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A Topsy-Turvy Day In The Big Ten: Ohio State Now In Control of the Championship

Kristofer Green

The Big Ten's topsy-turvy day has come to an end.

No. 4 Iowa saw it's magical run come to an end at the hands of the Northwestern Wildcats; Illinois continued its renaissance by holding on to beat the Gophers on the road; Western Michigan was no match for the "oh so close" Spartans; Purdue became the only team to sweep both Ohio State and Michigan this season; and Wisconsin held off a scrappy Indiana team.

Then there was the big game in State College...

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Wallace Has Coming-Out Party as Penn State Shuts Down Minnesota

Kevin Paul

STATE COLLEGE, PA - On a day first owned by Mother Nature, Penn State and senior cornerback A.J. Wallace put in a dominating performance of their own, shutting out Minnesota 20-0 on a rain and snow soaked Homecoming evening.


For some, the road of life features more twists and turns, rises or falls, than others.


Take A.J. Wallace, for example.

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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.

Penn State Bounces Back, Downs Illinois 35-17

Kristofer Green

Penn State 35, Illinois 17.  All week long the emphasis for the Penn State Nittany Lions has been running the football. That work seemingly paid off.

Both Evan Royster and Stephon Green rushed for more than 100 yards and Darryl Clark added two rushing touchdowns as the Nittany Lions bounced back from last week's disappointing loss to Iowa.

The Illini, needing a bounce back of their own, did move the ball more effectively this week. Juice Williams had 263 yards through the air and ran for a touchdown and Arellius Benn had 96 yards receiving.

Big Ten Football Early Games: Four Close Finishes

Tim Cary

The first four games of today's Big Ten schedule are in the books, and they all came down to the last minute.  If you turned a game off in the middle of the fourth quarter because you thought it was over...well...let's just say you might be surprised.

MICHIGAN STATE 26, MICHIGAN 20 (OT).  The Spartans blew a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter, but intercepted Tate Forcier in overtime and used a long Larry Caper touchdown run to snap a three-game losing streak.  The Spartans win it 26-20 in East Lansing, posting back-to-back wins over their in-state rivals for the first time since the '60s.

NORTHWESTERN 27, PURDUE 21.  Purdue jumped out to a 21-3 lead at home behind three Joey Elliott touchdown passes, then proceeded to turn the game over to the Wildcats with a variety of fumbles, interceptions, and special teams miscues.  After what may be the ugliest game in school history, the Boilermakers still had a chance to win at the end, but overthrew an open receiver in the end zone on a 4th-and-goal play.

.  The Badgers got 184 yards from John Clay and survived a multitude of Minnesota comeback attempts to post a road win and stay undefeated on the year.  The Gophers converted a 4th-and-16 to keep the final drive alive, but fumbled away their last-ditch chance.  Eric Decker had eight catches for 140 yards in a losing cause.

IOWA 24, ARKANSAS STATE 21.  Iowa got out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter and held on to outlast the visiting Red Wolves 24-21.  The Hawkeyes seemed to fall prey to the obligatory post-Penn State letdown, but managed to stay undefeated, thanks to three Ricky Stanzi touchdown passes.

Big Ten Football Early Games: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How

Tim Cary

California 35, Minnesota 21  
WHO is the "best" running back in the country (pun intended)?
California's Jahvid Best finished with 132 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns to spark the Bears to a win at TCF Bank Stadium.  Best ran for a pair of scores in the first quarter to stake Cal to an early lead, then found the end zone twice more in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Jahvid Best

Penn State 31, Temple 6

WHAT we're still trying to figure out: are the Lions this good or are their opponents that bad?
Penn State is now allowing exactly one first-half point per game after another easy non-conference win.  The Lions got 134 yards from Evan Royster on 19 carries, and if there was a champion of the "Cupcake League", Penn State would have the title sewn up already.

Northern Illinois 28, Purdue 21
WHEN Aaron Valentin fumbled not one, but two second-quarter punts, Northern Illinois was on their way to a big road win.
The visiting Huskies outscored the Boilers 21-0 in the pivotal second quarter and held on for a wild 28-21 win in Ross-Ade Stadium.

Michigan 45, Eastern Michigan 17
WHERE this game was won: the Wolverine backfield.
Michigan ran for a mind-blowing 380 yards, led by Carlos Brown's 189 yards and two touchdowns, and destroyed their neighbors from Eastern Michigan.  The Wolverines outscored the visitors 21-0 in the second half to improve their record to 3-0.
Oct 13, 2007 - Michigan v Purdue

Wisconsin 44, Wofford 14

WHY the Badgers got an easy victory: Wofford only attempted seven passes all day...and still got out-gained on the ground.
Wisconsin scored four touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 31-0 halftime lead and outrushed the Terriers 257-214 despite Wofford's 55 attempts.

Ohio State 38, Toledo 0
HOW could I be so wrong about the Rockets' offense?
Ohio State came to play in Cleveland today, completely shutting down Aaron Opelt and Toledo.  Terrelle Pryor rebounded from last week's disappointing performance with three touchdown passes and 110 yards on the ground, while Opelt never got in sync.  Credit the Buckeyes' defense for a big-time performance in pitching the shutout. 


Big Ten Football: Week 2 Early Games - Handing Out Gold Stars and Throwing Tomatoes

Kevin Paul

For those not familiar with my work in the past, it's common occurrence to throw a tomato when dissatisfied with a play or performance (on or off the field) - all in all, a playful way to show that a performance could have been better - much better.  

On the counter side, handing out gold stars is necessary for the elite performances.  With that being said, let's touch upon the early games for Week 2 in Big Ten football...

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Big Ten Afternoon Game Results

Kristofer Green

Results for the afternoon Big Ten match-ups on Saturday, September 5.

Michigan 31 -- Western Michigan 7

Rich Rodriguez and Michigan finally got some good news: Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson are as advertised. Forcier threw three touchdown passes and Robinson ran for a score on a wild play that electrified the Wolverine faithful.

Missouri 37 -- Illinois 9

The Illini must have forgotten they played their biggest non-conference rival today. Missouri didn't lose a step despite the loss of Chase Daniel, Jeremy Maclin and Chase Coffman while Illinois, who returned 8 starters on offense including quarterback Juice Williams failed at every turn.

First and Big Ten will have details on every Big Ten team later today. Stay Tuned...

Big Ten Early Game Results

Kristofer Green

Results for the early Big Ten match-ups on Saturday, September 5.

No. 6 Ohio State 31 -- Navy 27

The Buckeyes had their hands full with a Navy team that fought to the end. The Midshipmen had their upset hopes dashed when Brian Rolle intercepted Ricky Dobbs on a two point conversion attempt and returned it for two the other way.

No. 9 Penn State 31 -- Akron 7

The Nittany Lions didn't necessarily look sharp, but it didn't matter in a rout of Akron. While Darryl Clark was fantastic (save a poorly thrown ball that was intercepted) and the new receivers impressed, the running game sputtered to ony 136  yards on 30 carries.

No. 22 Iowa 17 -- Northern Iowa 16

The Hawkeyes needed not one, but two blocked field goal attempts to stave off upset minded Northern Iowa. Ricky Stanzi had 242 yards passing for Iowa, who trailed 13-10 before Stanzi found tight end Tony Moeaki for a 6-yard touchdown with 13:18 left in the game.
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