Aug 30, 2014; Dublin, IRL; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Bill Belton (1) is tackled by Central Florida Knights defensive back Chris Williams (31) at Croke Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Football Week 1 Recap

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In addition to bringing you coverage of every Penn State game this season, VBR will also be updating you on how the rest of the conference does each week. This post will be a place you can find scores and the conference’s best performers of the week.

Week 1 was a busy one in the Big Ten, as every team was in action. Several teams started the season early by playing games on Thursday and Friday, while the rest of the conference finished up on Saturday. Here’s a quick recap of the action.


Minnesota 42, Eastern Illinois 10

Rutgers 41, Washington State 38


Michigan State 45, Jacksonville State 7


Penn State 26, UCF 24

Illinois 28, Youngstown State 17

Indiana 28, Indiana State 10

Iowa 31, Northern Iowa 23

Michigan 52, App. State 14

Ohio State 34, Navy 17

Purdue 43, Western Michigan 34

Nebraska 55, Florida Atl. 7

Northwestern 24, California 31

Maryland 52, JMU 7

Wisconsin 24, LSU 28

Top Performances of the Week:

Passing Yards- Christian Hackenberg (PSU), 454 yards

Receiving Yards- Geno Lewis (PSU), 173 yards

Rushing Yards- Tevin Coleman (IU), 247 yards

Total Tackles- Michael Caputo (Wisc.), 15 tackles

Every team in the East division was victorious, so there’s currently a seven-way tie at the top. That is sure to change next week, as some teams start to face tougher competition. In the West division, five teams are currently tied at the top, with only Wisconsin and Northwestern suffering losses.


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