Oct. 1, 2007
Kellen Lewis, Indiana
SO, QB, Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin
Lewis completed an astounding 73.1 percent of his passes for a career-best 322 yards with three touchdown strikes, including one to himself after he picked up a fumble and sprinted for a score, to lead Indiana to its first road victory at Iowa since 1999. The sophomore quarterback completed 19 of 26 passes on the day, including scoring tosses of 39 and four yards to stake the Hoosiers to an early 14-0 lead. Lewis boosted the advantage to 21-0 on an amazing play in the second quarter, completing an eight-yard pass to Josiah Sears before he fumbled. Lewis was trailing the play and snagged the ball in full stride, blazing 71 yards down the sideline for the touchdown. The Florida native recorded his second career 300-yard game and tossed at least three touchdown passes for the fourth time in five games this season. Lewis collects his second offensive laurel this season and third of his career, after being honored two weeks ago on Sept. 17 and as a freshman on Oct. 16, 2006.
LAST INDIANA OFFENSIVE POW: Lewis on Sept. 17, 2007
P.J. Hill, Wisconsin
SO, RB, East Elmhurst, N.Y./Brooklyn-Poly Prep
In a battle of unbeatens, Hill carried the Badgers to a victory over Michigan State with 34 carries for 155 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year ran the ball seven times for 37 yards on the opening drive, including a five-yard score to give the hosts a 7-0 lead. Hill carried the ball on every play of UW's initial second half drive, rushing six times for 31 yards and his second score from one-yard out for a 34-24 advantage. The sophomore running back posted his 12th career 100-yard game and fourth straight this season against a Spartans defense that entered the game allowing only 95.8 rushing yards per outing. He earns the second weekly accolade of his career after being honored as a freshman on Oct. 9, 2006.
LAST WISCONSIN OFFENSIVE POW: QB Tyler Donovan on Sept. 3, 2007
Shawn Crable, Michigan
SR, LB, Massillon, Ohio/Washington
Crable racked up a career-best five tackles for loss, the third-best single-game effort in school history, while forcing and recovering a fumble to help Michigan rally for a road triumph at Northwestern. The senior linebacker matched a career-high with 10 tackles on the day, including eight solo stops, and added a seven-yard sack. He setup the game-winning drive with a fumble recovery at the Wildcats' 16-yard line in the fourth quarter and later sacked the NU quarterback and forced a fumble which was recovered by the Wolverines with less than four minutes left in the game. His five tackles for loss are the most by a Michigan defender since Shantee Orr collected five TFLs at Michigan State on Nov. 3, 2001. Crable nabs his first career weekly laurel and the second straight defensive accolade for Michigan after safety Jamar Adams was honored on Sept. 24.
LAST MICHIGAN DEFENSIVE POW: S Jamar Adams on Sept. 24, 2007
Arrelious Benn, Illinois
FR, KR, Washington, D.C./Dunbar
After Illinois fell behind 3-0 against nationally-ranked Penn State, Benn returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for his first career touchdown to give the Illini a lead they would never relinquish. Illinois collected its first win over a ranked opponent since 2001 and first 2-0 Big Ten start since 1991.The freshman wideout totaled 183 all-purpose yards on the day, adding a 29-yard receiving score in the second quarter. He picks up the first weekly award of his career and the first for an Illini freshman since punter Steve Fitts was honored on Oct. 17, 1998.
LAST ILLINOIS SPECIAL TEAMS POW: PK Jason Reda on Oct. 2, 2006