Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, February 6, 2017
It was a record-setting night for a pair of former Big Ten players Sunday in a memorable Super Bowl LI.
Tom Brady (Michigan) had a night for the ages, while James White (Wisconsin) had the performance of his career to help New England erase a 25-point deficit en route to a 34-28 overtime win in Houston.
Let's start with the Super Bowl regular, Brady. You ready for all of this? OK, here's what Brady accomplished:
- First quarterback to win five Super Bowls.
- First player to win four Super Bowl MVP awards.
- Broke record for most completions (43) in Super Bowl.
- Broke record for passing yards (466 yards) in Super Bowl.
Now, let's take a look at White's record-setting day:
- Broke record for most receptions (14) in Super Bowl.
- Set record for most points (20 – 3 TD & 2-PT) in Super Bowl.
- First player with two rushing TD and one receiving TD in Super Bowl.
Not a Super Bowl record, but White, who scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime, also finished with 139 total yards, including 110 through the air.
Watch Brady and White's highlights below.
Another Super Bowl LI stat: Ex-Big Ten stars had a hand in each of the final five touchdowns. Tevin Coleman (Indiana) started the streak with this short scoring strike, to put Atlanta up 28-3. Coleman totaled 35 yards before suffering an injury.
Here's how other Big Ten names fared:
Ricardo Allen (Purdue): 7 tackles
Jonathan Babineaux (Iowa): 1 tackle
Alan Branch (Michigan): 3 tackles, 0.5 sacks
Nate Ebner (Ohio State): 1 tackle
Ra'Shede Hageman (Minnesota): 2 tackles
Chris Hogan (Penn State, lacrosse): 4 rec., 57 yards
Rob Ninkovich (Purdue): 2 tackles
– Italics indicate Super Bowl winner
One final Big Ten-Super Bowl note: