Roth Named Co-Defensive Player of the Week in B10

For his three sacks and stellar play against Illinois on Saturday, Iowa junior Matt Roth picked up co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors.

OFFENSE:

Chris Perry, Michigan

SR RB Advance, NC/Fork Union Military (VA)

Perry set a Michigan single-game record with 51 carries and ran for 219 yards and a touchdown to lead the Wolverines to a victory at Michigan State and sole possession of first place in the Conference standings. The senior running back's 51 rushing attempts, which ranks fifth in Big Ten history, shattered the previous program-high of 42 carries held by Ron Johnson (1967) and Anthony Thomas (1999). Perry recorded his second 200-yard outing this season, just behind his 232 yards in the season opener. He currently leads the Big Ten with 131.3 yards per game. Perry collects his third Offensive Player of the Week award this season, as he was also honored on September 1 and 15.

CO-DEFENSE:

Matt Roth, Iowa

JR DE Villa Park, IL/Willowbrook

Roth equaled a career-high with three sacks (-11 yards) against Illinois and forced a fumble that was recovered by teammate Bob Sanders and returned for a touchdown. The junior defensive end collected six tackles, including four solos, and has now posted at least one sack in 13 of Iowa's last 16 games. Roth, who ranks second in the League with 9.5 sacks on the year, earns his first career weekly honor and is the third Hawkeye defender to be honored in 2003.

Shaun Phillips, Purdue

SR DE Willingboro, NJ/Willingboro

Phillips forced a pair of fumbles to equal a Purdue single-game record and added 1.5 sacks to his League-best total against Northwestern. The senior defensive end racked up six defensive stops, including four solos, and added a tackle for loss. He now tops the Big Ten with 10.5 quarterback drops in 2003 and has moved into a tie for second place in school annals with 29 career sacks. This is the first weekly award of Phillips' career.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

B.J. Sander, Ohio State

SR P Cincinnati, OH/Roger Bacon

Sander averaged 46.3 yards on six punts at Penn State, placing three punts inside the 20-yard line and booting a long of 62 yards. This is the first weekly honor of his career.


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