BIG TEN FOOTBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - WEEK 3 2HONORING LEGENDS. BUILDING LEADERS.
In 2014-15, men’s and women’s lacrosse will be added as the conference’s 27th and 28th ocial sports,giving the Big Ten more ocla sports than all conferences other than the Ivy League.
Two For Two:
Through the first two weeks of the conference season, nine Big Ten teams carryperfect 2-0 marks. Illinois, Michigan, MichiganState, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, OhioState, Penn State and Wisconsin were each victo-rious in their first two contests of the 2013 sea-son, which has become a pattern in recent yearsfor many of the aforementioned programs.Northwestern has posted a 2-0 mark to the newyear for the seventh consecutive season, the lon-gest active streak in the conference. MichiganState is off to a 2-0 start for the fourth straightseason, Ohio State is officially 2-0 for the thirdstraight season and Minnesota has won its firsttwo games for the second consecutive season.
Let’s Play 21:
Following last week’s cumulativemark of 11-1, Big Ten squads have combined for a21-3 overall record through the first two weeks of the non-conference season. Good for a winningpercentage of .875, Big Ten teams are off to theirbest start in at least the last 10 seasons. In the lastdecade, conference squads combined for match-ing 18-3 marks, or .857 winning percentages, in2005 and 2008 and 18-4 ledgers, or .818 winningpercentages, in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Below is acloser look at the Big Ten’s records through thefirst two weekends of the previous 10 seasons.
Offenses Getting It Done:
Big Ten offenses haveproven to be some of the most prolific in thenation through the first two weeks as eight con-ference squads rank among the nation’s top 30 inscoring. Indiana leads all conference programs at54.0 points per game, good for seventh national-ly, while Michigan joins the Hoosiers in the top10 at No. 10 with 50 points per contest.Minnesota ranks 15th at 47.5 points per game,while Wisconsin and Nebraska are tied for 16that 46.5 points a game. Northwestern (22nd, 46.0points per game), Illinois (27th, 43.5) and OhioState (30th, 41.0) are also among the top 30nationally in scoring offense.
Not a Misprint:
A closer look at the confer-ence’s individual scoring leaders will show oneparticular standout. Michigan State’s ShiliqueCalhoun, a defensive lineman, is tied for sixthwith three touchdowns on the season. AgainstWestern Michigan in Week 1, Calhoun returneda fumble for a touchdown for his first careerscore. Last Saturday against South Florida,Calhoun not only returned a fumble for a score,but also had a pick-six in Michigan State’s 21-6victory. It marks the second time in as manyweeks a Big Ten defensive player has scored twotouchdowns in the same game asNorthwestern’s Collin Ellis recorded two inter-ception returns for touchdowns in the Wildcatsopening-weekend win over California.
Back in the Act:
A week after 11 touchdownswere scored by Big Ten defensive and specialteams units, the squads combined for sevenmore touchdowns during the second week of the season. The Michigan State defense hadtwo touchdowns and Minnesota’s defense andspecial teams units each had one score,Nebraska had two interception returns fortouchdowns and Purdue returned its openingkickoff to the end zone. Through two weekends,Big Ten defenses and special teams units havescored 18 touchdowns.
After finishing with 87 rushing yardsagainst Syracuse on Saturday, Northwestern’sKain Colter climbed into the Big Ten’s top 10 listfor career rushing yards by a quarterback. Nowwith 1,784 career rushing yards, Colter ranks10th in conference history. He is now the fourthactive Big Ten signal caller to appear among thetop 10 quarterback rushers in conference histo-ry. Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez is the Big Ten’sactive leader among rushing yards by a quarter-back, now with 2,961 yards, which ranks thirdall-time. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller is eighth all-time with 2,068 yards and Illinois’ NathanScheelhaase is ninth in history with 1,792 rush-ing yards. A list of Big Ten standouts’ careerstats, and where they rank in conference histo-ry, can be found on Page 4 of this release.
Coach, School Career (Yrs) At School (Yrs) Big Ten OnlyLEGENDS DIVISION
Kirk Ferentz, IOWA 113-96 (18th) 101-75 (15th) 59-53Brady Hoke, MICH 68-57 (11th) 21-7 (3rd) 12-4Mark Dantonio, MSU 71-45 (10th) 53-28 (7th) 30-18Jerry Kill, MINN 138-89 (20th) 11-16 (3rd) 4-12Bo Pelini, NEB 51-20 (6th) 51-20 (6th) 12-4Pat Fitzgerald, NU 52-39 (8th) 52-39 (8th) 26-30
Tim Beckman, ILL 25-26 (5th) 4-10 (2nd) 0-8Kevin Wilson, IND 6-20 (3rd) 6-20 (3rd) 2-14Urban Meyer, OSU 118-23 (12th) 14-0 (2nd) 8-0Bill O’Brien, PSU 10-4 (2nd) 10-4 (2nd) 6-2Darrell Hazell, PUR 17-11 (3rd) 1-1 (1st) 0-0Gary Andersen, WIS 32-31 (6th) 2-0 (1st) 0-0
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BIG TENPLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Oensive Player of the WeekJeremy Gallon, MichiganSr., WR, Apopka, Fla./Apopka
• Finished with career highs in receiving yards (184) andtouchdowns (three) as Michigan defeated Notre Dame infront of an NCAA-record crowd of 115,109• Collected eight catches to accrue 184 yards, the sixth-most in program history and most since Roy Roundtreerecorded 246 receiving yards in 2010• Became the rst Wolverine with three touchdown grabsin a game since Mario Manningham in 2006• Scored on touchdown grabs of 61 yards in the rstquarter, 12 yards in the second and 13 in the third• Records his rst career weekly honor• Last Michigan Oensive Player of the Week:Devin Gardner (Nov. 19, 2012)
Defensive Player of the WeekShilique Calhoun, Michigan StateSo., DE, Middletown, N.J./Middletown North
• Scored two defensive touchdowns, one on a fumblerecovery and another on an intercepon return, inMichigan State’s 21-6 win over South Florida• Returned a fumble four yards for a touchdown and anintercepon 56 yards for another, becoming the rstSpartan defender with three touchdowns in the sameseason since T.J. Turner in 1999• Also nished with two tackles for loss and one sack asMichigan State allowed just 155 total yards• Claims his rst career Defensive Player of the Week honor• Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week:Tyler Hoover (Oct. 25, 2010)
Special Teams Co-Players of the WeekMarcus Jones, MinnesotaJr., PR/KR, Wake Forest, N.C./Wake Forest-Rolesville
• Returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown in Minnesota’s44-21 win on the road against New Mexico State• Marked his second return touchdown of the season,having returned a kicko 98 yards in the Gophers’ opener• Wins his rst career Big Ten Special Teams Player of theWeek honor• Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week:Jordan Westein (Oct. 31, 2011)
Akeem Hunt, PurdueJr., KR, Covington, Ga./Newton
• Took the opening kicko 99 yards for a touchdown andnished with 123 kicko return yards for the day asPurdue defeated Indiana State, 20-14, on Saturday• Recorded his second career kicko return touchdownaer having returned his rst 100 yards against OhioState in 2012• Wins his rst career Big Ten Special Teams Player of theWeek honor• Last Purdue Special Teams Player of the Week:Cody Webster (Sept. 10, 2012)
Freshman of the WeekCorey Clement, WisconsinRB, Glassboro, N.J./Glassboro
• Recorded his second straight 100-yard rushing eort of theseason, nishing with 149 yards and two touchdowns on13 carries, an average of 11.5 yards per carry, inWisconsin’s 48-0 victory over Tennessee Tech• Ran for fourth-quarter touchdowns from 1 yard and75 yards out, boosng his yards per carry average to 8.6through two games• One of three Badger running backs to rush for 100 yardsor more in two straight games• Wins his rst career weekly award• Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week:James White (Nov. 22, 2010)
Year Record (Pct.)2013 21-3 (.875)
2012 16-8 (.667)2011 17-7 (.708)2010 17-4 (.810)2009 18-4 (.818)
Year Record (Pct.)
2008 18-3 (.857)2007 18-4 (.818)2006 18-4 (.818)2005 18-3 (.857)2004 16-6 (.727)