Oct. 27, 2008
Brian Hoyer, Michigan State
SR, QB, North Olmstead, Ohio/St. Ignatius
Hoyer completed 17-of-29 passes (58.6 pct.) for 282 yards and a season-high three touchdown passes to lead Michigan State to its first win at Michigan since 1990. The senior quarterback added a 24-yard reception and surpassed 200 passing yards for the third time this season and the 11th time in his career. Hoyer opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game with a 61-yard strike to give the Spartans an early 7-0 advantage. After the Wolverines claimed a 21-14 lead in the second half, Hoyer tossed a four-yard touchdown pass to even the score at 21-21. After MSU reclaimed the lead, he put the game away with a seven-yard scoring toss with just over three minutes remaining for a 35-21 victory. Michigan State snapped a six-game losing streak in the series for its first win over Michigan since 2001. Hoyer picks up his first career weekly accolade and the fourth by a Spartan offensive player this season as running back Javon Ringer was honored for three straight weeks on Sept. 8, 15 and 22.
LAST MSU OFFENSIVE POW: RB Javon Ringer on Sept. 22, 2008.
Mark Rubin, Penn State
SR, S, Amherst, N.Y./Amherst
Rubin collected a career-high 11 tackles and made the play of the game when he forced a fumble in the fourth quarter, which Penn State turned into the game-winning scoring drive to remain undefeated and stand alone atop the Big Ten standings. The senior safety registered nine solo stops on the night to spearhead a Nittany Lions defense which held the Buckeyes to only six points, its fewest points at home since 1982. PSU limited OSU to 61 rushing yards on the night, more than 100 yards below its season average, and forced two turnovers. The biggest turnover occurred in the final stanza. After Penn State missed a potential game-tying field goal at the start of the fourth quarter, Ohio State held a 6-3 lead and drove to midfield before Rubin hit the Buckeyes quarterback to force a fumble. Linebacker Navorro Bowman recovered the loose ball at the 38-yard line with just over 10 minutes left. The Nittany Lions scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive to claim a 10-6 lead on the way to the victory, PSU's first win in Columbus since 1978. Rubin collects his first career weekly laurel.
LAST PSU DEFENSIVE POW: DE Aaron Maybin on Oct. 13, 2008.
Brad Nortman, Wisconsin
FR, P, Brookfield, Wis./Central
Nortman averaged 51.7 yards per punt and placed three kicks inside the 20-yard line in a victory over Illinois. The freshman punter recorded six punts for 310 yards, including a career-long 64-yard boot. He continually pinned the Illini deep in their own territory, highlighted by one punt downed on the four-yard line. Illinois' average offensive starting position in the first half was the 25-yard line. Nortman earns his first career player of the week award and the first for a Badgers special teams player since last season.
LAST WIS SPECIAL TEAMS POW: P Ken DeBauche on Sept. 24, 2007.