It's time to recognize the best and the brightest in a wild Week 11 in Big Ten play.
Northwestern QB Dan Persa: What a bittersweet day for Persa and the Wildcats. Persa delivered another Herculean performance in the 21-17 win, completing 32 of 43 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He led Northwestern on two fourth-quarter scoring drives against No. 13 Iowa and fired the game-winning touchdown with 1:22 left. Unfortunately, he also suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon on the touchdown play and will have season-ending surgery. Persa will be missed, but he went out a winner.
Wisconsin RBs Montee Ball and James White: No John Clay? No problem for the Badgers, who ran all over Indiana for a school-record six touchdowns on the ground. Ball and White combined for 311 rush yards and five touchdowns on 41 carries in the 83-20 rout. They share the sticker with quarterback Scott Tolzien, who completed 15 of 18 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns.
Ohio State RB Dan Herron: There's no doubt about the identity of Ohio State's top running back. It's all about Boom. Herron continued his strong second-half push with 190 rush yards and a touchdown on 21 carries as No. 9 Ohio State rallied past Penn State for a 38-14 win. The junior has eclipsed 100 rush yards in each of his past two games.
Minnesota CB Troy Stoudermire: It hasn't been an easy season for Stoudermire or his Gophers teammates, but they finally had a chance to celebrate Saturday. With Minnesota down 34-24 midway through the fourth quarter, Stoudermire turned momentum by returning a kickoff 90 yards to set up a touchdown. He then sealed the 38-34 victory with an interception on the final play. He shares the sticker with quarterback Adam Weber (225 pass yards, 2 TDs) and running back DeLeon Eskridge (3 rush TDs).
Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan: OK, I'm breaking my own rule about giving stickers to players on losing teams. But Kerrigan has been horribly overlooked for much of the season, and he deserves some love after another truly dominating performance. Kerrigan recorded 10 tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in a 27-16 loss to Michigan. He now owns the Big Ten record for career forced fumbles (14) and has tied the FBS mark.