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  • Indiana looks to keep momentum after Mizzou upset Sep 22, 2014 5:40 PM
    Indiana has knocked on the door of big wins in the Kevin Wilson era before. This time, the Hoosiers finally did something with it. Indiana’s upset of No. 18 Missouri on the road Saturday included all the plays necessary to finish out a close game against a quality opponent.

     
  • Nebraska coach expecting surprises from Illinois Sep 22, 2014 5:42 PM
    Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and his players will prepare for Illinois this week with the understanding that some of what his defense sees in Saturday night’s Big Ten opener will not necessarily have been something they saw in film study. “They’re a little bit of a flavor-of-the-week type offense,” Pelini said Monday.

     
  • Illini QB struggles to open, finishes strong Sep 22, 2014 7:41 PM
    Through four games this season, Illinois has seen two very different Wes Lunts at quarterback. The first-half Lunt might leave Illini fans wondering what they’ve gotten in the transfer from Oklahoma State. The second-half version has three times rescued a team in danger of upset losses and pulled out wins, putting up some big numbers along the way.

     
  • Purdue beats error-prone SIUC 35-13 Sep 20, 2014 6:19 PM
    Having lost 13 of the first 15 games during Darrell Hazell’s time at Purdue, fast starts have not been synonymous with Boilermaker football. But thanks to an opportunistic defense, Purdue finally got the kind of start of which victories are made Saturday, scoring the first 25 points in a 35-13 victory against previously unbeaten Southern Illinois. “We wanted to be able to come out of the locker room and get off to a fast start,” Hazell said. “That was one of the things we preached a lot, and I thought both sides of the ball did that. I thought the defense came out and stuffed them and really put those guys on their heels.

     
  • Goodwin TD helps Rutgers beat Navy 31-24 Sep 20, 2014 6:31 PM
    Justin Goodwin ran for 104 yards on 26 carries, replacing the injured Paul James, as Rutgers beat Navy 31-24 on Saturday. James left the game with an apparent leg injury with 11:01 left in the second quarter. He had 96 yards on seven carries before being helped off the field.

     
  • Iowa rallies, knocks off unbeaten Pitt 24-20 Sep 20, 2014 6:25 PM
    Kirk Ferentz is learning to embrace his inner riverboat gambler. And with good reason. At the moment, the Iowa coach is on a roll. For 30 methodically brilliant minutes against unbeaten Pittsburgh on Saturday, so was his team. Mark Weisman ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns, including a 1-yard plunge with 6:56 remaining to lift the Hawkeyes to a 24-20 victory. The senior running back’s 20th career score came at the end of a 13-play drive in which Ferentz opted to go for it twice on fourth down rather than attempt a short field goal that would have tied the game. “He has confidence in us,” Weisman said. “So it’s our job to get it done some way, somehow.”

     
  • Penn State powers past UMass, 48-7 Sep 20, 2014 6:44 PM
    Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak rushed for a pair of touchdowns each, Christian Hackenberg threw for 179 yards and Penn State defeated Massachusetts 48-7 on Saturday. Penn State (4-0), which needed late-game drives to win two of its first three games, displayed a run-pass balance for the first time this season during its first game against UMass (0-4).

     
  • Utah waits out delay, beats Michigan 26-10 Sep 20, 2014 8:42 PM
    Travis Wilson returned after a frightening fall in the first half to throw a third-quarter touchdown pass, and Utah finally finished off a 26-10 win over Michigan on Saturday after a lightning delay in the fourth quarter of 2 hours, 24 minutes.

     
  • Gordon, No. 19 Wisconson whallop Bowling Green Sep 20, 2014 4:23 PM
    Melvin Gordon rushed for career highs of 253 yards and five touchdowns, and No. 19 Wisconsin ran for a Big Ten-record 644 yards to trample Bowling Green for a 68-17 victory Saturday. Gordon had 179 yards and four scores by halftime alone before dashing for a 69-yard touchdown on his first carry of the second half. He silenced any doubters worried about his 38-yard outing the previous game.

     
  • No. 11 Michigan State smashes E. Michigan 73-14 Sep 20, 2014 3:51 PM
    Connor Cook threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score as No. 11 Michigan State scored the third-most points in program history, smashing Eastern Michigan 73-14 on Saturday. The Spartans (2-1) came up three points short of matching the school record set in 1989 against Northwestern and found the end zone on their first five possessions. Michigan State scored 75 points against Arizona in 1949.

     
  • Maryland beats Syracuse 34-20 Sep 20, 2014 6:22 PM
    C.J. Brown threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns, cornerback William Likely returned an interception 88 yards for another score, and Maryland beat mistake-prone Syracuse 34-20 on Saturday. Likely, who forced a fumble, had an interception, and returned a punt for a touchdown against West Virginia last week, intercepted a Terrel Hunt pass at the Maryland 12 and raced down the right sideline for a score with 3:37 to go in the first half, giving Maryland a commanding 31-13 lead.

     
  • Minnesota handles San Jose State 24-7 Sep 20, 2014 7:58 PM
    David Cobb ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns and backup quarterback Chris Streveler ran for 161 yards and touchdown in his first career start on Saturday and Minnesota defeated San Jose State 24-7.

     
  • Illinois survives Texas State scare 42-35 Sep 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    Trying to find a way to help Illinois hold onto a narrow lead Saturday, cornerback V'Angelo Bentley saw his opportunity in a fourth quarter pass thrown a little high. Bentley jumped in front the receiver, snatched the ball and headed 45 yards to the end zone, delivering relief for the Illini and a 42-35 weather-delayed win over Texas State. The head pats and hugs he got on the way to the sideline showed a degree of relief that's become all too familiar for Illinois. Three times this season, the Illini (3-1) have headed to the fourth quarter trailing at home. And three times they've found a way, some way, to win.

     
  • Abdullah key in No. 24 Neb’s 41-31 win over Miami Sep 21, 2014 7:56 AM
    Ameer Abdullah ran 35 times for 229 yards to lead a punishing ground game, and No. 24 Nebraska celebrated the 20th anniversary of its 1994 national championship team with an emotional 41-31 victory over Miami on Saturday night.The Cornhuskers (4-0) will start Big Ten play next week off a performance that drew a Memorial Stadium record crowd of 91,585 that came to see a meeting of programs that combined for eight national titles from 1983 to 2001.

     
  • Fitzgerald: No time to panic with Wildcats 0-2 Sep 19, 2014 6:17 PM
    Northwestern vowed this would be a rebound season, a chance to re-establish itself after struggling down the stretch last year. Two games in, things aren’t looking so good. The Wildcats take a 0-2 record into Saturday’s meeting with Western Illinois, certainly not what they expected headed into their final tuneup for Big Ten play. “We’ve lost two games by one score,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “I know there’s people jumping off the boat, but it’s not on fire. So chill out. But at the same time, we’ve got to win games.” The roster took several big hits before the start of the season, with running back Venric Mark getting suspended for the first two games and then transferring. Receiver Christian Jones suffered a season-ending knee injury in a preseason practice, and things just haven’t gone the Wildcats’ way since then. Northwestern opened with a 31-24 loss to California, coming up short after a second-half rally. The result was no better the following week against Northern Illinois. The Wildcats dropped that game 23-15 despite racking up 394 yards on offense. The problem was drives kept getting stalled by mistakes, be it a dropped pass, penalty or sack. It didn’t help, either, that quarterback Trevor Siemian left the game with an injury to his lower right leg, although he has said it wasn’t too serious. Defensive lineman C.J. Robbins also got ejected in the fourth quarter and was suspended for this week’s game by the Big Ten. The conference issued a public reprimand of him. It has all added up to the worst start in Fitzgerald’s nine seasons, certainly not what the Wildcats were planning after going 5-7. They’ve dropped nine of 10 since winning the first four a year ago. And after a week off, they have one final tuneup before opening conference play at Penn State. With that in mind, here are some things to look for as the Wildcats take on Western Illinois (2-1). TAKE IT AWAY: Fitzgerald came into this season harping on takeaways after an uneven performance by the Wildcats in that area last season. They led the conference with 19 interceptions but tied for a league low with four fumble recoveries. And now? The tally so far is two interceptions, zero fumble recoveries. “We haven’t been very successful around here when we don’t create turnovers,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s kind of a recipe for disaster.” GETTING IN GEAR: Takeaways aren’t the only issue at the moment for Northwestern. There are a few on offense, too. The Wildcats are averaging 19.5 points, 2.5 yards per rush and 374 yards, and that’s turned some attention toward Trevor Siemian. With Kain Colter gone, the Wildcats don’t have a running quarterback. But Fitzgerald said this week he’s not considering going back to a two-man rotation at QB. He also pointed out that Northwestern’s offense has succeeded in the past without a running quarterback. RUN FOR IT: The losses of Colter and Mark help explain the low rushing numbers to some extent. One bright spot — Justin Jackson. A true freshman, he has carried 20 times for a team-high 92 yards and is averaging 4.6 per carry. He figures to be tested by a team that held one of the nation’s top running backs — Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon — to 38 yards two weeks ago. ABOUT WESTERN ILLINOIS: Western Illinois lost 37-3 to Wisconsin two weeks ago after hanging in for two quarters. The Fighting Leathernecks trailed by six at halftime before Badgers quarterback Tanner McEvoy took over, shaking off a slow start to throw for three touchdowns and run for another. Against Drake last week, Trenton Norvell threw for 205 yards and J.C. Baker ran for 130 in a 38-13 victory. The Leathernecks also registered seven sacks, the most for them since 2002. CATCHING ‘CATS: The Wildcats are missing their top two receivers from last year, with Christian Jones out for the season and Tony Jones (lower body injury) missing his second straight game. Senior Kyle Prater helped fill the void against Northern Illinois, recording career highs with seven catches and 87 yards.

     
  • llinois looks for slow-start fix against Bobcats Sep 19, 2014 11:17 PM
    Illinois has been a strong second-half team this season. The Illini (2-1) have scored 56 points on eight touchdowns in those six quarters, including three long strikes from quarterback Wes Lunt. But in those first halves? Illinois has been outscored 61-33 and trailed at halftime in all three games. “It comes down to what are you doing in the first half, and we’re not being successful in the first half,” Illini coach Tim Beckman said.

     
  • Purdue seeking momentum after loss to Irish Sep 17, 2014 12:13 AM
    Purdue has found what it’s been missing the most — intensity. The Boilermakers learned just how important it is to play with a high intensity level when they stuck with Notre Dame in a 30-14 loss last weekend.

     
  • Iowa searching for answers on offense Sep 17, 2014 12:15 AM
    This was supposed to be the year that Iowa flourished under offensive coordinator Greg Davis. Three games in, the Hawkeyes look inept.

     
  • Penn State coach has long-term plan Sep 17, 2014 12:11 AM
    First-year coach James Franklin has guided Penn State to a 3-0 start, with the Nittany Lions rallying to beat Central Florida and Rutgers. He knows it takes time to develop a cohesive offensive line, powerful running game and team depth.

     
  • MSU won’t run up score for style points, coach says Sep 17, 2014 12:16 AM
    The 11th-ranked Spartans return to the field Saturday to face Eastern Michigan, and although Michigan State lost its showdown at Oregon two weekends ago, coach Mark Dantonio’s team remains highly regarded.

     
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