To paraphrase Dennis Green, it would appear the Big 10 may in fact be who we thought they were. A week removed from an 11-1 showing, the league struggled to a 7-5 mark in the season’s third week. Here’s a quick recap of the carnage.
Indiana 42, Bowling Green 10
The Hoosiers recovered from their home loss to Navy by thoroughly dominating the Falcons in Bloomington. For the first time this season, Nate Sudfield threw all 26 of the Hoosier’s passes, completing 17 of them for 335 yards, and 2 scores. The rushing game put up 266 yards, lead by Stephen Houston’s 155. While the 10 points allowed by IU were by far a season low, Bowling Green still rolled up over 400 yards.
Up Next: vs. Missouri
Michigan 28, Akron 24
Visions of Appalachian State were surely dancing through the heads of the 107,000+ in Michigan Stadium Saturday. Trailing by 4, the Zips had driven to within 2 yards of a game winning touchdown, with 5 seconds remaining. On 4th down, the Wolverines brought pressure and forced an errant throw, avoiding the upset of the year to date. Turnovers were the story for Michigan, with Devin Gardner throwing 3 picks, and also losing a fumble. The junior QB was also responsible for 3 of the 4 UM touchdowns (2 passing, 1 throwing).
Up Next: @UConn
Minnesota 29, Western Illinois 12
The big story in the Twin Cities was Jerry Kill suffering his 4th seizure during, or just after a game, since taking over the Gophers program, and 3rd in just the last 11 games. The good news is Coach Kill was back at 100% on Sunday, and there does not appear to be any lingering effects. On the field, Minnesota used their power rushing game to grind out the win, putting up over 200 yards on the ground.
Up Next: vs. San Jose State
UCLA 41, Nebraska 21
Everything was going so well for the Huskers in this one. Halfway through the 2nd quarter, Nebraska lead 21-3, and appeared to have this well in hand. 38 points later, the Bruins had shocked Lincoln, and claimed their 2nd straight win over Nebraska. The Huskers D again was suspect, giving up over 500 yards (294 in the air, 210 on the ground), while the allegedly prolific offense did not get anything going in the games final 2 and a half quarters.
Up Next: vs. South Dakota State
Michigan State 55, Youngstown State 17
No, that’s not a misprint. The sputtering (at best) Sparty offense really did put up 55 points, and over 500 yards, albeit against FCS Youngstown State. Connor Cook got the start under center for MSU, and took every snap before this one was fully in hand late. The sophomore QB ended the day a respectable 15/22 for 202 yards and a very impressive 4 touchdowns. The MSU defense was again impressive, holding the Penguins to just 172 yards of total offense, and forcing 2 turnovers.
Up Next: @ Notre Dame
Iowa 27, Iowa State 21
The Hawkeyes held off a late charging Iowa State team to claim victory in the battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy. With just over 7 minutes left, Iowa held a 27-7 lead on their in-state rivals, but two Cyclone TDs made this interesting before the visitors recovered an onside kick to seal the game. Jake Rudock was solid, if not spectacular going 14/23 for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns. Bruising back Mark Weisman carried 35 times for 145 yards to pace the Hawkeye running attack.
Up Next: vs. Western Michigan