BIG Ten Week 10 Recap
Simply put crazy… intense… and statements!
November 7, 2015
Week ten didn’t see too much craziness until the latter portion of the day, but one of the conference’s unbeatens didn’t make it out unscathed. Mike Riley’s inaugural season at Nebraska has seen a number of heartbreaking defeats, but the tables were turned on Saturday night.
Illinois 48, Purdue 14
WEST LAFAYETTE – It was homecoming weekend at Purdue and all week there was a certain energy and the team claimed they had a good practice week. And to top it off, the Boilermakers may be in a position to win back-to-back Big Ten games for the first time during coach Darrell Hazell’s three seasons.
Well, that’s all in the past and Saturday’s game proved just that as the Fighting Illini came in a dominated from start to finish as they compiled 595 yards of offense, including 382 rushing yards.
Wes Lunt threw three first-half touchdown passes, and Illinois snapped its three-game losing streak, getting 180 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Ke’Shawn Vaughn and 133 from Josh Ferguson, who returned to action from a shoulder injury.
Illinois (5-4, 2-3), which had scored 33 total points in consecutive losses to Iowa, Wisconsin and Penn State, drove 76, 58 and 72 yards for touchdowns during the opening 30 minutes, running 44 plays for 295 yards and 17 first downs before halftime.
Lunt completed 19 of 33 passes for 169 yards and the three TDs.
Purdue gained only 25 yards in the first quarter on homecoming and finished the opening half with 39 plays for 105 yards. For the day, Purdue gained 263 yards.
“I thought we’d execute better in all phases,” Hazell said. “We did not. We never got into any offensive rhythm, especially early. On defense, we gave up too many big plays. Our energy level had to be higher.”
Nebraska 39, Michigan State 38
So that actually happened, and Michigan State is no longer one of the unbeatens. Interested to see everyone’s thoughts on the call that everybody is talking about it, but boy that was a weird one. Was he forced out of bounds?
The Huskers found themselves up 10-3 after the first quarter thanks to Tommy Armstrong connecting with wideout Jordan Westerkamp for a 38-yard score. The Spartans were able to find the endzone twice in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 17-13 lead. After exchanging blows in the third quarter, Mike Riley’s squad was down by 12 with just over four minutes left to play. Armstrong then rallied the Husks for two scores, including the game-winning 30-yard touchdown strike with just 17 seconds left on the clock.
Armstrong totaled four touchdowns on the night and accounted for 339 yards of total offense. Despite battling an injury, Westerkamp was Armstrong’s favorite target on the day, hauling in nine passes for 143 yards and a score. Senior tailback Imani Cross rushed for 98 yards and a score
Connor Cook led the Spartans with 335 yards passing and four touchdowns. Aaron Burbridge led all receivers with ten receptions for 164 yards and a score while fellow wideout Macgarrett Kings Jr. found the endzone twice. Sophomore Gerald Holmes added 117 yards rushing and a score.
Iowa 35, Indiana 27
The Hawkeyes were able to take care of the Hoosiers despite a sluggish start. Iowa trailed 17-14 with less than a minute to play in the first half, but a seven-yard touchdown scamper by C.J. Beathard put them back on top and they never relinquished the lead. The game paid homage to Veteran’s Day with some patriotic helmets, and former quarterback Ricky Stanzi had to have been proud.
Beathard and the backfield duo of Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels led the way for the Hawkeye offense. Beathard threw for 233 yards and a touchdown while adding 38 yards and another score with his legs. Wadley rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on just ten carries. Daniels added 78 yards and a pair of scores.
Hoosiers’ Quarterback Nate Sudfeld threw for 180 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The Hawkeyes remain unbeaten and look to continue their climb up the College Football Playoff rankings.
Michigan 49, Rutgers 16
The Scarlet Knights were no match for Jake Rudock and the Wolverines Saturday in Ann Arbor. The senior signal-caller had arguably his best game of the season, completing 18 of 25 passes for 337 yards and two scores while also adding a nifty four-yard touchdown run. Rudock hadn’t thrown for more than 200 yards since his Wolverine debut against Utah.
Deveon Smith saw the bulk of the carries for the Michigan offense, ending the day with 15 carries for 73 yards and a score. Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson each hauled in a touchdown pass and Jake Butt topped the century mark with 102 yards on four receptions. Jabrill Peppers—who continues to be utilized in all facets of the game—found the endzone again on a nice little 18-yard swing pass.
With Leonte Carroo being held out again, the Rutgers passing game was only able to put up 97 yards and zero scores. Sophomore running back Robert Martin led the way on the ground with 81 yards on ten carries; the bulk of those yards coming on a 54-yarder. The Wolverines held the Scarlet Knights to 225 yards of total offense.
Northwestern 23, Penn State 21
Ohio State 24, Minnesota 14
Wisconsin 31, Maryland 24
Next week the Buckeyes travel to Champaign to face an Illinois squad that looked pretty darn good this week. The Hoosiers will host the Wolverines, the Spartans travel to Maryland, and the Hawkeyes and Gophers face off for a 100-pound pig trophy. And of course ,Tuesday night…. the BCS picks – yawn!!!!
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