Penn State’s thrilling 24-21 win against then-No. 2 Ohio State pushed the Nittany Lions into the AP Top 25. Now that performance is giving the Nittany Lions awards.
Three Penn State players won weekly Big Ten honors, including a shared recognition for special teams on the blocked field goal that gave the Nittany Lions the late lead.
Here are the Big Ten players of the week:
Offensive Player of the Week: Minnesota running back Rodney Smith
Smith picked up 257 all-purpose yards in the win against Rutgers. Smith rushed for 111 yards and one touchdown, had 27 receiving yards and 119 kick-return yards for another TD. His 257 all-purpose yards are the most for a Minnesota player since Troy Stoudermire had 290 against Iowa in 2008.
Defensive Player of the Week: Penn State linebacker Brandon Bell
Bell had 18 tackles as the Nittany Lions slowed down a potent Ohio State offense. The tackles are a career-high. Bell also made three tackles on Ohio State’s final drive.
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) October 24, 2016
Special Teams Players of the Week: Penn State’s Marcus Allen and Grant Haley
It’s almost impossible to pick only one. Allen blocked Ohio State’s 45-yard field-goal attempt and Haley picked up the ball and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown that proved to be the game’s decisive points.
No, this was not a dream. https://t.co/EfyAreKPj9
— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) October 23, 2016
Freshman of the Week: Maryland running back Lorenzo Harrison
The Terrapins’ Harrison rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown in the win against Michigan State. It was his first 100-yard game.
— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) October 24, 2016