The Big Ten Round Up Week 10;
Ohio State 56 - 0 Purdue
Ohio State (9-0, 5-0) continue to impress as they march on in their quest for the Big Ten title. Purdue (1-7, 0-4) where simply brushed aside in West Lafayette yesterday. Freshman quarterback Danny Etling was picked off inside a minute of the 1st quarter, a sign that it was going to be a diffiecult afternoon for the Boilermakers.
Braxton Miller threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns and one interception. The junior quarteback had an 82% completion rate. Purdue simply did not break the pocket and apply any pressure to the Buckeyes No.5. Miller used some great improvisation and found Philly Brown with a shovel pass to send the visitors 28-0 up at the end of the 1st quarter. The Buckeyes cruised to an easy 56-0 victory.
Purdue who where simply outclassed in all three phases of the game and managed just 27 yards rushing and 89 yards passing. Let's take a look at what else happened in the Big Ten this week.
Illinois 17 - 24 Penn State
Penn State (5-3, 2-2) knew that they had to win this game after their heaviest defeat in 114 years in week 9. Junior running back Bill Belton ran in from five yards to open the scoring. Christian Hackenberg then showed his ability to read the game and move the football. The freshman quarterback managed to evade a tackle before diving into the end zone to finish off a nine yard run and put the hosts 13-0 up.
In the 3rd quarter Illinois (3-5, 0-4) where 1st-and-goal on the Penn State eight yard line when Josh Ferguson ran in from eight yeards to reduce the defecit to just four points. The visitors then recieved a seven yard pass from quarterback Nathan Scheelhasse. The fighting Illini has scored 17 unanswered points as they looked to take victory.
41 seconds were left in the 4th quarter when Sam Ficket rescued the game for the Lions with a 35 yard field goal, the game was tied at 17-17.
In overtime Hackenberg found Kyle Carter in the end zone with a 15 yard bullet pass to give Penn State the much needed victory.
Wisconsin 28 - 9 Iowa
No.24 Wisconsin (6-2, 4-1) maintained their winning streak with a comortable win at the Kinnick Stadium. It took them until deep into the 2nd quarter to register their first points of the game. Quarterback Joel Stave threw a 44 yard vertical pass to Jacob Pederson on double coverage, Pederson ran into the end zone to to tie the game at 6-6.
Mid way through the 3rd quarter Iowa sophomore quarterback Jake Rudock was intercepted. The resulting play lead to Stave throwing a 28 yard pass straight down the middle for a Jared Abbrederis touchdown. Iowa (5-4, 2-3) managed just 3 field goals. Another two touchdowns in the 4th quarter put the game to bed for Gary Andersen's Badgers. Stave has now thrown for two touchdowns in each of his last four games. Wisconsin host BYU in week 11.
Minnesota 42 - 39 Indiana
Gophers sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns as the visitors narrowly defeated the Indiana Hoosiers (3-5, 1-3). The damage seemed to be done in the 2nd quarter when Minesota (7-2, 3-2) registered 21 points on the scoreboard.
The Hoosiers where 15 points down going into the 4th quarter, they stuck together and fought back to take the lead 39-35. With three minutes on the clock Nelson hit Maxx Williams with a 50 yard pass to put the Gophers back in the driving seat. The extra point was converted by Chris Hawthorne to send the visitors home victorious.
Gophers Senior wide reciever Derrick Engel had four receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
Northwestern 24 - 27 Nebraska
The Wildcats (4-5, 0-5) came in to this game on the back of four straight defeats and despite trailing 7-0 they turned the defesit into a 14-7 lead with two Treyvon Green touchdowns. With just under four minutes played in the 2nd quarter Green then ran into the end zone from 10 yards to stretch their lead further.
With a 21-7 lead deep and heading towards half time Northwestern looked to be in the driving seat. Nebraska (6-2, 3-1) pulled it back to 21-14 when the Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr, found Quincy Enunwa with a three yard pass for a touchdown.
Northwestern then threw the game away. On 2nd-and-11 at their own 28 yard line, Trevor Sieman threw for a pick six when Avery Moss intercepted and ran in for a 25 yard touchdown. Four seconds remaind on the clock when trailing by three Nebraska called a time out. Ron Kellog III threw to freshman wide reciever Jordan Westerkamp for a 49 yard touchdown sealing victory and send the Wildcats home without a win in five.
Michigan 6 - 29 Michigan State
We finish the Big Ten round up with the top 25 ranked match up. No.21 Michigan (6-2, 2-2) knew that they had it all to do as they faced their fierce rivals No.22 Michigan State (8-1, 5-0). A side with the best defense in collegiate football.
If you have the opportunity to watch this game take a look at the highlights. Michigan were -48 yards on rushing (Michigan State held Michigan to -48 yards rushing, which breaks down to -49 yards on seven sacks and +1 yard on 22 rushes. That total is the fewest rushing yards in a game in school history for the Wolverines, breaking the previous low of -46 against Minnesota in 1962. Michigan State's defense has given up just 12 points in their last three games. Source ESPN)
Wolverines junior quarterback Devin Gardner was sacked on three consuctive plays as the Spartans continued to show why they are the most feard defense. They have given up just 12 points in their last three games.
Both quarterbacks threw for an interception but it will be Spartons sophomore Connor Cook who will be the happier going into week 11.