Week 12 B1G Game Balls
B1G weather was kind of the theme for Week 12.
Cold temperatures, rain, wind, wintry mixes and snow all made the trek to the Midwest on Saturday, scattering about and affecting different games in different ways. And it really had an impact on our weekly Game Balls.
Several running backs and linebackers earned recognition week, typically the sign that the colder temperatures have set in and inclement weather has made a trip to B1G country. And while many of settings looked fairly miserable on Saturday, the weather didn’t negatively affect the number of outstanding performances we saw.
Here are the Game Balls for Week 12 in the B1G. And yes, there are a lot of running back and linebackers in the mix.
Mike Weber, Ohio State RB – For the second time in two weeks, Weber eclipsed the 100-yard mark. These have been significant accomplishments for the sophomore running back considering the injuries that have nagged him most of the season. Weber finished the afternoon with 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 11 carries.
Antoine Miles, Purdue DE – The Purdue defensive end was a terror in Iowa City. All four of Miles’ tackles were stops for loss, which included two sacks on quarterback Nate Stanley. He was one of many reasons the Hawkeyes couldn’t get anything brewing offensively.
Anthony Mahoungou, Purdue WR – In a four-minute stretch to open the third quarter, five of Purdue’s six plays were passes from Elijah Sindelar to Mahoungou. It resulted in five catches and a pair of touchdowns for the Boilermakers. Mahoungou finished the afternoon with seven catches for 135 yards and a pair of scores in the 24-15 win.
Josey Jewell, Iowa LB – Jewell’s final game at Kinnick Stadium didn’t go as planned, but he still played well in his last outing. The senior linebacker recorded 13 tackles, three stops for loss, two sacks and three defended passes for the Hawkeyes.
Morgan Ellison, Indiana RB – The Hoosiers had to be pleased with the production they got out of the backfield against Rutgers on Saturday afternoon. Ellison racked up 149 yards and two touchdowns as Indiana stomped the Scarlet Knights 41-0.
Justin Jackson, Northwestern RB – Welcome to the 5,000-yard club, Mr. Jackson. Oh, and congratulations on eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for a fourth-straight season, joining Ron Dayne as one of only two running backs to do that in B1G history. Need another reason to give Jackson a Game Ball? How about 166 yards on 31 carries? Yeah, that’s worthy of some recognition.
Nate Hall, Northwestern LB – Seven tackles, five solo stops, three tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Now that’s a pretty impressive performance. Hall was crucial in helping the Wildcats pitch a shutout against Minnesota.
T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin LB – In a defensive bout, it’s only fitting that the only player to earn a Game Ball comes from that side of the ball. Edwards tallied 11 stops, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack as Wisconsin improved to 11-0 with a 24-10 win over Michigan.
L.J. Scott, Michigan State RB – The old L.J. Scott made another appearance this year, this time in wet, cold and sloppy conditions as the Spartans downed Maryland 17-7. On a day when Michigan State needed production out of its backfield, Scott delivered. He finished the day with 147 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
Tanner Lee, Nebraska QB – Yes, Nebraska was blown out. But Lee still had an impressive stat line for the Huskers. The Nebraska quarterback completed 26-of-41 passes for 399 yards and three touchdowns without a single interception. Too bad it wasn’t enough to pull off a stunning upset.
Trace McSorley, Penn State QB – The quarterback on the other sideline played pretty well, too. McSorley had 325 yards and three touchdowns while completing two-thirds of his passes as Penn State posted a 56-44 win.
Saquon Barkley, Penn State RB – Barkley may have played his last game in Beaver Stadium, and what a final performance it would be. The back ended with 158 yards and three touchdowns on 17 touches. He also became Penn State’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns on Saturday night, getting his 39th career score as a Nittany Lion.