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Big Ten Football Early Games: Boilers Pull A Stunner

Tim Cary

Four of the six games featuring Big Ten teams are in the books, and the huge story is that Danny Hope picked up his first conference win as Purdue head coach in a shocking upset of Ohio State, who entered the game unbeaten in league play.

The Boilers posted a 26-18 win in West Lafayette behind quarterback Joey Elliott's impressive day (31 completions in 50 attempts), Keith Smith's big catches (12 in all for 125 yards), and Aaron Valentin's two touchdowns.

Both of Valentin's scores came in the pivotal third quarter, as the Boilers outscored the visitors from Columbus 14-0 and got a pair of interceptions from senior cornerback Brandon King.

In other action around the Midwest...

  Hope the paycheck was worth it, Hornets fans (if more than one person will admit to being a Hornets fan after this beatdown).  Michigan rolled up 727 yards of total offense and dominated their FCS visitors (quite a change from the last time the Wolverines hosted a FCS team, some school named Appalachian State).

MICHIGAN STATE 24, NORTHWESTERN 14.  Up the road in East Lansing, the Spartans scored all 24 of their points after intermission to rally for their third straight win.  Blair White paced Michigan State with two touchdown catches, finishing with 12 grabs for 189 yards.

IOWA 20, WISCONSIN 10.  The Iowa Hawkeyes remained undefeated on the season by outscoring the Badgers 17-0 in the second half at Camp Randall Stadium.  Iowa continues to surprise fans and experts alike by piling up road wins in difficult venues, and the Hawks will get another chance next week under the lights in East Lansing.



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