A pair of Big Ten players posted strong performances on the final weekend of the regular season and finished the season as only the second player in conference history to complete their rare accomplishment.
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley and Northwestern running back Justin Jackson both entered the Big Ten record books and share the final Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week for 2017.
McSorley threw a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another score in the Nittany Lions victory at Maryland. With those three touchdowns, McSorley became only the second player in Big Ten history to pass for 25 and rush for 10 touchdowns in the same season.
He joins Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett from Ohio State on the list. Barrett established the benchmark in 2014.
Jackson, who carried 18 times for 144 and a touchdown in the Wildcats’ seventh consecutive victory, is only the second player in Big Ten history to rush for 1,000 or more yards all four years.
He joins 1999 Heisman Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Fame member Ron Dayne from Wisconsin as the only other Big Ten running back to accomplish this.
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