Monday, October 20, 2008

FOOTBALL: As expected, Iowa Takes Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week for Week 8

As predicted during the 4th quarter of the Wisconsin - Iowa game this weekend,  Shonn Greene and Pat Angerer are both Players of the Week in the Big Ten Conference.

Congrats to both.

Below is from Big Ten's Official Site:
Oct. 20, 2008

Shonn Greene, Iowa
JR, RB, Sicklerville, N.J./Milford Academy (Conn.)
Greene broke loose for a career-high 217 yards on 25 carries (8.7 avg.) and equaled a school record with four touchdowns to lead Iowa past Wisconsin and also become the first player in NCAA Division I history to top 100 rushing yards in each of the first eight games of a season. The junior running back’s 217-yard effort is tied for the sixth-best single-game effort in program annals and marks the first 200-yard outing by a Hawkeyes player since 2005, when Albert Young collected 202 yards at Northwestern. Greene led Iowa to a quick start with scoring runs of 12 and 34 yards to stake the hosts to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. After the Badgers cut the deficit to 14-9, he sprinted 52 yards for another touchdown in the third period and added a 34-yard scoring gallop at the start of the fourth quarter to put the game away. He is the first Hawkeye to score four rushing touchdowns in a single game since Tavian Banks accomplished the feat against Iowa State in 1997. Greene also surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season, becoming the second-fastest Iowa rusher to crack the mark behind Banks, who reached 1,000 yards in six games in 1997. Greene collects his first career player of the week accolade and the first for a Hawkeyes’ offensive player since the 2005 campaign.
LAST IOWA OFFENSIVE POW: WR Ed Hinkel on Nov. 21, 2005.
Pat Angerer, Iowa
JR, LB, Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf
Angerer established a career high with 16 tackles and added two interceptions to lead an Iowa defense that held Wisconsin without a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter.  The junior linebacker amassed 12 tackles in the first half alone, and his 16-tackle effort marks the most defensive stops in a single game by any Big Ten player this season. With the hosts holding a 28-9 lead heading into the fourth quarter, Angerer picked off passes to end back-to-back Badgers’ drives to put the game away. He returned his first interception 14 yards to give Iowa the ball at Wisconsin’s 48-yard line, which the offense turned into a touchdown four plays later for a 35-9 advantage. The Iowa native picked off his second pass on the ensuing possession and returned it five yards to the Badgers’ 37-yard line, setting up a field goal and a 38-9 lead. Angerer picks up the first weekly laurel of his career.
LAST IOWA DEFENSIVE POW: DE Karl Klug on Sept. 8, 2008.

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