Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue Collect Weekly Football Laurels

Running back Chris Wells racked up a career-high 221 yards in a win over Michigan State to keep Ohio State undefeated on the year.

Running back Chris Wells racked up a career-high 221 yards in a win over Michigan State to keep Ohio State undefeated on the year.

Oct. 22, 2007

CO-OFFENSE:
Chris Wells, Ohio State 
SO, RB, Akron, Ohio/Garfield
Wells racked up career highs with 31 attempts and 221 rushing yards while adding a touchdown to help Ohio State stay undefeated with a victory over Michigan State. The sophomore running back averaged 7.1 yards per carry against a Spartans defense that entered the game ranked third in the conference (and 24th in the country) allowing only 101.4 yards per contest. Wells, who is still recovering from an ankle injury, broke loose for a season-long 47-yard sprint in the opening stanza and scored on a five-yard run to boost OSU's lead to 17-0 in the second quarter. His 221-yard performance ranks as the ninth-best single-game effort in school annals and marks his fifth game over 100 yards this season. Wells picks up the first weekly honor of his career.
LAST OHIO STATE OFFENSIVE POW: QB Troy Smith on Nov. 20, 2006

Dorien Bryant, Purdue 
SR, WR, Swedesboro, N.J./Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy
Bryant continued his attack on the records books with a career-high 167 receiving yards on nine receptions with a pair of touchdowns to lead the Boilermakers to a victory over Iowa. The senior wideout hauled in a 22-yard scoring toss in the second quarter to give the hosts a 14-3 advantage and later added a 33-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter to boost the lead to 21-6. Bryant's nine catches moved his career total to 262 receptions to tie Illinois' David Williams (1983-85) for third-place on the Big Ten's career list, just behind two other Boilermaker wide receivers -- record holder Taylor Stubblefield (325 catches from 2001-04) and John Standeford (266 from 2000-03). Bryant also ranks seventh in conference annals with 3,282 receiving yards. The New Jersey native earns the second weekly accolade of his career and on the season after being named Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 3.
LAST PURDUE OFFENSIVE POW: QB Curtis Painter on Sept. 10, 2007


 

 

DEFENSE:
Maurice Evans, Penn State 
SO, DE, Brooklyn, N.Y./Christ The King
Evans filled up the box score by setting career highs with 4.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two key forced fumbles in the second half that led to a pair of field goals in a narrow five-point road victory against Indiana. The sophomore defensive end registered six tackles, a pass breakup and fumble recovery while his tackles for loss pushed the IU offense back 38 yards. With Penn State clinging to a 23-17 lead in the third quarter, Indiana drove to the PSU 19-yard line. On the ensuing first down, Evans broke through to sack the quarterback and force a fumble, which he recovered and returned 55 yards to the Hoosiers' 13-yard line to set up a field goal. On the first play of Indiana's next offensive drive, the New York native recorded another sack and forced fumble which was recovered at the Hoosiers' seven-yard line. The resulting field goal gave the visitors a 29-17 lead on their way to a five-point triumph. Evans currently leads the Big Ten and ranks second nationally with 10.5 sacks. He garners player of the week honors for the first time in his career.
LAST PENN STATE DEFENSIVE POW: LB Dan Connor on Sept. 10, 2007

SPECIAL TEAMS:
A.J. Trapasso, Ohio State 
JR, P, Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington
Trapasso placed three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line and still averaged 43.4 yards per boot against Michigan State. The junior punter totaled 217 punting yards on the day with a long of 58 yards and also recorded two touchbacks on his five kickoffs. Trapasso collects the second weekly laurel of his career after being previously honored on Sept. 11, 2006.
LAST OHIO STATE SPECIAL TEAMS POW: PR Brian Hartline on Oct. 15, 2007