Oct. 24, 2005
Michael Robinson, Penn State
SR, QB, Richmond, Va./Varina
In less than two quarters of work, Robinson posted 263 yards of total offense and equaled the school record by accounting for six touchdowns to help the visiting Nittany Lions build a 49-3 first-half lead at Illinois. The senior quarterback completed 11 of 18 passes (61.1 pct.) for 194 yards and four touchdowns and added seven carries for 69 yards (9.9 avg.) with two more scores before leaving the game prior to PSU's last possession of the first half. His six touchdowns equaled an 88-year-old Penn State record set by Harry Robb against Gettysburg in 1917. Robinson's four touchdown strikes marked a career high and was the second-highest single-game total in school annals behind only the five scoring passes thrown by Rashard Casey (2000) and Tony Sacca (1991). Robinson guided the Nittany Lions to touchdowns on six of the seven possessions he was in the game. Penn State's 56 points before the break broke the school record for points in a first half set when the school jumped ahead of Fordham 55-0 in 1947. The Virginia native has accounted for 22 touchdowns on the year (nine rushing, 13 passing) and is seven behind Lydell Mitchell's school record of 29 scores established in 1971. For all games, Robinson appears among the top 10 in the league in total offense (4th with 251.9 ypg), pass efficiency (7th at 135.0) and passing yardage (9th at 192.6 ypg). He picks up the first Big Ten weekly award of his career.
Herschel Henderson, Northwestern
SR, S, Houston, Texas/Clear Lake
Facing a Michigan State team ranked third in the country in total offense, Henderson picked off a pair of passes at the goal line to help shut down the Spartans in a 49-14 road triumph in East Lansing, the Wildcats' first road win over a ranked team since 2000. The senior safety added five tackles, including a tackle for loss (-9 yards), while collecting the first two interceptions of his career. MSU was held to only 14 points, its lowest output this season and more than 27 points below its season average of 41.8 points per contest, which ranked seventh nationally entering the weekend. With Northwestern leading 21-7 in the second quarter, Henderson picked off a Drew Stanton pass at the two-yard line to halt the drive. The Texas native collected his second pick of the day to open the fourth quarter to stop another MSU drive at the two-yard line and returned this interception 47 yards to set up the Wildcats final scoring drive. He is part of a Northwestern defense that leads the Big Ten with 20 forced turnovers, including 12 interceptions, and a turnover margin of plus-nine. This is the first weekly honor for Henderson.
Ted Ginn, Jr., Ohio State
SO, KR/PR, Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville
Ginn broke loose for 220 return yards in a victory at Indiana, including a 62-yard punt return for a touchdown to equal the Big Ten record with five career punt return scores. The sophomore wideout returned five punts for 110 yards (22.0 avg.) and three kickoffs for 110 yards (36.7 avg.), including a 73-yard kickoff return in the second quarter that would have been a 98-yard touchdown had it not been shortened by a penalty. Ginn, who set a Big Ten record and equaled an NCAA record with four punt return touchdowns as a freshman, boosted his career total to five punt return scores to equal the conference best established by Iowa's Tim Dwight from 1994-97. Ginn added four receptions for 59 yards in the game and his 279 all-purpose yards marked the sixth-highest single-game effort in school annals. He currently appears among the league's top 10 for all games played in punt return (6th at 11.6 yard per return), kickoff return (8th with 22.6 yards per return) and all-purpose (9th with 119.0 yards per game) yardage. Ginn collects the third special teams accolade of his career after being honored as a freshman on Nov. 6 and Nov. 20 of last year.