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Big Ten Game of the Week
Wisconsin 24 ... Iowa 21
Wisconsin's Tyler Donovan filled in for an injured John Stocco and threw a thee-yard touchdown pass to Travis Beckum and a 42-yard jump ball for a touchdown to Luke Swan for a 17-14 first half lead, but it was a 97-yard drive in the fourth quarter culminating in a one-yard P.J. Hill scoring run to get the points needed to put it away. Iowa had its chances pulling within three on a 24-yard Trey Stross touchdown catch, but two late drives stalled on dropped passes on fourth down. Drew Tate threw three touchdowns passes including two short scoring throws in the second quarter.
Big Ten Player of the Week
Wisconsin QB Tyler Donovan completed 17 of 24 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Iowa.
|Ohio St.||7||0||263||53||11||0||394||86||Won 11||6||0||5||0|
|Penn St.||4||3||118||104||7||4||253||164||Won 1||5||1||2||3|
|Michigan St.||1||6||135||224||4||7||289||324||Lost 3||2||5||2||2|
Illinois … For all the good things Illinois is doing, from the exciting running and playmaking of Juice Williams, to the tackling of J Leman, the team isn't winning. Mistakes, turnovers, and not nearly enough defensive consistency led to the loss to Purdue, and it can't be dismissed that the team is a late field goal against Michigan State away from being winless against D-I teams. Being inexperienced is the excuse, but a loss to Northwestern next week would mean this wasn't a necessarily a season of transition, it'll mean it was just a bad year.
Indiana … Indiana's only chance to beat a good team is to catch it napping, and Michigan appeared to be fully focused. Kellen Lewis and the passing game never got going with no chance of making a comeback after getting down big early. The difference in talent level showed this week, but things will even out in the big battle with Purdue next week for a shot at bowl eligibility. To get the win, the offense has to crank it up a few notches and find the explosiveness it showed against Michigan State a few weeks ago.
Iowa … The loss to Wisconsin summed up the season. There were a few moments when Iowa looked like Iowa with big plays, good execution, and nice stretches on both sides of the ball, but there breakdowns on defense in key spots and worst of all, drops on fourth downs late that would've kept drives alive. With four losses in the last five games and a 2-5 Big Ten record, this was not the season the Hawkeyes were planning for, and things could get a whole lot worse if there isn't a sharp performance at Minnesota next week. Drew Tate started to play like Drew Tate against Wisconsin, and now he has to finish up by being even better.
Michigan … Michigan turned up the intensity on Indiana after an awful game against Ball State and rolled with ease. It would've been nice if Mario Manningham had done more than catch just two passes for 11 yards, but Steve Breaston appeared to wake up at just the right time; now Ohio State has something else to work on. Now the team can finally focus on what it's been looking forward to for months. To get the win, the passing game has to crank things up a few notches after a mediocre last few weeks.
Michigan State … As if things couldn't get uglier for Michigan State, it got all the momentum it could've ever wanted against Minnesota with two big early plays, and then it couldn't handle the Minnesota offensive balance and efficiency, lost Drew Stanton to a concussion, and couldn't come up with a big scoring drive when the game was still on the line. Brian Hoyer and the passing game bombed away converting ten of 21 third downs but the offense only netted three rushing yards. In the final game of the John L. Smith next week against Penn State, the team might just want to get things over with. Smith isn't going to play too many young players in the hope of getting them prepared for new regime.
Minnesota … All of a sudden, Minnesota won two straight and three of its last four to be in range for a bowl bid just needing to beat a dying Iowa team next week in the Dome. Bryan Cupito has gotten hot at the right time opening things up for the running game, and not vice versa as in past years. The defense might have gotten bombed on by the Spartan passing game, but it generated great pressure with five sacks thanks to a brilliant day from Will VanDeSteeg. If the front four can generate similar pressure next week, the Gophers will beat the Hawkeyes.
Northwestern … Northwestern walked into a buzzsaw when Ohio State came to town. The Buckeyes were coming off the close shave against Illinois and were going to be fully focused in the dress rehearsal for the Michigan game. The silver lining in the loss was a nice game from C.J. Bacher throwing accurately, even with two interceptions, and a nice all-around day from Tyrell Sutton. For the young team, beating Illinois next week will be vital to build off of going into the off-season. Bacher needs to keep playing well to continue to establish himself as the main man.
Ohio State … Talk about coming into the Michigan game on a roll, the Buckeyes took care of business against Northwestern like it was a light scrimmage spreading the ball around well and getting a nice bounce-back day from Troy Smith after the lousy Illinois outing. The backups got some good work in, the starters got their mojo back, and the defense was never really threatened. Now the team can finally turn its full attention on Michigan with the of the tunnel in sight.
Penn State … The team was more than fine with the boss out, but it was Temple. With Joe Paterno recuperating from the broken leg suffered against Wisconsin, everything was more than fine with Tony Hunt having a career day and Derrick Williams finally, finally, finally coming up with a big play. Even with the big performances, this day belonged to the defense which shut down everything Temple wanted to do. The one downside was a passing game that wasn't needed. This was the game Anthony Morelli and the air attack should've used to get on track. It might have been a cupcake game, but it was much needed after the loss to the Badgers. Now an eight-win regular season is possible with another layup against Michigan State up next.
Purdue … Purdue is now bowl eligible after capitalizing on every Illinois mistake and getting great all-around games from Curtis Painter and Dorien Bryant. The defense is never going to be a rock, but it made up for the yards allowed by coming up with big fumble recoveries. The offense was fantastic at moving the ball in the second half keeping the chains moving, particularly in the third quarter. Even after all the problems this year on both sides of the ball, a ten-win season is still possible.
Wisconsin … Sometimes you have to find ways to win when you don't have your best game. Against Iowa, the Badger offensive line couldn't handle defensive tackle Mitch King and the defense had way too many breakdowns, but a little luck from dropped Hawkeye passes and a smart performance from backup QB Tyler Donovan got the Badgers to ten wins with a layup against Buffalo to finish up the regular season. This was a better win than it'll get credit for. Remember, this was Senior Day at Iowa and Drew Tate's last game.
12:00 Minnesota 31 ... at Michigan State 18
12:00 Purdue 42 ... at Illinois 31
12:00 Wisconsin 24 ... Iowa 21
3:30 Ohio State 54 ... at Northwestern 10
3:30 Michigan 34 ... at Indiana 3
3:30 Penn State 47 ... Temple 0
Past Big Ten Games of the Week
Aug. 31 - Northwestern 21 ... Miami University 3
Sept. 9 - Purdue 38 ... Miami University 31 OT
Sept. 16 - Southern Illinois 35 ... Indiana 28
Sept. 23 - Notre Dame 40 ... Michigan State 37
Sept. 30 - Illinois 30 ... Michigan State 20
Oct. 7 - Indiana 34 ... Illinois 32
Oct. 14 - Indiana 31 ... Iowa 28
Oct. 21 - Michigan State 41 ... Northwestern 38
Oct. 28 - Wisconsin 30 ... Illinois 24
Nov. 4 - Michigan 34 ... Ball State 26
Nov. 11 - Wisconsin 24 ... Iowa 21
Past Big Ten Players of the Week
Sept. 3 - Northwestern QB Mike Kafka
Sept. 9 - Michigan State WR Matt Trannon
Sept. 16 - Michigan WR Mario Manningham
Sept. 23 - Michigan WR Mario Manningham
Sept. 30 - Ohio State QB Troy Smith
Oct. 7 - Penn State RB Tony Hunt
Oct. 14 - Indiana WR James Hardy
Oct. 21 - Michigan State QB Drew Stanton
Oct. 28 - Indiana QB Kellen Lewis and WR James Hardy
Nov. 4 - Minnesota QB Bryan Cupito
Nov. 11 - Wisconsin QB Tyler Donovan