We recap all the games from across the Big Ten
Week seven provided yet another shakeup at the top of the Big Ten and multiple close contests. Here’s a game-by-game breakdown of everything that happened this weekend.
Illinois (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten)/Wisconsin (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten):
The Badgers scored exactly two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters, cruising to a 49-20 victory over Illinois. Wisconsin running backs Jonathan Taylor and Taiwan Deal both rushed for over 100 yards. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook threw three touchdown passes and Deal added two more on the ground. Illini running back Reggie Corbin had 100 yards on nine carries. The teams combined for 278 passing yards and 567 rushing yards.
Indiana (4-4, 1-4 Big Ten)/Penn State (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten):
After trailing 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, Penn State scored 26 of the game’s final 40 points to defeat the Hoosiers, 33-28. Nittany Lions’ signal caller Trace McSorley led the team in passing yards with 220 and rushing yards with 107. Indiana running back Stevie Scott ended with 138 yards on 26 carries, his first 100-yard performance since week three. There were seven fumbles in the game, with the offense recovering four of them.
Maryland (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten)/Iowa (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten):
Wind played a significant factor in the Hawkeyes’ 23-0 blanking on Maryland, contributing to the 133 total passing yards between the two teams. Iowa kicker Miguel Recinos connected on all three of his field goal attempts. The Hawkeyes’ defense outscored the Terrapins’ offense thanks to a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown. No Maryland player rushed for more than 16 yards, a mark four different Hawkeyes reached.
Minnesota (3-4, 0-4 Big Ten)/Nebraska (1-6, 1-4 Big Ten):
Nebraska’s 28-0 lead was cut to 28-22 before the Cornhuskers rallied again to get their first win of the season, 53-28, over the Gophers. Devine Ozigbo, Maurice Washington and quarterback Adrian Martinez all had over 100 yards on the ground for Nebraska. Cornhuskers wideout Stanley Morgan caught 10 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan threw for 214 yards in relief of Zack Annexstad, who left the game with an injury.
Northwestern (4-3, 4-1 Big Ten)/Rutgers (1-7, 0-5 Big Ten):
The Wildcats needed a fourth-quarter touchdown from running back Isaiah Bowser to survive Rutgers, 18-15. Bowser, a true freshman, had 108 yards on 24 carries and found the end zone twice. Scarlet Knights tailback Isaih Pacheco finished with 76 rushing yards and a touchdown. Northwestern was seven-for-18 on third down while Rutgers was two-for-14.
Ohio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten)/Purdue (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten):
In what was easily the biggest upset of the weekend, the Boilermakers dismantled Ohio State, scoring 28 fourth-quarter points in their 49-20 win. Running back D.J. Knox and wide receiver Rondale Moore scored five touchdowns between them. Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins completed 49 of his 73 passes, both school records. The Buckeyes rushed for 76 yards, their lowest total under Urban Meyer.