With the first weekend of Big Ten football now complete, we take a look at the statistical top performers from the games of August 30 and 31 and Sept. 1.
RUSHERS: Four Big Ten student-athletes broke the 100-yard barrier, led by Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell, who racked up 210 yards and two touchdowns on the ground against nationally ranked Boise State. Other Big Ten players over 100 rushing yards were Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (161), Iowa running back Damon Bullock (150) and Wisconsin's Montee Ball (120).
PASSERS: Five Big Ten signal callers went over 250 passing yards, led by Nebraska's Taylor Martinez, who threw for 354 yards and five touchdowns against Southern Miss. Other Big Ten passers over 250 yards were Purdue's Robert Marve (295), Indiana's Tre Roberson (280), Minnesota's MarQueis Gray (269) and Penn State's Matt McGloin (260).
RECEIVERS: Five Big Ten wide receivers surpassed 100 yards or totaled eight or more catches, led by Penn State's Allen Robinson with nine catches for 97 yards against Ohio and Michigan's Jeremy Gallon with 107 yards on four catches versus defending national champion Alabama. Minnesota's A.J. Barker (101 yards) also surpassed 100 receiving yards, while Northwestern's Demetrius Fields (eight catches for 83 yards) and O.J. Ross (eight catches for 71 yards) both tallied eight receptions.
TOTAL OFFENSE: Four Big Ten standouts went over 300 yards of total offense, led by Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller with 368 yards (161 rushing, 207 passing) against Miami (Ohio). Other Big Ten players over 300 yards of total offense were Nebraska's Taylor Martinez (364), Minnesota's MarQueis Gray (337) and Purdue's Robert Marve (304).
TACKLES: Eight Big Ten defenders tallied 10 or more tackles, led by Northwestern's Ibraheim Campbell and Wisconsin's Mike Taylor with 13 defensive stops each. Other Big Ten student-athletes with double-digit tackles were Nebraska's Will Compton (12), the Northwestern duo of Davion Fleming (10) and Damien Proby (10) and the Penn State trio of Michael Mauti (12), Gerald Hodges (11) and Adrian Amos (10).
TFLS/SACKS: Four Big Ten student-athletes posted at least two tackles for loss, led by Iowa's Joe Gaglione with three TFLs (including one sack) at Soldier Field against Northern Illinois. Fellow Hawkeye Dominic Alvis added two TFLs (including one sack), a feat matched by Illinois' Michael Buchanan (two TFLs, including one sack) and Indiana's Larry Black (two TFLs, both sacks).