Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, October 14, 2012

Every Saturday night during the college football season, 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 7? Find out in this post.


1. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin: 29 car., 247 yards, 3 TD; 1 rec. 14 yards – Ball not only ran for a career-high 247 yards at Purdue, he broke Ron Dayne's Big Ten career touchdown record. Ball's three-touchdown day put him at 72 (432 points) for his career. What's more, the senior star tied the record on a career-long 67-yard scamper.

2. Jake Ryan, LB, Michigan: 11 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 FF – Ryan was a thorn in the side of Illinois' offensive attack all day long Saturday. Michigan shut out the struggling Illini, and Ryan was as big of a reason as any for the stout defensive effort, tying a career-high with 11 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss, and adding 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

3. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan: 7-11, 159 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT; 11 car., 128 yards 2 TD – Talk about an efficient performance, Robinson averaged 22.7 yards per completion, including a 71-yard scoring strike, and 11.6 yards per carry. He also accounted for four touchdowns on limited touches (11 passes and 11 carries).

4. Venric Mark, RB Northwestern: 20 car., 182 yards, 2 TD – Mark continued his stellar season, torching Minnesota for a career-high 182 yards and touchdown runs of 26 and 48 yards. The performance was Mark's fourth 100-yard game of the season, and it helped Northwestern become bowl eligible just seven games into the season.

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T-5. Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State: 22 car, 156 yards, 1 TD; 2 rec., 27 yards, 1 TD – Hyde registered his first career back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances with another impressive stat line at Indiana. One week after breaking out for 140 yards and four touchdowns, both career highs, Hyde went for a new career-high (156 yards).

T-5. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State: 13-24, 211 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; 23 car., 149 yards, 1 TDMr. Consistency, Miller impressed again with his arm and feet at Indiana. The super sophomore did nothing to hurt his Heisman candidacy, that's for sure, amassing 360 total yards and accounting for three touchdowns, including a 60-yard touchdown pass and a 67-yard touchdown run.

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Greg Heban, CB, Indiana: 9 tackles 1 INT

Stephen Houston, RB, Indiana: 11 car., 91 yards, 2 TD; 2 rec., 37 yards, 1 TD

Anthony Hitchens, LB, Iowa: 15 tackles, 1 TFL

Mike Meyer, K, Iowa: 4-4 FG, 1-1 XP

Mark Weisman, RB, Iowa: 26 car., 116 yards, 1 TD; 2 rec., 5 yards

Kenny Demens, LB, Michigan: 8 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT

Denicos Allen, LB, Michigan State: 13 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 INT

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State: 29 car., 140 yards, 1 TD

Tyler Scott, DE, Northwestern: 8 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 FF

Zach Boren, LB, Ohio State: 8 tackles, 0.5 TFL

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: 3 pass breakups, 1 TD

Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State: 2 rec., 106 yards, 2 TD

Logan Feichter, S, Purdue: 12 tackles, 1 INT

Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin: 7 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack

Dezmen Southward, DB, Wisconsin: 5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men's basketball for 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.