Around the Big Ten – Week Eight
Due to a weekend of canning and the homework hangover that is following it, we bring you the abbreviated version of “Around the Big Ten.” Sorry you couldn’t have an abbreviated version of your game on Saturday, Purdue.
Michigan State gets a scare but prevails in Evanston, 35-27
Down 17-0 halfway through the second quarter and by a touchdown with three minutes left in the game, Michigan State put a rally together, scoring two late TD’s to thwart Northwestern’s upset attempt. Kirk Cousins, who is silently putting together a great Heisman campaign, threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns. The win bumped the Spartans up to fifth in the BCS poll, but will definitely need losses from Oregon and Auburn to reach the national title game.
Wisconsin comes up with second straight big win by defeating Iowa at Kinnick Stadium, 31-30
The Badgers, one week after upsetting then-No. 1 Ohio State, did not fall victim to the “week-after” bug and rallied to beat Iowa by one in Iowa City. Wisconsin’s win also made next week’s Michigan State-Iowa matchup a bit less intriguing. If Michigan State wins, they will hold a two-game lead over Iowa, a one-game lead over Wisconsin (plus a tie-break after beating them in Week 5), and a one-game lead over Ohio State who the do not play this season.
JIM TRESSEL ANGRY! Ohio State lays a goose egg on Purdue
Someone didn’t take last week’s loss too well. Terrelle Pryor threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns and the Buckeye defense didn’t allow Purdue past the 39 yard-line in the 49-0 shutout.
Illinois roughs up Indiana, 43-13
Indiana did great in those four cupcake games. Now they can focus on basketball season.