Around the Slate: Opponent Update

Penn State's loss to Michigan combined with Iowa's victory over Indiana set up a three-way tie for the lead in the Big Ten, with traditional powerhouses Ohio State and Michigan on the outside looking in. Find out what happened to all the Lion opponents, and what is coming up this week in all the action around the Big Ten and the nation.

BIG TEN STANDINGS

TeamConf W-LOverall W-L
Penn State
Wisconsin
Iowa
Northwestern
Ohio State
Minnesota
Michigan
Indiana
Michigan State
Illinois
Purdue
3-1
3-1
3-1
2-1
2-1
2-2
2-2
1-2
1-2
0-3
0-3
6-1
6-1
5-2
4-2
4-2
5-2
4-3
4-2
4-2
2-4
2-4

South Florida Bulls (3-3)

WinsLosses
Florida A&M, 37-3
Central Florida, 31-14
Louisville, 45-14
Penn State, 13-23
Miami (FL), 7-27
Pittsburgh, 17-31
Next Up: West Virginia

South Florida raced to a 10-0 first quarter lead after blocking a punt, and recovering a fumble by Panther quarterback Tyler Palko, but the Panthers recovered to win their second consecutive game for the first time under head coach Dave Wannstedt.

Cincinnati Bearcats (3-3)

WinsLosses
Eastern Michigan, 28-26
Western Carolina, 7-3
Connecticut, 28-17
Penn State, 24-42
Miami (OH), 44-16
Pittsburgh, 20-38
Next Up: Louisville

Cincinnati running back Bradley Glatthaar made the difference, rushing for 123 yards and two touchdowns as the Cincinnati Bearcats emerged from their first Big East home game with a victory over Connecticut. Quarterback Dustin Grutza threw for 125 yards and a touchdown in the Bearcat win.

Central Michigan Chippewas (4-3)

WinsLosses
Miami Ohio, 38-37
Akron, 31-17
Army, 14-10
Ohio, 37-10
Indiana, 13-20
Penn State, 3-40
Eastern Michigan, 20-23
Next Up: Toledo

Central Michigan demolished Ohio University for their first homecoming victory in seven years to move into second place in the MAC Western Division. Quarterback Kent Smith threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns, while tacking on a third score rushing.

Northwestern Wildcats (4-2)

WinsLosses
Ohio, 38-14
Northern Illinois, 38-37
Wisconsin, 51-48
Purdue, 34-29
Arizona State, 21-52
Penn State, 29-34
Next Up: at Purdue

Purdue charged back from a 28-9 halftime dericit to claim a 29-28 lead, but a late Northwestern scoring drive culminating with less than two minutes on the clock gave the Wildcats the victory. Quarterback Brett Basanez threw for 463 yards and added another 43 yards and a score on the ground as Northwestern sent Purdue to their fourth straight loss and the bottom of the Big Ten standings.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-2)

WinsLosses
Tulsa, 41-10
Colorado State, 56-24
Florida Atlantic, 46-7
Purdue, 42-35 (2OT)
Michigan, 23-20
Penn State, 14-44
Wisconsin, 34-38
Next Up: Ohio State

In a bizarre finale, the Gophers snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, as Wisconsin's Jonathan Casillas blocked a mishandled punt, and Ben Strickland recovered it in the end zone with 30 seconds remaining on the clock. "I've been in some crazy shootouts, but never one like that," said Badger coach Barry Alvarez after the game. "This is as good of a win as I've had."

Ohio State Buckeyes (4-2)

WinsLosses
Miami Ohio, 34-14
San Diego State, 27-6
Iowa, 31-6
Michigan State, 35-24
Texas, 22-25
Penn State, 10-17
Next Up: at Indiana

Troy Smith atoned for the Buckeye loss to Penn State last week by throwing three touchdown passes as the Buckeyes improved to 4-2 with a win over Michigan State. Ashton Youboty returned a blocked field goal attempt for a 72 yard score as the first half expired. A.J. Hawk recorded 19 tackles, and the Ohio State defense set a school record, sacking Spartan quarterback Drew Stanton 12 times. The Buckeyes fumbled 6 times, losing the ball four times, but overcame the turnovers to escape with the victory.

Michigan Wolverines (4-3)

WinsLosses
Northern Illinois, 33-17
Eastern Michigan, 55-0
Michigan State, 34-31 (OT)
Penn State, 27-25
Notre Dame, 10-17
Wisconsin, 23-20
Minnesota, 20-23
Next Up: at Iowa

"That's as wild a game as I've ever been in -- just unbelievable," said Michigan coach Lloyd Carr after the dust settled in a 27-25 victory over the Nittany Lions which was not decided until the final second of play. Or, in the minds of many Nittany Lion fans, in the two seconds following the expiration of play. Michael Robinson's second touchdown of the game put Penn State up 25-21 with just 53 seconds remaining in the game, but a long return by Steve Breaston set up the Wolverines near midfield. A controversy plagued drive followed, which ended with a scoring strike from Chad Henne to Mario Manningham in the middle of the end zone with one second remaining. Less than 30 seconds earlier, Carr had lobbied the officials and successfuly had two seconds added to the game clock, arguing that the clock was too slow to stop on a Michigan timeout.

Illinois Fighting Illini (2-4)

WinsLosses
Rutgers, 33-30
San Jose State, 40-19
California, 20-35
Michigan State, 14-61
Iowa, 7-35
Indiana, 13-36
Next Up: Penn State

The Fighting Illini under first year head coach Ron Zook had much needed bye week to prepare for the Nittany Lions. Following a 2-0 start, the Illini have dropped four straight to tie Purdue for the bottom of the Big Ten standings.

Purdue Boilermakers (2-4)

WinsLosses
Akron, 49-24
Arizona, 31-24
Minnesota, 35-42
Notre Dame, 28-49
Iowa, 17-34
Northwestern, 29-34
Next Up: at Wisconsin

Following an all too familiar pattern for the 2005 Boilermakers, Purdue fell into a 28-9 hole by halftime before storming back for 14 unanswered points in the third quarter, and take the lead 29-28 early in the final period. Northwestern's offense, however answered the call with a late touchdown to put the game away. Brett Basanez threw for 463 yards and three touchdowns, while picking up an additional 43 yards on the ground, as the Wildcats continued to pile up big offensive numbers, totaling 603 yards. Purdue quarterback Brandon Kirsch threw for 360 yards, and returned from a third quarter benching to lead a 98 yard scoring drive which gave Purdue a one point fourth quarter lead before Northwestern responded with the winning score.

Wisconsin Badgers (6-1)

WinsLosses
Bowling Green, 56-42
Temple, 65-0
North Carolina, 14-5
Michigan, 23-20
Indiana, 41-24
Minnesota, 38-34
Northwestern, 48-51
Next Up: Purdue

In one of the most improbable finishes of the weekend, Wisconsin escaped with Paul Bunyan's axe in the longest running rivalry game in college football. With the Gophers leading 34-31, Badger defender Jonathan Casillas burst through the Minnesota line to block a punt with 30 seconds remaining. Ben Strickland fell on the ball in the end zone to give the Badgers the lead, and steal the game from the shocked Golden Gophers. Any last minute heroics were thwarted when Minnesota's Jakari Wallace fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, and DeAndre Levy recovered for Wisconsin.

Michigan State Spartans (4-2)

WinsLosses
Kent State, 49-14
Hawaii, 42-14
Notre Dame, 44-41
Illinois, 61-14
Michigan, 31-34 Ohio State 24-35
Next Up: Northwestern

Leading 17-7 with 24 seconds remaining in the first half, things turned sour for the Spartans, who had no timeouts remaining. Quarterback Drew Stanton was tackled for no gain on a second and 12, and Michigan State coaches rushed the field goal unit onto the field. In the confusion, MSU snapped the ball with just ten players on the field and no coverage on the left end where Buckeye Nate Salley burst through the line to block the kick. Ashton Youboty picked up the loose ball and returned it for a score, allowing the Buckeyes to remain close. Ohio State needed all the help they could get, as the ineffective Buckeye offense did not run a play in Spartan territory until less than six minutes remained in the game. Quarterback Troy Smith made the most of that field position with a 46 yard scoring strike to Santonio Holmes that gave the Buckeyes a lead that the Spartans could not overcome.

Other Big Ten Games

Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2)

WinsLosses
Ball State, 56-0
Northern Iowa, 45-21
Illinois, 35-7
Purdue, 34-17
Indiana, 38-21
Iowa State, 3-23 Ohio State, 6-31
Next Up: Michigan

Indiana Hoosiers (4-2)

WinsLosses
Central Michigan, 20-13
Nicholls State, 35-31
Kentucky, 38-14
Illinois, 36-13
Wisconsin, 41-24
Iowa, 21-38
Next Up: Ohio State

After a fast 4-0 start, the Indiana Hoosiers have dropped two straight to Big Ten rivals Wisconsin and Iowa. The Hawkeyes sent a statement that they will still have an impact on the Big Ten conference race despite two early loses. Hawkeye quarterback Drew Tate fired two touchdown passes, and Albert Young tacked on the game winning score with a 26 yard fourth quarter burst to help the Hawkeyes claw their way into a three way tie with Penn State and Wisconsin for the conference lead.


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