Sunday, October 13, 2013
Week 7 helmet stickers
By Josh Moyer
Recognizing the best and brightest from the Nittany Lions in Week 7:
Wideout Brandon Moseby-Felder. Maybe for the first time all season, Allen Robinson wasn't the key wide receiver. Moseby-Felder finished with a team-high six catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns -- and those were some hard-earned yards. On the second score, Moseby-Felder made a back-shoulder catch that happened about 40 yards from a white sign that referred back to SportsCenter's top 10 plays. Maybe Moseby-Felder didn't make the SportsCenter cut, but you can bet that play will make the PSU highlights. The Lions needed a No. 2 target to step up on Saturday, and it got that -- and more -- from Moseby-Felder.
Bill Belton's game-winning TD run wouldn't have happened without his fourth-down conversion run a few players earlier.
Tailback Bill Belton. If you took one glance at the stats, you might be questioning this pick. If you watched the game, however, there wouldn't be a question. When Zach Zwinak fumbled to start the third quarter, Belton took over. He had 69 of his 85 rushing yards after halftime, and he made several key plays in overtime. On fourth-and-1 on the game-winning drive, Belton showed patience and didn't immediately hit a jumbled line. He stutter-stepped and then found an opening for the first down. That might've been a bigger play than what might seem more obvious -- when he sprinted in for the game-winning 2-yard touchdown a few players later. Belton said he'd remember this game 10 years from now. If it wasn't for Belton, there might not be a win to remember.
LB Mike Hull. He has struggled because of an injury, but he sure looked healthy on Saturday. He broke up a touchdown pass in overtime and, if it wasn't for him, the Wolverines might be celebrating right now. That wasn't the only play where he succeeded, though. He had 10 tackles and two stops in the backfield. The Nittany Lions are definitely happy that he's back in the lineup.
DE C.J. Olaniyan. Was this the best game of the career? "Yeah," Olaniyan said. He finished with eight tackles and 2.5 sacks, and he was a constant force. He nearly had an interception and finished with a team-high two pass breakups. With Deion Barnes on the sideline to start the game, Olaniyan stepped up in a big way. He also forced a fumble, so it's an easy decision to give the man a helmet sticker.
DT DaQuan Jones. Michigan had next to no luck running inside, and Jones was the big reason why. Sure, Devin Gardner scrambled and found quite a few rushing yards when things broke down. But Michigan running backs? Well, they finished with 30 carries for 28 yards. That's not a misprint. The 318-pound defensive tackle had nine tackles, two of which came in the backfield, and had a fumble recovery. He looked as dominant as he was in the first two games, as this defensive line had one of the best games it had all season.