Week 7 B1G Game Balls
How do you try and sum up a day like that?
Rutgers and Indiana had one of the craziest endings all year in college football and it wasn’t even the craziest ending of the day in the B1G.
I mean, I still can’t fathom that Michigan State actually won like that. Nobody in their right mind thought the guy who punted it 80 yards would fumble the snap. And if they did, surely somebody would prevent the Spartans from taking it back to the house.
What a play it was. Jalen Watts-Jackson will surely be getting a game ball. But he wasn’t the only B1G player to come up clutch.
Here are the Week 7 Game Balls:
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State QB: What do you mean red-zone quarterback? Barrett’s red-zone greatness earned him the call when Cardale Jones had some struggles to start the second half. By night’s end, he had a pair of rushing scores, a Tim Tebow-like jump pass TD to Braxton Miller and another passing TD to Michael Thomas. Starter or not going forward, Barrett is lethal when he gets rolling like that.
Carl Nassib, Penn State DE: This guy just continues to rise and rise. On the big stage, Nassib further solidified his All-American start with 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Amazingly, Nassib and the Penn State line had 10 TFL’s last night. But the Lions had issues tackling at the second level.
Akrum Wadley, Iowa RB: Of course the third-string Iowa running back went off. The guy who had eight career carries had the game of his life. Without Jordan Canzeri, Wadley torched the Northwestern defense behind some dominant offensive line play. His four scores tied a school record that was held by Canzeri himself.
Kyle Federico, Rutgers K: Speaking of school records, Rutgers matched a school record with a 25-point comeback to stun Indiana. Federico capped off the night with the game-winning kick as time expired. Leonte Carroo, Chris Laviano and Robert Martin and Anthony Cioffi were equally worthy of a game ball.
Jourdan Lewis, Michigan CB: Nobody is going to remember how good Lewis was, but he might’ve played his best game against the season against one of the nation’s best quarterbacks. He had a whopping six pass break ups. If this kid isn’t an All-American, I don’t know who is.
T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin LB: He made a huge shoe-string tackle on DeAngelo Yancey on a screen pass that could’ve changed the game in the third quarter. Edwards finished another stellar day with a season-high 16 tackles and a forced fumble. In case you haven’t heard, those Wisconsin linebackers are good.
Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska QB: The Nebraska signal-caller looked miles better than what he looked like the last two weeks. He finished the day with three touchdown passes to three different receivers and he ran for 38 yards. Also important was the fact that he didn’t have to throw the ball 50 times to be effective. It softens a defense when Terrell Newby starts the day with a 69-yard touchdown run.
Jalen Watts-Jackson, Michigan State DB: By now, we all know about the play of the year in college football. He was at the right place at the right time and he converted the play of his life. It might be the greatest single play in Michigan State football history. And the best part? The guy laid it all out and dislocated his hip. Now that’s an effort.