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Big Ten Late Afternoon Games: Spartans Lose Another Heartbreaker

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Kristofer Green

INDIANA 38, AKRON 21

Surprise, surprise. Look who is 3-0.

Ray Fisher returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for the touchdown, Ben Chappell threw two touchdown passes and Austin Thomas had two of Indiana's four interceptions as Bill Lynch's Hoosiers roll past MAC opponent Akron.

Not much was expected out the Hoosiers this season, but Lynch has his team improving each week with today's performance the best of the season. The Hoosiers may still have some trouble once the Big Ten season gets underway, but you have to like the way this team is fighting each and every week.


IOWA 27, ARIZONA 17

The Iowa defense held Arizona to just eight first downs and Big Ten co-defensive player of the week Tyler Sash got his fourth interception of the year as the Hawkeyes roll over Pac-10 foe Arizona.

Ricky Stanzi had 205 yards passing, but it was the emergence of freshman running backs Adam Robinson and Brandon Wegher that will have Hawkeye fans excited heading into the showdown in Happy Valley next weekend.


NOTRE DAME 33, MICHIGAN STATE 30

With just over a minute remaining and trailing by three, Mark Dantonio calls a pass play and Kirk Cousins throws an interception to seal the victory for the Irish. The Spartans, who were in field goal position would have most likely tied the game behind the accurate leg of Brett Swenson.

The loss marks two in a row for the Spartans who become the Big Ten's second team to have 2 of their first three games (Purdue is the other.) Not a great start for a Spartan team that had high expectations coming into the season.

It won't get any easier for Sparty either. A brutal six game stretch awaits with trips to Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota as well as home dates with Michigan, Northwestern and Iowa.

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