Oct. 17, 2005
The Big Ten announced the following student-athletes as the Big Ten Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for the games of Saturday, Oct. 15:
Brett Basanez, Northwestern, SR, QB, Arlington Heights, Ill./St. Viator
Basanez picked up his second straight Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week accolade after racking up 506 yards of total offense, the eighth-best single-game performance in league annals, to lead Northwestern to its first win at Purdue since 1995. The senior signal caller completed 37 of 55 passes (67.3 pct.) for 463 yards and three touchdowns while adding 43 yards on seven carries with another score. After the Boilermakers rallied to take a 29-28 lead with 5:17 left in the game, he led the Wildcats on an 11-play, 75-yard drive to win the game on a Tyrell Sutton scoring run with only 1:50 on the clock. Basanez’ 506 yards of total offense are the second-highest sum of his career behind the 548 yards he compiled at TCU last season, which ranks second in Big Ten history. The Arlington Heights native joins former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees as the only players in conference annals to break the 500-yard mark in total offense in two games. Basanez currently leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the country with 350.2 yards of total offense per game. He appears fifth in the league records book with 9,632 yards of total offense, one of five career top-ten lists he has cracked (see page 4), as he aims to join Brees, Indiana’s Antwaan Randle El and Iowa’s Chuck Long as the only standouts to surpass the 10,000-yard barrier. Basanez collects his fourth career weekly laurel.
Bobby Carpenter, Ohio State, SR, LB, Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster
Carpenter equaled an Ohio State record with four sacks and recorded a season-best 11 tackles to help OSU hold the high-powered Michigan State attack three touchdowns below its season average in a 35-24 victory. The Spartans entered the game leading the conference with 45.4 points per outing. The senior linebacker collected seven solo defensive stops on the day and his four sacks led to 27 yards of loss for the MSU offense. He matched the school record of four quarterback drops in one game previously set by Jason Simmons against Washington State in 1991, which is tied for the third-highest sack total in Big Ten history. Carpenter currently leads the Big Ten and is tied for second in the country with eight sacks on the season. He picks up his first career weekly award.
Steve Breaston, Michigan, SR, KR/PR, North Braddock, Pa./Woodland Hills
Breaston totaled 156 return yards and broke loose for a 41-yard kickoff return with 58 seconds left to set up Michigan’s last-second game-winning drive over Penn State. The senior wideout posted two more big returns in the final quarter. After the visitors took an 18-10 lead, his 39-yard kickoff return to the Michigan 45-yard line set the Wolverines up for the game-tying drive and his 23-yard punt return later in the quarter to the UM 42-yard line set up the drive that led to a go-ahead field goal. For the game, Breaston returned four kickoffs for 128 yards (32.0 avg.) and two punts for 28 yards (14.0 avg.). This marks his second career weekly laurel, as he was previously honored for his special teams performance on Nov. 13, 2004.
Ashton Youboty, Ohio State, JR, CB, Klein, Texas/Klein
Youboty returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown and later knocked down another field goal attempt to boost Ohio State to a victory over Michigan State. The junior cornerback, who also had six tackles and a sack in the game, picked up a blocked field goal at the end of the first half and sprinted 72 yards for a touchdown to cut the MSU lead to 17-14. Trailing 24-21 in the fourth quarter, Youboty was again involved in stopping a field goal attempt by blocking the kick on his own to set up an OSU scoring drive as the Buckeyes claimed a 28-24 lead they would not relinquish. He earns his first career player of the week award.