Three weeks into the 2013 season and teams from the Big Ten saw a big shocker, and almost HUGE shocker and a few dominate performances this past Saturday. But, before Purdue takes the conference’s first foray into league action when they travel to Madison to take on the Badgers, let’s take a quick look back on how the B1G did last week.
Nebraska vs. No. 13 UCLA
This was a tough game for UCLA to get ready for. Bruins’ wide receiver Nick Pasquale died in a car crash the week leading up to the Nebraska game. Both teams honored Pasquale during the game as a result. When things got kicked-off, Nebraska took early control and dominated the first half going up 21-7 midway through the second quarter. But that was all the scoring the Black Shirts would do as UCLA stormed back and finished the game on a 41-0 streak and cruised to a 41-21 victory on the road.
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini came under fine since the defeat when a voice recording capture two years ago was now released of Pelini using derogatory language when describing the Nebraska fan’s “fair weather-ness.”
Now, an 3-0 South Dakota State Jackrabbits team comes to Lincoln. This will be a big game for Nebraska and an interesting year the rest of the way. If Big Red struggles continue, I think that they’ll be looking for a new coach real soon.
Indiana vs. Bowling Green
This game was all Indiana as the Hoosiers won 42-10. QB Nate Sudfield threw for 335 yards and a couple of touchdowns as Indiana rolled to a easy win. Indiana is definitely an intriguing team to watch. They have a good offense and are 6th in the nation scoring 50 points a contest. The Hoosiers’ defense is the question mark. If they can stop some people, Indiana might be able to get a couple of wins that normally they would not get. Next up is a 2-0 Missouri team from the SEC.
Minnesota vs. Western Illinois
Minnesota won this game 29-12. They had a scary moment at halftime when their coach Jerry Kill had a seizer was taken to the hospital. Unfortunately for the Gophers, this is not the first time they’ve experienced their coach dropping out on them due to this condition. That has to be a very unsettling way to prepare and play for that team.
With that said, Minnesota managed to put up 337 total yards. They ran the ball well on the ground for 213 yards. Minnesota turned a 7-6 halftime lead into a 29-12 victory. San Jose State will be next up for Minnesota at home in the TCF Bank Stadium.
Michigan State vs. Youngstown State
Michigan State finally got their offense rolling in their 55-17 win in over Youngstown State in East Lansin. Spartan quarterback sophomore Conner Cook connected on four touchdown passes in the first half. MSU compiled 547 total yards on the day. The defense led by defensive end Shalique Calhoun and his sack and fumble recovery continued to make plays for coach Mark Dantonio’s team.
Up next, Michigan State goes on the road to face the No. 21 Notre Dame in South Bend.
No. 4 Ohio State @ Cal
Senior quarterback Kenny Guiton started in place of the injured Heisman trophy candidate Braxton Miller and the No.4 Buckeyes didn’t miss a beat on the road as they earned a 52-43 victory in Berkley, California.
Ohio State totaled 608 yards of offense in the game. Although, OSU needed every one of them as their defense gave up 503 yards to Cal in return . The Golden Bears got behind 24-7 and never really never really got on even ground the rest of the way.
Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes return home to face Florida A&M.
Penn State vs. UCF
The Nitty Lions have enough on their plate already as they try to restore some respect after the scandal that rocked the college football world from a few season ago. Losing at home to University of Central Florida Knights wouldn’t help. But that’s exactly what happened as UCF shocked Penn State with a 34-31 win Saturday night.
The Knight’s running back Storm Johnson ran for 117 yards and added a TD score rushing and receiving. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was efficient completing 21 of 28 passes for 262 yards but that still was not enough .
UCF opened up an 18 point lead but unlike Nebraska they held on for the win. Luckly 1-2 MAC school Kent State comes calling next.
Purdue vs. No. 22 Notre Dame
Things were looking good for Purdue going into the 4th quarter. That was until Notre Dame remembered that they were playing a football game. The Irish rallied and scored 21 points in the 4th quarter to pull out a 31-24 win. Notre Dame had 400 total yards. Purdue ended up with 294.
Purdue kicks-off Big Ten play when they travel to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers this Saturday.
No. 18 Northwestern vs. Western Michigan
Northwestern beat Western Michigan 38-17. Northwestern ended up with 471 total yards of offense. Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter ran for 106 of those yards. Running back Treyvon Green also ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Western Michigan hung tough at first but Northwestern started to take over with stronger depth and more talent.
In the end, Western didn’t have what it takes to stay in the game on the road. Northwestern will next host Mail in Ryan Field.
No. 24 Wisconsin @ No. 23 Arizona State
That game was competitive, but the way this game ended was crazy.
Wisconsin tried to set up the game winning field goal. The Badgers tried to move the ball to the left hash mark and their quarterback Joel Stave took the ball from under center, moved a few steps to his left then just left the ball on the ground. It was unclear in real-time if he did in fact touch the field with his knee or not. This move caused confusion for the players on the field and the refs. As a result, the ball could not be spotted for play in time an d time expired on the clock. The Badgers were in game-winning position and yet, kind of just gave up the game.
Wisconsin should of had the chance to get the field goal off. Arizona State didn’t really beat them. They beat themselves. What a way to lose the game. Next up, Wisconsin can take out their frustrations on the Big Ten and Purdue at home in Madison.
No. 15 Michigan vs. Akron
The Wolverines narrowly, and I mean NARROWLY escaped The Big House with a 28-24 vicory of the very overachieving Akron Zips coached by Terry Bowden. Some questionable play calls at the end and a few questionable (I suppose) calls by the ref led to the Michigan victory for coach Brady Hoke’s team.
Wolverine quarterback Devin Gardner had a mixed day under center tossing three interceptions with a fumble and was 16 for 30 on the day with 262 yards and two scores. Yet Gardner did also rush for a touchdown on 10 carries with 103 yards and that was the primary reason the Wolverines’ offense did anything productive in the second half.
What a week!
I look forward to another good week of action from the Big Ten. And personally, I’m looking forward to another game under the lights for my Wolverines. Go Blue!