Official Big Ten Players of the Week

November, 9, 2009
Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

My apologies to Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward. I should have had him listed as co-Defensive POTW along with Illinois' Clay Nurse. I'm still very surprised Nurse didn't share the league's official award. Four sacks in a game should be rewarded.

Here are the choices.

OFFENSE -- Purdue QB Joey Elliott

Elliott completed 72 percent of his passes for a career-high 367 yards to help rally Purdue from a 14-point halftime deficit and lead the Boilermakers to their first win at Michigan since 1966. The fifth-year senior completed 28 of 39 passes and accounted for three touchdowns, including two scoring strikes and a fourth-quarter rushing touchdown that proved to be the winning margin in a two-point triumph. Elliott became the first Purdue quarterback since Bob Griese to win in Michigan Stadium, and his 367 yards passing were the most ever by a Boilermakers signal-caller against the Wolverines.

DEFENSE -- Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward

Heyward produced a team-high and career-best 11 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a career-high two sacks, to help hold Penn State to a single touchdown in a 24-7 road victory. The junior defensive end pushed the Nittany Lions’ offense back 17 yards with his three tackles for loss, including 13 yards on two sacks. His 11 defensive stops surpassed his previous career best of seven tackles. The Georgia native spearheaded a Buckeyes defense that limited one of the conference’s top offenses to seven points, 76 rushing yards and 201 total offensive yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS -- Ohio State WR Ray Small

Small helped Ohio State win the battle for field position with seven punt returns for 130 yards, including a pair of returns over 40 yards to set up Buckeyes touchdowns in the victory at Penn State. The senior wide receiver averaged 18.6 yards per punt return and also added a 7-yard reception and a 13-yard reverse.



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