Big Ten Football Players of the Week

The Big Ten announced their offensive, defensive and special teams Player of the Week. Unfortunately, for the Gophers, two of the players honored were Michigan State standouts who shined in their 51-17 win over Minnesota

The Big Ten announced the following student-athletes as the Football Players of the Week:

 

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

CO-OFFENSE:

Drew Tate, Iowa, SO, QB, Baytown, Texas/Robert E. Lee

Tate became only the third quarterback in Iowa history to produced back-to-back 300-yard passing games as he racked up 331 yards through the air while setting career highs with 26 completions, 39 attempts and three touchdowns to knock off nationally ranked Ohio State. The sophomore completed 67 percent of his passes with no interceptions and added a rushing touchdown during the victory. The only other Iowa quarterbacks to boast consecutive 300-plus yard passing games are Matt Sherman and Chuck Hartlieb. This marks the first weekly honor of Tate's career.

Drew Stanton, Michigan State, SO, QB, Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison

Stanton exploded for a school-record 410 total yards to lead Michigan State to a 51-17 triumph over nationally ranked Minnesota. The sophomore became the first MSU quarterback to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game, as he completed 20 of 31 throws (.645) for a career-best 308 yards through the air and three scoring strikes. He also produced his second 100-yard rushing game this season, gaining 102 yards on 13 carries, while adding a four-yard reception. His 410 total yards breaks the single-game mark previously set by Jeff Smoker, who had 393 total yards against Fresno State in the 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic. This is the first Big Ten Player of the Week laurel for Stanton. 

DEFENSE:

Scott Starks, Wisconsin, SR, CB, St. Louis, Mo./Hazelwood East

Starks helped force a fumble and returned it 40 yards for the game-winning score with 2:36 left in the game as Wisconsin remained undefeated and handed Purdue its first loss of the season. The senior cornerback also equaled a career best with nine tackles, including eight solo stops, and picked off Boilermakers' quarterback Kyle Orton at the Wisconsin 17-yard line to halt a potential scoring drive.  The Badgers defense, which entered the game leading the country in points and yards allowed, held Purdue's explosive attack to 17 points, more than 24 points below its season average of 41.8 points per contest. This is the first weekly accolade for Starks and the third for a UW defensive player in the last five weeks.

CO-SPECIAL TEAMS:

Kyle Schlicher, Iowa, SO, K, Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny

Schlicher was perfect on a pair of field goals, hitting a career-long 45-yarder before adding a 41-yarder to boost Iowa to the largest margin of victory over Ohio State in school history. He shares Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career. 

Dave Rayner, Michigan State, SR, K, Oxford, Mich./Oxford

Rayner accounted for 15 of the Spartans' 51 points in the win over Minnesota, including connecting on all six PATs and each of his three field goal attempts from 22-, 23- and 37-yards out. This marks the fourth weekly laurel of his career and the second this season, as he was also honored on September 27.


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