Michigan State received some big performances in a big victory Saturday night over Oregon.
Two Spartans who played the biggest roles in the 31-28 victory were honored Monday by the Big Ten.
Junior linebacker Riley Bullough was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, while running back LJ Scott earned Co-Freshman of the Week honors with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.
Bullough (Traverse City St. Francis) had a career-high 14 tackles and a pass break-up in a victory, which pushed Michigan State to No. 4 in both the Associated Press and coaches polls. He also pressured Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. on what led to an incomplete pass on fourth down, clinching the Michigan State victory with just over a minute remaining.
"Riley has given us a great combination of emotion, leadership and productivity," said Mike Tressel, Michigan State's co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach, in a news release. "He's doing an excellent job making all of the calls on defense while leading the team in tackles and sacks."
Bullough is the first Michigan State player to win the weekly defensive honor since Denicos Allen in November 2013.
Scott, meanwhile, scored a pair of touchdowns, including a 38-yard rumble with 10:51 left in the game to give the Spartans a 31-21 lead. He finished with 76 yards on 11 carries in a timeshare at running back with redshirt freshman Madre London.
"LJ Scott had a big night for us with the ball in his hands," said Dave Warner, Michigan State's co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach, in the release. "He's a very physical runner, who in his short time here at MSU has shown the ability to run through tackles. Against Oregon, almost half of his 76 yards came after contact.
"We expect LJ to continue to get even better as the season progresses."
The Big Ten awarded Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors to Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard and Nebraska running back Terrell Newby.
Beathard replaced Jake Rudock, a graduate transfer at Michigan, as the Hawkeyes’ starting quarterback. He threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 77 yards on 10 carries in Iowa’s 31-17 victory over Iowa State.
Co-Offensive Players of the Week
C.J. Beathard, Iowa
Terrell Newby, Nebraska
Defensive Player of the Week
Riley Bullough, Michigan State
Special Teams Player of the Week
Janarion Grant, Rutgers
Co-Freshmen of the Week
LJ Scott, Michigan State
Saquon Barkley, Penn State