Nov. 22, 2009
Mike Kafka, Northwestern
SR, QB, Chicago, Ill./St. Rita
Kafka guided Northwestern to its third-straight conference victory and second over a nationally ranked team in the last three weeks by throwing for 326 yards and two touchdowns against Wisconsin. The senior quarterback connected on 65 percent of his throws, completing 26 of 40 passes with no interceptions. Kafka produced a pair of scoring strikes in the first two quarters to help the hosts enter the half up 27-14. After the Badgers pulled within 27-24 in the third quarter, Kafka led the Wildcats on a pair of field goal drives to push the advantage to nine points before holding on for the 33-31 triumph. The Chicago native earns his second weekly laurel this season and third of his career after being honored on Sept. 20, 2009, and Nov. 3, 2008.
LAST NU OFFENSIVE POW: QB Mike Kafka on Sept. 20, 2009
Daryll Clark, Penn State
SR, QB, Youngstown, Ohio/Ursuline
Clark matched a career high with four touchdown passes while compiling 310 yards through the air to help lead Penn State to a road victory against Michigan State. The senior quarterback connected on 70.4 percent of his passes, completing 19 of 27 attempts with no interceptions. With the score tied 7-7 at halftime, Clark connected on all six of his passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns in the third quarter to help the visitors claim a 35-7 lead on their way to the triumph. The Ohio native garners his fifth career weekly accolade and third this season after being honored on Sept. 6 and Oct. 5, 2009, and twice last season, on Oct. 13 and Nov. 24, 2008.
LAST PSU OFFENSIVE POW: QB Daryll Clark on Oct. 25, 2009
Troy Johnson, Iowa
JR, LB, Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland
Johnson helped Iowa post consecutive shutouts against Minnesota for the first time since the 1955 and 1956 seasons with a career-high 11 tackles, one sack, one pass breakup and a fumble forced and recovered. The junior linebacker was part of a defensive effort that held the Gophers to only 48 rushing yards in the 12-0 victory, including stopping the visitors on four straight plays from the two-yard line early in the fourth quarter. Johnson picks up his first career weekly laurel.LAST IOWA DEFENSIVE POW: DE Adrian Clayborn on Oct. 25, 2009
Navorro Bowman, Penn State
JR, LB, District Heights, Md./Suitland
Bowman recorded 10 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack and a pass breakup in a victory at Michigan State. The junior linebacker posted seven solo stops on the day and his 3.5 tackles for loss pushed the Spartans’ offense back 17 yards, including a nine-yard sack. Bowman spearheaded a PSU defense that limited the hosts to 94 rushing yards and only 14 points, the eighth opponent to be held to two touchdowns or less this season. The Maryland native earns his third career weekly honor and second this season after being honored on Nov. 15, 2009, and Sept. 22, 2008.
LAST PSU DEFENSIVE POW: LB Navorro Bowman on Nov. 15, 2009
Stefan Demos, Northwestern
JR, PK, Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon
Demos was perfect on four field goals and three extra points to tally 15 points and help Northwestern earn a 33-31 victory over nationally ranked Wisconsin. The junior kicker connected on field goals of 45, 38, 45 and 34 yards. His 34-yarder at the start of the fourth quarter extended the Wildcats’ lead to 33-24, before they held on for the two-point triumph. Demos earns special teams weekly laurels for the fourth time in his career and third time this season, after being honored on Oct. 4 and 25, 2009, and Sept. 1, 2008.
LAST NU SPECIAL TEAMS POW: PK/P Stefan Demos on Oct. 25, 2009