Historic performances in Saturday’s 59-3 rout of Western Michigan led to Big Ten honors this morning for two Iowa football players.
Cornerback B.J. Lowery, a senior from Cleveland, was named the Big Ten defensive player of the week after becoming the first Hawkeye ever to return two interceptions in a game for touchdowns, and Kevonte Martin-Manley was named the Big Ten special teams player of the week after becoming the third player in Big Ten history – and the first in 30 years – to return two punts for touchdowns.
Lowery returned interceptions 35 and 13 yards for scores, tying the second-most in a single game in NCAA history. He also finished with four tackles. Lowery’s 35-yard interception return in the second quarter was the first for a touchdown by Iowa since Christian Kirksey returned a pick for six in a 2011 game against Indiana.
Martin-Manley returned punts 83 and 63 yards for touchdowns in the second quarter, the first Big Ten player ever to do that on consecutive attempts. He finished with four returns covering 184 yards and also had one reception for six yards as Iowa improved to 3-1. His return yardage finished 17 yards shy of Iowa’s existing school record.
Kenny Guiton of Ohio State and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin shared offensive player of the week honors, while Mitch Leidner of Minnesota was named the freshman of the week.