B1G Recap: Week 10

By Elika on November 6, 2011 at 1:31a
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Some teams just can't handle being favored

Welcome to the Big Ten Recap, Week 10: Sweet November. Does anything feel better than getting past the halfway point of the season, and getting to finally see what it all has been shaping up to be? The late season separation of the contenders and the Wolverines pretenders? I have yet to find such a thing.

In the off chance you got caught up in all of the "Game of the Century" hype, let this recap serve as your little reminder that there are conferences that exist outside of the SEC. In fact, as much as I appreciate a great defense1, there are other conferences with teams that still score touchdowns. Who woulda thunk it?!

Several B1G teams this weekend showed slight signs of a hangover and provided lackluster performances against significant underdogs, the Buckeyes included. Penn State2 and Illinois had the week off. It'll be interesting to see how these divisional races to the conference championship game will shake out as this month continues.

MICHIGAN STATE 31, MINNESOTA 24

Sparty was no exception to the several B1G teams, including the Buckeyes, that failed to live up to expectations versus an underdog opponent this week. In a way, it was nice to see Ohio State wasn't the only ones.

The Only Colors pretty much said it all, with "I don't have much good to say about this one. We got outgained by 14 yards against a team that lost to North Dakota State. We barely cracked 100 rushing yards against a defense that was allowing almost 300 a game. Far too many missed tackles, primarily from guys going for the spectacular hit instead of wrapping up, and we could not get pressure on MarQueis Gray for much of the first half, giving him all day to wait for a receiver to get open."

Major credit goes to the Minnesota Gophers, who have shown great signs of improvement since earlier this season. The game never had more than a one score differential, with the two teams trading scores, and unsuccessful drives, throughout the first three quarters. Down 24-21 entering the 4th quarter, the Spartan's kicked a 40 yard field goal with just under 15 minutes left to tie the game at 24. Minnesota quickly went three and out, and Michigan State took advantage, capping off their following drive with a 35 yard rush by Le'Veon Bell and grabbing a 31-24 lead. Minnesota, again, went three and out... as did Michigan State.

Minnesota was barely able to cross midfield on their next drive, and Michigan State punted on that next series, as well. With just over two minutes to go, and a chance to drive down and score, Minnesota managed to cross into Michigan State territory, but was eventually picked off by Trenton Robinson at the MSU 24. The Spartans ran one play to run out the clock, and hold off any chances of an upset in East Lansing that day.

IOWA 24, MICHIGAN 16

What do you get when you give Denard Robsinson four shots at the endzone, and a chance to send the game to overtime? Apparently, a loss. For many of us who had grown weary of hearing about a one loss Michigan team that we knew would eventually show their true colors, this came as no big surprise.

The Iowa defense held the Wolverines to 127 rushing yards, almost half their usual average. The Hawkeyes grabbed a lead of 7-0 within the first five minutes on a Marcus Coker run, and the Wolverines trailed the entire game. Down 24-16 with under three minutes to go in the game, Michigan drove down the field, with a 19 yard grab by Roy Roundtree setting up a 1st and Goal from the 3.

With four tries to potentially tie it up with 16 lefts, Michigan came away with nothing. The Iowa defense came through when needed most, shutting down Denard Robinson and Hawkeye BJ Lowery breaking up the final pass to wrap it up.

Believe me, I would have loved to quote a Michigan blog for you all, but at the moment, most of them have remained silent. I must say, silence is golden.

NORTHWESTERN 28, NEBRASKA 25

Dear Nebraska, Northwestern and their backup QB would like to welcome you to the Big Ten, again. I am definitely not the movie reference queen here, so I won't even attempt to stretch this one out, but in honor of Sarah, I can't help but say the nerds definitely got their revenge against the jocks in this one on Saturday. The 17 point underdog Wildcats went into Lincoln Memorial Stadium, and managed to hold off the Cornhuskers from the comeback most everyone was probably assuming would just happen.

Big Ten Standings
Legends
Michigan State 4-1 7-2
Iowa  3-2 6-3
Nebraska 3-2 7-2
Michigan 3-2 7-2
Northwestern 2-4 4-5
Minnesota 1-4 2-7
Leaders
Penn State 5-0 8-1
Ohio State 3-2 6-3
Wisconsin 3-2 7-2
Purdue 2-3 4-5
Illinois 2-3 6-3
Indiana 0-6 1-9

With just under 9 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, and Northwestern leading 7-0, Dan Persa was brought down hard on his left shoulder, causing soft tissue damage in the shoulder. Nebraska followed up with an eventual punt on their next series, and Persa, who hadn't yet left the game, threw a pick on the Wildcats' next drive. Even with a start on Northwestern's 37 yard line, Nebraska was rather ineffective on offense, but came away with three points on this posession.

As halftime drew nearer, enter Northwestern backup QB Kain Colter, who wasn't able to lead the Wildcats past midfield, and the teams entered halftime with Northwestern leading 7-3. Colter took all but four snaps in the second half, with 3rd string QB Trevor Simian seeing some time as well, as Persa watched from the sidelines. Colter ran for two touchdowns, and passed for another, and the Wildcats held a 28-18 lead with 1:34 left in the game.

Nebraska was able to drive down the field and score a TD on a 14 yard pass to Kenny Bell with 18 seconds left. It was too little, too late, however, as Nebraska failed to recover the onside kick, resulting in a Wildcat upset over the 'Huskers, 28-25.

Lake the Posts said of the victory, "today the team put the 'us against the world' mentality in the best coached, best played NU game by both lines and most impressive stepping up by guys whose numbers got called in clutch situations. A top 10 team. A place that NO BIG TEN TEAM HAD WON IN 30 YEARS. A ton of adversity and it didn’t matter. Northwestern wins 28-25. We’ve got our program back."

WISCONSIN 62, PURDUE 17

Braxton Miller and Kirk Cousins likely owe Purdue's defense some form of an apologiy, for the rbeatdown that Wisconsin was preparing for the Boilermakers all week. Montee must have done nothing for the past week other than lift, practice, and watch Hail Mary tapes, because he ran like a man posessed, racking up a career high 223 yards, and 3 touchdowns.

The game started out appearing to be another regular B1G "battle,"3 until the 2nd quarter when the Badgers turned it on, and never really seemed to shut it off. The Badgers entered the 2nd quarter with just a 14-10 lead over the Boilermakers.

As the guys at Bucky's 5th Quarter put it, "things went wrong quickly for Purdue. The Badgers picked up where they left off in the first quarter, and Ball found the endzone to put Wisconsin up 21-10. Purdue went three-and-out on two of their next three possessions, and TerBush was intercepted by Badger linebacker Mike Taylor one play after the Boilermakers recovered a fumble by Wilson on 3rd-and-1, putting the Badgers in the driver's seat for the remainder of the game." Wisconsin rattled off back to back touchdown runs (2 by Montee Ball, 1 by Russell Wilson) in the 2nd quarter, and Purdue eventually countered with one of their own, which was met with a 52 yard FG by Wisconsin, sending the game to halftime at 38-17.

In case two straight, last minute losses led you to forget how Bielema likes to come out in the second half, the Badgers continued to pile on the points for the next two quarters. With a Montee Ball TD and a James White one as well in the 3rd, Wisconsin entered the 4th quarter with a 52-17 lead. Another touchdown by James White and FG by Kyle French in the 4th, gave a final score of 62-17.

Hammer & Rails lamented, "It is sad it has come to this. This is our third embarrassment of the season where we flat out gave up on a game. Notre Dame and Michigan were the other two. This team is better than this, but the same mistakes keep happening over and over again. We continue to make dumb penalties such as false starts on offense. Our defense has no idea how to tackle. When we get good efforts like Raheem Mostert playing his ass off on kick returns we make stupid mistakes to kill that momentum. Mostert at least gave us a chance early, but without a defense it did not matter."

  • 1 In fact, I was one of the few, apparently, who actually enjoyed that game.
  • 2 So many comments on PSU right now; but, I will refrain.
  • 3 Miss you, Jimmy T!
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22buckeyebrown's picture

I'm tryign to find a good cleveland brown's fan site, anybody have a suggestion?

AcrossTheField11's picture

it encompasses all Cleveland sports and some OSU athletics but try this...

http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/

A couple other good ones are clevelandfrowns.com and the orange and brown report.*

 

*None of them come close to the quality and overall brilliance of this site (11W).

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

22buckeyebrown's picture

thank you very much. i doubt i'll there's any other sites than can compare to 11W's buckeye coverage... i'm an 11w addict...

OSUNeedles's picture

Have to say, i'm with you on LSU-Bama. Admittedly, I was watching it on a secondary tv in the basement while a digital version of Braxton & El Guapo led the Bucks to the 2013 national title, but it was about what I was expecting... A close game with great defense.

osukdawg76's picture

I'll make the comments about Penn State then.

 

WE ARE...THE CATHOLIC CHURCH!

 

Okay...maybe that's a little too far.  But, seriously, Spanier and company are truly screwed.

I, for one, welcome our new coaching overlords.

 

 

Colin's picture

I'm assuming the general concensus is that the situation over there is so disgusting and so bad that we don't even have to rub it in. Might as well take the high road.

osukdawg76's picture

I had to get one comment in.  I was reading Black Shoe Diaries and there are people in denial over the entire thing.  It's unbelievable that people don't understand how a Grand Jury actually works.  One person actually said that all of this is "circumstantial evidence."

I, for one, welcome our new coaching overlords.

 

 

Elika's picture

Trying so hard to take this high road.

a) I don't take child abuse lightly, at all, and would hate for it to seem otherwise.

b) You know how much crap we heard about discounted tattoos?!?!

c) But... some are just... too easy.

My will power remains strong, for now... even if I have a weak moment, anything I'd say wouldn't be on this site anyway.

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

osukdawg76's picture

I've gotten my bad comments out right away.  You're right that child abuse shouldn't be taken lightly, especially after reading through the 23 pages that came out about the Grand Jury Indictment.

 

It's incredibly disgusting the things that Sandusky used the university for.  Even worse...he used Second Mile as his own little recruitment to feed his ridiculously sick needs.  THAT is the worst thing about this, if you ask me.

 

 

http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/uploadedFiles/Press/Sandusky-Grand-Jury-P...

 

Just in case no one has read them....be warned, they are somewhat explicit and all disgusting.

I, for one, welcome our new coaching overlords.

 

 

GoBlu's picture

Penn State has taken college football to a new low. Never would I have imagined any program would protect its reputation over 10 year olds boys being violated and then cover it up. I am truly disgusted, I hope Penn State gets the death penalty.

flipbuckeye's picture

I've taken a lot of shit from my PSU friends the past year about TatGate, so I'm in the same boat. Really trying to take the high road with them.

ArTbkward's picture

At least you know that you will no longer hear one peep from them.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I'm in favor of taking the high road too, to some extent (I'd hate to see the current Penn State players heckled over this situation in 2 weeks, as I'm sure they're all as disgusted as the rest of us)...until such time as an obnoxious Nittany Lion fan (excuse the redundancy) needs to be put in his place.

 

More on topic, does anyone else think Pelini might be starting to feel some heat in Lincoln, or is it possible that's already happening? Granted that the program is in better shape now than it was when he took over, but the Huskers have now lost 14 games in his 4 years, which is no more acceptable there than it would be in Columbus. If you throw in how fortunate they were to beat the Bausermans, and their truly awful loss yesterday, they're closer to being East Lansing West than they are to being a true national contender again.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Too far by a mile. Not all Catholics and Penn State fans are sick f*cks.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

osukdawg76's picture

I know.  As mentioned above, considering the amount of crap we've gone through, one comment is more than enough regarding this situation.

I, for one, welcome our new coaching overlords.

 

 

BuckeyeChief's picture

I'm gonna take the high road on this one;

Like I said though, all those guys coming over here talking shit, *GLASSHOUSES*. Please justify why Tressel was evil and JoePa did what he was supposed to.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

faux_maestro's picture

I keep thinking JoePa didn't do what he was supposed to do, even though the D.A. (I think) was praising JoePa for "doing the right thing". I know that Ohio law states that you MUST report ANY SUSPECTED child abuse to "authorities", not your boss or employer. He should have called the police while the Grad. Assistant was sitting in his house, not wait a day then call the athletic director. Maybe Pennsylvania law is different, but I doubt it. These types of laws are pretty standard/uniform across the country.

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22buckeyebrown's picture

I read the grand jury report and other articles during the entire second half of the "game of the century" last night. The articles were more entertaining...

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

The Michigan fan bloggers are still trying to put coherent sentences together to explain why they think the refs shafted them again. You know, they never lose honestly...getting outplayed and outcoached and beaten by a better team. They always think they got screwed somehow.

Menexenus's picture

FYI, the conference records in the Leaders division of the Big Ten Standings table are mostly wrong.  For instance, ours should be 3-2.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Sarah's picture

Thanks, fixed. 

Elika's picture

My apologies, not sure what happened there. Thanks for the heads up... and thanks for the fix, Sarah.

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

22buckeyebrown's picture

if i were a victim, later than the 2002 incident, i would sue every memeber of the Penn State that is mentioned in this case, including joepa. all of these people were given an oportunity to stop sandusky from raping 8 to 13 year old little boys. all of their selfish, tiny attempts failed. when their attempts became an obvious failure, they did nothing... just sat on it & kept quiet, allowing sandusky's freedom and ability to claim more victims. pathetic...

Bucks43201's picture

PSU has been covering up Paterno and football program improprieties for years and decades.

The media is always giving JoePa the benefit of the doubt. Just like this situation. Do you think if this were any other coach that this story would have taken this long to get out.

Joe Pa, the media darling, is a phony.

Sandusky is one sick b*stard. Sending him to jail probably isn't the right punishment --- he'd LOVE the man-on-man contact in the showers.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

klfeck's picture

Man on boy does not equate with man on man. Bad comparison. That's like saying allowing priests to marry would keep them from molesting boys. These people are predators plain and simple.

Kevin
OH!!!!!
Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

Bucksfan's picture

C'mon, guys.  What's going on with Penn State is very sad, there are a lot of victims, and it's really unfortunate.  It's embarrassing for them, too.  But, it's not something that you use to laugh at someone.  You don't want that kind of stuff happening anywhere, let alone on some sports rival.

Anyway, VERY exciting weekend of Big Ten football.  Except for the Purdue-Wisconsin slaughter, all the other games were thrillers.  And, for those of you lucky enough to be at the 'Shoe during a milestone game, I hope you toasted to B-Rax's recordbreaking run afterwards with an ice cold Miller Genuine Draft...PLUS 3x 100 yard rushers for the Bucks.  

LSU-Alabama was one of the biggest let-downs of all time.  I'm all for low-scoring games, but the game should have ended 15-6 Alabama.  Three missed field goals, then another in OT does not make for a good game.

acBuckeye's picture

Penn State defeated Bye, 12-7 on a last-second fumble-recovery TD after Bye's QB inexplicably lost the ball while in "victory" formation.