Sept. 26, 2005
Drew Stanton, Michigan State
JR, QB, Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison
In only three quarters of work at Illinois, Stanton established a school record with five touchdown passes while completing 20 of 26 attempts (77 percent) for 259 yards to earn a share of his second straight Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week laurel. The junior quarterback opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game with a 75-yard strike to Kyle Brown, added three more touchdown passes during a 28-point second quarter and another scoring pass in the third quarter before leaving the game with a 45-7 lead. Michigan State racked up a school-record 705 yards of total offense, surpassing the previous best of 698 yards set against Purdue in 1971 and ranking as the third-best single-game performance ever in a Big Ten contest. Stanton leads the country with a pass efficiency rating of 201.3 while also topping the Big Ten with 296.0 passing yards and 326.8 yards of total offense per outing. He becomes the first offensive player in school history to earn back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Week awards and now has four weekly honors in his career.
Laurence Maroney, Minnesota
JR, RB, St. Louis, Mo./Normandy
Facing the nation's top rushing defense, Maroney carried the Golden Gophers to a Big Ten-opening victory over nationally-ranked Purdue by setting career highs with 46 attempts and 217 rushing yards to pick up a share of Offensive Player of the Week accolades. The junior running back also set personal bests with five receptions and 59 receiving yards and added 57 yards on two kickoff returns for 333 all-purpose yards in the game. His 46 carries rank second on Minnesota's single-game rushing list behind Big Ten record holder Kent Kitzmann, who toted the ball 57 times against Illinois in 1977. The Boilermakers entered the game allowing only 16 rushing yards per contest but Maroney surpassed the 100-yard mark in the first half for the fourth time this season and broke the 200-yard barrier for the second time on the year. The St. Louis native leads the country with 174.5 rushing yards and 220.8 all-purpose yards per game. He picks up his second career weekly laurel and first since his freshman season on Nov. 10, 2003.
Paul Posluszny, Penn State
JR, LB, Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell
Posluszny recorded a career-best 22 tackles, including 14 solo stops, as Penn State rallied for a Big Ten-opening victory at Northwestern. The junior linebacker's 22 tackles are tied for the fourth-best single-game effort in school history and are the most by a PSU player since Bill Banks collected 24 defensive stops against N.C. State in 1977. Northwestern built a 23-7 lead in the first half, scoring 13 points off of four PSU turnovers, before the visitors held the Wildcats to six second-half points to spark the comeback. Posluszny, who ranks second in the league with 12.0 tackles per game, earns his second career weekly accolade after being honored on Nov. 13, 2004.
Joel Howells, Northwestern
JR, K, Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore
Howells set a Wildcats single-game record and equaled a Big Ten record with five field goals against Penn State. The junior kicker, who also matched the school record for points by a kicker with 17, connected on field goals of 20, 25 and 42 yards in the first half before missing a 46-yarder near the end of the third quarter. Howells bounced back to connect on a 46-yard field goal in the final stanza, matching a career long, and hit a 25-yarder with 2:10 left to give NU a 29-27 lead. This is the first weekly honor of his career.