Sophomores Jim Leonhard and Mike Allen were named Big Ten Players of the Week for the first time for their performances in the Fresno State opener.
Leonhard, in his first game as a starter at strong safety, had two interceptions and five pass breakups (including the final play of the game), the second-highest total in UW history. The 5-8 sophomore also had six tackles (four solo) and returned his two picks for 24 yards. He is the first Badger sophomore to register two picks in a game since Jamar Fletcher at Purdue on Nov. 6, 1999.
Allen, who got off to a rocky start on a 49-yard field goal attempt that landed nowhere close to the goalpost, recovered to hit his remaining three attempts. He hit the game-winner from 34 yards with 2:05 remaining, while also connecting from 27 and 35 yards. Allen is the first UW kicker to hit three field goals in regulation since Vitaly Pisetsky had four on October 23, 1999 against Michigan State.
Ohio State's Maurice Clarett was named Offensive Player of the Week, becoming the first freshman since 1990 and second in league history to earn that honor after the first weekend of play. The former USA Today Offensive Player of the Year in high school had 175 yards on only 21 carries (8.3 yards per attempt) in his first collegiate action.
Leonhard, Allen Named Big Ten Players of the Week
Badger Nation Top Stories
Notes: Clement Comes Up One-Yard ShortIn Saturday's championship notebook, hear from tailback Corey Clement about his success (and failure), Wisconsin failing to capitalize early in the second half and more.
Badger Nation1:31 AM
Big Plays Doom Big Title HopesA defense that had given up only eight passing touchdowns all season, No.6 Wisconsin was torched for 384 passing yards and four touchdowns in a 38-31 defeat to No.8 Penn State.
Badger NationYesterday at 11:50 PM
Letting it Slip AwayAppearing headed for another run to the roses, No.6 Wisconsin let a 21-point lead in the second quarter slip away in a disheartening 38-31 defeat to No.8 Penn State.
Badger NationYesterday at 11:10 PM
Recap: Shredded CheeseOnce leading 28-7, Wisconsin's defense was torched by the Penn State passing attack, as Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorely throws for four touchdowns in a 38-31 upset victory…
Badger NationYesterday at 4:28 PM