Sept. 29, 2008
C.J. Bachér, Northwestern
SR, QB, Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit
Trailing by two touchdowns at Iowa, Bachér rallied Northwestern with three scoring tosses during a 22-17 victory to help the Wildcats stay unbeaten at 5-0, their best start since 1962. After the Hawkeyes built a 17-3 advantage with just over two minutes left in the first half, the senior quarterback took advantage of a fumbled punt to drive Northwestern 33 yards, capped by a one-yard scoring strike to pull the visitors within a touchdown at the break. Bachér added two more touchdowns in the second half, including a three-yarder with less than eight minutes left in the game for the deciding score. He ended the game completing 28 of 45 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns. He earns his third career weekly accolade after being honored following back-to-back performances on Oct. 8 and 15 of 2007.
LAST NU OFFENSIVE POW: QB C.J. Bachér on Oct. 15, 2007
Brandon Graham, Michigan
JR, DE, Detroit, Mich./Crockett Technical
Graham spearheaded an impressive defensive effort for Michigan with six tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles to help the Wolverines rally for the biggest comeback in Michigan Stadium history. Despite the Michigan offense losing five turnovers in the first half, the Wolverines' defense held nationally-ranked Wisconsin to field goals on four of their five scoring drives to trail only 19-0 at the break. Graham forced his first fumble in the second quarter after the Badgers entered Michigan territory. After the hosts reeled off 27 straight points to take a 27-19 lead, the junior defensive end added a sack and forced fumble to end a potential game-tying drive at the five-yard line with less than two minutes left in the game. After Wisconsin regained possession, he recorded another sack on the visitors' final drive. Graham earns his first career weekly laurel and the second for a Michigan defender this season after linebacker Obi Ezeh was honored on Sept. 1.
LAST MICH DEFENSIVE POW: LB Obi Ezeh on Sept. 1, 2008
Derrick Williams, Penn State
SR, KR/WR, Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt
Williams became the first player in the Joe Paterno era to score a rushing, receiving and kickoff return touchdown in the same game to lead Penn State to a victory over nationally-ranked Illinois. The senior wideout caught a 21-yard scoring toss to tie the game at 14-14 and added a five-yard touchdown run to give PSU a 21-14 advantage. After the visitors cut the deficit to 24-17 at the end of the third quarter, Williams returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for another score to put the game away. He totaled 133 yards on his three kickoff returns and added 33 rushing yards and 75 receiving yards for a career-high 241 all-purpose yards, the most by a Nittany Lion since 2002. Williams now has two kickoff return touchdowns this season to equal a school record set by Chuck Peters in 1940 and equaled by Curt Warner in 1980. Williams picks up his first career weekly accolade and the first for a PSU special teams player since 2006.LAST PSU SPECIAL TEAMS POW: P Jeremy Kapinos on Oct. 23, 2006