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Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 2

September, 8, 2013
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Recognizing the best and brightest from the Big Ten in Week 2:
  • Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase: The Illini senior had a big game for the second straight week, this time against strong competition. Scheelhaase completed 26 of 37 attempts for 312 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in his team's surprising 45-17 win over Cincinnati.
  • Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun: The Spartans sophomore has scored three defensive touchdowns in his first two games. Michigan State's offense, meanwhile, has produced only two touchdowns in the same span. Calhoun's incredible start to 2013 continued in a 21-6 win over South Florida, as he recovered a fumble and ran it into the end zone from 4 yards out in the first quarter and added a 56-yard interception return in the third quarter. Can Calhoun play quarterback?
  • Northwestern QBs Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter: No team has a more effective one-two punch at quarterback than the Wildcats. Returning after missing all but two plays of the Cal game with a concussion, Colter jumped right back into the flow of things, and Siemian continued his precision passing. Combined, the two of them completed 30 of 37 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions, in the 48-27 win over Syracuse. Colter added 87 yards rushing and a score on 11 carries.
  • Michigan QB Devin Gardner and WR Jeremy Gallon: The Killer G's had a huge night in a 41-30 win over Notre Dame under the lights at the Big House. Gardner completed 21 of 33 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns while adding 82 rushing yards and a fifth score. He did make one giant mistake by throwing the ball from his own end zone to Stephon Tuitt to put the Irish back in the game, but for the most part he carved up the vaunted Notre Dame defense. And his favorite target was Gallon, who's only 5-foot-8 but plays so much larger than that on the big stage. Gallon hauled in eight catches for 184 yards and three touchdowns as the Irish secondary just couldn't slow him down.
  • Nebraska's secondary: The Huskers bounced back from Week 1's scary defensive performance with a fine showing on that side of the ball in a 56-13 win over Southern Miss. Give a lot of credit to the Nebraska defensive backs. Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste returned an interception 43 yards for a score less than two minutes into the game. Nickelback Ciante Evans added two interceptions, and safety Corey Cooper grabbed his first career pick. Corner Josh Mitchell chipped in with three tackles for loss. The Huskers will need that kind of effort again next week versus UCLA.

Week 2 helmet stickers

September, 8, 2013
9/08/13
9:00
AM ET
And with that, we’re halfway through the nonconference season. Here are the three players who earned helmet stickers for their Week 2 performances in a 40-31 win over Notre Dame.

WR Jeremy Gallon: The senior had a career day, recording three touchdowns and 184 yards on just eight receptions. It didn’t matter how well covered he was or how unlikely the play was, he and quarterback Devin Gardner just seemed to connect on everything. “He’s like a little bulldog,” Gardner said of Gallon. “We’ve worked so hard since I got here and you guys are just now seeing it but behind the doors we’ve been working so hard and we’re finally getting the opportunity to display it.”

DB Blake Countess: Just over a year removed from his ACL tear, the redshirt sophomore recorded two interceptions against the Irish, including one that sealed the victory for the Wolverines. “The second one was kind of a gift from Ray [Taylor],” Countess said. “It was really his play to make, the ball kind of bounced off his knee. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to make a play.” Following the game he said that he almost felt like a freshman returning to the field last weekend in the season opener against Central Michigan, but that on Saturday against Notre Dame he really felt like it came together for him.

QB Devin Gardner: On his feet, Gardner continued to be relatively risky, taking off and taking hits quite often. He rushed for 82 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries. Gardner finished the day 21 of 33 with four touchdown passes and one huge interception that could’ve been incredibly costly to the Wolverines. But up until that point he had shown an increased maturity in the game plan and intentionally threw away multiple passes that kept Michigan out of trouble -- something that offensive coordinator Al Borges has been preaching.

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