For better or worse, the entirety of Big 10 drama was found in State College, as the three other games around the conference resulted in rather anti-climatic results. While you were tailgating all day in Happy Valley, here is what you missed around the league.
Nebraska 44, Purdue 7
Nebraska was again without senior quarterback Taylor Martinez, who missed his third straight game with a turf toe injury (don’t laugh, that stuff HURTS!). It did not matter as the Huskers ran the ball 56 times for 251 yards en route to the dominating win in West Lafayette. Ameer Abdullah again lead the way with 126 yards and a touchdown. Tommy Armstrong Jr. again got the start, but was replaced by Ron Kellogg III, as the freshman went just 6/18 for 48 yards and 3 interceptions. Kellogg III was much more effective at 10/13, 148 yards, and the only passing touchdown.
The Huskers D was able to cover up those 3 turnovers, holding Purdue to just 32 yards on the ground, and just 216 yards overall. The Boilermakers freshman QB Danny Etling struggled, going 14/35 for 184 yards with the only Purdue touchdown, as well as an interception.
Up Next: Nebraska – Bye (10/26 @ Minnesota), Purdue – @ Michigan State
Michigan State 42, Indiana 28
A week after upsetting Penn State, the Hoosiers were not able to slow down a quickly improving Michigan State offense, lead by sophomore QB Connor Cook. This game was actually tied late in the first half before MSU tailback Jeremy Langford put the Spartans up 21-14 shortly before the break. Langford capped the opening MSU second half drive with another score, putting them up 14 points. Indiana would counter that score to narrow it back to 1 score, but they would get no closer than that.
Cook finished 22/31 for 235 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Langford ran 23 times for 109 yards, and 3 total TDs. The MSU defense was able to slow down the high flying Hoosier offense, limiting them to just 92 yards on the ground, and 351 for the game, both well below their season averages.
Up Next: Michigan State – vs. Purdue, Indiana – @ Michigan
Wisconsin 35, Northwestern 6
Northwestern nearly upset the unbeaten Buckeyes a week ago in Evanston, but the host Badgers left no doubt in this one, putting up over 500 yards of offense, and holding a potent Wildcat offense to just 241 yards total. Freshman phenom Melvin Gordon again stole the show for the Badgers, carrying the ball 22 times for 172 yards and a touchdown. Senior back James White also eclipsed the century mark with 101 yards on 21 carries and a score. Quarterback Joel Stave spread the ball around to 9 different receivers on his 17 completions, for 241 yards.
The Wildcats were not able to get anything going on the offensive side, with their two QBs combining 197 yards on just 17/39 passing, and only 44 yards rushing on 25 carries.
Up Next: Wisconsin – @ Illinois, Northwestern – vs. Minnesota
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