We recap all the games from across the Big Ten
Conference play is now in full swing, with five Big Ten matchups in week four. Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of everything that happened this weekend.
Illinois (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten)/Penn State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten):
Trailing 24-21 with 10:36 left in the third quarter, Penn State exploded for 42 unanswered points in their 63-24 win over Illinois. Nittany Lions running back Miles Sanders led the way with 200 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries. Quarterback Trace McSorley added 160 yards through the air and 92 on the ground. M.J. Rivers completed 17 of 28 pass attempts for the Illini in the losing effort. The teams combined for 1,002 yards of total offense.
Indiana (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten)/Michigan State (2-1, 1-0 Big Ten):
The Spartans pulled out multiple trick plays, including a fake field goal, to beat Indiana, 35-21. Michigan State signal caller Brian Lewerke threw for 213 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions, and caught a pass. Receiver Jalen Nailor added a 75-yard run and two touchdowns for the Spartans. Over half of Indiana’s 272 passing yards came courtesy of wideout Whop Philyor, who had 13 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown.
Iowa (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten)/Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten):
Wisconsin scored two touchdowns in the game’s final minute to escape Iowa City with a 28-17 win. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook connected on 17 of his 22 attempts, throwing three touchdowns without an interception. Running back Jonathan Taylor added 113 yards on the ground for the Badgers. The Hawkeyes only committed one penalty for five yards and led for nearly the entire second half, but turned the ball over three times in the loss.
Maryland (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten)/Minnesota (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten):
The Terrapins bounced back from last week’s loss in a big way, dispatching Minnesota 42-13. Maryland had four different players average over 11 yards per carry, led by Ty Johnson and Anthony McFarland. The duo combined for 235 rushing yards and three touchdowns, including an 81-yarder by Johnson. The Gophers only mustered 94 yards on the ground and quarterback Zack Annexstad completed 44 percent of his throws.
Purdue (1-3, 0-1 Big Ten):
Jeff Brohm’s team got their first win of the season with a 30-13 victory over No. 23 Boston College. The Boilermakers’ defense picked off Anthony Brown four times. Purdue quarterback David Blough went 21 of 28 for 296 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception. Receiver Rondale Moore caught eight of those passes, totaling 110 yards and finding the end zone twice.
Rutgers (1-3, 0-1 Big Ten):
Things didn’t get any better for the Scarlet Knights, who lost at home to Buffalo, 42-13. Running back Raheem Blackshear scored Rutgers’ only touchdown of the game and finished with 69 yards on 15 carries. Buffalo complied 445 yards of offense, 182 rushing and 263 passing. In their last three games, the Scarlet Knights have been outscored 149-30.
Ohio State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten):
With Urban Meyer back on the sideline, Ohio State kept on rolling in its 49-6 beatdown of Tulane. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins was nearly flawless, completing 21 of 24 passes for 304 yards and five touchdowns. Wideout Paris Campbell added 147 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The Buckeyes outgained the Green Wave 570-256 and are 4-0 for the third time in four years.