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Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 13, 2013
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Recognizing the best and brightest from the Big Ten in Week 7:

  • Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford: Unlike Penn State last week, the Spartans realized that running the ball against Indiana is usually a good idea. And Langford was the star of that strategy, carrying the ball 23 times for 109 yards and three touchdowns in Michigan State's 42-28 victory over the Hoosiers. His last touchdown, a 32-yarder, put his team ahead 35-21. In all, the Spartans rushed for 238 yards as a team.
  • Nebraska DE Randy Gregory: There aren't many Big Ten defensive ends playing better than Gregory right now. The one-time Purdue commit and Indiana native haunted his home-state school with two sacks, a fumble recovery and a safety in the Huskers' 44-7 blasting of the Boilermakers. The entire Nebraska defense deserves a nod after holding Purdue scoreless until the final 39 seconds.
  • Wisconsin's defense: The Badgers held Northwestern -- a team that had scored at least 30 points in seven straight games -- to just two field goals in a dominating 35-6 win. Seven different Badgers had at least one sack. Chris Borland led the way with 10 tackles, but this was a total team effort -- and a very impressive one at that.
  • Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon: With only four games this week, we give a second sticker to a deserving Badger. Gordon rushed 22 times for 172 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown, in a bounce-back performance from his showing at Ohio State.
  • Penn State RB Bill Belton: We could have gone a number of ways in the Nittany Lions' wild, weird 43-40 win over Michigan in four overtimes. Christian Hackenberg made some great throws down the stretch, Brandon Felder provided a strong complement to Allen Robinson and Michigan's Devin Funchess was great for a second straight week. But we ultimately went with Belton, whose final numbers (27 carries, 85 yards) might not stand out in a box score. But Belton picked up the crucial first down on fourth-and-one in overtime No. 4 before finally ending things with a 2-yard touchdown run. That's enough to earn a sticker.

Week 7 helmet stickers

October, 13, 2013
10/13/13
9:00
AM ET
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.

[+] EnlargeBill Belton
AP Photo/Gene J. PuskarBill 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.

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