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Monday, September 10, 2007

9/10/07 - Weekend Recaps

Ohio State 20 Akron 2
Ohio State survived five turnovers and a lackluster offensive performance in their 20-2 win over Akron. The Buckeye defense was the game's headline, holding Akron to only 69 yards of total offense. OSU QB Todd Boeckman was very inconsistent in the first half and finished with only 131 yards on 14 of 23 passing, including 2 INTs. The lone bright spot for the Buckeye offense was RB Chris Wells, who rushed for 143 yards on 20 carries. Ohio State will get a test this week when they travel west to face a 2-0 Washington team.
Player of the Game: Ohio State RB Chris Wells

Northwestern 36 Nevada 31

Nevada blew a 24-10 halftime lead, and Northwestern scored on a 13-yard pass to Ross Lane with 21 seconds on the clock to pull ahead and eventually outlast the Wolfpack. Wildcat QB C.J. Bacher put together another impressive game throwing for 227 yards and 3 TDs on 20 of 45 passing. Bacher also ran for 60 yards on eight carries. Northwestern RB pitched in with 128 yards on 13 carries to help lead the Wildcats to their 2nd victory of the season. This week, the Wildcats host Duke in the Big Ten Network's primetime game.
Player of the Game: Northwestern QB C.J. Bacher

Michigan State 28 Bowling Green 17
Michigan State was tested in the 1st half, but eventually wore down the Falcons and took over the game after halftime. Spartan QB Brian Hoyer threw for 250 yards and 2 TDs on 17 of 29 passing. MSU WR Devin Thomas had a huge game, catching 4 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown. The Spartan defense looked a little vulnerable allowing BG QB Tyler Sheehan to throw for 295 yards, but did force 4 turnovers on the day.
Player of the Game: Michigan State WR Devin Thomas

Minnesota 41 Miami (OH) 35 3 OTs
Minnesota was very close to dropping two straight games to MAC opponents at home. In their 2nd straight overtime game, the Gophers got the win after RB Amir Pinnix scored on a 2 yard run and Jamal Harris intercepted a pass to seal the victory in the 3rd overtime. Miami had a great chance to pull off the upset in the 2nd OT, but Trevor Cook missed a 33-yard field goal attempt. Pinnix finished the game with 126 yards on 28 carries and the game-winning touchdown. Gopher QB Adam Weber was impressive throwing for 271 yards on 26 of 40 passing including 4 TDs. He also ran for 97 yards and a score on 16 carries.
Player of the Game: Minnesota QB Adam Weber

Purdue 52 Eastern Illinois 6
Purdue used this home game against Division 1-AA Eastern Illinois as a chance to tune-up their high powered offense. The Boilermakers racked up 533 yards of total offense, and QB Curtis Painter threw for 6 touchdowns in their 52-6 rout of EIU. Purdue WR Dorien Bryant caught 12 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. It will be a bit tougher to find points next week when Purdue hosts Central Michigan before beginning Big Ten play.
Player of the Game: Purdue QB Curtis Painter

Oregon 39 Michigan 7
For the 2nd straight week, the Michigan defense was embarrassed and completely ripped apart as Oregon posted 624 yards of total offense. Ducks QB Dennis Dixon tore apart the Wolverines by connecting on touchdown passes of 85 yards, 61 yards and 46 yards to go along with his 76 yards rushing on 16 carries. Michigan also gave up 111 yards on the ground to Oregon RB Jonathan Stewart on 15 carries. It's obvious that the Wolverine defense is not only slow and unathletic, but at this point it must be said that they are flat out bad. Michigan QB Chad Henne left the game with a shoulder injury and will miss this week's game against Notre Dame. And if you thought things were ugly in Ann Arbor now, imagine the scene if the Wolverines lose at home again to rival Notre Dame.
Player of the Game: Oregon QB Dennis Dixon

Penn State 31 Notre Dame 10
Defense was once again the story in a Penn State win. The Nittany Lion D held Notre Dame to just 144 total yards and zero net rushing yards while fueling the victory, despite a lackluster performance by the PSU offense. Penn State QB Anthony Morelli was less than impressive throwing 12 for 22 and 131 yards. Nittany Lion RB Austin Scott finished with 116 yards and 2 TDs on 28 carries. Penn State gets another tune-up this week hosting Buffalo before starting Big Ten play at Michigan. With the Nittany Lion defense looking very impressive and games against Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa and Purdue all at home this season, it isn't a stretch to put Penn State in the driver's seat for a Rose Bowl berth.
Player of the Game: Penn State LB Dan Connor had 12 tackles and 1 sack

Illinois 21 Western Illinois 0
Illinois defense held Western Illinois to just 152 total yards and four first downs en route to their shutout victory. The Illini chalked up most of their yards on the ground, with RB Rashad Mendenhall gaining 139 yards and scoring a TD on 23 carries. However, Illini fans have to concerned with QB Juice Williams' inconsistency and lack of accuracy. Williams finished the game with 123 yards through the air on 12 of 24 passing. Nevertheless, Illinois evens up their record at 1-1 before traveling to Syracuse this week for a very winnable game.
Player of the Game: Illinois RB Rashad Mendenhall

Indiana 37 Western Michigan 27
The Hoosiers jumped out to a 31-7 first half lead and then weathered a strong Bronco comeback attempt to post an impressive road win. Indiana QB Kellen Lewis had another solid game throwing for 221 yards on 20 of 40 passing with 3 TDs and an interception. Indiana now heads back home for games against Akron and then their Big Ten opener versus Illinois with a legitimate chance of starting the season 4-0.
Player of the Game: Indiana QB Kellen Lewis

Iowa 35 Syracuse 0
Iowa controlled this game from the opening kick-off and completely shut down an anemic Syracuse offense. The stingy Iowa defense held the Orange to just 103 yards of total offense on the night. Hawkeye QB Jake Christensen was much improved from week one, throwing for 278 yards and 4 TDs on 23 of 32 passing. Iowa TE Tony Moeaki had a coming out party catching 8 passes for 112 yards and 3 scores. The Hawkeyes now face a terrible Iowa State team before going to Wisconsin for what could be a very interesting early season matchup.
Player of the Game: Iowa TE Tony Moeaki

Wisconsin 20 UNLV 13
The Badgers survived a huge scare from UNLV and used a 29-yard run by QB Tyler Donovan with less than 2 minutes to play to finally take the lead and held on to outlast the Runnin' Rebels. Donovan took a step back from his first game throwing for just 138 yards on 14 of 26 passing, and Wisconsin got back to their vanilla running offense. Badger RB P.J. Hill finished the game with 30 carries and 147 yards on the ground. The early season favorite to win the Big Ten looked very beatable in Las Vegas, but it will be a few more weeks before we find out if this was a sign of troubles to come. The Badgers head home to face The Citadel in what should be an easy tune-up before Big Ten play starts.
Player of the Game: Wisconsin RB P.J. Hill

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