Sept. 13, 2009
Tate Forcier, Michigan
FR, QB, San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch
In his second career start, Forcier racked up 310 yards of total offense and led Michigan to the game-winning score over nationally ranked Notre Dame, tossing a touchdown pass with 11 seconds left for the victory. The true freshman quarterback completed 23-of-33 passes (69.7 pct.) for 240 yards and two touchdowns and also added 70 yards on 13 carries with another score. Trailing 20-17 at the half, Forcier put the Wolverines back ahead with a three-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter before adding a 31-yard scoring sprint to open the final stanza for a 31-20 advantage. After the Fighting Irish rallied to take a 34-31 lead, the California native drove the offense 57 yards on nine plays, capped by a five-yard scoring strike to give Michigan the victory. Forcier earns his first career weekly accolade and the first for a Wolverines’ freshman since running back Mike Hart was honored on Oct. 23, 2004.
LAST MICH OFFENSIVE POW: QB Chad Henne on Nov. 5, 2007
Tyler Sash, Iowa
SO, S, Oskaloosa, Iowa/Oskaloosa
Sash equaled a school record with three interceptions while adding a team-best 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble to lead Iowa to a road victory at Iowa State. The sophomore safety ended the Cyclones’ first possession with a pick and added interceptions in the second and third quarter to match the program record set by linebacker Grant Steen against Indiana in 2002. Sash and the Hawkeyes’ defense forced six turnovers in the game and held Iowa State to a single field goal. The Iowa native collects his second weekly award in as many years after being honored as a freshman on Nov. 10, 2008.
LAST IOWA DEFENSIVE POW: S Tyler Sash on Nov. 10, 2008
Nate Triplett, Minnesota
SR, LB, Maple Plain, Minn./Delano
Triplett recorded a career-high 17 tackles and also returned a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown to break a tie in the fourth quarter and give the Gophers a victory in their first game at TCF Bank Stadium. The senior linebacker’s 17 tackles mark the best single-game performance in the Big Ten this season and are also the most by a Minnesota player since 2002. Just a week after Air Force scored 72 points, Triplett helped the Gophers defense hold the Falcons to only 13 points in Minneapolis. With the game tied at 3-3 in the third quarter, the Minnesota native stopped an Air Force running back on fourth-and-one at the nine-yard line to give the ball back to the Gophers. Then with the game tied at 10-10 in the final stanza, Triplett picked up a fumble and rambled 52 yards to put his team ahead for good. He nabs his first career weekly accolade and the second straight for a Minnesota linebacker after Lee Campbell was honored following the opening weekend.
LAST MINN DEFENSIVE POW: LB Lee Campbell Sept. 6, 2009
Darryl Stonum, Michigan
SO, KR, Stafford, Texas/Dulles
Stonum produced a pair of key special teams plays, including a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a punt downed on the four-yard line to help Michigan knock off nationally ranked Notre Dame. After the Fighting Irish pulled within 7-3 in the first quarter, the sophomore wideout returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and a 14-3 advantage. The visitors kicked away from Stonum for the rest of the game. In the third quarter, the Texas native batted down a punt by quarterback Tate Forcier at the four-yard line. Notre Dame’s next possession resulted in a punt and the hosts tacked on another score on their ensuing drive to claim a 31-20 lead. Stonum also grabbed four catches for 54 yards in the contest. He picks up his first career weekly laurel.
LAST MICH SPECIAL TEAMS POW: PK K.C. Lopata on Nov. 10, 2008