(This story was written by Josh Doering)
Mark Dantonio’s team fell on the road to Arizona State, 16-13, on the final play of the game. The Sun Devils outscored the Spartans 13-0 in the fourth quarter, capping off the comeback with a 28-yard field goal to give them the win. QB Brian Lewerke threw for 314 yards in the loss. Running back L.J. Scott ran the ball seven times for 19 yards before leaving the game with an injury. Michigan State sits at 1-1 heading into its bye week.
Ohio State & Rutgers:
Ohio State quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell completed 30 of their 33 pass attempts as the Buckeyes rolled to a 52-3 win over the Scarlet Knights in both team’s Big Ten opener. Rutgers managed 134 yards of total offense while Ohio State had 579. Travis Vokolek led the Scarlet Knights in receiving with one catch for 13 yards. Ohio State improved to 2-0 while Rutgers falls to 1-1.
The Nittany Lions scored 37 points in the second half to cruise past Pittsburgh, 51-6, and are now 2-0 on the year. Their 45-point win was the third-largest in the history of this rivalry, which dates back to 1893. QB Trace McSorley went 14 of 30 for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the game. RB Miles Sanders led Penn State’s rushing attack with 188 yards on 16 carries.
Trailing 14-10 at halftime, the Terrapins reeled off 35 unanswered points in their 45-14 win over Bowling Green. RBs Ty Johnson and Tayon Fleet-Davis rushed for a combined 226 yards and three touchdowns, which helped negate Maryland’s 14 penalties. Quarterback Kasim Hill added 121 yards and a touchdown through the air. Two games, two wins for the Terrapins so far.
With a 20-16 win over Virginia, the Hoosiers are 2-0 for the third time in the last four seasons. True freshman running back Stevie Scott announced himself in a big way, carrying the ball 31 times for 204 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown run. Indiana’s defense held the Cavaliers to only 106 passing yards in the game.
After taking a 7-0 lead in their home opener, the Wildcats gave up 21 points in the second quarter to the Duke Blue Devils to lose 21-7. RB Jeremy Larkin had 121 yards on the ground and another 55 on his seven receptions. QB Clayton Thorson threw for 198 yards with an interception and zero touchdowns. Pat Fitzgerald’s team is now 1-1 on the season.
A late interception by Antione Winfield Jr. secured a 21-14 win for the Gophers over Fresno State. True freshman quarterback Zack Annexstad completed 16 of 26 attempts for 175 yards. Both of Minnesota’s touchdowns came courtesy of Seth Green. The second one gave the Gophers the lead with 3:28 left. P.J. Fleck’s team is off to a 2-0 start.
The Badgers scored 31 straight points to knock off New Mexico comfortably, 45-14. Running back Jonathan Taylor ran for a career-high 253 yards and three touchdowns. The Badgers’ rushing attack finished with 417 yards for the game. Wisconsin has won their first two contests by a combined score of 79-17.
The Hawkeyes’ defense led the way in their 13-3 win over Iowa State, allowing only 188 total yards. QB Nathan Stanley completed passes to eight different receivers, including six to T.J. Hockenson. Mekhi Sargent’s touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped put the game away. They now sit at 2-0 and have beaten the Cyclones four years in a row.
Lovie Smith’s team prevailed over Western Illinois but paid a price for the 34-14 win, losing quarterback A.J. Bush and receiver Edwin Carter to injuries. Backup quarterback M.J. Rivers provided a spark for the Illini offense, throwing for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Illinois has scored more points in each of their first two games, both wins, than any game last season.
The Scott Frost era got off to a thrilling start in Lincoln, falling 33-28 to Colorado on a late touchdown. Adrian Martinez, the first true freshman in Nebraska history to start at quarterback in the opener, left in the fourth quarter with a leg injury. Before exiting, Martinez generated 304 yards of total offense, 187 through the air and 117 on the ground. Nebraska had a 329-44 advantage in rushing yards.
The Boilermakers suffered a second consecutive defeat, this time at home to Eastern Michigan. The Eagles kicked the go-ahead field goal as time expired to secure the 20-19 win. Boilermaker quarterbacks Elijah Sindelar and David Blough combined to average 5.6 yards per attempt. Purdue’s two losses have been by a total of five points.