Indiana, Michigan State and Purdue Claim Weekly Football Awards

Michigan State wideout Blair White set career highs with 12 catches and 186 yards against Northwestern.

Michigan State wideout Blair White set career highs with 12 catches and 186 yards against Northwestern.

Oct. 18, 2009

 

CO-OFFENSE:
Ben Chappell, Indiana
JR, QB, Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South

Chappell established career bests with 333 passing yards and three touchdowns without an interception to lead Indiana to a victory over Illinois. The junior quarterback completed 23-of-38 passes (60.5 pct.), marking a career high in attempts, to produce his second career 300-yard game. After the Illini went up 7-3 in the second quarter, Chappell responded with a 29-yard scoring strike to reclaim the lead, then drove the Hoosiers to a field goal to enter the half up 13-7. The Indiana native poured it on in the fourth quarter, connecting on scoring tosses of 44 and 13 yards to push the advantage to 27-7. Chappell’s 333 passing yards are the most for a Hoosier signal caller since the 2007 campaign. He nabs his first career weekly laurel.
LAST IND OFFENSIVE POW: QB Kellen Lewis on Sept. 1, 2008

Blair White, Michigan State
SR, WR, Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central

White set career highs with 12 receptions and 186 receiving yards and matched a career best with two touchdowns to help  Michigan State rally from a halftime deficit to a victory over Northwestern. The senior wideout averaged 15.5 yards per catch to record his third effort of 100 yards or more this season and the fifth 100-yard outing of his career. With the Spartans trailing 7-0 at the half, the hosts knotted the score on their first offensive possession of the third quarter, with quarterback Kirk Cousins hitting White on a 22-yard scoring strike. After a Northwestern punt, MSU struck again, with Cousins hitting White on a 47-yard touchdown toss to give the Spartans a lead they would not relinquish. White’s 12 catches equaled the fourth-best single-game total in school history while his 186 yards ranked 10th in program annals. The Michigan native earns his first career weekly award.
LAST MSU OFFENSIVE POW: QB Brian Hoyer on Oct. 27, 2008


 

 

DEFENSE:
Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
JR, DE, Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central
Kerrigan produced a dominant performance with a team-high nine tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery to help Purdue knock off Ohio State. The junior defensive end set a new career high with his four tackles for loss, while his three quarterback drops matched a career best registered against Michigan last season. Kerrigan set the defensive tone early on, ripping the ball from the Buckeyes quarterback on the third play of the game to set up a field goal. In the second quarter, he posted a 21-yard sack, knocking the ball free again and recovering it on his own. For the game, Kerrigan’s tackles for loss pushed the OSU offense back 37 yards, including 34 yards on three sacks. The Indiana native led a Purdue defense that forced five turnovers and limited the Buckeyes to 12 first downs and 66 rushing yards. Kerrigan picks up his first career weekly laurel and the first for a Boilermakers defensive player since the 2006 campaign.
LAST PUR DEFENSIVE POW: LB Cliff Avril on Nov. 27, 2006

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Carson Wiggs, Purdue
SO, K/P, Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie

Wiggs became the ninth player in school history to kick four field goals in one game, converting on four of five attempts and two extra points to account for 14 points during an eight-point triumph over nationally ranked Ohio State. The sophomore specialist, who also averaged 42.3 yards on three punts on Saturday, accounted for the Boilermakers’ first nine points of the day. Wiggs opened the scoring with a 32-yarder before recording his lone miss from 52 yards later in the first quarter. With the Buckeyes leading 7-3 in the second quarter, the Texas native added a field goal from 27 yards before closing the first half with a 55-yarder to give the hosts a 9-7 lead at the break. Wiggs added a 49-yarder in the final stanza. He now has three field goals of 50 yards or longer in his career, including a school-record 59-yarder in the season opener against Toledo on Sept. 5. Wiggs earns the first weekly accolade of his career.
LAST PUR SPECIAL TEAMS POW: FB Frank Halliburton on Sept. 8, 2008