282 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT; 1 rush TD – After running for a pair of touchdowns in each of the previous two games, McGloin only ran for one. But it was a big one, as McGloin's 5-yard keeper gave Penn State the late lead. The surprising senior also completed a career-high 35 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns. Best of all, he didn't throw an interception despite a career-high 51 attempts.
BEST OF THE REST
Cameron Coffman, QB, Indiana: 35-48, 282 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Kenny Mullen, CB, Indiana: 8 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 pass breakups
Jake Ryan, LB, Michigan: 6 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack
Raymon Taylor, CB, Michigan: 3 tackles, 1 INT, TD
Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State: 9 tackles, 1 TFL
Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State: 8 rec., 134 yards
Andrew Maxwell, QB, Michigan State: 24-40, 290 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska: 5 rec., 133 yards
Eric Martin, DE, Nebraska: 9 tackles, 2 sacks
Venric Mark, RB Northwestern: 13 car., 72 yards, 1 TD; 75-yard punt return TD
Damien Proby, LB, Northwestern: 16 tackles, 1 pass breakup
Corey Brown, WR, Ohio State: 3 rec., 35 yards; 76-yard punt return TD
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: 2 INT, 1 TD
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State: 11 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack
Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State: 8 tackles, 1 TFL, 0.5 sacks
Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State: 11 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 FF, 2 pass breakups
Zach Zwinak, RB, Penn State: 28 car., 121 yards, 1 TD; 6 rec., 52 yards
Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin: 7 rec., 117 yards, 1 TD
Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin: 19 car., 116 yards, 2 TD; 1 rec., 2 yards.
Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin: 10 tackles, 1 FF, 1 pass breakup
Mike Taylor, LB, Wisconsin: 12 tackles, 1.5 TFL
|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.|