Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 13
November, 24, 2013
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Recognizing the best and the brightest around the Big Ten in Week 13. Big day for the linebackers.
- Michigan State QB Connor Cook and RB Jeremy Langford: As strong as the Spartans defense has been, Cook and Langford are arguably the two biggest reasons why Michigan State is headed back to the Big Ten championship game. Both have been brilliant in Big Ten play and continued to impress on Saturday. Cook had a career-high 293 passing yards and two touchdowns, while Langford had 147 rushing yards and two scores in eclipsing 1,000 yards for the season.
- Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier: The likely frontrunner for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year strengthened his case =as Ohio State kept Indiana off of the scoreboard for 54 minutes. Shazier turned in another monster performance, recording a career-high 20 tackles, including five for loss. If it turns out to be his final game at Ohio Stadium, he went out with a bang.
- Wisconsin LB Chris Borland: If Shazier doesn't win DPOY, the award should go to Borland, who triggered a tremendous defensive performance against Minnesota. He finally tied the Big Ten forced fumbles record with the 14th of his career, recovered two fumbles and led the Badgers with 12 tackles in a 20-7 victory.
- Illinois WR Steve Hull: Hull has suddenly become one of the Big Ten's top big-play receivers, eclipsing 100 yards in each of his last three games and four of the past five. He had 10 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns as the Illini snapped their Big Ten losing streak against Purdue. It's a great ending for a player who spent most of his career at safety and whose career nearly ended because of injury.
- Iowa LB Anthony Hitchens: The linebackers have sparked Iowa's improved defense all season, and Saturday proved to be no exception. Hitchens led the way with eight tackles, including three for loss, to go along with two quarterback hurries and the biggest play of the day, when he forced a fumble from Michigan's Devin Gardner and recovered with 2:12 to play. Iowa went on to run out the clock.
- Nebraska K Pat Smith: Smith hit all three of his field goal tries, including the 42-yard game-winner in overtime, as Nebraska pulled out a 23-20 win at Penn State. Hat tips also go out to Ameer Abdullah, who was great again with 147 yards and what should have been the game-winning touchdown run, and quarterback Ron Kellogg III, who subbed in nicely for Tommy Armstrong Jr.
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35