Around the Conference: Week Three

The Big Ten went 9-3 this weekend and improved to 26-10 on the year.

Michigan 31, Eastern Michigan 3

Penn State 14, Temple 10

Iowa 31, Pittsburgh 27

Purdue 59, SE Missouri State 0

Indiana 38, South Carolina State 21

Notre Dame 31, Michigan State 13

Minnesota 29, Miami (OH) 23

Nebraska 51, Washington 38

Army 21, Northwestern 14

Wisconsin 49, Northern Illinois 7

Illinois 17, Arizona State 14

Miami (FL) 24, Ohio State 6

Big Ten's Week Three Record: 9-3 (Season Record: 26-10)

Player of the Week: QB's James Vandenberg (Iowa) and MarQueis Gray (Minnesota).

For his fourth quarter performance, Iowa's Vandenberg deserves the crown as the conference's top player for the past week. He finished with 399 yards, but threw for 162 of those yards and all three of his touchdowns in the final quarter of play as Iowa knocked off their Big East foe, Pittsburgh.

But overall play, though, favors Minnesota's Gray. In the Golden Gophers' win over Miami (OH), Gray accounted for over 300 total yards of offense, with 171 of those yards coming on the ground. He ran the ball 25 times for an average of 6.8 YPC to go along with his 163 passing yards and one touchdown. The game was close up until the final ten minutes of play, but Minnesota pulled out an impressive non-conference win for their first victory of the season.

Upset of the Week: Miami (FL) beating Ohio State

For the first time in nearly seven years, the Buckeyes are no longer ranked in the AP Poll. Their loss to a program in the midst of off-the-field allegations similar to those of their own knocked them out of the rankings and left them with a bad taste in their mouth heading into next weekend's meeting with Colorado and then their conference opener against Michigan State. The Hurricanes proved that Ohio State lacks any real play-maker on offense while utterly embarrassing them in dominating fashion. With their loss, the Big Ten's top tier loses another member this season.

Phillippi's Game Balls of the Week

LB Michael Mauti, Penn State
In a game that was nearly lost to the Temple Owls, Mauti's late game heroics in which he picked off a pass in diving fashion to set up the game's deciding score saved the day for Penn State and kept them a float as they near conference play.

WR A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
Nate Scheelhaase struggled for the most part during Saturday's come from behind win over then No. 22 Arizona State, but responded with a game-winning touchdown pass to Jenkins 16-yards out. The touchdown capped off a terrific outing for Jenkins and put him at 103 yards on the day with one score.

RB Rex Burkhead, Nebraska Simply put, Burkhead dominated the Washington defensive unit. On 22 attempts, Burkhead compiled 120 yards and two touchdowns. The most impressive statistic of the day, though, was the fact that his two scores came in a nine second span during the third quarter.

There's Always Next Week: RB Edwin Baker, Michigan State
The loss to Notre Dame was a bit of a disappointment for everyone on the team, including quarterback Kirk Cousins, who threw one interception in the loss. But after being selected to the Maxwell Award watch list for the nation's most outstanding player, the play of Baker comes as a surprise. His 26 yards on 10 attempts against Notre Dame is just unacceptable. Ever since his 96 yard performance against Youngstown State in the opening game, Baker has struggled to get anything going. He better figure things out soon or else Michigan State will be in for a much different season than they had expected.

Kyle Phillippi covers the Big Ten Conference for His work has also been featured in Big Red Report Magazine. Previously, his stories were featured on, covering SMU athletics.
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