OSU's Wells and Gholston, UW's Brown and IU's Starr Earn Final Weekly Football Honors of 2007 Season

Nov. 19, 2007

Chris Wells, Ohio State 
SO, RB, Akron, Ohio/Garfield
Wells carried Ohio State to a third-straight Big Ten Championship by setting career-bests with 39 attempts and 222 yards at Michigan, the most rushing yards ever posted by a Buckeye against the Wolverines. The sophomore running back scored both of OSU's touchdowns in the 14-3 victory, including a one-yard score to give the visitors a 7-3 lead in the second quarter. On the Buckeyes' first offensive play of the second half, Wells broke loose for a career-long 62-yard scoring gallop to extend the lead to 14-3. Playing in a slight drizzle, the OSU offense threw only two passes in the second half as Wells racked up 150 of his rushing yards on 19 carries after halftime. The Ohio native earns his second weekly accolade on the season and for his career after being honored on Oct. 22, 2007.
LAST OHIO STATE OFFENSIVE POW: QB Todd Boeckman on Oct. 29, 2007

Zach Brown, Wisconsin 
FR, RB, Royal Palm, Fla./Royal Palm Beach

For the third straight weekend, Brown set career highs in rushing attempts and yards, racking up 250 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns to lead Wisconsin to a road victory over Minnesota. The true freshman averaged 8.6 yards per attempt in place of the injured P.J. Hill, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Brown's 250 yards mark the fourth-best effort by a true freshman in Badgers history trailing only Ron Dayne, who broke the 250-yard mark three times as a freshman in 1996, including a program-record 339 yards against Hawaii. Brown collects his first weekly laurel and joins Hill as the second Badgers running back to be named offensive player of the week this season.



Vernon Gholston, Ohio State 
JR, DE, Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical
Gholston equaled a career-high with four tackles for loss, including three sacks, to spearhead an Ohio State defense that limited Michigan to only a single field goal to clinch the Big Ten Championship. The junior defensive end totaled five tackles on the day and pushed the Wolverines offense back 20 yards with his three quarterback drops. The Buckeyes defense limited the hosts to 91 total yards, the first time Michigan was held below 100 yards since 1962. Gholston nabs defensive player of the week honors for the first time in his career.
LAST OHIO STATE DEFENSIVE POW: LB James Laurinaitis on Nov. 5, 2007

Austin Starr, Indiana 
JR, K, Logansport, Ind./Logansport
Starr connected on a pair of field goals over 40 yards, including a game-winning career-long 49-yarder with 30 seconds left in the game to boost Indiana over Purdue for the first time since 2001. The junior kicker connected on a 42-yarder earlier in the game, his school-record 15th consecutive made field goal, which matched the fourth longest streak in Big Ten history. After missing a 42-yarder early in the fourth quarter to end that streak, Starr bounced back to hit the game-winner and give the Hoosiers seven wins in a season for the first time since 1993, the last time IU played in a bowl game. The Indiana native earns his second weekly accolade this season and his career after also being honored on Oct. 8, 2007.
LAST INDIANA SPECIAL TEAMS POW: KR James Bailey on Nov. 12, 2007