Rossow's Big Ten report: Hail Sparty!


Jim Rossow’s Big Ten report after Saturday's games

 

LEADERS DIVISION

TEAM           BIG TEN ALL

Ohio State 5 0 9 0

Wisconsin 4 1 6 2

Penn State 2 2 5 3

Indiana 1 3 3 5

Illinois 0 4 3 5

Purdue 0 4 1 7

LEGENDS DIVISION

Michigan State 5 0 8 1

Nebraska 3 1 6 2

Minnesota 3 2 7 2

Michigan 2 2 6 2

Iowa 2 3 5 4

Northwestern 0 5 4 5

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Penn State 24 Illinois 17 (OT)

Wisconsin 28 Iowa 9

Ohio State 56 Purdue 0

Nebraska 27 Northwestern 24

Minnesota 42 Indiana 39

Michigan State 29 Michigan 6

NEXT SATURDAY’S GAMES

Iowa at Purdue 11 a.m.

Penn State at Minnesota 11 a.m.

Illinois at Indiana 2:30 p.m.

Nebraska at Michigan 2:30 p.m.

BYU at Wisconsin 2:30 p.m.

 

Saturday’s stars

 

- GOPHERS, as underdogs. Minnesota’s three-game winning streak has come against heavy favorites: Indiana by nine, Nebraska by 10 and Northwestern by 12.

- JORDAN WESTERKAMP, Nebraska. First touchdown catch of News-Gazette All-Stater’s college career also was the first game-winning Hail Mary pass in Cornhuskers history (see story, D-6). The clutch catch also clinched Nebraska’s 45th consecutive season with a winning record at home (no wonder everyone from the state is so nice).

- HANDS, Ohio State defense. Buckeyes have intercepted a pass in 10 consecutive games, Doran Grant taking one back for a touchdown against the Boilermakers.

- FANS, Penn State. Whatever they’re paying for tickets in Happy Valley, it’s worth it. The Nittany Lions’ last three home Big Ten games — against Wisconsin in 2012, Michigan and Illinois this fall — have gone into overtime. Each time, Bill O’Brien has delivered a victory.

- STREAKS, Wisconsin. Bucky ... is 11-4 in November road games since 2006 ...  is bowl eligible for the 12th consecutive season (longest run in the Big Ten) ... has back-to-back wins at Kinnick Stadium for the first time since 1998 and 2000 ... has won each of its last 10 games by at least 19 points ... has held opponents without a touchdown in four games this season.

- BILL BELTON, Penn State. First Nittany Lion to rush for 200 yards since Larry Johnson in 2002.

- SHILIQUE CALHOUN, Michigan State. Has a tackle for loss in eight consecutive games after accounting for 21/2 of his team’s seven sacks against Michigan.

 

Saturday’s quote

 

- “Little sister, little sister.” — Chanting Michigan State students after the Spartans’ fifth win in six tries against their chief rival (Michigan has gone 129 minutes, 49 seconds without scoring a TD). The series has taken a turn since former Wolverine Michael Hart referred to the Spartans as Michigan’s “little brother.” 

 

Bowl outlook

 

- LOOKING GOOD: Michigan State. If Sparty keeps tackling like Bubba Smith, it will play in the Big Ten title game for the second time in three years. Even better, it’ll be against Ohio State, which the Spartans don’t meet in the regular season. Michigan State, which closes with Nebraska (lucky), Northwestern (bad) and Minnesota (in East Lansing), should finish the regular season without a Big Ten loss for the first time since 1987, also the last year it played in a BCS bowl.  

- LOOKING BAD: Michigan. When the Big Ten went to the Legend-Leaders look, there was much fretting about the possibility of Ohio State and Michigan playing back-to-back games. Thanks to Brady Hoke, those worries are for naught. His Wolverines will, for the third consecutive year, fail to reach the Big Ten title game. In fact, they’re likely headed to the school’s second December bowl game since 1995. That’s because Michigan can’t win on the road (5-7 under Hoke, 10 losses in a row against ranked hosts). Oh, well, basketball season starts Friday night.

 

UI LIST

 

Saturday marked the ninth overtime game involving Illinois (4-5). A look back:

YEAR RESULT

1996 UI 46, Indiana 43 

1999 Indiana 34, UI 31 

2000 UI 42, Indiana 35

2002 UI 38, Purdue 31 

2002 Ohio State 23, UI 16 (2OT)

2004 Northwestern 28, UI 21

2005 UI 33, Rutgers 30

2010 Michigan 67, UI 65 (3OT)

2013 Penn State 24, UI 17

 

UI Schedule/results

 

Aug. 31 UI 42, Southern Illinois 34

Sept. 7 UI 45, Cincinnati 17

Sept. 14 Washington 34, UI 24

Sept. 28 UI 50, Miami (Ohio) 14

Oct. 5 Nebraska 39, UI 19

Oct. 19 Wisconsin 56, UI 32

Oct. 26 Michigan State 42, UI 3

Saturday Penn State 24, UI 17 (OT)

Nov. 9 at Indiana, 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 16 vs. Ohio State, TBA

Nov. 23 at Purdue, TBA

Nov. 30 vs. Northwestern, TBA

 

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