Nov. 15, 2009
Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
JR, QB, Rolling Meadows, Ill./Palatine Fremd
Tolzien tied a school record with five touchdowns as Wisconsin rolled to a 45-24 victory over Michigan. The junior quarterback completed 16-of-24 passes (66.7 pct.) for 240 yards and equaled a career high with four passing touchdowns, while adding a rushing score. The Illinois native registered two touchdown passes in a back-and-forth first half to help the hosts claim a 21-17 lead at halftime. He added two more scoring strikes in the third quarter before tacking on a rushing touchdown early in the final stanza to put the game away. Tolzien guided the Wisconsin offense to 28 first downs and 469 yards of total offense against the Wolverines, an average of 6.2 yards per play. He also recorded four scoring strikes against Michigan State on Sept. 26. Tolzien collects his second weekly award for the season and his career, becoming the first Badgers’ signal caller to claim multiple player of the week laurels since weekly honors were instituted for the 1987 campaign.
LAST WIS OFFENSIVE POW: RB John Clay on Oct. 4, 2009
Navorro Bowman, Penn State
JR, LB, District Heights, Md./Suitland
Bowman collected a team-high 12 tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack, and also made the play of the game when he returned an interception 73 yards for a touchdown to break a 10-10 tie against Indiana. Six of the junior linebacker’s 12 tackles were solo stops, while his two tackles for loss pushed the Hoosiers offense back 10 yards, including a three-yard sack. The visitors claimed an early 10-0 advantage before Penn State rallied to knot the score at 10-10 at the half. After the Nittany Lions’ opening drive of the second half resulted in a missed field goal, Indiana drove to the PSU 28-yard line looking for the go-ahead score. On second down, the Hoosiers’ screen pass was tipped to Bowman, who rambled 73 yards for the go-ahead score and Penn State went on to a 31-20 victory. It marked Bowman’s second score this season after returning an Eastern Illinois fumble 91 yards for a touchdown on Oct. 10. The Nittany Lions limited Indiana to 48 rushing yards on 24 attempts, holding their sixth opponent of the season to 65 or fewer yards on the ground. Bowman earns his second career weekly accolade after being honored last season on Sept. 22, 2008, and joins teammate Sean Lee as the second PSU linebacker to be named defensive player of the week this season.
LAST PSU DEFENSIVE POW: LB Sean Lee on Sept. 20, 2009
Brett Swenson, Michigan State
SR, K, Pompano Beach, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
Swenson connected on all four of his field goal attempts, capped by a 21-yard game-winner to help Michigan State rally from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 40-37 triumph at Purdue. The senior kicker matched his career high with 16 points and four field goals in the game. The Florida native connected on a 28-yard boot late in the second quarter and added two kicks of 52 yards in the third stanza, the longest field goals of his career. Swenson’s third field goal cut the Boilermakers’ advantage to 27-23, before the hosts added a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to build a 34-23 lead. The visitors responded with two quick scores to reclaim the lead before Purdue hit a field goal to knot the score at 37-37. After a long kickoff return, Swenson hit the game-winner from 21 yards out with 1:51 remaining in the game. He currently ranks second in Big Ten history with 368 career kicking points, a total that rates fifth among points for all players. His 70 career field goals also rank fourth in Big Ten history. Swenson earns his first weekly laurel this season and the fourth of his career after being honored three times last season on Nov. 3, Oct. 13 and Oct. 6 of 2008. His four career weekly accolades are tied for the second-highest total in Big Ten history, trailing only the three standouts who were honored on five occasions.LAST MSU SPECIAL TEAMS POW: KR/PR Keshawn Martin on Nov. 1, 2009