Rossow's Big Ten report: Iowa's OK after all

 

Jim Rossow’s

Big Ten Report

 

LEADERS DIVISION

TEAM               BIG TEN ALL

Ohio State 5 0 9 0

Wisconsin 4 1 7 2

Penn State 2 3 5 4

Indiana 2 3 4 5

Illinois 0 5 3 6

Purdue 0 5 1 8

LEGENDS DIVISION

Michigan State 5 0 8 1

Nebraska 4 1 7 2

Minnesota 4 2 8 2

Iowa 3 3 6 4

Michigan 2 3 6 3

Northwestern 0 5 4 5

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Indiana 52 Illinois 35

Nebraska 17 Michigan 13

Minnesota 24 Penn State 10

Iowa 38 Purdue 14

Wisconsin 27 BYU 17

NEXT SATURDAY’S GAMES

Ohio State at Illinois 11 a.m.

Indiana at Wisconsin 11 a.m.

Purdue at Penn State 11 a.m.

Michigan at Northwestern 2:30 p.m.

Michigan State at Nebraska 2:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY’S stars

 

JAMES WHITE, Wisconsin. Only two Badgers — Montee Ball (83) and Ron Dayne (71) — have more career touchdowns than the senior, who is up to 46 after scoring three times.

BACKFIELD, Iowa. Sure looked like Ed Podolak was lugging the pigskin at Purdue, the Hawkeyes rushing 52 times for 318 yards and three touchdowns. It was Herky’s best output since 2002.

DEFENSES, playing Purdue. Boilers are averaging 6.2 points in Big Ten games.

OFFENSE, Indiana. The Hoosiers ... put up the most points against a conference opponent at Memorial Stadium (52) ... tied a school record — and set a Memorial Stadium mark — with 650 yards of offense ... set a single-season record for most touchdowns (52) ... rushed for 371 yards, their highest output since 2001.

COACHES, Minnesota. Not sure if it’s Jerry Kill or Tracy Claeys or someone else making the calls, but the Gophers are gold on fourth-down conversions. They were 3 for 3 against Penn State and are a Big Ten-best 11 for 14 this fall.

CHRIS BORLAND, Wisconsin. Bad hamstring and all, linebacker had 13 tackles and two sacks.

RANDY GREGORY, Nebraska. Defensive end had a career-high three sacks — and plenty of company in the Michigan backfield — as Herbie finished with season-high seven sacks and 15 tackles for loss.

ALLEN ROBINSON, Penn State. Moved atop school’s single-season receiving list (he has 1,106 yards on 73 catches with three games to go).

CHARLIE WEIS, Kansas. He’s the only reason Illinois doesn’t have the country’s longest conference losing streak. The Jayhawks dropped their 27th straight Big 12 game Saturday.

 

SATURDAY’S QUOTES

 

“Whoever questions our toughness, they can shove it.” — maligned Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner.

 

BOWL OUTLOOK

 

LOOKING GOOD: Iowa. Kirk Ferentz finally is earning some of the money the Hawkeyes overpaid him after reaching the Orange Bowl a few years back. The Hawkeyes, who had a four-year bowl run snapped last fall, aren’t done winning, with miserable Michigan next in line. They’ll likely finish sixth in the Big Ten pecking order which — if two teams make the BCS — means a trip to the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1. There are worse places to spend New Year’s Day (average temperature in early January in Dallas: 55 degrees).

LOOKING BAD: Illinois. It would take an upset of soon-to-be-ranked-No. 3 Ohio State to keep the Little Caesars dream alive. It would be a historic win because Illinois never has beaten a Top 3 team at Memorial Stadium (the best to date is a 33-0 beatdown of No. 4 Iowa in 1983). A loss would clinch a second consecutive bowl-less season — and the 14th in the last 19 years. 

 

UI LIST

 

Nathan Scheelhaase easily cracked the school’s top 10 single-game passing yards list Saturday:

QUARTERBACK YARDS

Dave Wilson 621

vs. Ohio State 1980

Tony Eason 479

vs. Wisconsin 1982

Juice Williams 462

vs. Minnesota 2008

Juice Williams 451

vs. Missouri 2008

Nathan Scheelhaase 450

vs. Indiana 2013 

Jason Verduzco 431

vs. Missouri 1991

Jon Beutjer 430

vs. California 2003

Jon Beutjer 426

vs. San Jose State 2002

Dave Wilson 425

vs. Purdue 1980

Tony Eason 423

vs. Alabama 1982

 

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

Nov. 2 Penn State 24, UI 17 (OT)

Saturday Indiana 52, UI 35

Nov. 16 vs. Ohio State, 11 a.m.

Nov. 23 at Purdue, TBA

Nov. 30 vs. Northwestern, TBA

 

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