Lions Pick Up Big Ten Honors

Alan Zemaitis and Donnie Johnson were both honored this week by the Big Ten for their outstanding performances against Michigan State on Saturday which brought Penn State the Big Ten title, BCS berth and also gave Paterno the fifth consecutive decade where he has had a team win ten or more games in a season.

Alan Zemaitis won the Big Ten Player of the Week award thanks to his career-high three interceptions. The senior cornerback equaled his season high with seven tackles while adding a pass break up and became the first Nittany Lion to pick off three passes in a game since the school joined the Big Ten in 1993.

After the Nittany Lions took a 3-0 lead on their opening possession, the hosts drove right down the field before he picked off a Drew Stanton pass at the Penn State three-yard line to halt a potential scoring drive which could have given MSU the lead.

The Spartans' cut the lead to 17-7 in the third quarter before Zemaitis recorded his second interception, returning it 17 yards to the MSU four-yard line to set up a touchdown and a 24-7 advantage.

His final pick stopped a Spartans' drive at the eight-yard line in the fourth quarter to ensure the victory. This is the first weekly Big Ten accolade for Zemaitis.

Donnie Johnson, was named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. With Penn State leading 3-0 midway through the second quarter, Johnson blocked a Michigan State punt which was recovered by Matt Hahn for a touchdown and a 10-0 advantage.

The junior safety also ended the first half by picking off quarterback Drew Stanton in the endzone to halt a potential Spartans' scoring drive. This is Johnson's first weekly Big Ten laurel.


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