Jim Rossow's game-day report: Spartans look good

LEADERS DIVISION
TEAM    BIG TEN    ALL
Ohio State    0    0    3    0
Wisconsin    0    0    2    0
Illinois    0    0    2    1
Indiana    0    0    2    1
Penn State    0    0    2    1
Purdue    0    0    1    2

LEGENDS DIVISION
Michigan    0    0    3    0
Michigan State    0    0    3    0
Minnesota    0    0    3    0
Northwestern    0    0    2    0
Iowa    0    0    2    1
Nebraska    0    0    2    1

SATURDAY’S RESULTS
Washington 34, Illinois 24; Michigan 28, Akron 24; Ohio State 52, Cal 34; Central Florida 34, Penn State 31; Notre Dame 31, Purdue 24; Iowa 27, Iowa State 21; Michigan State 55, Youngstown State 17; Indiana 42, Bowling Green 10; UCLA 41, Nebraska 21; Minnesota 29, Western Illinois 12; Western Michigan at Northwestern, late; Wisconsin at Arizona State, late.

NEXT SATURDAY’S GAMES
Florida A&M at Ohio State    11 a.m.
Western Michigan at Iowa    11 a.m.
San Jose State at Minnesota    11 a.m.
Michigan State at Notre Dame    2:30 p.m.
Maine at Northwestern    2:30 p.m.
Purdue at Wisconsin    2:30 p.m.
Kent State at Penn State    2:30 p.m.
Missouri at Indiana    7 p.m.
Michigan at UConn    TBA

Saturday’s stars

— SHILIQUE CALHOUN, Michigan State. Sure, he didn’t score. But the defensive end, who had three TDs in the first two games, had a sack and recovered a fumble.

—  RUNNING BACKS, Indiana. What in the name of ANTHONY THOMPSON is going on in Bloomington? STEPHEN HOUSTON (159 yards) and TEVIN COLEMAN (129) ran like they were on a TOM CREAN fast break. The last time two Hoosiers tailbacks broke 100 yards in the same game was 2003 (BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Brian Lewis).

— BLAKE COUNTESS, Michigan. Apparently, his knee is OK. Cornerback already has three INTs, the most in a season for a Wolverine since 2009.

— CONNOR COOK, Michigan State. First Sparty QB to throw four touchdowns in one half since Drew Stanton did it at Illinois in 2005.

— MITCH LEIDNER, Minnesota. Not exactly RICKEY FOGGIE, but the backup did just swell in place of injured PHILIP NELSON. Redshirt freshman, who was on the scout team last year, completed 7 of 8 passes and rushed for 64 yards.

— KEVONTE MARTIN-MANLEY, Iowa. Two milestones (100 career receptions and 1,000 career receiving yards) in one gigantic win (Cy-Hawk Trophy, baby!) for the junior receiver.

— KENNY GUITON, Ohio State. The most impressive part of the senior’s first career start? His 90-yard TD pass to DEVIN SMITH was the longest in the storied program’s history.

Saturday’s quotes

— “We just pretended that Coach Kill was still there. Nothing really changed. We’ve been through this before.” — Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman on Jerry Kill’s halftime seizure that resulted in a trip to the hospital.

— “I made a lot of bad decisions, probably my worst game ever.” — Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, who had a career-high three interceptions and fumbled.

Bowl forecast

— LOOKING GOOD: Michigan State. On Jan. 1, 1988, the Spartans beat USC 20-17 in the Rose Bowl. Hard to believe they haven’t been back to a big-time bowl since then (sorry, Bubba Smith-breath, the Capital One Bowl doesn’t count). At 3-0 for the first time since 2010 — and, finally, with a quarterback who has a clue — Michigan State still can dream big. At least until next Saturday’s short bus trip to Notre Dame.

— LOOKING BAD: Nebraska. First, the good news. Big Red doesn’t play Wisconsin or Ohio State this season and has four pretty-close-to-gimmes — South Dakota State, Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota — to help ease Saturday’s pain. But, boy, did the defense look bad again. And, boy, are fans tired of traveling to so-so bowl games. Herbie’s BCS drought — 2001 and counting — doesn’t appear in danger of ending.  

UI RECORD BOOK

With 11/2 on Saturday, linebacker Jonathan Brown moved into the school’s top 10 for career tackles for loss:
NAME, YEARS    TOTAL
Simeon Rice, 1992-95    69
Moe Gardner, 1987-90    57
Fred Wakefield, 1997-2000    42
Don Thorp, 1980-83    40
J Leman, 2004-07    38.5
Kevin Hardy, 1992-95    38
Danny Clark, 1996-99    35
Scott Davis, 1985-87    35
Brit Miller, 2005-08    33
Jerry Schumacher, 1999-2002    33
Jonathan Brown, 2010-    33

UI schedule/results

Aug. 31    UI 42, Southern Illinois 34
Sept. 7    UI 45, Cincinnati 17
Saturday    Washington 34, UI 24*
Sept. 28     vs. Miami (Ohio), TBA
Oct. 5     at Nebraska, 11 a.m.
Oct. 19     vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m.
Oct. 26     vs. Michigan State, 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 2     at Penn State, TBA
Nov. 9     at Indiana, TBA
Nov. 16     at Ohio State, TBA
Nov. 23     at Purdue, TBA
Nov. 30     vs. Northwestern, TBA
* — at Soldier Field, Chicago

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