Oct. 11, 2004
Noah Herron, Northwestern, SR, RB, Mattawan, Mich./Mattawan
Herron broke loose for a career-high 197 yards on 29 carries (6.8 avg.) with three rushing touchdowns against Indiana, as his third score proved to be the game-winner in double overtime. This is the second straight weekend he has secured a victory with an overtime score, as the senior running back tallied an overtime touchdown on October 2 to lead the Wildcats to their first win over Ohio State in 33 years. Against the Hoosiers, Herron also set personal bests with 238 all-purpose stripes, as he hauled in a career-high five passes for 41 yards. The Michigan native has now produced three 100-yard rushing efforts in his career, including each of the last two weekends, and currently ranks second in the League with 112 rushing yards per game and nine touchdowns scored. This is his first Conference weekly honor.
Ernest Shazor, Michigan, SR, S, Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King
Shazor produced career bests with 12 tackles, including 11 solo stops, and four tackles for loss as Michigan handed Minnesota its first loss of the season. The senior safety collected two of his tackles for loss and a tackle for no gain as the Wolverines forced the Gophers to punt with 3:04 left in the game, allowing the hosts to rally for the game-winning touchdown on their ensuing drive. Shazor was part of a Michigan defense that held the Minnesota rushing attack below 200 yards for the first time this season and only 24 points, more than two touchdowns less than its season average. He earns his first weekly Big Ten award and the first for a Wolverines defender since Larry Foote was honored on October 29, 2001.
Mike Nugent, Ohio State, SR, K, Centerville, Ohio/Centerville
Nugent picks up his third Big Ten weekly laurel this season after connecting on both of his field goal attempts against Wisconsin, including equaling a career-long with a 55-yarder. Nugent’s second field goal gave him 60 for his career, which surpassed Dan Stultz for the school record.
Ben Jones, Purdue, JR, K, Zionsville, Ind./Butler University
Jones contributed eight points in a 20-13 road win at Penn State, including equaling a career-long with a 50-yarder in the first half. He also connected on a 46-yard boot with 2:48 left in the game to provide the final margin of victory. This marks the second weekly honor of his career.