Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, October 3, 2015
What a fun day of Big Ten football!
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There were plenty of outstanding individual performances on Saturday. We saw some incredible running numbers, as well as some standout defensive statistics.
Who was the most impressive?
Well, that's what I'm here to tell you!
Here is a look at my top performers from Saturday's Big Ten football action.
LJ Scott, RB, Michigan State. The Spartans' freshman RB was outstanding on Saturday. He carried the ball 18 times for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns as No. 2 Michigan State beat Purdue 24-21. Scott is now averaging 6.2 yards per carry in his first five games this season.
Markell Jones, RB, Purdue. Jones is a rising star for this Purdue team. The freshman back had 22 totes for 157 yards and two touchdowns in Purdue's 24-21 loss to Michigan State. The former Mr. Indiana totaled 159 of Purdue's 301 total offensive yards in this game.
Desmond King, DB, Iowa. This guy was incredible in Iowa's impressive 10-6 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. King recorded nine tackles and added two huge interceptions in the victory. He has developed into one of the top defensive backs in Big Ten.
Jordan Canzeri, RB, Iowa. This guy is playing like one of the top running backs in the conference. Canzeri rushed for a game-high 125 yards and added a 14-yard catch in the Hawkeyes' 10-6 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. He was responsible for 63 percent of Iowa's offense in the win.
Desmond Morgan, LB, Michigan. How good has Michigan's defense been this season? The Wolverines are holding opponents to 6.2 points per game through five games this year. Morgan was the star of the defense today, recording a team-high nine tackles and adding an interception in the Wolverines 28-0 win over Maryland.
Jason Cabinda, LB, Penn State. Penn State's sophomore linebacker was great on Saturday. He had a game-high 14 tackles, two sacks, and forced a fumble in PSU's 20-14 win over Army. That's called stuffing the stat sheet.
Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern. Jackson continues to impress this season. The sophomore back totaled 134 yards in Northwestern's impressive 27-0 win over Minnesota on Saturday. He has now totaled more than 600 rushing yards in five games this season.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State. Elliott looked like a Heisman Trophy candidate today… And then some. The Buckeyes' talented back put up an eye-popping 274 rushing yards and three touchdowns in Ohio State's 34-27 win over Indiana on Saturday. This performance should put him right back in the middle of that Heisman Trophy talk.
Chris Weber, Nebraska. The Huskers' linebacker recorded a game-high 17 tackles in Nebraska's 14-13 loss to Illinois. Weber was one of the lone bright spots for a Huskers defense that gave up close to 400 yards. He also added three tackles for loss in the game.
Wes Lunt, QB, Illinois. It didn't look great for Lunt early on, but the Illini quarterback was exceptional when it mattered most. Lunt led his team on a game-winning 72-yard drive, which was capped with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Geronimo Allison, sealing a 14-13 victory over Nebraska.
Joe Schobert, LB, Wisconsin. How can you leave this guy off the list? Schobert was everywhere for Wisconsin on Saturday. He recorded eight tackles, forced two fumbles, had one fumble recovery, and added three sacks. What a special talent this kid is!
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