This Week in the Big Ten

Micah Hancock and the Penn State volleyball team were one of nine B1G volleyball squads ranked in the AVCA Top 25 Poll this past week.

Sept. 16, 2013

[ONE // football earns seven wins in week three]
Big Ten football finished week three 7-5 overall, with Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Northwestern recording wins.  Nate Sudfeld threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns and Cody Latimer had a career-high 137 yards receiving in the Hoosiers’ 42-10 win over Bowling Green, Iowa retained the Cy-Hawk Trophy with a 27-21 victory over rival Iowa State, Michigan survived a 28-24 scare against Akron, Michigan State routed Youngstown State 55-17, Minnesota got past Western Illinois 29-12, Ohio State rolled to its 15th straight victory with a 52-34 result over California, and Northwestern had two 100-yard rushers in a 38-17 victory over Western Michigan.

[TWO // off to camp]
Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton was named this past week as the Walter Camp Football Foundation Offensive Player of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, for games ending September 14. Making his first career start, Guiton amassed 368 yards of total offense to lead the fourth-ranked Buckeyes to a 52-34 victory at California.  He completed 21-of-32 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns and added 92 rushing yards.  Guiton had a 90-yard scoring pass, which ranks as the longest in OSU history. He is the eighth Buckeye to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors joining linebacker Bobby Carpenter (10/16/05), linebacker A.J. Hawk (11/13/05), linebacker James Laurinaitis (9/10/06 and 11/4/07), quarterback Troy Smith (11/19/06), defensive tackle Cameron Heyward (11/8/09) and defensive back Chimdi Chekwa (9/12/10). This the 10th year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Football Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Foundation.

[THREE // gardner honored by davey o’brien award]
Michigan's Devin Gardner has been named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week after guiding the Wolverines to a 41-30 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in one of the greatest rivalries in college football. In the last Michigan versus Notre Dame match-up at Michigan Stadium for the foreseeable future, the redshirt junior put on the best performance of his career in front of 115,109 spectators -- the largest attendance of any college or NFL game to date. Gardner completed 21 of 30 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns, and led the team in rushing picking up 82 yards and another score on the ground. Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was also named honorable mention for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week honor. During the first nine weeks of the season, a subset of the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee will name a Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week. All 125 FBS quarterbacks are candidates for the award until semifinalists are announced on Nov. 4. Finalists will be announced Nov. 25 and the 2013 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced on Dec. 12.

[FOUR // msu’s calhoun honored nationally]
Michigan State defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun was named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, the Football Writers Association of American announced this past Tuesday. Calhoun accounted for two defensive scores in the Spartans' 21-6 victory over South Florida last weekend. He returned a fumble four yards for a touchdown in the second quarter before returning an interception 56 yards for a touchdown in the third. He now has three defensive scores this season, having also returned a fumble for a touchdown in Michigan State's opening weekend win over Western Michigan, becoming the first Spartan player since 1999 to record three defensive scores in a season. It marks the second straight week a Big Ten player has won the FWAA honor as Northwestern's Collin Ellis earned the distinction following Week 1.  In addition, Calhoun was named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll following his performance against South Florida.  The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is awarded annually to the most versatile player in major college football.

[FIVE // indiana’s bolser named national tight end of the week]
Ted Bolser of Indiana was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week this past week. The senior recorded five receptions for 56 yards and tied a career-high with two touchdowns as Indiana fell to Navy 41-35. This was the third time in Bolser's college career that he scored two touchdowns and his second of the game against Navy pulled the Hooisers within six points with just 4:03 remaining in the game. The 2013 John Mackey recipient will be presented live on December 12, 2013 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show: 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Other key dates include the announcement of the 2013 Mackey Midseason Watch List on October 14, 2013, the 2013 Mackey Semi-finalists on November 18, 2013 and the 2013 Mackey Finalists on November 25, 2013.

[SIX // buckeyes’ leary named best in women’s volleyball]
Ohio State women's volleyball player Kaitlyn Leary was named Sports Imports/AVCA Division I Women's Player of the Week, it was announced on Tuesday. The senior outside hitter guided the Buckeyes to the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational title that included wins over top 20 opponents on the same day. She finished the weekend with 66 kills over 12 sets played for a 5.50 average. She was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and Big Ten Player of the Week.

[SEVEN // nine volleyball squads ranked in top 25]
Big Ten volleyball began the week on a high note as nine of the conference’s 12 teams were ranked in the AVCA Division I Coaches Poll. Penn State led the way for ranked conference squads, coming in at No. 3. Minnesota and Michigan joined the Nittany Lions in the top 10, checking in at No. 4 and No. 7, respectively. Nebraska entered the week at No. 12, followed by No. 13 Ohio State, No. 14 Illinois, No. 15 Michigan State, No. 22 Purdue and No. 25 Wisconsin.  The Buckeyes are the lone undefeated team remaining in the conference at 9-0 overall.  Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin all sit tied for second overall at 8-1.

[EIGHT // badgers pacing men’s soccer teams]
Wisconsin holds a slim advantage in the overall standings in Big Ten men’s soccer with a 4-0-1 record.  Northwestern follows closely behind at 4-1-0, while Michigan State is 3-1-0 and Ohio State and Penn State are each 2-2-1.  Defending NCAA Champion Indiana is at 2-3-1 overall and Michigan is 1-1-2.  Among the highlights of the past week was Penn State fighting No. 5 California to a 1-1 draw on Friday in front of an announced crowd of 3,032 at Jeffrey Field.

[NINE // hawkeyes hovering at top of women’s soccer standings]
The Iowa women’s soccer teams sits atop the B1G standings at 7-0-0 overall, followed closely behind by Indiana (6-0-1), and Minnesota (7-1-0) and Michigan State (6-0-2), each of which have a winning percentage of .875.  Among the week’s notables, Iowa picked up its 23rd and 24th-straight non-conference victory this past week, while the Golden Gophers suffered their first loss of the season on Friday with a 2-0 defeat against No. 9 Florida.  On Sunday, No. 13 Penn State outscored Tulsa, 3-2, while Ohio State, Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin all shut out their opponents.

[TEN // a rewarding return home for purdue]
In cross country, Purdue hosted its first home meet since 2010 last Friday and welcomed Illinois, Michigan and Ohio State to the Big Ten Preview.  The Buckeyes won the race with 28 points, followed by Purdue (49), Michigan (69) and Illinois (76).  Purdue’s Matthew McClintock took first place in the 8,000-meter race.  On the women’s side, Michigan took first with 16 points, led by event winner Taylor Pogue, Ohio State was second with 58 points, Purdue finished third with 79 points, and Illinois was fourth with 87 points.  Elsewhere in the conference, Iowa stayed home at the Iowa Invite, Michigan State hosted the Spartan Invitational, as did Penn State with its Harry Groves Invitational.  Wisconsin was the lone team to compete on Saturday, as the Badgers traveled to the Sycamore Invitational and saw the men’s team net a winning 25 points, while the women recorded a perfect score of 15 to claim the title.

[ELEVEN // illini host trio of men’s golf teams at olympia fields]
The Illinois, Indiana, and Northwestern men’s golf teams wrapped up the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational on Sunday with the host Illini leading the conference contingent tied for sixth.  Illinois (295-296-282—873) was followed by Indiana (299-292-282—883) and Northwestern (307-298-301—906) in 11th and 15th, respectively, in the 15-team field.  Freshman Austin Eoff fired a 36-hole total of two-under par 140 (69-71) Sunday to help the Purdue men's golf team share the team lead after the first day of the Weibring Invitational at Illinois State.  The tournament wraps up on Monday.  Iowa is also in action as the Hawkeyes are hosting the Golfweek Conference Challenge.  After Sunday’s first round, Iowa is ninth in the 15-team field after a 10-over 298.

[TWELVE // spartans, nagel earn emotional victory at mary fossum invite]
Finally this week, congratulations to Michigan State senior Liz Nagel who won her first collegiate tournament in emotional fashion, just days after her grandfather passed away.  Nagel helped the No. 22 Spartans women's golf team claim first place (288-296-308—892) at the 30th annual Mary Fossum Invitational Sunday afternoon at MSU’s Forest Akers West Golf Course, while shooting a 1-over 217 (68-75-74) for the tournament to win by three shots.  Ohio State (296-296-304—896) placed second, followed by No. 23 Northwestern (302-303-302—907) in fourth and Indiana (318-309-312—939) in 11th in the 15-team field.