What. A. Week. The high that Ohio State was on after upsetting the Nittay Lions was short lived, as Iowa handed the Buckeyes 55 points and a loss. Speaking of Penn State, they picked up their second straight loss when they were upset by Michigan State. Northwestern has been giving their fans their money’s worth of football, outlasting Nebraska in their third straight overtime game. Michigan and Purdue beat Minnesota and Illinois respectively. While Rutgers rebounded to down Maryland in an impressive victory. Wisconsin continues to roll, taking a win over Indiana to remain undefeated. With both Penn State and Ohio State losing the Badgers have to come into the college football playoff picture, no matter what their schedule looks like. Here’s the top performers from week ten of Big Ten conference play.
Joshua Jackson Junior DB Iowa
Man-o-man, that Hawkeye defense deserves some credit. To stifle one of the hottest offenses to the tune of seven second half points is something, but to force four J.T. Barrett interceptions is awarding in its own right. Throwing in the direction of Iowa defensive back Joshua Jackson may have (just maybe) played a factor in the game. The junior defensive back notched not one, not two, but three interceptions on the day. His final interception coming on an Odell Beckham like one-handed grab to cement the victory for the Hawkeyes. After only starting one game last year, Jackson has grown to become a key player for the Iowa defense.
Nathan Stanley Sophomore QB Iowa
As impressive as Jackson was on Saturday for the Hawkeyes, Nathan Stanley stole the show in the upset win over the Buckeyes. The sophomore quarterback completed 20 of 30 passes for 225 yards and a whopping five touchdowns. The Hawkeye offensive line made sure Stanley had enough time by keeping the talented Buckeye defensive line at bay. A unit stacked with NFL ready talent only managed one sack on Stanley and he made them pay. His most impressive play of the day came late in the third quarter. Stanley had Buckeye defensive end Sam Hubbard holding his ankle firm and still managed to fire a dart to T.J. Hockenson for a score. Stanley is ascending as one of the better quarterbacks in the Big Ten conference.
Gus Edwards Sr. Senior RB Rutgers
What a cut!
Ask me who’s been the best player for Rutgers this season and I’ll tell you Miami grad-transfer Gus Edwards Sr. The power running back has been the heart and soul of a resurgent Rutgers running game under Jerry Kill. Edwards continued his fine season against Maryland Saturday racking up a season high 109 yards on the ground. His lone score came through the air on a swing pass, side stepping a Terp’ defender on his way to the go-ahead touchdown. Edwards may not be having the flashy season of other Big Ten backs, but he’s also a part of an offense that lacks a true air attack. He’s averaging four and a half yards per carry on boxes that are usually stacked, a rather impressive feat. Might I say, Edwards may be the best running back to wear a Rutgers uniform since the days of Ray Rice.
Felton Davis III Junior WR Michigan State
FOOTBALL BACK IN EAST LANSING.
It seems like every time I turn around Felton Davis III is making some sort of circus style grab. This week I finally get to name him a Player of the Week. Davis III exploded against Penn State, reeling in 12 receptions for a career high 181 yards and a touchdown. His lone score game after a three-hour weather delay, when he laid out to make a diving 33-yard touchdown grab. The junior also showed ability after the catch when Spartan quarterback Brian Lewerke found Davis who left a few Penn State defenders in the dust for a 36-yard gain, his longest of the day. The Nittany Lion secondary had no answers for the Virginia native. Davis is becoming one of the better receivers in not only the Big Ten but all of college football.
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