Week three of the college football season saw seven Big Ten teams lose nonconference games to unranked opponents, the most in a single day since the AP poll debuted in 1936. Here’s a team-by-team recap of everything that happened on Saturday.
Illinois (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten):
The Illini were outscored 18-0 in the fourth quarter in their 25-19 loss to South Florida. M.J. Rivers connected on 20 of his 29 passes and Mike Epstein added 113 yards and a touchdown on the ground. South Florida produced 626 yards of total offense, 411 of which came through the air.
Indiana (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten):
Three second-quarter touchdowns, including a punt return, propelled Indiana past Ball State, 38-10. True freshman running back Stevie Scott’s 114 yards and two touchdowns led the Hoosiers rushing attack, which accounted for 255 yards and all four of the team’s offensive touchdowns. Indiana is 3-0 for the second time in the last decade.
Iowa (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten):
The Hawkeyes scored the game’s first 38 points in their 38-14 victory over Northern Iowa. They outgained the Panthers 207-6 on the ground and 545-228 overall. Nathan Stanley threw for 309 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Toren Young, Mekhi Sargent, and Henry Geil all carried the ball at least 10 times.
Maryland (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten):
Temple came into Capital One Field and left with a 35-14 win, not giving up an offensive touchdown in the process. Kasim Hill only threw for 56 yards, and a running game averaging nearly 300 yards per game was limited to 132. The Terrapins’ lone bright spot was Anthony McFarland, who accounted for 107 of those yards on 11 carries.
Minnesota (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten):
Wide receiver Tyler Johnson hauled in all three of Minnesota’s touchdowns in their 26-3 win over Miami (OH). Johnson (9 catches for 133 yards) and Bryce Williams (33 carries, 141 yards) carried the load for the Gophers offense. Their defense held the RedHawks to 199 yards of total offense.
Nebraska (0-2, 0-0):
Despite outgaining Troy 364-253, Scott Frost’s team came up short, losing 24-19. Walk-on quarterback Andrew Bunch went 19 of 27 for 177 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in place of the injured Adrian Martinez. This is the first time since 1957 Nebraska started a season with two consecutive defeats.
Northwestern (1-2, 1-0 Big Ten):
Up 21-3 at halftime, the Wildcats gave up 36 second-half points to Akron, eventually falling to the Zips, 39-34. Clayton Thorson threw for a career-high 383 yards in the loss to go with his three touchdowns and two interceptions. Cameron Green contributed 125 receiving yards and two touchdowns before leaving with an injury. Akron’s last win against a Big Ten team came in 1894.
Ohio State (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten):
The Buckeyes got all they could handle but escaped Fort Worth with a 40-28 win over TCU. Dwayne Haskins finished with 344 yards and two touchdowns in the air. J.K. Dobbins led the Buckeyes’ ground game with 18 carries for 121 yards. The total yardage for both teams was nearly identical, as Ohio State ended a mere 15 yards ahead of the Horned Frogs (526-511).
Penn State (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten):
Trace McSorely’s five total touchdowns, three of which were rushing, led Penn State to a 63-10 destruction of Kent State. Miles Sanders and Jonathan Thomas combined for 170 yards on only 17 rushes. Penn State nearly tripled the Golden Flashes’ 221 yards of total offense with 643 of their own.
Purdue (0-3, 0-1 Big Ten):
Another game, another close loss for Purdue, as the Boilermakers fell to Missouri 40-37 on a field goal as time expired. Purdue’s running game (42 yards) was almost non-existent, leading to David Blough’s 55 pass attempts. He completed 39 of them for 572 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Rondale Moore, Brycen Hopkins, and Isaac Zico all had at least 100 yards receiving.
Rutgers (1-2, 0-1 Big Ten):
The Scarlet Knights turned the ball over six times (three interceptions, three fumbles) in their 55-14 loss to Kansas. Kansas rushed the ball for 400 yards, nearly double Rutgers’ total yardage for the game (274). Raheem Blackshear ran for 102 yards, but Artur Sitkowski and Giovanni Rescigno completed only 45 percent of their passes.
Wisconsin (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten):
BYU entered Camp Randall as 23.5-point underdogs and shocked everyone by knocking off the Badgers, 24-21. Jonathan Taylor ended the game with 26 carries for 117 yards. Alex Hornibrook went 18 of 28 with no touchdowns and an interception. Taiwan Deal scored two of Wisconsin’s three touchdowns in the loss.