Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Big Ten Week One Wrap-up

The college football season has begun and there were some big games in the Big Ten last weekend.

  • The biggest game in the Big Ten, if not the nation, was Illinois against Missouri in St. Louis. Mizzou was up 31-10 at half and led 45-20 in the third quarter. Then Juice got in the flow and hit Will Judson for a 65 yard touchdown to cut the lead to 45-35. The Illini were trying to get closer when Missouri's Sean Weatherspoon stripped Daniel Dufrene and ran it in for a score and a 52-35 lead. Juice threw his fifth touchdown of the game on the last play and finished 28-for-42 with 456 yards. Missouri star Jeremy Maclin stood out with 206 all-purpose yards, including a 99-yard kickoff return for a score.

  • The Rich Rodriguez era got off to a rough start in Ann Arbor Saturday with a 25-23 loss to Utah. Down 15 going into the fourth quarter, Michigan made a comeback behind defensive and special teams plays, but when a two-point conversion failed down 25-23, they weren't able to score again.

  • Northwestern outgained Syracuse 484 to 225 in total yards and won 30-10 Saturday. Tyrell Sutton showed he is ready after an injury plagued 2007 with 144 yards rushing and a touchdown catch.

  • Wisconsin had surges of scoring in the first and third quarters to beat Akron 38-17. P.J. Hill rushed for 210 yards and two scores as Akron couldn't handle the physical play from Wisconsin. New starting QB Allan Evridge had one touchdown and one interception, but only threw 10 times. His thoughts on his performance? "I think I did fairly well. I handed the ball off alright."

  • Indiana beat Western Kentucky, Ohio State shut out Youngstown State, Penn State killed Coastal Carolina, Iowa beat Maine, Minnesota came back to beat Northern Illinois, and a comeback fell short for Michigan State at Cal.

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