Thursday, September 11, 2014

B1G Recap Week 2

In Summary

Western Kentucky 34, Illinois 42

Illinois scores 21 in the 4th quarter led behind Wes Hunt's 456 yards passing to come back and win at home against the Hilltoppers.  More importantly, not only does WKU have a corner named Wonderful Terry; he actually scored on a 95 yard fumble return.  Lunt now has 741 yards passing and 7 TDs on the season, which are numbers Mitch Leidner might get to in December. 

Favorite fan comment:
Sunshine Melissa Payne
Illinois should abandoned sports
Sunshine abandon class when they discussed past and present tense.

This week: @Washington
Prediction: Pain


McNeese St 24, #19 Nebraska 31

Nebraska needed a score in the last minute to defeat the mighty Cowboys of McNeese State.  Ameer Abdullah caught a short pass and went HAM on everyone for 58 yards to joel stave off disaster.  Tommy Armstrong didn't let his pesky 50% passing rate get in the way of him slinging it bunch, but he was much more effective on the ground, rushing for 131 yards.

Favorite fan comment:
Paul Sutton
McDeusch St doesn't stand a chance in hell and will get completely blown out. GO BIG RED!!
This week: @Fresno St
Prediction: Lucky that Carr is gone.


Akron 3, Penn State 21


It was a good week for the Nittany Lions as not only did they win semi-convincingly, but they were allowed to play in the post-season this year.  Penn State took to the skies with Christian Hackenburg again this week to the tune of 319 yards.  However, PSU did have a couple of INTs and a fumble that kept the game a little closer early.  Hackenburg has thrown for 774 yards this year, but has 4 INTs against 4 TDs.

Favorite fan comment:
Joshua: The Big 10 (B1G/14) is looking strong this weekend. The FCS is looking stronger though

This week: @Rutgers
Prediction: PSU is -4, should be a good game.


Howard 25, Rutgers 38

Very interested in the TX BBQ Thickburger
Howard, who appears to have stolen the Buffalo Bills' logo, falls despite out-gaining Rutgers.  This game was all Rutgers, though.  The Bison scored twice in the 4th when hope was broken and bloody in the gutter.  Champagne Super Nova was on point, going 15-19 for 4 TDs.  RB Paul James followed his 173 yards rushing from week one by gaining 43 on the ground and 100 through the air on two TD receptions.  He had 3 total touchdowns.

Favorite fan comment:
Dave: Howard? I guess the McCann School of Business wasn't available?

This week: PSU
Prediction: Nova vs Hackenburg, one on one for your Nintendo


Central Michigan 38, Purdon't 17

Punter KTFO

Lucky for Purdue they weren't the only B1G embarrassment this week. CMU has a RB named Rawls, but sadly not Bill or even Lou.  Anyway, Rawls rumbled for 155 on the ground and QB Cooper Rush only needed 16 throws to rack up 172 through the air.  Nice defense, Purue. 

Purdue QB Danny Etling was a horrid 17-32 for 126 yards.  That's 3.9 yards per attempt.  RB Raheem Mostert had 19 carries for just 53 yards, so that didn't really work either.

Favorite Fan Comment:
Steve: A team that went 1-11 in 2013 NEVER overlooks anybody BOILER UP!
This week: @ #11 ND or fold the program
Prediction: No pots of gold for Purdue


Western Illinois 3, #18 Wisconsin 37

I love how he's so calm about it.

Maybe WIU was stacking the line against the run, because Melvin Gordon didn't do well on the ground, but the Badgers had a great passing game going, especially in the second half.  Tanner McEvoy went 23-28 for 283 yards and 3 TDs.  McEvoy also had 55 yards and a score on the ground. 

Favorite Fan Comment:
william:  McEvoy looks really terrible. Anderson needs to find a real QB and soon.
william:  I said earlier that the badgers needed a QB, boy did I ever screw up, McEvoy looks like a different person so far

Keep us posted, William.

This week: Take a week off guys, you earned it.
Prediction: State Street drunk-fest.


Ball St 13, Iowa 17

Iowa out-gained Ball St 455-219, but needed two TDs in the last four minutes to get the win.  Jake Rudock's 322 yards passing was a career high.  Too much butter on the delicious Iowa sweet corn caused two fumbles lost, one for a score.  They also missed three FG attempts.   Ball State's RB Jawhan Edwards ran for 81 yards and I really hope he's related to Jewhan.  Ball State won like 10 games (too lazy to check) last year, so they're not a cupcake, but that's two tight turkeys in a row for Iowa.

Favorite Fan Comment:
left hook: wiesman----222 YARDS
 Or, you know, 13.

This week: vs 0-2 Iowa State
Prediction: Kevin Costner in a corn field.


Northern Illinois 23, Northwestern 15


Northwestern drops to 0-2 following a second tough match-up; this time against the NIU Huskies.  The internet tells me the Huskies now have 16 straight road wins, which seems hard to do.  Trevor Siemian is apparently ok, after getting folded up like a pretzel with 3 minutes left.  Super subbie Zach Oliver did come in and throw a 54 yard TD pass to close the gap, but it was too little, too late.

Favorite Fan Comment:
Extant: As an ex player for a perennial losing NIU squad (97-98)... Gotta say We whooppin big ten #$%$!!!!

This week: Bye week
Prediction: More time to study!


Maryland 24, South Flo Rida 17

Maryland fumbled 7 times and lost 4, and threw two interceptions, yet still had enough to beat USF.  QB CJ Brown connected with WR Marcus Leak on a pair of scores and Avery Thompson scored on a blocked punt for Maryland. 

Favorite Fan Comment:
Travis Callis:  Maryland should dominate USF, with that said, turning it over 6 times and still winning is dominating a team. MD needs to clean it up now, WVU isn't nearly as bad as they were last season when we beat them 37-0
This week: vs WVU
Prediction: Fear the 3-0 Turtle


#7 Sparty 27, #3 Oregon 46

At least this happened.

Sparty, no.  If games were 35 minutes long, MSU would have had this one in the bag.  They're not though and Oregon reeled off 4 unanswered touchdowns to prove it.

Favorite fan comment:

---: As an Ohio State fan, I have finally come to terms that the Big Ten indeed sucks.
We're right there in the muck and slime with the rest of them.
Is the slime primordial though?

This week: Bye week
Prediction: Licking wounds.


Michigan 0, Notre Dame 31

The beatings will continue.  The Wolverines were ineffective and over-matched in the "final" edition of this rivalry.  Devin Gardner became a turnover machine in the second half, giving the ball up 4 times en route to the worst loss for Michigan in this long early season rivalry game. 

Favorite fan comment:
Harley Guy: Time for Brandon and Hoke to move on. They don't have a clue. Nor did the search committee that hired them, and Hoke's predecessor, Rich Rod. One of the storied football programs in history continuing to slide and everybody but UM administrators are able to see it
This week: vs Miami OH
Prediction: Wally Szczerbiak trips in the stands and hurts his ankle.


Virginia Tech 35, #8 Ohio State 21

Excited to spend time with family.
Yep, so the "powers" of the conference pretty much all poo'd themselves. This could have been a 40 word blog post, but who's counting?

JT Barret was 9/29 for 219 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions.  The last interception was a 63 yard pick-6 that came with :46 remaining with tOSU down a touchdown.  Yuck.  The offensive line wasn't doing any favors either as he was sacked 7 times.  VaTech might actually be good again.

Favorite fan comment:
John: If this continues at OSU, Urban Meyer will quit to spend time with his family.
This week: vs Kent St
Prediction: Golden Flashers?  One can hope...

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