Going into Week 3, Big Ten fans were hoping to rebound after a pretty pitiful display the weekend before. This week fans were expecting victories since there were no big marquee opponents and only one Big Ten team played a ranked team. Should be no problem, right? Well let’s take a look at the scores.
Michigan 34 Miami (OH) 10
Despite three turnovers by the Michigan offense in the first half, the Wolverines were able to tighten things up in the second to get the victory. Led by running back Derrick Green, who accumulated 137 yards and two touchdowns, the offense put up over 450 yards. The defense shut down the RedHawks, holding them to only 200 yards of offense. It was not perfect, but a win is a win.
Penn St 13 Rutgers 10
Rutgers’ conference debut turned out to be a disappointing one, especially after holding a 10-6 second-half lead. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg marched his team down the field 80 yards for a game-winning touchdown with only 1:13 left to play. He was 25-for-44 with 309 yards. With Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova throwing five interceptions, it was too hard to gain any momentum on offense.
Ohio St 66 Kent St 0
The Buckeyes wanted to come out strong this week and that they did. This game was over at halftime with them leading Kent State 45-0. Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for over 300 yards and six touchdowns.
Nebraska 55 Fresno St 19
One of only two undefeated teams in the conference, Nebraska scored five of its touchdowns with plays of over 35 yards. It was big play after big play all day for the Cornhuskers. Nebraska was led on offense by quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr (260 yards and 3 touchdowns) and running back Ameer Abdullah (110 yards rushing and 1 touchdown).
Bowling Green 45 Indiana 42
With this victory, the Mid-American Conference is getting pretty comfortable playing against the Big Ten. This is the Falcons’ second win over the Big Ten in the last seven years. Bowling Green quarterback James Knapke threw a touchdown pass to Roger Lewis with only nine seconds in the game. Indiana is not known for its defense and that showed by giving up over 500 yards to the Falcons. On the other side, the Falcons was not playing much defense either. The teams combined for 61 points in the second half. Since Bowling Green had the ball last, they were able to score last to get the win.
West Virginia 40 Maryland 37
In another game full of lots of offense (combined over 1,000 yards) it was West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert walking away as the game hero. As time expired he kicked a 47-yard field goal to clinch a win for his Mountaineers. Maryland had its chances to win. West Virginia turned over the ball four times and had a field goal blocked, but Maryland could not always capitalize.
Iowa St 20 Iowa 17
The winless Iowa State Cyclones out-gained Iowa 337-275 and kicker Cole Netten hit a 42-yard field goal with two seconds left to give Iowa State a victory. Once again the Big Ten team led in the fourth quarter but could not finish out. This is the Cyclones’ third win over the Hawkeyes in the last four matchups.
TCU 30 Minnesota 7
Minnesota was dominated in this game, turning the ball over five times and being held to 134 yards under its running average. Give credit to the entire TCU defense for smothering the Minnesota running backs. Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner left the game with an injury for the second straight week; this time it was after a hard tackle.
Washington 44 Illinois 19
Well another Big Ten team getting blown out… It’s getting to be a trend this year. Not many bright spots for the Fighting Illini other than this only gives them one loss on the year.
Notre Dame 30 Purdue 14
After last week’s big win, the Irish were looking to keep the momentum going. With the win, they did move up two more spots in the AP poll to #9. Purdue kept it close in the first half but was unable to score in the remainder of the game. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson looked great again, going 25-for-40 for 259 yards and two touchdowns. The Purdue defense just did not have a way to stop Golson. Boilermakers quarterback Danny Etling solidified his starting spot by going 27-for-40 for 234 yards, throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The conference as a whole went 4-7 this week. Hopefully they all will do better next week and represent this great conference well.
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