Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State Garner Weekly Football Laurels

Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons connected on three field goals against Michigan State, including the game-winner with five seconds left.

Oct. 22, 2012

Offensive Player of the Week
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Jr., QB, Corona, Calif./Centennial
• Accounted for 407 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to help Nebraska to a 29-28 road victory against Northwestern on Saturday
• Engineered two fourth-quarter scoring drives, erasing a 12-point deficit and tying the largest fourth-quarter comeback in school history
• Threw for 342 yards, the second-most of his career, and three touchdowns on 27 completions, adding 65 yards on the ground and a score
• Wins his fourth career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award and third this season
• Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Taylor Martinez (Oct. 1, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week
Jordan Hill, Penn State
Sr., DT, Steelton, Pa./Steelton-Highspire
• Recorded a season-high nine tackles in Penn State’s 38-14 victory at Iowa on Saturday
• Credited with two tackles for loss, including one sack, and a quarterback hurry
• Was part of the Penn State defense that held Iowa to 209 yards, including 20 yards on the ground and 2-for-12 on third down
• Wins the first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award of his career
• Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week:  Gerald Hodges (Oct. 8, 2012)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Brendan Gibbons, Michigan
Jr., K, West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman
• Was a perfect three-for-three in field goal attempts against Michigan State, booting the game-winning field goal with five seconds remaining
• Converted on attempts from 21, 24 and 38 yards, the latter of which clinched the 12-10 victory to help Michigan reclaim the Paul Bunyan Trophy
• Has made seven consecutive field goal attempts and ranks eighth all-time in school history with 24 field goals
• Wins his first Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award
• Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Zoltan Mesko (Oct. 11, 2009)



Freshman of the Week
Kyle Carter, Penn State
TE, Bear, Del./William Penn
• Hauled in six catches, tying his career high, for a career-best 85 yards in his first start for Penn State
• All six catches came in the first half, helping the Penn State offense score 24 unanswered points to begin the game
• Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade
• Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Deion Barnes (Sept. 17, 2012)