We recap all the games from across the Big Ten
Week seven featured crucial matchups in the Big Ten West and three quarterbacks making their first career start. Here’s a game-by-game breakdown of everything that happened this weekend.
Illinois (3-5, 1-4 Big Ten)/Maryland (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten):
Javon Leake’s four touchdowns powered the Terrapins to a 63-33 win over the Illini. Leake scored three rushing touchdowns and returned a kickoff 97 yards to the end zone. Five different Maryland players rushed for at least 54 yards, led by Leake’s 140 on five carries. Illinois running back Reggie Corbin broke the 100-yard mark for a second straight game, finishing with 155 yards and a touchdown. Maryland generated an astonishing 712 yards of total offense.
Indiana (4-5, 1-5 Big Ten)/Minnesota (4-4, 1-4 Big Ten):
The Gophers got their first conference with thanks to a 38-31 victory over Indiana. Rashod Bateman’s 67-yard touchdown reception with 1:34 left put Minnesota up for good. Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan completed 71 percent of his passes, throwing for 302 yards and three touchdowns in his first start. Shannon Brooks added 154 yards on the ground. Indiana signal caller Peyton Ramsey went 29-of-44 with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss. Entering the fourth quarter, the Hoosiers trailed 31-9 before scoring 22 straight points to tie the game.
Iowa (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten)/Penn State (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten):
An interception by Nick Scott on the 3-yard line with 3:25 left preserved Penn State’s 30-24 victory over the Hawkeyes. Neither starting quarterback completed more than 44 percent of their passes. Penn State’s Trace McSorley went 11-of-25 while Iowa’s Nathan Stanley was 18-of-49. Iowa outgained the Nittany Lions in rushing, passing and total yards, finishing with a 350-312 edge.
Michigan State (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten)/Purdue (4-4, 3-2 Big Ten):
Redshirt freshman quarterback Rocky Lombardi led Michigan State to a 23-13 win against the Boilermakers, getting the first start of his career in place of the injured Brian Lewerke. Lombardi tallied 318 passing yards and two touchdowns without an interception. His counterpart, David Blough, threw three interceptions and finished with 277 yards through the air. Five different Spartan receivers had between 48 and 70 yards.
Nebraska (2-6, 1-4 Big Ten):
The Cornhuskers picked up an easy win out of conference, dispatching Bethune-Cookman, 45-9. Nebraska scored 38 of the game’s first 41 points and led 38-3 at halftime. Quarterback Adrian Martinez threw two touchdown passes before giving way to Noah Vedral. Running back Devine Ozigbo rushed for over 100 yards for the fourth time in five games and averaged 10 yards per carry. Nebraska scheduled this game as a replacement for the season opener against Akron that was cancelled due to severe weather.
Northwestern (5-3, 5-1 Big Ten)/Wisconsin (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten):
Pat Fitzgerald’s team picked up its fourth straight victory, knocking off Wisconsin, 31-17. Wildcat Running back Isaiah Bowser led the way with 117 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries. Quarterback Clayton Thorson ended with 167 passing yards, three total touchdowns, and three interceptions. With Alex Hornibrook out due a concussion, Jack Coan made his first career start, going 20-of-31 for 158 yards. Thorson’s three interceptions were negated by three Wisconsin fumbles, two of which came from tailback Jonathan Taylor.