Week 8 Big Ten Football Scores, Picks Recap, Quick Analysis

    Week 8 Big Ten football scores, picks recaps, and quick game analysis.

    October 24, 2015


    Games In Order From Best To Worst

    Northwestern at Nebraska

    Final Score: Northwestern 30, Nebraska 28
    Pick: Nebraska 23, Northwestern 16
    Line: Nebraska -7.5, o/u: 51.5

    In a weird game, Northwestern got a 37-yard Dan Vitale touchdown catch and a 27-yard Jack Mitchell field goal in the fourth quarter to get ahead by eight, but Nebraska scored late on a three-yard Tommy Armstrong run. However, the Huskers didn’t get the two, and Northwestern ended up running out the clock.

    Player of the Game: Northwestern DE Dean Lowry made ten tackles with two sacks, a broken up pass, and six tackles for loss. The Wildcats had an early 14-5 lead on a 72-yard pick six from Nick VanHoose and a one-yard run from Thorson, but Nebraska kept pushing with Armstrong finding Brandon Reilly for a ten-yard score and running four a four-yard touchdown to take the lead. Mitchell kept answering for NU, finishing with three field goals on the day.

    Player of the Game: Northwestern DE Dean Lawry made ten tackles with two sacks and six tackles for loss with a broken up pass.

    Indiana at Michigan State

    Final Score: Michigan State 52, Indiana 26
    Pick: Michigan State 38, Indiana 27
    Line: Michigan State -16.5, o/u: 63.5

    Up 28-26 in the fourth quarter, Michigan State was finally able to pull away in the final moments with three touchdowns in the last five minutes. Connor Cook threw four touchdown passes including two to R.J. Shelton with a ten-yarder in the fourth and a 22-yard play in the first. But Indiana hung shot for shot over the first three quarters thanks to Nate Sudfeld, who found Ricky Jones and Simmie Cobbs for touchdown passes in the second quarter. The return of RB Jordan Howard helped the Hoosiers – he ran for a five-yard touchdown to start the scoring – but the secondary had no answer for Cook. Michigan State outgained IU 540 yards to 389.

    Player of the Game: Michigan State QB Connor Cook completed 30-of-52 passes for 398 yards and four scores.

    Wisconsin at Illinois

    Final Score: Wisconsin 24, Illinois 13
    Pick: Wisconsin 27, Illinois 17
    Line: Wisconsin -7, o/u: 44.5

    It wasn’t pretty offensively for the Badgers – losing QB Joel Stave to an early injury, and with RB Corey Clement not playing – but WR Alex Erickson did a little bit of everything for the offense including a nine-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. Bart Houston stepped in for Stave and threw for 232 yards and two scores, but he also gave up two picks including one in the end zone. Illinois couldn’t get the offense going with too many dropped passes and stalled drives, settling for two Taylor Zalewski field goals in the first half, but took the lead on a 36-yard Ke’Shawn Vaughn touchdown run in the third. The Badgers scored 14 unanswered points and the D held without a problem. Clayton Fejedelem made 19 tackles for the Illini.

    Player of the Game: Wisconsin WR Alex Erickson caught ten passes for 96 yards and a score, and ran four times for a team-high 81 yards.

    Ohio State at Rutgers

    Final Score: Ohio State 49, Rutgers 7
    Pick: Ohio State 41, Rutgers 24
    Line: Ohio State -21, o/u: 65

    The Buckeye offense rocked and rolled with J.T. Barrett back at the helm. He ran for scores from two and ten yards out, and found Michael Thomas for a brilliant 50-yard touchdown catch, Curtis Samuel for a 30-yard scoring play and Jalin Marshall on a one-yard touchdown on the way to a 49-0 lead. Ezekiel Elliott got involved, too, with 142 yards with touchdown runs from two and 55 yards out. Rutgers didn’t get on the board until the final 13 seconds on a four-yard Andre Patton catch. The Buckeyes outgained Rutgers 528 yards to 293.

    Player of the Game: Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett completed 14-of-18 passes for 223 yards and three scores, and ran 13 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

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