Monday, October 13, 2008

Week Seven Big Ten Wrap-up

Penn State continued its great season with a blowout win at Wisconsin. Moving the ball well on offense and taking advantage of turnovers, Penn State rolled to a 48-7 win. It was Wisconsin's worst loss since 1989. Penn State moves to 7-0, with Ohio State the only real obstacle left to a Big Ten title.

Just when Illinois looked like a Big Ten title contender, the Illini went out and lost to Minnesota at home. The game was supposed to be the soft homecoming win on the schedule, but Minnesota came in to Memorial Stadium and shocked Juice Williams and Illinois. Williams totaled 503 yards in the game, but came up short on the play of the game for Minnesota. On 4th and goal from the one yard line, Juice bootlegged to his right and after the play was called a touchdown, the replay showed he was short and the play was reversed. Minnesota is now 6-1 on the year with its only loss coming to Ohio State on the road.

Michigan State got a big win at Northwestern this weekend, moving to 3-0 in the conference and 6-1 overall. The Spartans jumped out to a 17-0 lead and avoided the type of meltdown they've experienced against the Wildcats in the past. Javon Ringer carried the ball over 30 times again, this time racking up 124 yards and two scores. Turnovers really killed Northwestern, as they gave the ball away three times, often killing what looked like scoring drives and setting up the Spartans for easy points.

Toledo was the latest team to take advantage of a poor Michigan squad this year. The Rockets went into Michigan Stadium and came out with a 13-10 win. Toledo's only touchdown came on a 100 yard interception return and when KC Lopata missed a 31 yard field goal with less than 20 seconds to go, Toledo became the first MAC team to ever beat the Wolverines. Michigan's hopes of extending their nation-best 33 game bowl streak look to be gone.

Ohio State got an ugly 16-3 win over Purdue and Iowa smoked Indiana 45-9.

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