October 11, 2010

Creepin' the Big Ten: Week 6

We interrupt this Penn State pity party to check out the rest of the Big Ten, while the Lions were leaving a huge steaming pile in Beaver Stadium there were some Big Ten teams that were doing very well. So how did Ohio State do?

That groan you heard was the reaction to Ohio State taking over #1

(2)Ohio State 38 – Indiana 10

Indiana channeled their inner Penn State and tried to control the ball instead of getting in a fire fight with OSU. How'd that work? About as good as it works for Penn State. Terrelle Pryor
threw for a career high 334 yards and 3 touchdowns and no interceptions as Ohio State zoomed out to a 38-0 lead. Pryor did it mostly through the air his legs took the day off. Running back Dan Herron was the team's leading rusher going for 68 yards and 2 TD's on the day. It was the Sweatervest's 100th career win at Ohio State making him the third quickest among Big Ten coaches to reach 100. While Ohio State was winning handily, Alabama was losing 35-21 to South Carolina making OSU the new #1 team according to the A.P.

Michigan's little brother is all grown up

(17) Michigan St 34 – (18) Michigan 17

Mark Dantonio returned to the sidelines and Denard Robinson faced the first test of a good defense and failed. While he did go 17 for 29 for 215 yards and a TD and ran for 86 and a score he threw 3 interceptions as the Michigan State defense contained him for most of the day. 2 of Robinsons' turnovers led to Spartan scores as MSU blew open a 17-10 game in the 3rd quarter. The suspect Michigan defense gave up 536 total yards and Michigan's little brother struck the right balance of passing (287) and rushing (249). Kirk Cousins played well for Michigan State throwing for 284 yards and a touchdown while limiting mistakes (0 int's). The three-headed monster at running back for MSU; Edwin Baker, Le'Veon Bell and Larry Caper, all scored. It was the third year in a row that Michigan State came away victorious, a feat that hasn't happened since 1967.

Point and laugh

Purdue 20 – just Northwestern 17

Usually the 'point and laugh' category is specifically set aside for Minnesota but this week's recipient is Northwestern. The Wildcats made enough special teams' gaffs and penalties (8-60) to overcome a horrible passing day by Purdue's QB Rob Henry. The redshirt freshman and erstwhile 3rd string QB ran for 132 yards and the go-ahead TD with 3:54 left in the game on fourth and 1. Despite holding Henry to a mere 47 yards passing and outgaining Purdue by over a hundred yards (389-279), Northwestern's 41-yard field goal attempt was blocked to set up Henry's heroics. They also missed a 45-yard attempt with 1:01 to play and fumbled a punt return.

…and then there's Minnesota

(20) Wisconsin 41 – Minnesota 23

Running backs John Clay and James White combined for 5 touchdowns and 229 yards as Wisconsin destroyed an overmatched Minnesota team for the seventh time in a row. I could just stop here but I would be remiss if I didn't mention that everybody's favorite coach Bret Bielema rubbed another fan base the wrong way going for two (and FAILing) with the Badgers up by 25 points with 6 and ½ minutes to play. His defense? The all-knowing card.

Bielema defended his decision as being the correct one on the card he carries to determine whether to kick an extra point or go for the 2-point conversion.

"You know what? If we're playing and somebody is going to go for two against me because they're up 25, that's what they should do, that's what the card says," he said.
Oh, well then if the card says so fuck-it you can't use your mind or anything Bret the card knows best! Never under any circumstance should you question the authority of the card.
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