2017 BIG Ten Football Week 3

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BIG Ten Week 3…

September 15, 2017

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Week 3 could dictate a lot in the BIG Ten…  Big Ten went 9-4 record during Week 2 so, again, who will remain undefeated? Teams can not let opportunities slip away. Let’s recap Week 3….


As we board the plane to head back to Illinois, the thing we remember the most from this game is PENALTIES! Whew…. Ok. USF and Illinois racked up penalties at almost an all-time record where 26 combined flags accepted. They would finish with 31 combined. USF won the game, 47-23, but that’s beside the point. If all you can remember is yellow flags in a game, there’s a problem.

The NCAA record is 42 penalties, from a 1986 game between North Carolina Central and St. Paul’s. The Division I record is 39, which has happened in four games. The FBS record is 36, from a 1986 game between San Jose State and Fresno State. The Spartans had 24 flags in that game.

For posterity, we recorded every penalty for future generations.

USF: Illegal shift.
Illinois: Substitution infraction.
USF: False start.
Illinois: Offside.
USF: Personal foul (this was the first PAT attempt).
USF: Unsportsmanlike conduct.
Illinois: Unsportsmanlike conduct (Nos. 5 and 6 offset).
Illinois: Holding.
USF: Roughing the passer (targeting to boot).
Illinois: Pass interference.
Illinois: False start (those last four were on consecutive plays).
Illinois: Offside.
USF: False start.
USF: Holding.
Illinois: False start.
USF: False start (end of first quarter).
Illinois: Clipping.
USF: Unsportsmanlike conduct.
Illinois: Pass interference.
Illinois: 12 men on the field.
USF: Face mask.
Illinois: Holding.
USF: False start.
USF: False start.
USF: Delay of game (that was actually intentional to give some more breathing room for a pooch punt).
Illinois: Pass interference (end of first half).
Illinois: False start.
Illinois: Targeting (that’s two ejections now).
USF: Holding.
Illinois: Facemask.
USF: Facemask.

Now back to the game, Quinton Flowers threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns on 15 of 25 attempts. USF topped 100 yards rushing, with USF amassing 680 yards total offense to Illinois’ 354

The Bulls (3-0) beat a Big Ten opponent for the first time on a night the university honored first responders who worked the last week to help victims of the massive storm that impacted the entire state of Florida.

Illinois (2-1) stumbled in what also was a homecoming of sorts for coach Lovie Smith, who returned to the stadium where he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons before being fired and accepting the challenge of rebuilding the Illini.


The visiting Huskies got on the board quick with NOT one, but two pick sixes. From this and as expected, Nebraska surged back in the second half and briefly took the lead early on in the fourth quarter but NIU answered and recaptured the lead with about nine minutes left. The Husks had no answer for NIU tailback Jordan Huff. The senior entered the game with 97 yards on the season. Against Nebraska he compiled 145 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries.

Bright spot, Tanner Lee threw for just shy of 300 yards but also tossed three crucial interceptions. Mikale Wilson led the way on the ground with 90 yards. BIG win for the MAC as NIU got P-A-I-D! $820k victory…..



Michigan’s offense has to do better as they only put up 200 yards in the first half,then went on struggle to find the end zone. Quinn Nordin was the offense with three FGs. Wolverines offense did score once thanks to a 36-yard run by Karan Higdon. It was another lackluster performance by Wilton Speight as he completed 14 of 23 passes for 169 yards and no scores. Next week, PURDUE….


In a word, THOROUGH!!! But at least they got a check right? Rutgers paid them $350,000. One must ask yourself, “is it worth it?”

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The 2017 Boilermakers are a TOTALLY different team from a season ago. Yes, they lost a close one against Louisville to start the season, but Jeff Brohm actually has Purdue looking like a competent Big Ten team. That continued on Saturday when they went on the road and crushed an SEC opponent.

The Boilers continue to use a two-quarterback system and both David Blough and Elijah Sindelar made an impact this weekend. Blough led the way completing 22 of 28 passes for 187 yards and a score. He also added a rushing touchdown. Sindelar threw for 85 yards and a touchdown of his own. Sophomore Tario Fuller led all ball-carries with 90 yards and a touchdown.

Mizzou running back Demarea Crockett entered the game with close to 300 yards through just two games, but the Boilermaker defense made him a non-factor. Crockett rushed for just 19 yards on 10 carries. WOW!!! Guess who’s up next for the Boilermakers? Harbough and Michigan Wolverines…. We will be there LIVE!!!


Not bad for $1.2 million payday Georgia State… Whew!







Jeff Brohm continues to do big things for Purdue and the team believing… Penn State looks like a well-oiled machine, Wisconsin’s offense is rolling, and Iowa needs to step it up with conference play kicking off.

Next week’s schedule features Penn State traveling to Iowa, Michigan State taking on the Fighting Irish, Ohio State will take on UNLV, and Purdue hosting the Wolverines. We will be LIVE in West Lafayette for the 2pm CDT kickoff.

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