Big Ten football recap

Michigan's offense sputtered, but in the end 10 points was good enough for the Wolverines to beat Utah. Ron Kremer expected the Utes to stand tall on defense, but not that tall. How did Kremer make out on his Big Ten picks over the weekend?<br><br>

Following is a recap of Ron Kremer's prediction record for Sept. 21

W: Michigan 10, Utah 7: Sophomore Braylon Edwards caught nine passes for 109 yards and the only Michigan touchdown as the Wolverines and their stingy defense held off Utah. The Wolverines (3-1) didn't allow Utah (2-2) to cross midfield until more than halfway through the fourth quarter and limited the Utes to just 13 yards on the ground. Senior Julius Curry had a pair of interceptions, including one with under a minute left to play that sealed the win. Senior linebacker Victor Hobson added nine tackles, including two of Michigan's nine tackles for a loss.

W: Penn State 49, Louisiana Tech 17: Larry Johnson rushed 17 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns, and he also caught a touchdown pass to lead. Trailing 21-10 at halftime, the Bulldogs quickly cut the lead to just 21-17 with 12:35 left in the third quarter. But the Nittany Lions (3-0) answered with four third-quarter touchdowns including three scores in the final 3:09 of the frame to put Louisiana Tech (2-2) away. Sophomore Zack Mills had another steady game completing 14-of-21 for 163 yards and a score and rushed for 46 of the Nittany Lions 298 rushing yards. Backup quarterback Michael Robinson showed his athleticism for the second straight contest scoring three touchdowns on the ground on just six carries.

W: Wisconsin 31, Arizona 10: Wisconsin scored 24 unanswered points in the second quarter. Sophomore tailback Anthony Davis rushed 16 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Brooks Bollinger won his 27th career game against just seven losses to tie Mike Samuels for the most victories of any Badger quarterback. He finished the game 13-of-19 for 127 yards and a touchdown pass and also ran for a score. Arizona (2-1) came into the game second in the NCAA in passing but was limited to just 137 yards through the air and completed just 14 of 32 pass attempts. Wisconsin senior B.J. Tucker picked off two passes to lead the Badgers (5-0) defense.

W: Ohio State 23, Cincinnati 19: Ohio State's Will Allen intercepted a tipped pass in the end zone with 26 seconds left as the Buckeyes averted an upset at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The two teams played in front of the largest crowd (66,319) to ever see a sporting event in the Queen City. Trailing 19-17, Ohio State's Darrion Scott leveled Cincinnati quarterback Gino Guidugli which forced a fumble that was recovered by the Buckeyes' David Thompson with 8:11 remaining. Ohio State took advantage of that when quarterback Craig Krenzel scored on a 6-yard scamper with 3:44 left. Krenzel finished 14-of-29 for 129 yards with two touchdown passes. After Krenzel's score, Cincinnati (1-2) drove to the Ohio State 15-yard line but three straight incompletions followed by Allen's interception – the third Bearcat turnover of the quarter – gave the Buckeyes (4-0) their 30th straight win against an in-state opponent. Ohio State played without freshman sensation Maurice Clarett, but sophomore Lydell Ross filled in nicely rushing 23 times for a career-high 130 yards. L: Indiana 39, Central Michigan 29: Freshman Yamar Washington rushed 26 times for 129 yards and three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter to give Indiana a come-from-behind win. The Chippewas (3-1) led Indiana 29-16 early in the third quarter, but the Hoosiers (2-2) scored the final 26 points to hand Central Michigan its first loss. Washington became the first Hoosier freshman since Alex Smith in 1994 to record back-to-back 100-plus yard rushing games. Junior Brian Lewis also eclipsed the 100-yard barrier as he rushed 16 times for 101 yards. Senior Gibran Hamdan made his second straight start at quarterback for the Hoosiers and threw for 290 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a score. Sophomore Courtney Roby caught four passes for 153 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.

W: Northwestern 49, Navy 40: Junior Jason Wright ran for 186 and three touchdowns as Northwestern won its second straight. Sophomore Noah Herron also scored three touchdowns for the Wildcats (2-2) and finished with 95 yards on 16 carries. Freshman quarterback Brett Basanez had his best game in a Northwestern uniform completing 20-of-26 for 260 yards and a touchdown to lead the Wildcats to 545 yards of total offense. Northwestern did allow the Midshipmen (1-2) 678 yards of total offense but forced four Navy fumbles.

W: Iowa 48, Utah State 7: Iowa, the Big Ten's top rushing team, rolled up 300 yards on the ground. Despite playing without their leading rusher, Fred Russell, the Hawkeyes (3-1) had more than enough replacements led by Jermelle Lewis, who gained 109 yards on nine carries, including a 75-yard touchdown run. Senior quarterback Brad Banks was Iowa's second-leading rusher with 65 yards and a touchdown. Banks also threw for 185 yards and a score. By contrast, Iowa's defense allowed the Aggies (1-3) just 21 yards on 20 carries and also scored a touchdown when junior Jared Clauss fell on a fumble in the end zone. The Hawkeyes special teams also added a score as Mike Follett fell on a blocked punt for a touchdown.

W: Minnesota 41, Buffalo 17: Minnesota scored on its first five possessions and rushed for 336 yards. Sophomore Terry Jackson II led the Gopher's on the ground gaining a career-high 124 yards on just 14 carries. Junior Asad Abdul-Khaliq continued his efficient play completing 16-of-26 for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Dan Nystrom kicked five extra points against the Bulls (1-3) and in the process set a new school record with 61 consecutive made PAT's. Minnesota (4-0) is off to its best start since the 1999 Golden Gopher squad started at 4-0 and went on to the Sun Bowl.

W: Notre Dame 21, Michigan State 17: Arnaz Battle caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Pat Dillingham with 1:15 left to give Notre Dame a slim win over Michigan State and snap its five-game losing streak to the Spartans. Junior Charles Rogers continued to show why he was the Big Ten Preseason Offensive Player of the Year hauling in seven balls for 175 and two touchdowns, including a spectacular grab in the back of the end zone to give the Spartans (2-2) a 17-14 lead with 1:45 remaining. It is the 12th-straight regular season game in which Rogers has caught a touchdown which ties an NCAA record.

L: Wake Forest 24, Purdue 21: Purdue's Kyle Orton completed 24-of-43 for 331 yards and three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough. Junior Jon Standeford led Purdue (2-2) with six catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns. It was his third straight 100-plus yard receiving game. Junior Joey Harris led Purdue's rushing attack with 120 yards on 17 carries. Wake Forest (2-2) took advantage of five Purdue turnovers and three missed Boilemaker field goals in the final quarter. The Demon Deacons were led by Chris Barclay, who rushed 19 times for 70 yards and three touchdowns.

L: San Jose State 38, Illinois 35: Nick Gilliam kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give San Jose State an upset over Illinois. Illini junior Jon Beutjer had another quality start completing 28-of-38 for 426 yards and four touchdowns, including a 32-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Moorehead with 1:32 left that evened the game at 35 apiece. Illinois senior Walter Young caught eight passes for 153 yards and a touchdown, while senior Aaron Moorehead also had a good game with seven receptions for 118 yards and two scores. The Fighting Illini (1-3) had 602 yards of total offense but San Jose State (2-2) countered with 517 yards of offense and four rushing touchdowns from Lamar Ferguson.

Kremer's record

Last week: 8-3; Season to date: 35-8 (.814 pct.); Contest record: 25-7 (.781 pct.)

The Michigan Insider Top Stories