Monday Morning Quarterback

The Big Ten season got into swing last weekend, as eight teams were involved in conference play. Find out where the teams stand in Thomas McLaughlin's weekly look around the Big Ten and the Penn State schedule.

Around the Big Ten

Northwestern (2-2, 0-0) at Nevada (2-2)

Northwestern scored on its opening drive but then self destructed when two fumbles and an interception set up 17 Nevada first-quarter points for an advantage the Wildcats could not overcome. Joe Garcia sealed the victory with a 24-yard interception return for Nevada's only second-half score with 2:14 remaining in the game.

Next Up: Northwestern opens Big Ten play at Penn State Sept. 30.

Iowa (4-0, 1-0) at Illinois (1-3, 0-1)

The Hawkeyes scored 21 points in less than six minutes late in the second quarter and never looked back, as Illinois dropped its 10th consecutive Big Ten matchup. Drew Tate went 17 for 27 for 190 yards and the Hawkeyes rolled up 344 yards of offense in a 24-7 victory.

Next Up: Illinois takes on Michigan State in East Lansing and Iowa plays host to Ohio State Sept. 30.

Minnesota (2-2, 0-1) at Purdue (4-0, 1-0)

Curtis Painter has led the Boilermakers to a 4-0 start. He found success against the Golden Gophers, throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Tailback Jaycen Taylor tacked on 110 yards and two more scores, as Purdue edged Minnesota 27-21.

Next Up: Minnesota plays host to Michigan and Purdue travels to Notre Dame Sept. 30.

Wisconsin (3-1, 0-1) at Michigan (4-0, 1-0)

The Wolverines shook off a slow start to grab a third-quarter lead they would not relinquish when Mario Manningham came down with his second touchdown reception of the day. Despite three interceptions, Chad Henne went 18 for 25 for 211 yards and two touchdowns, both to Manningham in a 13-27 victory.

Next Up: Wisconsin travels to Indiana and Michigan plays host to Minnesota Sept 30.

Connecticut (2-1) at Indiana (2-2, 0-0)

The Hoosiers struggled, gaining just 42 offensive yards and two first downs in the first half along with giving up two interceptions. Connecticut didn't fare much better and for the game the two teams combined for just 19 first downs and seven turnovers. UConn scored on an interception return by Danny Lansanah and a 35-yard TD by Lou Allen, but the Hoosiers' only taste of the end zone came on an 87-yard kickoff return by Marcus Thigpen following UConn's second score. Connecticut held on for a 14-7 win.

Next Up: Indiana opens Big Ten action by playing host to Wisconsin Sept. 30.

Notre Dame (3-1) at Michigan State (3-1, 0-0)

Michigan State led the Fighting Irish by 17 at halftime and seemed poised to defeat Notre Dame for a second straight year. But in true Spartan fashion, they came from ahead to lose, allowing a stunning 19-point fourth quarter rally that gave the Irish a 40-37 win in East Lansing. After starting 2 for 8 for just six yards in the first quarter, Brady Quinn got his game in gear to finish 20 for 36 for 319 yards and five touchdowns.

Next Up: Notre Dame plays host to Purdue and Michigan State plays host to Illinois Sept. 30.

Big Ten Standings

Iowa (4-0, 1-0) Michigan (4-0, 1-0) Ohio State (4-0, 1-0) Purdue (4-0, 1-0) Michigan State (3-1, 0-0) Indiana (2-2, 0-0) Northwestern (2-2, 0-0) Wisconsin (3-1, 0-1) Minnesota (2-2, 0-1) Penn State (2-2, 0-1) Illinois (1-3, 0-1)

Other Penn State Opponents

North Texas (1-3) at Akron (2-2) Akron rolled up 20 points in the first quarter and cruised to a 33-13 win behind Luke Getsy's three touchdown tosses and Andre Walker's two first quarter scores.

Next Up: Akron travels to Kent State Sept. 30.

California Davis (2-2) at Youngstown State (3-1)

The Penguins scored on their fourth play from scrimmage on a 48-yard strike from Tom Zetts to Demetrius Ison and rolled to a 38-24 win to run their season record to 3-1.

Next Up: Youngstown State takes on Missouri State Sept. 30.

Temple (0-4) at Western Michigan (3-1)

The Owls continued their season of futility, getting thumped 48-8 at the hands of Western Michigan. Temple quarterbacks were intercepted three times and the Owls fumbled six times as Temple lost its 16th straight game. Jason Harper's 11-yard fourth-quarter score marked the first touchdown on the season for the Owls.

Next Up: Temple travels to Vanderbilt Sept. 30.


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