Around The Big Ten, Week 11 – Separation Saturday? Not Quite…
The Big Ten continues to have a log jam at the top of the standings after some wild action this past Saturday, with three teams (Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin) all having one loss. I know most of us want to forget this past weekend college-football-wise, so I’ll try to make this as quick and easy as possible.
Wisconsin is ready for basketball season, the Badgers put up 83 at home.
Getting fans ready to see high basketball scores, and not wanting to be out done by Michigan’s 67 points last weekend, the Badgers stepped up to the plate and put 83 on the board in a dominating 83-20 win over Indiana. And that’s not even the scariest fact for the rest of the Big Ten, Wisconsin did this all without their top offensive threat, reining Big Ten Player of the Year John Clay. Scott Tolzien threw for three scores, to go along with Montee Ball’s three rushing scores and James White’s two more scores on the ground to roll. Wisconsin moved to 5-1 in the Big Ten to stay tied for the top spot in the Conference standings.
Northwestern upsets the Hawkeyes to knock them back to the pack.
One contender did fall back to the pack this past weekend, as one week after Northwestern blew a lead in Happy Valley they came back to shock Iowa. Star QB Dan Persa threw a 20 yard touchdown with 1:22 to go in the game to give Northwestern the 21-17 win. It’s not all good news for Wildcats fans, though, as Persa actually got injured on the play, rupturing his Achilles tendon, causing him to be done for the year. Before the injury, the QB threw for 318 yards on the day. Iowa blew a 17-7 lead on the road, which was started by a Ricky Stanzi interception on the goal line in the 3rd quarter.
Michigan still wins, despite Robinson’s struggles.
The Michigan Wolverines held on to defeat Purdue 27-16, even with their best player, Denard Robinson, committing 4 turnovers this past Saturday. Robinson was held to 176 passing yards and 68 rushing yards on 22 carries. He ended up throwing two interceptions to go along with two fumbles. Michigan outgained the Boilermakers 395-256, but their multiple turnovers kept the game close. Vincent Smith led the Wolverine offensive attack with 99 yards on the ground to go with a touchdown.
Blah blah blah Minnesota lost again….oh wait!
Minnesota upset Illinois on a late TD by quarterback Adam Weber with 16 seconds to play. They were led by DeLeon Eskridge, who scored three times for the Gophers. This just makes our Illinois loss look worse…sorry Penn State fans, I hate it as much as you do.
Check back in next week to see if the Big Ten race is any more cleared up…let’s hope we are all in a better mood.