Much like the rest of the college football schedule this past weekend, the Big 10 slate was, well, lacking any sort of storyline. With that said, there were still some compelling games and performances. Here’s your recap from around the league.
Minnesota 43, San Jose State 24
Don’t look now, but Jerry Kill’s Gophers are 4-0 headed into the league schedule. Sure, the schedule was not exactly laden with big names, but it was not that long ago that Minnesota was dropping games to New Mexico State and San Jose State. Not to mention, this weekend’s win over the Spartans came against one of the better QBs in the country. Mitch Leidner started at QB for the Gophers in place of the injured Phillip Nelson, and ran for over 150 yards and 4 touchdowns. Junior tailback David Cobb chipped in with 125 more and 2 scores. All told the Gophers racked up 353 yards on the ground.
Up Next: vs. Iowa
Ohio State 76, Florida A&M 0
Yes, it was exactly as bad as that score looks. In fact, the Buckeyes were up 34-0 after the first quarter and 55-0 at halftime. To be honest, any stats from this one are meaningless, but Kenny Guiton did set an OSU record with 6 TD passes starting his 2nd straight game in place of Braxton Miller.
Up Next: vs. Wisconsin
Iowa 59, Western Michigan 3
No, not a typo. The Hawkeyes, yes, the ones coached by Kirk Ferentz, scored 59 points, in a football game, against a (semi) legit FBS team. Kevonte Martin-Manley lead the onslaught returning back to back punts in the 2nd quarter, which put Iowa up 24-0. Jake Rudock was solid, if not spectacular at quarterback, goign 10/15 for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns. Four Hawkeye backs carried the ball at least 10 times, en route to 258 yards on the ground.
Up Next: @ Minnesota
Northwestern 35, Maine 21
On a whim, I looked up “meh” in the dictionary, and oddly enough, this game was listed there. After an impressive first 3 games, it’s not surprising to see Northwestern suffer something of a letdown in their final non-conference tune up. Two pick-6 interceptions lead the scoring for the Wildcats, the second of which put them up 21-0. Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian combined for 122 yards through the air, and Mike Trumpy piled up 94 more on the ground.
Up Next: Bye (10/5- @ Ohio State)
Notre Dame 17, Michigan State 13
The Irish and Spartans waged just the defensive battle everyone expected. Cam McDaniel’s early 4th quarter touchdown was the difference in a game in which neither team surpassed 254 yards of offense. On the ensuing drive, the Spartans were able to drive the ND 24, but settled for a field goal instead of the game tying touchdown. MSU would not advance into Irish territory for the remainder of the game.