B1G Weekly Recap: Michigan State’s Victory Over Oregon Highlights Strong B1G Weekend

The Big Ten Conference suffered a much kinder fate in week two than it did in the opening weekend of the season, responding well to go 12-2 as a whole. Michigan State’s win over Oregon in East Lansing highlighted the weekend for the conference.

Michigan 35, Oregon State 7

In Jim Harbaugh’s first game in the Big House as head coach, the Wolverines did not disappoint the home crowd. Oregon State scored on its first drive and led 7-3 after the 1st quarter, but after that it was all Wolverines, scoring 32 unanswered to finish off the game.

De’Veon Smith was the star of the game, scoring three touchdowns while rushing for 126 yards. Derrick Green even managed to find the end zone late in the blowout victory. The Wolverines should have another easy day this weekend when UNLV comes to Ann Arbor.

Illinois 44, Western Illinois 0

It was another walk in the park for the Illini as they easily dispatched the Leathernecks in this matchup of in-state schools. Up 30-0 at halftime, the game was never in doubt for Illinois as they improved to 2-0 on the young season.

Wes Lunt tossed the ball around to several receivers all game, ending with 316 yards on 33-46 passing including a touchdown. Geronimo Allison was the leading receiver for the Illini with 8 catches for 124 yards. Next on the docket for Bill Cubit’s squad is a trip to Chapel Hill to face the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Bowling Green 48, Maryland 27

This week in embarrassing losses for the Big Ten features the Maryland Terrapins. The Terrapins actually led this game 13-6 at halftime before the wheels completely fell off. Matt Johnson and Roger Lewis were the difference makers for the Falcons. Johnson threw for nearly 500 yards and six touchdowns while Lewis brought in 15 passes for 200 yards and two of those scores.

Maryland actually tied up the game early in the 4th quarter before Johnson took over with three late touchdown passes. The Terrapins will look to rebound next week when South Florida comes to town.

Penn State 27, Buffalo 14

Penn State flirted with danger again this week as they let yet another lower opponent stick around a little longer than they should have. A Joe Licata pass to Ron Willoughby brought the Bulls within 3 points late in the 3rd quarter before the Nittany Lions pulled away.

Christian Hackenberg was again less than impressive, going just 14-27 for 128 yards and a touchdown in this one. Penn State opens up Big Ten play this week when they welcome Rutgers to Happy Valley.

Purdue 38, Indiana State 14

Purdue bounced back from an opening weekend defeat to beat in-state FCS opponent Indiana State. Austin Appleby played well for the Boilermakers, completing 20 of 34 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns.

D.J. Knox carried the weight in the backfield for Purdue with 91 yards on just 16 carries. Buckeye fans will be familiar with the Boilermakers’ next opponent, as Virginia Tech goes on the road to West Lafayette.

Wisconsin 58, Miami (OH) 0

The Badgers made quick work of the visiting RedHawks, dominating from start to finish in this one. Joel Stave bounced back from the loss to Alabama by throwing for 236 yards and three touchdowns.

Dare Ogunbowale did most of the damage running the ball for Wisconsin, toting the rock 16 times for 112 yards and a score. Another easy victory awaits the Badgers when Troy makes the trip to Madison to collect their paycheck.

Washington State 37, Rutgers 34

Janarion Grant and the Rutgers’ special teams did their best late in the game to give the Scarlet Knights their second straight victory over Mike Leach and the Cougars. Grant returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in the 4th quarter to give Rutgers the lead both times and both times, the Cougars drove back down the field and retook the lead.

The final comeback drive was impressive as Washington State went 90 yards in just 1:18 that culminated in a touchdown pass from Luke Falk to River Cracraft with just 13 seconds remaining. Rutgers opens up Big Ten play on the road next week against Penn State.

Minnesota 23, Colorado State 20 (OT)

It took overtime, but Minnesota finally put away the Rams on the road. Colorado State opened the overtime period with the ball but Dalyn Dawkins promptly coughed it up, allowing the Gophers a chance to win the game with any score on their possession. Ryan Santoso kicked three field goals on the day, including an 18-yarder to seal the victory.

Mitch Leidner was effective in victory, throwing for 233 yards and two touchdowns as Minnesota bounced back from their defeat to TCU in the opener. The Golden Gophers will try to continue their winning way when the Kent State Golden Flashes take a trip north.

Ohio State 38, Hawaii 0

It was a bit of a sluggish start for the defending national champions as they opened up their home schedule with a visit from the Rainbow Warriors. Ezekiel Elliott and the Buckeye defense were the difference makers in this one.

Elliott found the end zone three times and rushed for over 100 yards yet again while the Silver Bullets also made their way into paydirt when Vonn Bell scooped up a fumble and returned it 14 yards for the score. Northern Illinois is next up as the Buckeyes make their way towards B1G play.

Northwestern 41, Eastern Illinois 0

A week after upsetting Stanford at Ryan Field, Northwestern was impressive again as they shut out the visiting Panthers. Clayton Thorson threw his first career touchdown and ran in another as the Wildcats routed their in-state guests.

Justin Jackson also got on the scoresheet for Northwestern, scoring the team’s first touchdown of the game and rushing for 78 yards total. Looking to improve on their 2-0 start to the season, the Wildcats take a visit to Tobacco Road to take on Duke.

Iowa 31, Iowa State 17

A strong second half propelled the Hawkeyes to victory in this rivalry game. Iowa went in to the break trailing the Cyclones 17-10, but dominated the 3rd and 4th quarters behind a strong defense and C.J. Beathard’s quarterback play.

Beathard threw three touchdowns in the game, including two in the second half to give the Hawkeyes the victory on the road. Pittsburgh will be Iowa’s next opponent when they come to Iowa City Saturday night.

Michigan State 31, Oregon 28

Vernon Adams Jr. will get all the headlines, but Connor Cook was solid for the Spartans as they avenged last season’s early loss to the Ducks. Cook threw for just 192 yards but his two touchdown passes were key in Michigan State’s victory.

The Spartan defense held strong at the end when Adams was leading Oregon down the field for a possible game-winning score. Michigan State will look to avoid a letdown from their big win as they take on the Air Force Academy this week.

Nebraska 48, South Alabama 9

If the Cornhuskers had any frustration pent up after the Hail Mary loss to BYU, they took it all out on poor South Alabama. Nebraska showed no mercy when the Jaguars came to Lincoln, going up by a score of 48-3 before their opponents finally found the end zone with 3:36 left in the ball game.

Terrell Newby scored three touchdowns for Nebraska, two of them on the ground, and added 198 yards rushing to easily lead the Cornhuskers to victory. It’s a big week for Big Red as they take their talents to South Beach to take on the Hurricanes.

Indiana 36, Florida International 22

The Hoosiers were in yet another dogfight with a lower opponent this week when the Golden Panthers made their way in to Bloomington. FIU were poised to score the game-tying touchdown late in the 4th quarter when Jameel Cook Jr. picked off a pass and sprinted 96 yards to the house.

Nate Sudfeld was the leader offensively for Indiana, throwing for 234 yards and a score, while adding two scores on the ground to help the Hoosiers improve to 2-0. Indiana will have another tough test of a lower conference opponent when Western Kentucky comes to town.

How impressed were you with Michigan State’s victory over Oregon? Is there a game you’re especially interested in watching this weekend?

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