Big Ten Rewind: Week Four

The Big Ten weekend finished with the conference posting an 8-2 record with some solid wins but also some questionable losses.

Here is a quick look at each Big Ten team and how they performed.

Iowa – Quarterback James Vandenberg threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns as Iowa cruised to their third victory over the season with a 45-17 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. The Hawkeyes take a week off before opening up Big Ten play against Penn State on the road.

MichiganDenard Robinson helped Michigan head coach Brady Hoke defeat his former team (San Diego State) 28-7 with 200 yards rushing on 21 carries. The Wolverines enter Big Ten play with a perfect 4-0 record and will host Minnesota next weekend.

Michigan State – Sophomore running back Le'Veon Bell rushed for 81 yards and three touchdowns as the Spartans powered past instate foe Central Michigan 45-7. The game was never in question but the Spartans were far from perfect in their performance. MSU opens Big Ten play next Saturday with a road game at Ohio State.

Penn State – Quarterback Matt McGolin threw for three touchdowns as Joe Paterno returned to the sidelines for the first time this season as PSU beat Eastern Michigan 34-6. Penn State opens Big Ten play next weekend on the road at Indiana.

Illinois – The Illini survived a scare from Western Michigan at home as they pulled out a 23-20 victory over the Broncos. Senior tailback Troy Pollard pushed for a career-high 133 yards on the day and head coach Ron Zook said he saw his team show toughness in the win. The Illini open up Big Ten play at home against Northwestern.

Ohio State – The Buckeyes look to have found their quarterback as freshman Braxton Miller threw two touchdowns against Colorado in a 37-17 win. Jordan Hall also had a solid game rushing for 94 yards and a touchdown while also posting a 90-yard kickoff return to set up another score. The Buckeyes open up Big Ten play at home against Michigan State.

Wisconsin – The Badgers continue to roll as they defeated South Dakota 59-10 at home. Wide receiver Nick Toon had a career day with 155 yards and two touchdowns. Next weekend the Badgers will have their first real test of the season as they host Nebraska in a prime-time game.

Minnesota – One of the bad spots in the Big Ten on Saturday was Minnesota's loss to North Dakota State. Gophers head coach Jerry Kill made no excuses in how his team and staff performed during the 37-24 loss. Kill will coach his first Big Ten game next weekend on the road against Michigan.

Indiana – Backup quarterback Dusty Kiel threw for two touchdowns in the final six minutes. However, it was too little to late as the Hoosiers loss to North Texas 24-21 on the road.

Nebraska – The Huskers offense rolled up 490 yards of total offense in knocking off Wyoming 38-14. Rex Burkhead rushed for two scores and a career-high 170 yards while quarterback Taylor Martinez added 157 yards passing and another score in the win. The Huskers open conference play against Wisconsin in prime-time next weekend.

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