- Josh Moyer, Penn State/Big Ten reporter
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Recognizing the best and the brightest from the Nittany Lions in Week 10:
RB Bill Belton: Yes, he fumbled 2 yards short of the end zone late in the fourth. But, if it wasn't for Belton, there's no way Penn State would have won this game. He carried the ball a career-high 36 times Saturday and rushed for a career-high 201 yards. He averaged 5.6 yards a carry, caught two balls for 8 yards and was the biggest threat on this offense -- and, yes, even over A-Rob. He's the most improved player on this offense, and that was on display Saturday. Decisions don't come much easier than this one: Belton gets a helmet sticker.
WR Allen Robinson: Another game, another 100-yard day. Robinson hauled in 11 catches for 165 yards, which means he accounted for 55 percent of Hackenberg's completions and 69 percent of his passing yards. He turned one bubble screen into a 47-yard gain, and he's done a remarkable job coming down with jump balls this season. Robinson is nearly a lock to get a helmet sticker every week, and the Illinois game was no exception.
QB Christian Hackenberg and TE Kyle Carter: Hackenberg calmly led his team downfield -- twice -- in the final five minutes of regulation to tie the game. Carter? Well, he stepped up when it counted most. Hackenberg delivered a perfect ball to Carter on third-and-11 from the 15 for the game-winning score in overtime. Carter found the soft spot of the defense, ran a great route and held on. Hackenberg delivered a ball that, Bill O'Brien said, might've been an interception had it been six inches off. That's how accurate Hackenberg was on that pass. Some standout plays earn players helmet stickers, and that was one.
Safety Ryan Keiser: So, um, about those standout plays. Keiser is still recovering from hand surgery -- but he made the game-sealing interception in overtime. PSU's defense didn't play great ... but how can you not give Keiser some credit for that? Adrian Amos tipped the ball, and Keiser showed enough awareness to bring it down. It was a memorable play, one that made sure the game wasn't going past one overtime.
Recognizing the best and the brightest from the Nittany Lions in Week 10:RB Bill Belton: Yes, he fumbled 2 yards short of the end zone late in the fourth.