Big Ten report: Boiler Up!

Big Ten report: Boiler Up!

Sports Editor Jim Rossow’s Big Ten Insider


TEAM                LEAGUE  OVERALL
Ohio State    1    0    5    0
Penn State    1    0    3    2
Purdue    0    0    3    1
Wisconsin    0    1    3    2
Indiana    0    1    2    2
Illinois    0    1    2    3
Northwestern    1    0    5    0
Nebraska    1    0    4    1
Iowa    1    0    3    2
Michigan    0    0    2    2
Minnesota    0    1    4    1
Michigan State    0    1    3    2
Penn State 35    Illinois 7
Northwestern 44    Indiana 29
Iowa 31    Minnesota 13
Purdue 51    Marshall 41
Ohio State 17    Michigan State 16
Nebraska 30    Wisconsin 27
Illinois at Wisconsin    2:30 p.m.
Michigan State at Indiana    11 a.m.
Northwestern at Penn State    11 a.m.
Michigan at Purdue    3 p.m.
Nebraska at Ohio State    7 p.m.

saturday’s stars

- BUSHES, Purdue. Gary Bush set career highs in catches (seven), yards receiving (83) and TDs (three). Metamora product Caleb TerBush had career highs in passing yards (294) and TD passes (four).
- JOHN WIENKE, Iowa. Pride of Tuscola shared punting duties, but two of his three boots landed inside the 20.
n 100-YARD RUSHERS, Northwestern. Kain Colter (161) and Venric Mark (139) became the first Wildcats to reach the century mark in the same game since Jason Wright (251) and Noah Herron (163) ran around Ron Turner’s Illini in 2003.
- DEFENSE, Penn State. Of all the impressive stats put up by Michael Mauti and the guys, this one stood out: five Illinois drives resulted in zero or negative yards.
- PHILLY BROWN, Ohio State. His career-high 12 catches probably made school-record-holder David Boston (14 grabs, 1997) a tad nervous.
- JEFF BUDZIEN, Northwestern. Dude never misses. He’s 11 for 11 on field goal attempts this season after nailing three more, including a season-best 44-yarder. He also has made all 70 PATs in his career.
- RICARDO ALLEN, Purdue. No one at Brian Cardinal University has more interceptions returned for TDs than the junior cornerback, who broke a tie with Rod Woodson and Mike Rose with his fourth. Only one Big Ten player has more: Wisconsin’s Jamar Fletcher had five from 1998 to 2000.
- RUN-STUFFERS, Ohio State. Spartans didn’t have a first down rushing, mainly because Le’Veon Bell (season-low 45 yards) was held in check.
- MARK WEISMAN, Iowa. A month ago, he was a walk-on no one knew. Today, he’s being compared to Shonn Green and Marcus Coker after rushing for 507 yards and seven touchdowns in the last three games.
- BO PELINI, Nebraska. Down 27-10 — and an antsy home crowd calling for his head — the embattled coach kept his cool. The result: one of the bigger wins in his career.

Saturday’s quote

- “Ninety-nine yards without a touchdown — that one’s gonna hurt. That’s gonna haunt my dreams.” — Penn State’s MICHAEL MAUTI, who fell 1 yard short of returning an interception for a touchdown against Illinois.

Bowl forecast

- LOOKING GOOD: Purdue. We’ll know before basketball practice starts if the Boilermakers are legitimate, with Michigan and Wisconsin visiting the next two weekends. They’ve split the last four games with the Wolverines but are on an 0-6 run against the Badgers. Regardless, Purdue Pete is off to its best start since 2007 and is on pace to play in January for the first time since Joe Tiller’s 2003 gang lost the Capital One Bowl.
- LOOKING BAD: Illinois. First, the good news: Tim Beckman’s final Toledo team started 1-3 and still went bowling, winning eight of its last nine games. Now the bad news: this isn’t Toledo. The Illini need to finish no worse than 4-3 to get in. Illinois will be heavy underdogs in its four road games (see the schedule below) meaning it can’t slip up against Indiana, Purdue or Minnesota at home. Considering how poorly they’ve played, that might be asking too much.

Illini list

Tim Beckman became the fourth consecutive Illinois coach to lose his first Big Ten game:
2012    Tim Beckman    Penn St., 35-7
2005    Ron Zook    Mich. St., 61-14
1997    Ron Turner    Iowa, 38-10
1992    Lou Tepper    Minnesota, 18-17

Illini results (2-3)

Sept. 1    W. Michigan    W, 24-7
Sept. 8    at Arizona State    L, 45-14
Sept. 15    Charleston So.    W, 44-0
Sept. 22    Louisiana Tech    L, 52-24
Saturday    Penn State    L, 35-7
Oct. 6    at Wisconsin    2:30 p.m.
Oct. 13    at Michigan    2:30 p.m.
Oct. 27    Indiana    11 a.m.
Nov. 3    at Ohio State    TBA
Nov. 10    Minnesota    TBA
Nov. 17    Purdue    TBA
Nov. 24    at Northwestern    TBA

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