Wisconsin's Tolzien and Iowa's Angerer and Clayborn Named Football Players of Week

Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien tossed a career-best four touchdowns against Michigan State.

Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien tossed a career-best four touchdowns against Michigan State.

Sept. 27, 2009

OFFENSE:
Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
JR, QB, Rolling Meadows, Ill./Palatine Fremd
In just his fourth game as a starter, Tolzien set career highs with 19 completions, 31 attempts and four touchdown passes to help Wisconsin improve to a perfect 4-0 on the season with a victory over Michigan State. The junior quarterback completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 243 yards and became the first Badgers’ signal caller to toss four scoring strikes in a game since John Stocco accomplished the feat on Oct. 14, 2006. Tolzien staked Wisconsin to a 21-7 halftime lead with a pair of touchdown throws to tight end Garrett Graham. After the Spartans pulled within 24-17 at the end of three quarters, the Illinois native opened the final stanza with two more scoring strikes. Tolzien hit Nick Toon for a 19-yard touchdown, then connected with Graham for a third time with a 23-yard touchdown pass to put the Badgers ahead 38-17. Tolzien collects his first career weekly award and the first for a Wisconsin quarterback since Tyler Donovan was honored on Sept. 3, 2007.
LAST WIS OFFENSIVE POW: WR David Gilreath on Nov. 10, 2008

DEFENSE:
Pat Angerer, Iowa
SR, LB, Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf
Angerer racked up a game-high 14 tackles while producing a pair of key turnovers to help the Iowa defense limit Penn State to only 10 points in a road triumph. After the Hawkeyes took their first lead of the game, 11-10, on a blocked punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Nittany Lions’ offense marched into Iowa territory on the ensuing drive looking to reclaim the lead. On third-and-seven from the 49-yard line, Angerer recorded his first interception of the season and rambled 38 yards to set up the visitors’ second touchdown of the quarter and an 18-10 advantage. After a good kickoff return and a penalty, the hosts started their next possession at Iowa’s 36-yard line with less than nine minutes left in the game. On first down, the PSU running back sprinted 18 yards before Angerer forced a fumble that was recovered by the Hawkeyes at the 18-yard line. Iowa would add another interception on Penn State’s next drive and tack on a field goal for the 21-10 victory. Angerer spearheaded a defensive effort which picked off three passes and forced two fumbles, including one that led to a safety to give Iowa its first points of the game. After the hosts posted 147 total yards and jumped out to a 10-0 lead after the first quarter, the Hawkeyes held the Nittany Lions scoreless for the last three quarters while allowing only 160 more total yards. Angerer earns his second career weekly accolade after being honored last season on Oct. 20.
LAST IOWA DEFENSIVE POW: S Tyler Sash on Sept. 13, 2009


 

 

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
JR, DE, St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves

Trailing 10-5 in the fourth quarter at nationally ranked Penn State, Clayborn turned the game around by blocking a Nittany Lions’ punt and returning it 53 yards for the touchdown and a lead Iowa would not relinquish. The junior defensive end becomes the third Hawkeye in the first four weeks of the season to earn special teams accolades after fellow defender Jeremiha Hunter was honored on Sept. 6 and punter Ryan Donahue was lauded on Sept. 20. Clayborn’s punt block score was the first for the Hawkeyes since Sean Considine returned a blocked punt seven yards for a touchdown in Iowa’s win over LSU in the 2005 Capital One Bowl. Clayborn, who also recorded two tackles on defense, scored his first career touchdown and blocked the second kick of his career, after rejecting a field goal as a freshman in a 2007 victory at Northwestern. The Missouri native picks up his first career weekly laurel.
LAST IOWA SPECIAL TEAMS POW: P Ryan Donahue on Sept. 20, 2009