Rubin Received Defensive Player of the Week in Big Ten For Penn State

Mark Rubin, senior safety of Penn, made a name for himself at Ohio State Saturday. He was the hero because he made the biggest play of the game. The Big Ten Conference is rewarding him for his defensive stop by honoring him as the Defensive Player of the week for the conference.

Rubin had nine solo tackles in the game and eleven overall. Those eleven tackles is a career high for him.

He forced a big fumble late in the game that earned him the award. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week was the first conference honor that Rubin has won. There have been a total of seven different Penn State players who have won conference honors of some sort this season.

The Nittany Lions Nov. 8 game at Iowa has been changed to 2:30 p.m. central time. The game, which is in Iowa City, will be cast regionally telecast on ABC. Although the game will be an ABC regional telecast, ESPN will be airing outside of the ABC coverage area. Penn State is used to their games being televised. Many teams are not used to that. Penn State is getting more national recognition because of all the games that have been airing on television. This game at Iowa is Penn State's tenth announced appearance this year. All but 2 of Penn State's last 175 games have been televised.

Rubin was initially picked as the Walter Camp Football Foundation Defensive Player of the Week for his stellar performance against Ohio State. Rubin, who is a former Amherst High School standout, led a defensive effort that limited the Buckeyes to its lowest scoring effort at home in 26 years. 26 years ago at Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes lost 0-6 to Wisconsin. Penn State held Ohio State to just 61 rushing yards on 31 carries. Ohio State had been averaging around 182 rushing yards. Chris Wells of Ohio State entered the game averaging just less than 124 yards per game. In Saturday's game, he was held to just 55 yards on 22 carries.

Ohio State led 6-3 in the fourth quarter. Rubin hit Terrell Pryor, Ohio State QB, hard and caused to ball to pop loose. Penn State's Tyrell Sales kept the ball away from Wells and knocked it backwards. Navorro Bowman recovered the fumble at the Ohio State 38 yard line. Pat Devlin and Evan Royster led the Nittany Lions down field. Devlin scored on a one-yard run with about 6 minutes left to play.

Ohio State couldn't do anything once they got the ball back and had to punt. Kevin Kelly of Penn State kicked a 35-yard field goal and took a 13-6 lead. Ohio State still had a chance to win the game but couldn't capitalize. In the final minute, Lydell Sargeant intercepted the ball in the endzone and Penn State ran out the clock.