Monday, October 6, 2008

Week Six Big Ten Wrap-up

It was a week of close games in the Big Ten, well mostly. Actually, it was time for me to realize what I miss from last season. I miss J Leman and his photogenic, America loving ways. I miss Anthony Morelli, because while Joe Pa is funny, Penn State just isn't the same without Morelli tossing a few ducks to the other team. I miss the antics of the Wisconsin band...oh, wait, they did it again?!! Awesome!

Ohio State beat the bandless Badgers 20-17 Saturday night winning the game on an 11 yard run from freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor with 1:08 remaining. When Malcolm Jenkins intercepted Allan Evridge's pass with 53 seconds to go, the game was sealed, giving the Buckeyes their first big win of the season.

Illinois travelled to Michigan Saturday and fell behind 14-3 in the first quarter. From then on, Juice Williams tore up the Michigan defense en route to a 45-20 win. Juice had 431 yards of total offense and had a knack for making the big play. Williams had a run for 50 yards to set up a late score and threw touchdown passes of 77 and 57 yards. Illinois moves to 3-2 and will be a major player in the Big Ten race again this year.

With 2:16 left and the ball at Michigan State's 21 yard line, Iowa had a chance to tie the game with a field goal on 4th and 1. Instead, the Hawkeyes tried for the first down and got stuffed. MSU head coach Mark Dantonio gave some great insight saying, "that was the play of the game." Oh? Iowa held star running back Javon Ringer to 91 yards on 25 carries, but the Spartans moved to 5-1 with a 16-13 win.

Even without Joe Pa on the sidelines, Penn State beat Purdue 20-6. Paterno was stuck in the press box with a hip injury (surprise!) and Penn State was expected to win by more than 14 points, but you'll take a road win in the Big Ten any way you get it.

Minnesota snapped a nine game conference losing streak by beating Indiana 16-7. World beaters I tell ya.

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