Nov. 1, 2009
Adam Weber, Minnesota
JR, QB, Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View
Weber became the first Minnesota quarterback to surpass 400 passing yards in more than a decade, throwing for a career-best 416 yards and matching a career high with five touchdown passes in a victory over Michigan State. Despite playing without injured All-Big Ten wideout Eric Decker, Weber completed 19 of 31 passes (61.3 percent) to make him the Gophers’ first 400-yard passer since Cory Sauter compiled 404 yards against the Spartans in 1995. Weber’s five scoring strikes equaled his career best set in a double-overtime game at Northwestern in 2007. The junior quarterback connected on a 62-yard touchdown pass on the game’s first offensive play before tossing a 37-yard scoring strike on his third pass to give the hosts an early 14-0 advantage. He added a third touchdown pass to put Minnesota up 21-10 at the half. After the Spartans’ reclaimed the lead, 31-28, at the end of the third quarter, Weber opened the final stanza by driving the Gophers 73 yards on six plays, capped by his fourth touchdown pass to put the hosts back ahead, 35-31. The Spartans responded with a field goal before Weber tossed his fifth touchdown. On third-and-17, the Minnesota native connected with his tight end who hit the ground, popping the ball into the air before Duane Bennett grabbed it in midair and sprinted 59 yards for a 42-34 lead. Weber earns his third career weekly accolade and has been honored in each of his first three seasons, including Sept. 10, 2007 and Sept. 8, 2008.
LAST MINN OFFENSIVE POW: QB Adam Weber on Sept. 8, 2008
Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Garrett Brown, Minnesota
SR, DT, New Haven, Conn./Fairfield College Prep
Brown set career highs with seven defensive stops and three tackles for loss, while also forcing and recovering a fumble to help Minnesota knock off Michigan State. The senior defensive tackle pushed the Spartans’ offense back six yards with his three tackles for loss, and six of his seven defensive stops were solo tackles. Brown led a Gophers defense that held MSU to 124 rushing yards, 84 of which came on a reverse in the second half. The Connecticut native collects his first career weekly accolade and the third for a Minnesota defender this season after teammates Lee Campbell (Sept. 6) and Nate Triplett (Sept. 13) were honored earlier this year.
LAST MINN DEFENSIVE POW: LB Nate Triplett on Sept. 13, 2009
FR, LB, Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter
Borland recovered two fumbles and forced another while adding four tackles and one tackle for loss to help Wisconsin record a shutout against Purdue. The freshman linebacker spearheaded a Badgers’ defense that held an opponent scoreless for the first time since 2006 and the first time in Big Ten play since 1999. Late in the third quarter, the Ohio native forced and recovered a fumble to set up a Wisconsin field goal. Then, with less than two minutes remaining, he recovered his second fumble to secure the shutout. Borland garners his first career defensive weekly laurel and his second weekly award this season, after being honored for his special teams performance on Sept. 20. He is the first Badger to earn defensive and special teams player of the week nods in the same season since Jim Leonhard in 2003. LAST WIS DEFENSIVE POW: DE O’Brien Schofield on Oct. 4, 2009
Keshawn Martin, Michigan State
SO, KR/PR, Inkster, Mich./John Glenn
Martin compiled a career-best 284 all-purpose yards, including four kickoff returns for 176 yards and a 93-yard touchdown to open the second half at Minnesota. The sophomore wideout averaged 44 yards per kickoff return, highlighted by his 93-yard score to pull the visitors within 21-17 to open the third quarter. He added another touchdown on an 84-yard reverse later in the third quarter and recorded two catches for 22 yards and a two-yard punt return. His 93-yard score marked the first kickoff return touchdown for the Spartans since 2005. Martin earns his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award.
LAST MSU SPECIAL TEAMS POW: PK Brett Swenson on Nov. 3, 2008