Big Ten Rewind: Week Two

We take a quick look around the conference to see how each team fared following all the games from the weekend.

Week two is in the books and the Big Ten Conference finished above .500 going 7-5 for the weekend.

Michigan – The Wolverines were in the spotlight as they played the first night game in Michigan Stadium history. When all was finished, fans will always remember the comeback victory over Notre Dame as Denard Robinson found a way to help the Wolverines score28-points in the fourth quarter for a 35-31 win.

Nebraska – The Huskers were in a fight with the always tough Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday. Ameer Abdullah returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown after Fresno State had made it a two-point game in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Taylor Martinez struggled but broke a 46-yard touchdown run on a third-and-3 to help put the game away giving Nebraska a 42-29 victory.

Iowa – If fans thought the Michigan – Notre Dame game was exciting, they missed out on what happened in Ames, Iowa as the Hawkeyes found Iowa State up to the challenge in a triple overtime thriller. James White's 4-yard touchdown run in triple overtime pushed the Cyclones past their in-state rival 44-41.

Purdue – The Boilermakers continue to find ways to lose and Saturday was no different as Rice used a blocked 31-yard field-goal attempt as time expired to beat Purdue 24-22. The win ends a 10-year losing streak for the Owls against Bowl Championship teams and places head coach Danny Hope on the hottest seat in the conference.

Indiana – The Hoosiers looked ready to give new head coach Kevin Wilson his first win after rallying from a 20-point second half deficit. However, Virginia defensive end Cam Johnson ripped the ball from quarterback Edward Wright-Baker's hands with 1:13 left setting up a 23-yard by Robert Randolph that gave the Cavaliers a 34-31 win.

Penn State – The Nittany Lions is still having quarterback troubles but most teams do against Alabama. In the end, PSU did not have an answer to stop the Crimson Tide and fell 27-11 to the No. 3 team in the country.

Northwestern – The Wildcats are still without star quarterback Dan Persa, however, Kain Colter delivered again leading Northwestern to a 42-21 victory over Eastern Illinois. The sophomore quarterback rushed for a career-high 109 yards with three touchdowns in the win moving Northwestern to 2-0 on the season.

Minneapolis – The Gophers found their hearts broken during the game twice. First was the heartbreak of losing to New Mexico State 28-21. Second was their heartbreak for coach Jerry Kill who had a seizure with 20 seconds left in the game and was taken away by ambulance. Kill was stabilized and reports listed him in stable condition.

Wisconsin – The Badgers continue to look solid as new quarterback Russell Wilson and a dominant defense powered Wisconsin to a 35-0 whipping of Oregon State. In his second start since his transfer from North Carolina State, Wilson went 17 of 21 for 189 yards and three touchdowns.

Ohio State – Luke Fickell almost became the first Buckeyes head coach to lose to an in-state opponent in the last 90 years. However, when it mattered most the Buckeyes defense provided pressure on Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens forcing an incompletion on fourth down with 48 seconds left giving Ohio State a 27-22 victory.

Michigan State – After a sloppy opening, Michigan State showed its strength over Florida Atlantic 44-0 as B.J. Cunningham caught five passes for 73 yards and moving to the top spot on the Spartans career receptions list. The Spartans used the game to play many key back-ups as they get ready for a tough stretch of games in the coming weeks.

Illinois – No one expected South Dakota State to give Illinois a battle, and they didn't as Ron Zook's squad powered to a 56-3 victory on Saturday. Nathan Scheelhaase passed for 102 yards and Troy Pollard rushed eight times for 101 yards and a score.


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