BigTenRon enjoys a perfect weekend

On the second weekend of the college football season, Ron Kremer, a.k.a. BigTenRon, the Wolverine Insider's newest addition, picks all 10 games involving Big Ten teams correctly. Following is a recap:

W: Michigan 35, Western Michigan 12: The Wolverines (2-0) utilized an equally effective passing and rushing attack to down the Broncos. Michigan totaled 220 yards on the grounds and 226 yards through the air. John Navarre completed 14-of-23 passes for 174 yards and threw for four touchdowns. Sophomore receiver Braylon Edwards starred for the Wolverines, snagging four passes, two for touchdowns, for 93 yards. Tyrece Butler also collected four receptions. Tight end Bennie Joppru caught three throws, including a stretching, fingertip 8-yard touchdown grab. Running back Chris Perry had another outstanding game, rumbling for 118 yards on just 17 rushes. Sophomore Tim Bracken contributed 50 yards on the ground.

W: Southern Mississippi 23, Illinois 20: Representing the first Big Ten team to ever play a road game in the state of Mississippi, the Illini fell to the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles under cloudy and rainy skies in Hattiesburg. Derrick Nix rushed for 201 yards on 27 carries and scored two touchdowns. The Illini tallied both of their touchdowns in what could be considered rather unconventional fashions. All-America cornerback Eugene Wilson, known primarily for his superb defensive skills, returned a punt early in the first quarter 70 yards for a touchdown to give Illinois the early lead. The Illini also got six points from its defense in the first half. Sophomore defensive end Lamont Holden sacked Golden Eagle quarterback Mickey D'Angelo, forcing the ball from his grasp. Illinois safety Taman Jordan, thinking the ball was dead, picked it up and then, in frustration, slammed it to the ground. Defensive back Michael Hall, realizing the whistle had not been blown, alertly scooped up the bounding football and scooted 40 yards for the Illinois score. Running back Antoineo Harris had a career day for Illinois, rushing for 162 yards on 31 carries. Starting quarterback Dustin Ward and backup Jon Beutjer combined to throw for just 163 in the adverse conditions.

W: Wisconsin 34, West Virginia 17: The Badgers were able to claim a huge first-half advantage thanks to a 27-point, 240-yard second quarter offensive explosion and then hold on in the second half to capture their third consecutive victory. Quarterback Brooks Bollinger contributed his most efficient game of the year, throwing for 218 yards on 14-of-20 passing and two touchdowns. Backup signal-caller Jim Sorgi also pitched in 73 yards through the air.

W: Iowa 29, Miami (Ohio) 24: Iowa's highly-touted offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage, forging the way for 188 Hawkeye rushing yards and not allowing a single sack of the quarterback. Fred Russell was Iowa's top rusher, thundering for an impressive 150 yards on 32 carries. Quarterback Brad Banks took advantage of his excellent protection, throwing for 256 yards on 18-of-27 passing. Maurice Brown, a junior, led the receiving corps by snatching five passes for 115 yards. C.J. Jones added three receptions for 64 yards. Kicker Nate Kaeding accounted for nine Hawkeye points, making field goals of 37, 27, and 49.

W: Notre Dame 24, Purdue 17: Purdue was able to fight back and overcome two turnovers returned for touchdowns by Notre Dame to tie the game at 17-17, but a third miscue late in the game that resulted in six points for the Irish ended the Boilermakers' chances for victory. Junior running back Joey Harris posted his second consecutive solid game for the Boilermakers, rushing for 109 yards on 25 totes. Quarterback Kyle Orton threw for 171 yards with 110 of them going to his favorite target receiver John Standeford.

W: TCU 48, Northwestern 24: Junior wide receiver Jason Wright returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown for the Wildcats, but that would prove to be the high point of the game for Northwestern as TCU recovered quickly and went on to down NU in its home opener. Wright set a Northwesterrn record for the day, totaling 191 yards on kickoff returns. The revolving door at quarterback continued for the Wildcats, with Brett Basanez, Tony Stauss, and Alexander Webb all seeing significant playing time. Kunle Patrick was their main receiving weapon, catching four passes for 52 yards and one touchdown. Jon Schweighardt had three receptions for 50 yards.

W: Ohio State 51, Kent State 17: After a week of inactivity, Ohio State picked up right where it left off from its Week 1 drubbing of Texas Tech, hammering instate opponent Kent State. The Buckeyes jumped on the Golden Flashes early posting 21 first-quarter and 38 first-half points. Craig Krenzel continued his efficient play from the quarterback position for the Buckeyes, as he completed 12-of-14 passes, including his first 11, for 190 yards and one touchdown. Reserve signal-caller Scott McMullen also played well, connecting on 7-of-11 passes for 78 yards and one touchdown.

W: Michigan State 27, Rice 10: Michigan State struggled with Rice early on but came out with fire in its eyes after the half, causing four second-half turnovers that led to 17 Spartan points and the eventual hard-earned victory. With the Rice defense focused on stopping the MSU running game, the Jeff Smoker-Charles Rogers passing connection flourished. Smoker finished the contest 16-of-26 through the air for 213 yards. Three of those passes went for touchdowns. Rogers hauled in nine Smoker tosses for 155 yards and two critical touchdowns. Sophomore tight end Eric Knott was on the receiving end of Smoker's other touchdown throw.

W: Minnesota 35, Louisiana-Lafayette 11: Minnesota tight end Ben Utecht caught three touchdowns and safety Eli Ward recorded two interceptions to lead the Golden Gophers. Utecht ended the game with seven receptions for 87 yards. Ward's interceptions were the first two of his collegiate career.

W: Utah 40, Indiana 13: Indiana used a 53-yard double-reverse pass from Tommy Jones to Glenn Johnson to gain a 6-3 lead early on but Utah took control soon thereafter. Gibran Hamdan, who replaced Jones at halftime at quarterback, played well in the second half, throwing for 212 yards on 17-of-34 passing and one touchdown. Receiver Glenn Johnson was a standout at wide receiver, grabbing 10 passes for 184 yards and the trick-play touchdown. Michigan plays host to Utah on Sept. 21.

BigTenRon's record

Last week: 10-0; Season To Date: 21-1; Contest Record: 10-0 (Games of Sept. 7)

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