Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, September 14, 2014
It was another tough week for the Big Ten as the conference finished Saturday with a 3-6 record in nonconference matchups, while Penn State notched an impressive 13-10 win over Rutgers in the lone Big Ten game. Still, there were plenty of outstanding individual performances on the day, many of which came on offense.
Here are my top Week 3 Big Ten offensive performances.
1. J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State. The Buckeyes' redshirt freshman quarterback had himself quite a day in Ohio State's 66-0 blowout victory over Kent State. Barrett completed 23-of-30 passes for 312 yards and six touchdowns, which tied Kenny Guiton's 2013 record, in the win. Barrett became the first OSU QB to pass for 300-plus yards since Troy Smith did it back in 2006.
2. Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana. Coleman was outstanding for the Hoosiers in a 45-42 loss to Bowling Green on Saturday. The junior back carried the ball 24 times for 190 yards and three touchdowns, which ties him for the sixth-most rushing touchdowns in a single game in school history. All three of his scores came in the second half, on runs of 28, 46 and 31 yards.
3. Derrick Green, RB, Michigan. Green had a huge game in the Wolverines' 34-10 victory over Miami (Ohio). The talented sophomore back rushed for a game-high 137 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Green's 12-yard touchdown run early on in the fourth quarter put the game away for the Wolverines, who improved to 2-1 on the season.
4. Tommy Armstrong Jr., QB, Nebraska. The Huskers' sophomore quarterback had a huge game in Nebraska's 55-19 win over Fresno State. Armstrong completed 12-of-22 passes for 260 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, while also adding 69 yards on the ground. Armstrong has topped 300 yards of total offense in all three games this season, becoming the first Husker to do so since Joe Ganz in 2008.
5. C.J. Brown, QB, Maryland. The sixth-year QB did all he could to lead Maryland to a win, but the Terps fell just short in a 40-37 loss to West Virginia. Brown had success both on the ground (161 yards and 1 TD) and through the air (241 yards, 1 TD).
6. Geronimo Allison, WR, Illinois. Allison had a breakout game, albeit in a 44-19 loss to Washington. The junior wideout hauled in six passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. The first touchdown of the game came in the final minutes of the first half, on a 60-yard strike from Wes Lunt. His second TD score was a 27-yard grab midway through the third quarter. Allison was responsible for 46 percent of the Illini's offensive output.
7. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State. The Nittany Lions' talented signal-caller got off to a slow start, but he rebounded and led Penn State to a game-winning, six-play, 80-yard drive to seal a 13-10 victory over Rutgers. Hackenberg completed 25-of-44 passes for 309 yards in the memorable victory. He now holds the Penn State record for the most 300-plus yard passing games in a career. He's three games into his sophomore season!
8. Curtis Samuel, RB, Ohio State. The Buckeyes' fab freshman put up some outstanding numbers in Ohio State's 66-0 victory over Kent State. Samuel carried the ball 15 times for a career-high 100 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, while also adding four catches for 40 yards. Samuel looks to have taken over the reins as the Buckeyes' go-to back after this outstanding effort.
9. Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana. The Hoosiers' aerial attack got back on track on Saturday as Sudfeld threw for 347 yards and a touchdown. Sudfeld also added 27 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. However, it wasn't enough as Indiana lost a shocker to Bowling Green, 45-42. With the loss, Indiana fell to 1-1 on the season.
10. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska. Abdullah had another solid outing in the Huskers' 55-19 win over Fresno State. The talented senior back carried the ball 21 times for 112 yards, including a 57-yard scoring run, in the victory. Through three games, Abdullah has already totaled more than 500 yards and four touchdowns.