Big Ten Rundown: Week 7

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

We're firmly into conference play now and this week's games led to some ugly football with a classic Big Ten tussle in Happy Valley (that's not necessarily a good thing). In case you missed any of it, we've got it all recapped for you.

Nebraska (5-1, 2-0) - 44

Purdue (1-5, 0-2) - 7

It was a battle of freshman QB’s.  Neither played all that well.  The difference was that Nebraska has other playmakers on both sides of the ball.  Purdue had ten plays on Nebraska’s sided of the field the entire game. In those ten plays, Purdue fumbled, was sacked twice and threw seven incomplete passes.  Indiana native and former Purdue commit Randy Gregory had a big day in his return home, while only recording two total tackles, both were sacks including one resulting in a safety and he had a fumble recovery.  Next: Nebraska: bye, Purdue: @ Michigan State

Indiana (3-3, 1-1) - 28

Michigan State (5-1, 2-0) - 42

This one was billed as a battle of a great offense vs. a great defense. It turns out the great defense prevailed. Despite giving up their first two rushing touchdowns of the season, the Spartans held Indiana to season lows in rushing and passing yards and points. The Hoosiers also had trouble slowing down the Spartan offensive attack led by Jeremy Langford’s four TD game.   Next: Michigan State: @ Purdue, Indiana: @ Michigan

Northwestern (4-2, 0-2) - 6

Wisconsin (4-2, 2-1) - 35

At the beginning of the season, many speculated Northwestern would have trouble surviving such a difficult schedule.  That theory is turning out to have some legs.  Wisconsin badgered the Wildcats all day, holding Northwestern to 241 yards, 44 on the ground, sacking them seven times.  Wisconsin continued to do what they do and had a big game from their running backs Melvin Gordon and James White, both topping 100 yards.  Next: Wisconsin: @ Illinois, Northwestern: @ Minnesota

Michigan (5-1, 1-2) - 40

Penn State (4-2, 1-1) - 43 4OT

This was a classic Big Ten football game.  Classic in reinforcing every stereotype every college football fan mocks the conference with all across the country.  Penn State rallied back from down ten points with 6:35 left in the game to tie it and send it to overtime, highlighted by some spectacular play from the PSU receiving corps.  Fans were all set for something exciting to happen in overtime.  Well, at the end of the third overtime, we saw two made field goals, two missed field goals, another blocked and a fumble.  Six points. Three overtimes.  Remember, all these drives started 25 yards from the goal line.  Just your latest B1G punchline.  In the fourth overtime, Michigan got a field goal and, mercifully, Penn State found their way into the end zone, ending what was what Michigan fans call “the stupidest %^&#ing game” ever. Hard to argue.  Next: Michigan: vs. Indiana, Penn State: bye


Player of the Week: Jeremy Langford.  The Michigan State running back led the charge for the Spartans as they blasted the high powered Indiana Hoosiers.  Langford ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns and also grabbed another  to bring his total up to four for the day.

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