BIG TEN FOOTBALL ROUNDUP
September 16, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
Minnesota 28, Western Michigan 23:Max Shortell replaced an injured MarQueis Gray and passed for 188 yards and three touchdowns, helping Minnesota overcome a sluggish start to beat Western Michigan 28-23 on Saturday. Gray hurt his left leg late in the second quarter with the Gophers (3-0) trailing, but Shortell steered a six-play, 78-yard march for the go-ahead score that A.J. Barker capped with his second of three touchdown receptions.
Illinois 44, Charleston Southern 0:Reilly O'Toole threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns and receiver Ryan Lankfordhad 97 yards and two scores to lead Illinois to a 44-0 win Saturday over Charleston Southern. The Illini (2-1) were missing a handful of starters who were injured, including quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, who has missed two games with a sprained ankle.
Nebraska 42, Arkansas State 13:Nebraska coach Bo Pelini left the stadium in an ambulance at halftime of the Cornhuskers' 42-13 victory against Arkansas State on Saturday. Taylor Martinez threw two touchdown passes to Kenny Bell for Nebraska (2-1), and Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 167 yards and two scores, filling in for the injured Rex Burkhead.
Purdue 54, Western Michigan 16:Caleb TerBush passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to help Purdue defeat Eastern Michigan 54-16 on Saturday afternoon. Akeem Hunt ran for 106 yards and a touchdown on just four attempts and scored a 50-yard touchdown on his only catch. Brandon Cottom ran for 95 yards and Antavian Edison caught five passes for 78 yards for the Boilermakers (2-1), who were coming off a last-minute 20-17 loss to Notre Dame.
Northwestern 22, Boston College 13:Mike Trumpy and Kain Colter teamed up to lead Northwestern to a 22-13 victory over Boston College on Saturday at Ryan Field. Colter passed for 144 yards, while Trumpy ran for 95 yards and one touchdown.
Iowa 27, Northern Iowa 16:Mark Weisman broke out against Northern Iowa, piling up 113 rushing yards and scoring three touchdowns to lead Iowa to a 27-16 victory on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
Penn State 34, Navy 7:Allen Robinson caught five passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns, helping Penn State to a 34-7 victory over Navy on Saturday at Beaver Stadium in Bill O'Brien's first win as Penn State's head coach. The Nittany Lions' explosive offense used big plays to take down the Midshipmen.
Michigan 63, UMass 13:Denard Robinson threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 106 yards and one touchdown, leading No. 18 Michigan to a 63-13 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines racked up the yards against the Minutemen on their way to victory. Michigan gained 291 yards passing and 294 yards rushing as it dominated Massachusetts' defense.
Wisconsin 16, Utah State 14:Montee Ball led the ground attack for No. 22 Wisconsin, rushing for 144 yards and one touchdown on 38 carries in the Badgers' 16-14 victory over Utah State on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Utah State missed a potential game-winning 37-yard field goal with eight seconds left.
Ball State 41, Indiana 39:The game between Ball State and Indiana came down to the final play and Steven Schott made a 42-yard field goal as time expired to clinch a 41-39 victory on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Notre Dame 20, Michigan State 3:Big plays helped Notre Dame's offense break out on the way to a 20-3 victory over Michigan State on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. With 10:50 to go in the first quarter, Everett Golson and John Goodman combined for a 36-yard touchdown, the Fighting Irish's longest play on the day. The touchdown gave Notre Dame a 7-0 lead.