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2016 BIG Ten Week 4

Posted on September 26, 2016. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BIG Ten from Week 4 Recap…

September 24, 2016

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Week 4…. Conference play kicked off this weekend…. Here ya go!

Wisconsin 30, Michigan State 6

Redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook’s first start was a memorable one for the Badgers as they knocked off the Spartans. The Badgers – led by a defense that forced four turnovers – would go on to hold the Spartans without a touchdown.

Hornibrook tossed a touchdown pass and Corey Clement found the endzone in the second quarter to give Wisconsin the edge and they never looked back. The freshman ended the day 16 of 26 for 195 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Corey Clement found the endzone twice but could only manage 54 yards on 23 carries. Jazz Peavy led all pass-catchers with four receptions for 96 yards.

Word has it that the Spartans may be on the verge of a bit of a quarterback controversy, though their head coach is saying otherwise. Lima, Ohio native Tyler O’Connor was atrocious on the day. The senior was 18 of 38 for 224 yards and three interceptions and his performance has some fans clamoring for redshirt freshman Brian Lewerke. Lewerke came in on the Spartans’ final drive and was 2 of 4 for 26 yards.

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Michigan 49, Penn State 10

In a yawner at home, the Wolverines dominated from the kickoff. Let me put it this way, it was pointed out to me that Michigan had more points (28) than Penn State had total yards (24). WOW! Nothing else to report. LINK TO BOXSCORE

Nebraska 24, Northwestern 13

Senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. put on a show Saturday afternoon which led to the victory against the ‘Cats. He threw for 246 yards and a score while adding a new career high of 132 yards rushing. Terrell Newby ran for 69 yards and scored a touchdown of his own.

Clayton Thorson led the Northwestern attack with 292 yards of total offense to go along with a pair of touchdowns. The sophomore was also picked off twice. Justin Jackson led the ground game with 79 yards while Austin Carr was the game’s leading receiver with 109 yards and a score.

With three losses already on the young season, the Wildcats have matched their total from last year’s 10-3 campaign.

Iowa 14, Rutgers 7

Minnesota 31, Colorado State 24

Wake Forest 33, Indiana 28

Purdue 24, Nevada 14

 

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2016 IHSA Week 5 Recap

Posted on September 26, 2016. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Week 5…

September 24, 2016

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Let conference play begin….. 

H-F continues winning…. 

It was homecoming and the Vikings wanted to not only secure the victory for a serious school celebration but also to stay in first place within the Southwest Suburban Conference. In the end, they defeated foe Lincoln-Way West (4-1, 2-1) 27-11.

The Vikings are now 5-0, 3-0 in conference and totally owns the top spot.

The Vikings got on the board first on a 15-yard sprint by Herbert Hughes. Shortly after that, Bryant Wright connected with Justin Hall from 20-yard out.

Senior QB, Wright, finished with 81 yards on 18 carries and passed for 144.

Hughes then scored for a second time on a 5-yard run to make it 21-0 halfway through the second quarter. At the half, it was 21-2 – yup 2 as West snagged a safety on a bad snap which sailed into the endzone.

The Warriors had another safety on the Vikings as their defense tackled them in the endzone. And they did get on the board in a traditional fashion as Ryan Robbins scored on a short run in the third making the score 27-11.

Up next for H-F is Sandburg, while Lincoln-Way West will play Normal Community.

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Rita wins as time expires…

Talk about a wonderful, nail-biting conference game… St Rita vs Mount Carmel goes back many many years but on this Friday… whew!!! tied at 28 with .6 seconds left, it came down to a field goal for the Mustangs….

Sophomore kicker Gavin Mottl converted a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give St. Rita (3-2, 2-0) a stunning 31-28 Catholic League Blue win over Mount Carmel (3-2, 0-2) after two timeouts.

“I was thinking that I was practicing kicks with my coach,” Mottl said. “I blocked out the noise of the crowd. Had no doubt I was going to make the kick.”

What a difference a week made for Mottl, who missed a potential game-tying 44-yard field last Saturday against St. Laurence. The week before that, Mottle converted a game-tying field goal as time expired against Providence that led to a 32-31 overtime win.

“The life of a kicker,” Mottl said. “It’s a roller coaster.”

St. Rita will play tough-as-nails Loyola Saturday; Mount Carmel will play at Brother Rice Friday night.

 

Lemont who… you better recognize the school soon!!!!

Still under the radar Lemont continues their winning ways as they defeat conference foe Oak Forest 38-0 Friday night.

They have one the stingiest defenses this season only giving up 38 points through five games.

Linebacker Frankie Letizia made sure the Indians left that way, too.

Letizia was all over the field Friday night, disrupting the line of scrimmage and making plays downfield as the Indians rolled against the host Bengals.

“Our D-line did a great job,” Letizia said. “(Oak Forest) had no penetration. We were getting deep upfield, and they had nowhere to run.”

Lemont will play Hillcrest Friday night, while Oak Forest will play TF South.

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Other scores for around the league…

Bishop McNamara 40, Leo 14: David Moore caught two TD passes for Leo (2-3).

Chicago Christian 52, Walther Christian 12: Henry Light’s 51-yard TD pass to Jonathan Griffin set the tone for Chicago Christian (2-3, 1-0 MSC Red).

Crete-Monee 57, Rich South 0: Creo Argue’s four scoring runs powered Crete-Monee (3-2, 2-0 SAC). Isiah Rucker (8-for-9) added 191 yards passing and two TDs.

De La Salle 39, St. Francis 6: Devin Michicich had two scoring runs and a TD catch for De La Salle (5-0, 1-0 Catholic Green).

Hillcrest 26, Bremen 0: Anthony Long ran for three TDs to propel Hillcrest (4-1, 2-1 SSC Blue).

Kankakee 37, Rich East 33: Alexander Adams and Juanya Andrews each contributed a pair of TD runs for Rich East (3-2, 0-1 Southland).

Lincoln-Way East 42, Thornton 6: Jake Arthur had four scoring passes — two to Nick Zelenika — for East (4-1, 2-1 SWSC).

Lockport 42, Andrew 16: Ben Davis threw four TD passes to spark Lockport (4-1, 2-1 SWSC). Ryan Summers had a 20-yard scoring run for Andrew (0-5, 0-3).

Reavis 31, Eisenhower 7: Marc McClinton ran for two TDs and passed for a third to pace Reavis (4-1, 2-0 SSC Red).

Sandburg 22, Stagg 16: Jamare Park’s TD reception late in the fourth quarter boosted Sandburg (2-3, 2-1 SWSC). Jake Thielman scored on a 90-yard interception return for Stagg (0-5, 0-3).

Marian Central 28, Joliet Catholic 15: Mike Butler and Keenan Hailey posted TD runs for JCA (0-5, 0-3 ESCC).

Marist 49, Marian Catholic 0: Delonte Harrell had three TDs and Mike Markett added a pair of scores to lead Marist (4-1, 3-0 ESCC).

Thornwood 26, Nouvel Catholic Central (Mich.) 0: Jamar Howard passed for two scores and ran for a third to boost Thornwood (3-2).

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2016 BIG Ten Week 3

Posted on September 19, 2016. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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September 18, 2016

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Week 3…. Big Ten stood strong when it needed to when they were in the national spotlight but for the others… it was ugly.

Here we go….

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Michigan State 36, Notre Dame 28

The Michigan State offense proved too much for the Irish as they had more than 500 yards led by quarterback Tyler O’Connor and the backfield duo of Gerald Holmes and L.J. Scott. Holmes rushed for 100 yards and two scores while Scott added 98 and another touchdown. O’Connor threw for 241 yards and a pair of scores with another 43 yards coming on the ground.

Even true freshman Donnie Corley got him some in the contest as he hauled in four passes for 88 yards including a second-quarter touchdown that got the Spartans on the board.

The Irish did fight back after the Spartans were up by 29 points in the third quarter. DeShone Kizer led the way for Notre Dame as the junior threw for 344 yards and four total touchdowns (2 rushing, 2 passing). Torii Hunter Jr. caught five passes for 95 yards.

Nebraska 35, Oregon 32

This game was an offensive juggernaut in which both teams combined for over 900 yards of total offense. But in the end, it was Tommy Armstrong’s 34-yard touchdown scamper late in the fourth quarter that sealed the deal for the Huskers.

Armstrong finished with 200 yards and two touchdowns on the day plus 95 on the ground.

Before the game, the Ducks paid tribute to Sam Foltz, the Cornhuskers’ fallen punter. Classy move by Mark Helfrich and Co.

Michigan 45, Colorado 28

The Buffalos flew out of the pasture on the Wolverines jumping out to a quick 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, but things would happen, Harbough & Co. rallied back to go up by a field goal by halftime. Then in the second half, they scored three touchdowns to seal the game.

North Dakota State 23, Iowa 21

NDS proved why they are championship caliber team knocking off Big Ten’s Iowa squad 23-21.

In the end, it was Bison kicker, Cam Pedersen, who nailed a 37-yard field goal to give the Bison the win as time expired.

The Hawkeye offense struggled all afternoon as they only obtain less than 250 yards of offense. Quarterback C.J. Beathard connected on 50% of his passes while throwing for 152 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. The usually potent ground game that put up 212 yards against Miami (OH) and just shy of 200 against Iowa State was stymied on Saturday. LeShun Daniels Jr. – Iowa’s leading rusher on the day – could only manage 29 yards on 14 carries. As a whole, the team gained 34 yards on the ground.

Wisconsin 23, Georgia State 17

With under 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Badgers found themselves trailing the 0-2 Panthers. Paul Chryst elected to shake things up at quarterback when senior Bart Houston was benched in favor of Alex Hornibrook. The redshirt freshman took over in the third quarter after a number of errant passes from Houston. The Badgers found the endzone on Hornibrook’s opening drive under center, their first of the game.

Hornibrook finished the day 8 of 12 for 122 yards with a touchdown and one interception. Houston was 10 of 18 for 91 yards. Dare Ogunbowale led the Badger ground game as the senior rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Northwestern 24, Duke 13

Finally…. The Northwestern Wilcats got a vicotry for the season as they defeated visiting Duke, 24-13.  Clayton Thorson threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns while Justin Jackson added 94 on the ground. Senior wideout Austin Carr hauled in six passed for 135 yards and a score.

Maryland 30, UCF 24 (2OT)

It took two overtimes, but the Terps were able to move to 3-0 on the season. Quarterback Perry Hills accounted for 156 yards and a touchdown, but it was true freshman Tyrrell Pigrome who scored the game-winner in double overtime. Hill exited the game with a shoulder injury and the true freshman came in for his only play of the day.

Ohio State 45, Oklahoma 24

If Ohio State wanted to make a statement, well, mission accomplished as dominated from kickoff to the final whistle. With the win, Ohio State improved to 3-0 on the young season while the loss dropped the Sooners to 1-2. Saturday was the third meeting in the series between Ohio State and Oklahoma. The Buckeyes are now 2–1 vs. Oklahoma and 19–5–1 all-time against current members of the Big 12 conference.

Game Notes
– The win extends Ohio State’s road win streak to 19 games, the longest active streak in the nation.

– Ohio State is undefeated, 19–0, in true road games under head coach Urban Meyer.

– Urban Meyer is now 34–13 in his career vs. ranked teams, including 13–3 at Ohio State.

– J.T. Barrett completed 14 of 20 passes for 152 yards and four touchdowns, all to Noah Brown. Barrett now has 55 career TD passes, passing Braxton Miller (52) and Troy Smith (54) for third place on Ohio State’s all-time list. The record is 57 by Bobby Hoying.

– Noah Brown tied the Ohio State record with four TD receptions. Dane Sanzenbacher (2010), Terry Glenn (1995) and Bob Grimes (1952) also had four in a game. Brown finished with five catches for 72 yards.

– Ohio State’s defense surrendered its fist touchdowns of the season Saturday, keeping opposing defenses out of the end zone for the first 9 quarters of the season. Ohio State is yet to allow a rushing TD on the season.

– Chris Worley led Ohio State with a career-high 10 tackles on the night.

 

Rutgers 37, New Mexico 28

Western Michigan 34, Illinois 10

Penn State 34, Temple 27

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So, after a rough afternoon, things got much better for the conference as the day unfolded. Yes, Iowa fell to an FCS championship-style opponent and that’s never a good look, but Ohio State, Nebraska, and Michigan State all got it done Saturday evening.

The Buckeyes have a bye next week, but there’s two pretty interesting games to watch out for as the Badgers travel to East Lansing and the Wolverines are set to host Penn State.

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2016 Week 4 IHSA Recap

Posted on September 19, 2016. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Week 4…

September 18, 2016

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Mother Nature showed up and showed out this weekend in the Chicagoland area as it was ABSOLUTELY gorgeous football weather. In the end, teams made their presence felt while others who struggled early are making a strong surge.

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The Shamrocks dominated from the kickoff to the final whistle defeating the host ESCC team Marian Catholic 41-0.

This got started right away when sophomore Marcus Wright sprinted the down the field for their first score. On the next possession, the Shamrocks scored again but in the air on a 51 yard pass from senior Anthony Mazzenga to Jonathan Hamilton. And literally less than 3 minutes later, Wright scored again, this time on a 32 yard pass from Mazzenga. Right before half, Joey Solak intercepted a quick pass, Mazzenga tossed yet another touchdown to Andrew Edgar making the score 27-0.  Edgar would score again in the third quarter this time from 63-yards out. The final score came with a running clock when Hamilton hauled in a 36 yard TD pass. Talk about an offensive explosing for the Shamrocks.

A bright note for the spartans came from Christian Simmons, who gained 62 yards on 12 carries for Marian (1-3, 0-2 ESCC). For highlights from this contest via CSNSport, visit http://bit.ly/2cQtNIw

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Richards wins two in a row…

Talk about a turnaround as Bulldogs wins their second game in a row defeating the Astros 38-10 in a South Suburban Red contest Friday night.

Richards (2-2, 2-0) senior Anthony Quinn led the way rushing for over 100 yards and three touchdowns from 40, 1 and 39 yards.

“I want my team to do good,” Quinn said with a smile afterward. “I want to do whatever I can to make that happen.”

Bulldogs quarterback Jake Moran finished the game going 9-for-15 for 107 yards and scored on a 5-yard run and tossed a 42-yard TD pass to Noah Petrusevski.

Shepard, who loss for the very first time this season (3-1, 1-1), scored on a 41-yard field goal by Mike Iturbe and a 78-yard pass play from quarterback Jack Carberry to Rishard Blake.

 

Crusaders cruise Friday night…

Call it an old school game featuring the Crusaders (4-0), but in the end, whew…. they defeated Montini 42-7. Behind the outstanding play of quarterback Dino Borrelli, who reached the final score at half by tossing s-i-x touchdown passes.

He had a Madden video game type of night going 14 of 15 passes for 331 yards and the six TDs. His lone incompletion came when he threw away a pass to avoid a sack.

“It was definitely the best game of my life,” Borrelli said. “It was awesome. We practiced all those plays all work and then they actually worked in the game. It was a great feeling.”

Ricky Smalling finished the game with 5 catches for 186 yards and three touchdown passes.

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The Vikings continues there winning ways….

Senior QB Bryant Wright scored s-e-v-e-n times in the high scoring contest against Lockport as the won 53-24. He took there in on the ground and tossed four others.

“I haven’t had that type of run-and-pass game,” said Wright, who finished 7-for-11 passing for 209 yards and rushed for 153 yards on 13 carries. “I just took what they gave me. That was my first time running for three touchdowns.”

In the end, the Vikings had over 500 yards of offense and the punter had the evening off as they didn’t punt one time.

H-F remains undefeated at 4-0, 2-0, while Lockport is now 3-1, 1-1.

St Laurence holds on against stingy St. Rita

In a nailbiter the Vikings (3-1) defeated the Mustangs 45-42 primarily on a deflected pass not intended for senior Levy Hamer, but he took it in to score.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Hamer said. “I was there as a safety net. I live for those type of moments.”

St. Rita quarterback Jake Zylman finished the contest going 11-for-20 for over 200 yards and connected with Tim Zaleski twice. Zylman also rushed for over 130 yards.

It was the first victory for St. Laurence over the Mustangs since 1987, a span of 12 games.

Other games in our coverage area….

Crete-Monee 30, Kankakee 0: Kevin Pate contributed three TDs for Crete-Monee (2-2, 1-0 SAC).

Lemont 29, Bremen 6: Spencer Nagel passed for 178 yards and two TDs for Lemont (4-0, 1-0 SSC Blue).

Lincoln-Way West 14, Stagg 0: Anthony Senerchia tossed a 21-yard TD pass to Matt Murphy and Ryan Robbins added a 13-yard scoring run for West (4-0, 2-0 SWSC).

Mount Carmel 49, DePaul Prep 8: Alek Thomas’s first-half TD run and scoring pass boosted Mount Carmel (3-1).

Notre Dame 35, Joliet Catholic 17: Patrick Roth threw a pair of TD passes for JCA (0-4, 0-2 ESCC).

Oak Forest 34, Eisenhower 27: Watari Mason rushed for 137 yards and a TD to power Oak Forest (3-1).

Oak Lawn 28, Evergreen Park 21: Jabari Clark (14 carries) rushed for 161 yards and two scores to lead Oak Lawn (2-2, 1-1 SSC Red).

Providence 48, St. Ignatius 14: Jared Drake had two TD passes and a pair of scoring runs, including a 58-yarder, to power Providence (2-2).

Rich Central 40, Rich South 6

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2016 BIG Ten Week 2

Posted on September 10, 2016. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BIG Ten showdown schedule for Week 2

September 10, 2016

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Week 2…. Will weather play a role in these contest? Will there be an upset? On paper, these games seem a little boring, if you will, BUT, (channeling my inner Herm Edwards) that’s why you play the games….

Here we go….

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NOTE: We will be LIVE for this contest in Champaign!

We are live for this contest and the energy was there on the field as well as from the fans, as the Illini faithful, sold-out the stadium for the first time in years…. Illini as tailback Ke’Shawn Vaughn opened things up with a 65-yard touchdown scamper but consistently, that was about it. Vaughn finished the day with 116 yards while quarterback Wes Lunt threw for 127 and a pair of scores. The Illini were hit with 13 penalties for 99 yards as the Lovie Smith Era moved to 1-1.

On the other side of the ball, Mitch Trubisky countered and found the endzone four times for the Tarheels. Elijah Hood led a UNC ground game with 88 yards and two scores.

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UCF 0, Michigan 21

Michigan faced another tune-up school on Saturday which allowed them to fine-tune some things offensively and defensively, but not stron competition. Hech, the Wolverines special teams sparked their opponent in which they blocked/tipped four kicks – two punts and two field goals – and recovered a fumble on a kickoff.

Maryland 41, FIU 14 (FINAL)

Perry Hills threw for three touchdowns to lead Maryland to a 41-14 win over Florida International Friday night.

Wyoming 17, Nebraska 52

Tommy Armstrong and the Husker defense led the way as Nebraska dominated the Cowboys of Wyoming. Armstrong totaled four touchdowns and threw for 377 yards as Mike Riley’s squad scored 28 points in the fourth quarter.

Penn State 39, Pittsburgh 43

The Battle of Pennsylvania??? In the end, the Nittany Lions’ came up short.

 

Cincinnati 38, Purdue 20

Turnovers killed the Boilermakers on Saturday as they simply couldn’t overcome the five interceptions from quarterback David Blough. It was Cincinnati’s first road victory over a Big Ten school since 1957 in Bloomington.

Howard 14, Rutgers 52

No direct comment on this game as the BIG TEN destroyed yet another HBCU…

Indiana State 28, Minnesota 58

Yet another BIG TEN team dominated their opponent – the Golden Gopher offense gained almost 600 total yards. Mitch Leidner completed 20 of 30 pass attempts for 295 yards and four scores.

Illinois State 9, Northwestern 7

Now do you call this an upset? But we often fail to recognize I-State as a solid opponent since they are FCS and not part of the BIG boys in the FBS… it wasn’t sexy nor fancy but Redbirds did enough to hold off the home team Saturday afternoon… on the other side of the field, Northwestern is struggling. There’s really not a whole lot to say about this game except that it took the Wildcats two and half quarters to score any points against the mighty Redbirds of Illinois State.

Clayton Thorson threw for 191 yards and the lone Northwestern score. Tailback Justin Jackson was held in check with just 39 yards on 11 carries. The Redbirds were led by wide out Anthony Warrum who hauled in nine passes for 116 yards.

Tulsa 3, Ohio State 48

Speechless game as the Buckeyes did everything they wanted to in this contest.

Akron 10, Wisconsin 54

The Badgers used a balanced attack to dominate their MAC opponent with over 575 yards of offense, and only giving up 224 yards on defense. So, are the Badgers forreal?

Ball State 20, Indiana 30

MAC conference Ball State rallied late but came up short against Indy as they move to 2-0 on the season. Quarterback Richard Lagow threw for 266 yards and three scores; the majority of those yards going to wideout Nick Westbrook who finished with three receptions for 133 yards and a pair of scores. Tailback Devine Redding led all rushers with 110 yards on the ground.

The Indiana defense held the Cardinals to just a field goal through the first three quarters before surviving a 17-point barrage in the fourth. Ball State totaled 371 yards to the Hoosiers’ 453.

It was a costly victory for Kevin Wilson as Indiana lost starting wide receiver Simmie Cobbs and All-American guard Dan Feeney to injuries. Feeney left with a concussion while Cobbs suffered an ankle injury. After the game, Wilson indicated that Cobbs’ injury is likely to require surgery and could cost him the season.

Iowa State 3, Iowa 42 

Battle of Iowa? Naw… NOT at all… best thing about this game was the weather and coach Kirk Ferentz received an extension through the 2025 season in which he will be making $4.5 million per year during that time period.

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2016 IHSA Week 3 Recap

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Week 3… separation week?

September 9, 2016

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What a weekend of high school football in the chicagoland area! Two-top ranked conference foes face off during week 3 and we were at both games…

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The SouthWest Surburban contest put two undefeated teams on the same field: Homewood-Flossmoor visiting Lincoln-Way East… Both teams area offensive powerhouses as the Griffins put up 84 points in the first two weeks, and the Vikings 110. In the end, it was the visitors, the Vikings who are still undefeated winning 35-30.

Before everyone could get in their seats good, the hometeam, Griffins, grab an early 14-0 lead. Quarterback Jake Arthur (13-for-19 ,162 yards) found Jeremy Nelson on a pair of TD passes. The first covered 28 yards and the second 41. But this game wouldn’t be settled in the first quarter.

Bryant Wright led an impressive comeback. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior hooked up with Tyrice Richie on TD passes of 40 and 44 yards. Bryant also contributed a 5-yard TD run and hit Richie with a 2-point conversion pass to create a 21-21 tie with 9:59 to go in the second quarter.

“We were down, but we knew it wasn’t over,” Richie said of the 14-0 deficit. “The coaches told us to keep fighting.”

Running back Herbert Hughes, transfer from CPS Stagg, gave H-F their first lead of 28-21 with 2:44 remaining in the first half. Hughes stutter-stepped at the line of scrimmage before sprinting up the middle through the secondary down the field.

Hughes finished the contest for over 160 yards on the ground on just 10 carries.

The Griffins, however, struck back. Randy Scianna’s 3-yard TD run with 5:12 left in the third forced a 28-28 tie and set up a nail-biting finish.

Vikings scored their final touchdown when Wright tossed another pass to Richie with 6:20 left to play. Richie caught 10 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Wright finished the game with over 275 yards and also rushed for a TD.

“I wanted to make a statement,” Richie said. “I felt like I was underrated coming into this season. This is a great win for us. A lot of people doubted us.”

The Griffins pinned H-F deep on the other side of the field and instead of punting, coach Buzea decided to take a safety, making the score 35-30, and take their chances on defense.

Lincoln-Way East (2-1, 0-1) had a chance to win, but H-F’s Dylan Duplessis came up with an interception near the Vikings goal line with 1:17 remaining and the Vikings (3-0, 1-0) just ran out the clock.

“I’m proud of our kids,” Buzea said. “They were resilient. Hat’s off to our defensive staff. After those first two drives, the defense really stepped up.”

It was an especially emotional win for H-F. Senior receiver/punter Tyler DeMartra suffered a compound right ankle fracture in the second quarter trying to catch a pass and had to be taken off the field by ambulance.

“We were waiting for this,” Buzea said. “Wright made some great reads. He’s just going to keep getting better and better. And Richie, all I’ll say is Northern Illinois got a steal.”

You will be able to relive this contest via Comcast Sports starting Saturday at noon. Check local listing for channel. In the meantime, you can watch some game highlights at via their YouTube channel.

H-F will play another undefeated team Lockport (3-0) next Friday night; LW East travel to Bolingbrook (2-1).

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Loyola & Mount Carmel have been the gold standard of Illinois high school football every year. The Ramblers did just enough to stay undefeated Friday night at Gately stadium winning 35-28.

“[Mount Carmel] is a great team and [Thomas] is a hell of a player,” Holecek said. “We did just enough to win.”

The Ramblers jump out to an early two-score lead, 28-14 at the half, but the Caravan (2-1, 0-1 Catholic League Blue) found a spark when do-it-all athlete Alek Thomas took over at quarterback and even ran a couple of an unprecident trick plays with running back Michael Kennedy throwing a pair of halfback passes including one for a 33-yard touchdown to Phazione McClurge.

Thomas had 11 carries for 95 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown. He caught two passes for 16 yards and threw two passes for 64 yards. He played quarterback, running back and wide receiver for the Caravan (2-1, 0-1).

But Jake Marwede rose to the occassion and managed the game perfectly. He finished the contest going 69 yards on teh ground and three touchdowns.

“Overally offensively [we were] impressive,” Holecek said. “[Marwede] shows he’s the best kid in the state, to me.”

The Caravan had a chance at the end, but failed on a 4th and six from the Loyola 11 with 2:00 to play. Quarterback Dan Trudeau went for a receiver in the end zone, but the pass fell incomplete.

Loyola will play St. Francis next Saturday; Mount Carmel will play DePaul College Prep next Friday afternoon.

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Chicago ACE Tech Charter 48, Richards 6
De La Salle 47, Robeson 0
Oswego 7, Joliet West 3
Rich East 43, Chicago Vocational 14
St. Patrick 49, Joliet Catholic 35

Bremen 47, T.F. North 12: Roc Smith ran for two TDs (1, 25 yards) and Christian Williams scored on a 60-yard fumble return to spark Bremen (2-1, 1-0 SSC Blue).

Brother Rice 45, Aurora Christian 6: Dino Borrelli threw three TD passes to Ricky Smalling, the longest a 72-yarder, to pace Brother Rice (3-0).

De La Salle 47, Robeson 0: Dorian Woods (10-for-15, 144 yards) passed for three TDs and ran for another score to lead De La Salle (3-0).

Richards 38, Eisenhower 10: Pat Doyle scored four TDs for Richards (1-2, 1-0 SSC Red).

Lockport 16, Lincoln-Way Central 14: Porters (3-0, 1-0) came from behind Friday night for the victory. Tavares Moore led the way finishing the game with 168 yards on 31 carries.

St. Laurence 49, Bishop McNamara 7: Fayezon Smart had two first-half TD runs and also brought the second-half kickoff back 95 yards for a score to power St. Laurence (2-1, 1-0 Catholic White).

Shepard 24, Evergreen Park 7: Nieko Carter scored on an 81-yard kickoff return and a 29-yard reception to lift Shepard (3-0, 1-0 SSC Red).

West Lafayette (Ind.) 14, Crete-Monee 13: Creo Argue scored on an 84-yard interception return and Mileak Harper added a 51-yard TD run for Crete-Monee (1-2).

Wheaton Academy 46, Chicago Christian 6: Henry Light scored on an 8-yard TD run for Chicago Christian (1-2).

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As a society, we need to answer some very tough questions when it comes to brain trauma and concussions in youth and high school sports. I’m not sure if I agree with this…. maybe it’s time to teach them early what NOT to do vs eliminating it. Pop Warner football eliminates kickoffs in attempt to combat concussions.

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How many Official Visits can a student-athlete take

Posted on September 5, 2016. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball | Tags: , , |

Is there a limit on the number of Official Visits a student-athlete can take?

August 25, 2016

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Here’s everything you need to know about Official Visits:

Funding?

If an institution pays for any part of a visit, it is considered an official visit. Typically the school will pay for travel, housing, meals and some entertainment costs.

•The school is allowed to pay for lodging, transportation, meals, and entertainment. That includes (1) round-trip transportation (rental car or airfare) for the student-athlete between home (or high school) and the campus, (2) you (and your parents) may receive 3 meals per day and (3) complimentary admissions to campus athletics events.
•Official visits cannot be made until the opening day of class senior year, no matter what division. The date will vary depending on your school.
•The NCAA allows 5 visits to D1 and D2 schools combined.
•You may only take ONE official visit per institution, no matter the division.
•Each official visit may be up to 48 hrs.
•The NCAA allows each school (DI, DII, and DIII) to offer official visits, but each school differs in policy and budget.
•Official visits are not allowed during dead periods.
•You are allowed an unlimited number of official visits to NAIA & D3 schools.

Who takes official visits?

Coaches usually offer official visits to their top recruits. You must be invited on an official visit by a coach; you cannot invite yourself on one.

How many official visits can a coach offer?

The number of official visits a college or team can offer depends on their budget each year. Division I schools usually can afford the most official visits, followed by Division II schools. NAIA and Division III colleges usually do not offer paid official visits, even though they are allowed to offer them.

How many official visits am I allowed to take?

Per NCAA rules, you are allowed to take no more than five official visits to Division I and/or Division II schools and you can only take one visit, per school. There is no limit on the number of official visits you can take at the Division III and NAIA levels, but you can only take one visit per school.

When can I take my first official visit?

You may begin to take official visits starting the opening day of classes, in your senior year of high school. You must also be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center before you will be able to start taking official visits.

What does it mean if a coach offers me an official visit?

If a coach offers you an official visit, you are most likely very high on their list of recruits. Official visits are typically reserved for top recruits. If a coach does not offer you an official visit (especially at the Division I or II levels), you are most likely not very high on their recruiting list and you should look into other options.

How do I set up an official visit?

Coaches will usually extend an official visit offer during a phone conversation with you, but you do not have to wait for them to make the first move. It is okay to be upfront with the coach and ask him/her if they plan to offer you an official visit. Tell them that you are in the process of scheduling your official visits and you would like to know so you can plan accordingly. This will also show the coach that you are being seriously recruited at other places.

How do I know if a coach is offering an official visit vs. an unofficial visit?

Usually the coach will specify what type of visit they are offering you. If they don’t specify and they asked you to visit during your senior year, you should always ask them to clarify what type of visit it is.

Are there any common questions a coach may ask during an official visit?

Here are some common questions a coach may ask during your official visit:

What other schools are recruiting you?

Be honest and if possible, list colleges that are comparable to, rivals with, or better than the institution you are visiting. This will make them want to fight for you more!

What colleges will you visit?

Be honest and name any schools you have visited officially or unofficially. If this is the first college you have visited state that you are in the process of scheduling the rest of your visits.

When can you commit?

If you are visiting your number one choice and feel comfortable committing, go for it! If you have other visits pending or feel you need more time, tell the coach you want to take your other official visits, just to make sure you make an educated decision. Ask the coach, “How long does your offer stand for?” and “When do I have to make my decision by?” You can also explain to the coach that you need to discuss the offer with your parents, which can buy you some more time.

Will coaches be evaluating me during a visit?

Yes! Just because you are offered a visit, does not necessarily mean you will receive a scholarship offer or even a spot on the team. The coaching staff already has identified you as a top prospect, but the visit gives them an opportunity to judge your personality, lifestyle and character. Usually, coaches will make an effort to match recruits up with team members who have similar personalities and lifestyles. Be yourself, but remember, coaches are looking for young men and women who will be a positive asset to their university and team and who get along well with others. At some point during or after your visit, the coaches will probably ask your host about you, so always be courteous, positive and respectful.

Is there anything in particular that I should pay attention to while on my visit?

Make it a priority to get a good feel for the college as a whole. You need to evaluate the campus, the students, your prospective teammates and the coaches. Ask yourself, “Is this a place where I can see myself being comfortable and happy, for four years, even if I could not play my sport?”

Will I be offered a scholarship?

Sometimes coaches make offers during a visit, but this is not always the case. If a coach does not bring it up, it is okay to ask if you are being considered for a scholarship or if there are any academic scholarships you should look into.

Are student-athletes allowed to tryout or practice with the team?

As an NCAA rule, Division I and Division III schools do not allow tryouts. On an official or unofficial visit, you may participate in workouts that are not organized or observed by the coaching staff. Typically, the workout will be lead by the team’s captains and they must not be designed to test your athletic ability. Division II and NAIA schools are allowed to conduct one tryout, in the off-season of your sport, during your senior year.

Are there any times when visits are not allowed?

Yes. There are Dead Periods in which it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off campus. Dead periods generally fall right before the signing periods.

Remember, coaches need to see how good you are before they’ll bring you on campus for a visit.

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Best Way to make an impact as a freshmen

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How to make an impact as a freshmen student-athlete?

August 11, 2016

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Q: What’s the best way to make an impact as a freshman in college?

Rule #1 – as an athlete, let your actions speak louder than your words! College coaches make a million promises during the recruiting process, understand it won’t be as easy for you as they’ve made it sound. There will be adjustments and tough times, but they brought you there for a reason and believe in you!

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#1- Have a great attitude, be someone that your teammates and coaches want to be around. Too many freshmen get frustrated and bitter too quickly over playing time issues – most often, even before pre-season camp is over. This is a process, enjoy the ride. Your freshman year will be over quick! It’s not about how quickly you start your career, but what you are able to accomplish over your entire career. Have a great attitude while developing during your first year as a collegiate athlete!

#2- Understand there are opportunities every day! Practice is your biggest opportunity, along with understanding the playbook, film review, position meetings. Learn the system and develop your position skills—and don’t feel overlooked if you aren’t starting or playing a ton of minutes (or at all) yet. Get an advantage with the Xs and Os. Learn to do things your head coach’s way! Rather focusing just on playing time and stats, focus on EVERY opportunity you have to showcase your skills.

#3- The film doesn’t lie, let it be a great reflection of your skills, speed and maturity. Coaches want how you behave on the sideline—be about business when at practice and meetings, even if you are on the sideline or third-string. Coaches watch everyone, all the time, and how you behave when you think they aren’t watching does play a role in their overall picture of your maturity.
#4- Do the dirty work others won’t. Rebounds, blocking, helping set the play up, etc. Players worry about stats, starts and how many touches they get—what can you do without the ball in your hand to help the team? Ask your coaches! If you aren’t playing, always have a positive energy on the sideline and be your team’s biggest cheerleader. There are always ways you can help your team—be a positive force any way that you can.

#5- The biggest problem for freshmen is time management. Be where you’re supposed to be, when you’re supposed to be there—and be there 5 minutes early. Being late for class, study hall, meetings, training room treatments, film, workouts and practice all likely result in punishment. Do what is asked of you the first time and being where you’re supposed to be can make things much smoother for you during your freshman year!

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2016 BIG Ten Week 1 Recap

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BIG Ten showed their power in Week 1

September 4, 2016

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The 2016 Big Ten season is off and running and they represented very well. The opening weekend was highlighted by an SEC/Big Ten showdown at Lambeau and a number of youngsters making their debuts at quarterback, new coaches and several blows outs… The Big Ten went 12-2

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Illinois 52, Murray State 3

The Lovie Smith Era got off to a solid start at home Saturday as the defensive guru has to be impressed with the effort put forth by the Illini. Murray State was held to just 165 yards on the day, including -10 rushing yards. Illinois recorded six sacks and forced three turnovers

Senior quarterback Wes Lunt led the Illini offense with 226 yards passing and three touchdowns. The ground game recorded 287 yards on the day and was led by the trio of Kendrick Foster, Reggie Corbin, and Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Foster ran for 118 yards on just four carries while finding the endzone twice, including a pair of 56-yarders.

Purdue 45, Eastern Kentucky 24

Coming off a rotten 2-10 season, the Boilers opened 2016 with a win over Eastern Kentucky. This was the type of victory that was perfect for the Boilermakers to build confidence for the upcoming season. There running game did the bulk of the work on the day, tallying 261 yards and four touchdowns. Markell Jones led all players with 145 yards rushing. Sophomore quarterback David Blough connected on 25 of 43 passing attempts for 245 yards with one score and one interception.

Defense was a huge issue for the Boilermakers last year as seven of their 12 opponents scored at least 41 points. They managed to force three turnovers on Saturday, including a pair from former Mizzou quarterback Maty Mauk.

The victory is Darrell Hazell’s seventh dating back to 2013 when he took over in West Lafayette. He has 30 losses during that time.

Wisconsin 16, LSU 14

Call it an upset? Whatever…. The Badgers were on our teams to watch preview and they showed why at Lambeau field!

Bart Houston made his first career start under center for the Badgers and, to the surprise of many, was asked to take on more than the typical game-manager role that their quarterbacks often see. Houston’s stat line was fairly lackluster as the senior completed 19 of 31 passed for 205 yards and a pair of interceptions. The ground game totaled 134 yards and the return of Corey Clement is certainly a welcome sight for Badger fans. Clement led the rushing attack with 86 yards and a score.

Leonard Fournette got his for the Tigers, though his stats weren’t as ridiculous as we have grown accustomed to. The Heisman candidate tallied 138 yards on 23 carries and added 38 yards receiving. Former Buckeye target Brandon Harris carried on the struggling quarterback trend for Les Miles. He completed 12 of 21 passes for 131 yards on the day while adding a score and two interceptions. The latter of the two picks came late in the fourth quarter as LSU was driving down the field to potentially win the game.

But Rafael Gaglianone kicked the game-winning 47-yard field goal with just under four minutes left in regulation.

Western Michigan 22, Northwestern 21

Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats got off to a rough start as they fell to Western Michigan at home. Quarterback Clayton Thorson and tailback Justin Jackson accounted for virtually all of Northwestern’s offense. Thorson threw for 196 yards while Jackson rushed for 124 and accounted for all three of the Wildcat touchdowns.

On the other side of the ball, MAC conference rep P.J. Fleck wasn’t afraid to take some risks as the Broncos converted four of four attempts on 4th down. Senior quarterback Zach Terrell had an efficient outing as he completed 26 of 36 passes for 218 yards and one score. Tailback Jamauri Bogan led the way on the ground with 103 yards and a touchdown.

It was a wacky ending in Evanston as Thorson’s goal-line fumble in the waning minutes of the game all but sealed the Wildcats’ fate.

MICHIGAN 63, HAWAI’I 3

No disrespect to Hawaii, this game played out like an early spring scrimmage for Jim Harbaugh and Co. as their defense allowed just 232 yards and also managed to put up two touchdowns of their own. Jabrill Peppers lined up primarily at linebacker and recorded seven tackles (2 TFL) and added a sack.

The most impressive part about the defensive performance was perhaps the players who were not on the field. Starters Taco Charlton and Bryan Mone both missed the second half with injuries while Jourdan Lewis – who may be the team’s best player – was held out of the game (coaches’ decision).

Wilton Speight got the nod at quarterback and was promptly intercepted on Michigan’s first offensive play of the game. The redshirt sophomore would settle down, however, and ended the day with 145 yards, three scores, and the one interception. Jake Butt and Amara Darboh both were on the receiving end of Speight touchdown passes.

The story on offense was true freshman tailback Chris Evans. The speedster from Indy grew up a Buckeye fan but Ohio State didn’t extend an offer until a month before February’s signing day. In his Wolverine debut, Evans tallied 112 yards on just eight carries while also finding the endzone twice.

Iowa 45, Miami (OH) 21

The Iowa ground game paved the way for Kirk Ferentz on Saturday as Akrum Wadley, LeShun Daniels, and the rest of the Hawkeye backfield totaled over 200 yards and five touchdowns. The running game opened things up quite a bite for senior quarterback C.J. Beathard, who threw for over 180 yards and a score as the offense appeared to be clicking in the season opener.

But on the other side of the ball, the Hawkeyes’ defense had its struggles with the Redhawk offense as Miami outgained them 424 to 404. The defense did play the bulk of the game without starting linebacker Josey Jewell. The Second Team All-Big Ten defender was ejected in the first quarter after a nasty helmet-to-helmet targeting call.

The Redhawks were led by sophomore quarterback Billy Bahl and wideouts Rokeem Williams and James Gardner. Bahl threw for 266 yards and two scores. Williams accounted for 113 yards while Gardner was on the receiving end of both touchdowns.

Michigan State 28, Furman 13

In the Spartans opner, it was kind of dry as they held an 8-point lead, 21-13, behind the play of quarterback Tyler O’Connor.  He did throw for close to 200 yards and three scores, but he also looks prone to stare down wide receivers which will present problems against a more talented team. The three-headed monster in the backfield was more of a one-man show on Friday as sophomore L.J. Scott got the bulk of the carries.

Minnesota 30, Oregon State 23

In a nail biter, the Gophers defeated Beavers, 30-23. Quarterback Mitch Leidner didn’t have his best game throwing the football but was able to make up for it with his legs. The senior was 13 of 26 for 130 yards and added another 76 yards and two scores on the ground. Sophomore tailback Rodney Smith led all rushers with 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The game was without controversy as three defenders got ejected for targeting calls but still managed win.

Oregon State was led by quarterback Darell Garretson. The junior passed for 228 yard and three scores but also lost two crucial fumbles.

Ohio St 77, Bowling Green 10

The Buckeyes rolled past the Bowling Green Falcons 77-10 in the season opener for both teams in Columbus.

J.T. Barrett tied his own school record, which he shares with former Buckeye Kenny Guiton, with six touchdown passes. He also ran for another score and finished 21 of 31 for 349 yards passing. Barrett’s only real mistake, ironically enough, was his second pass of the game, which was picked off by the Falcons’ Brandon Harris and returned 63 yards for a touchdown.

The Falcons lead only lasted a little over two minutes, as Barrett found K.J. Hill on their next possession for a 47 yard touchdown to tie the score 7-7. It didn’t get much better from there for the Falcons. Barrett would throw four first half touchdowns and rush for another as the Buckeyes sprinted to a 35-10 lead at the intermission.

And as the final score says, the Falcons never scored again and the Buckeyes scored 42 points in the second half.
Nothing else to say except WOW!

Washington 48, Rutgers 13

It’s early but Rutgers didn’t look good in Saturday’s game against Washington. The top-ranked Huskies showed their muscle early putting up 24 points in the opening quarter. Quarterback Jake Browning threw for 287 yard and a trio of touchdowns with junior wideout John Ross amassing 90 receiving yards and accounting for two of those scores. Ross also found the endzone on a 92-yard kickoff return.

For the Scarlet Knights, Chris Laviano lined up under center and completed 24 of 40 passes for 168 yards, zero scores, and one interception. Tailback Josh Hicks led the way on the ground with 70 yards on 14 carries. Rutgers managed 304 yards of total offense on the day to go along with three turnovers.

Penn State 33, Kent State 13

Happy Valley is Happy as the Nittany Lions’ get that first victory of the season knocking off MAC conference Kent State 33-13.

James Franklin’s new signal-caller completed 16 of 31 passes for 209 yards and two scores while adding another 47 yards on the ground. It was a workman-like effort for sophomore tailback Saquon Barkley who rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. Chris Godwin led the Nittany Lion receivers with seven receptions for 67 yards.

The Penn State defense forced three turnovers while holding the Golden Flashes to 279 yards of total offense.

Nebraska 43, Fresno State 10

A late run for the Huskers proved to be too much for Fresno State. They add 22 points in the fourth behind the play of Tommy Armstrong with a combination of the running game, in which they gained close to 300 yards and five touchdowns. Armstrong threw for 108 yards and a score while also finding the endzone twice with his legs.

Moment of the weekend took place when the Huskers remembered punter Sam Foltz by lining up with just 10 players on the field for their first punt. Foltz tragically passed away in a July auto accident. Fresno State declined the delay of game penalty.

Maryland 52, Howard 13

The Terrapins put up over 500 yards of total offense against the MEAC rep Howard Bison. Quarterback Perry Hillis threw for 126 yards, but it was the Maryland ground game that did the most damage on the day. The Terps rushed for 315 yards and found the endzone six times. The attack was balanced as six players rushed for more than 40 yards with each of them also finding the endzone.

NOTE: Howard will travel to Rutgers next week and I guarantee this game will give another head coach his first career win.

Indiana 34, Florida International 13

The Hoosiers were down 13-12 at the end of the third quarter on Thursday evening, but they bounced back and used a 22-point explosion in the fourth to take down FIU. New starting quarterback Richard Lagow – a juco transfer who also spent time at Oklahoma State – had a solid debut completing 18 of 27 passes for 240 yards and a score. Youngstown’s Devine Redding led the Hoosier rushing attack as the junior piled up 135 yards on the ground.

A season ago, the Hoosiers’ defense was 120th in the nation… they are hoping to make a difference this season in the Big Ten.

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Overall, it was a nice start for the Big Ten. Rutgers didn’t look good and Northwestern fell to to the preseason MAC favorite, but the Badgers’ win over LSU was one of the highlights of the entire college football weekend. Ohio State and Michigan both actually performed better than expected, but the Spartans did struggle a bit out of the gate.

Looking ahead to week two, there’s not a whole lot to get excited about. The Buckeyes are set to host Tulsa, UCF travels to Ann Arbor, and Penn State will square off against the Pitt Panthers. The Spartans will enjoy an off week before their week-three showdown in South Bend.

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