Big Ten Roundup – Week 9

    Oct. 25 Ohio State 31, at Penn State 24 2 OT And You Care Because … Joey Bosa sacked Christian Hackenberg on Penn State’s final chance in overtime as Ohio

    October 27, 2014

    Oct. 25 Ohio State 31, at Penn State 24 2 OT 
    And You Care Because … Joey Bosa sacked Christian Hackenberg on Penn State’s final chance in overtime as Ohio State finally put the game away. The Buckeyes appears to have the game in hand with a 17-0 halftime lead with J.T. Barrett finding Jeff Heuerman for a one-yard score, and Ezekiel Elliott running for a ten-yard touchdown, but Penn State roared back in the second half, starting with an interception return for a touchdown from Anthony Zettel. Hackenberg found Saeed Blacknall for a 24-yard score, and Sam Ficken forced overtime with a 31-yard field goal with nine seconds left. In the first OT, Bill Belton gave Penn State the lead with a one-yard run, but Barrett needed just three plays to get the Buckeyes into the end zone to tie it up. In the second overtime, Barrett ran for a four-yard touchdown, and Penn State couldn’t answer. 
    What Else? Rushing yards: Ohio State 219 – Penn State 16 
    – Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett completed 12-of-19 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, and ran 20 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns 
    – Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg completed 31-of-49 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions 
    – Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott ran 26 times for 109 yards and a score 
    Game Rating: B+

    Oct. 25 at Illinois 28, Minnesota 24 
    And You Care Because … Minnesota’s David Cobb was pushing for a little extra, but fumbled, leading to a scoop and score by V’Angelo Bentley from 12 yards out with just over six minutes to play. The Gophers got down 14-3 on a Reilly O’Toole nine-yard touchdown run and a three-yard pass to Jon Davis, but roared back in the second half with a 52-yard Isaac Fruechte scoring play and two touchdown runs from Cobb. Illinois stayed ahead on a two-yard Josh Ferguson run in the third, but it took the Bentley play to get ahead for good. Minnesota drove deep into Illinois territory late, but stalled. 
    What Else? Total yards: Minnesota 411 – Illinois 263 
    – Minnesota RB David Cobb 22 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns 
    – Illinois QB Reilly O’Toole completed 14-of-21 passes for 118 yards and a score, and led the team with 59 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries
    – Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner completed 12-of-30 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown with a pick, and ran 11 times for just three yards 
    Game Rating: B

    Oct. 25 at Nebraska 42, Rutgers 24 
    And You Care Because … Ameer Abdullah set a school record for all-purpose yards in a game tearing off touchdown runs from 53 and 48 yards out in the second quarter and adding a 23-yard scoring dash in the fourth as Nebraska won in a route. Rutgers tied it in the first on a 71-yard Leonte Caroo touchdown catch, but the O didn’t get back into the end zone until late in the third getting short touchdown runs from Desmon Peoples and Robert Martin after the game was out of reach. Tommy Armstrong Jr. ran for a 16-yard score and threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Westerkamp for the Huskers. 
    What Else? Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah ran 19 times for 225 yards and three touchdowns, caught two passes for 26 yards, and returned two kickoffs for 90 yards 
    – Rutgers QB Gary Nova completed 8-of-19 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown with a pick 
    – Nebraska LB Zaire Anderson made 11 tackles with a tackle for loss and a broken up pass 
    – Third down conversions: Nebraska 8-of-13 – Rutgers 4-of-12 
    Game Rating: C+

    Oct. 25 at Michigan State 35, Michigan 11 
    And You Care Because … After a sluggish start offensively, Michigan State took care of business with Jeremy Langford running for touchdowns from two yards out to start the scoring and five yards out to end it. Michigan still hung around, but that ended in the second half with a R.J. Williamson pick six for the Spartans, followed up by a 70-yard Tony Lippett touchdown catch. The Spartan defense dominated, but allowed a one-yard De’Veon Smith touchdown run and a two-point conversion late in the fourth. The Spartans were never really threatened. 
    What Else? Total yards: Michigan State 446 – Michigan 186 
    – Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford ran 35 times for 177 yards and three touchdowns 
    – Michigan QB Devin Gardner completed 13-of-28 passes for 121 yards and two picks
    – Michigan State QB Connor Cook completed 12-of-22 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown 
    Game Rating: C-

    Oct. 25 at Wisconsin 52, Maryland 7 
    And You Care Because … Wisconsin dominated from the start with Melvin Gordon running for three first half touchdown runs and Joel Stave throwing two third quarter scoring passes to Alex Erickson from 47 yards out and eight yards to Sam Arneson. With the backups in, the Badgers got a 60-yard touchdown run from Tanner McEvoy and a three-yard scoring dash from Corey Clement to get up 52-0. Maryland finally got on the board in the final minute with a 21-yard Stefon Diggs touchdown catch. 
    What Else? Total yards: Wisconsin 527 – Maryland 175 
    – Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon ran 22 times for 122 yards and three scores, and caught two passes for 12 yards 
    – Maryland QB C.J. Brown completed 13-of-29 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown, and ran 13 times for 14 yards 
    – Wisconsin QB Joel Stave completed 9-of-15 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns 
    Game Rating: D+

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