Hopefully, this article finds you still coming down from the high of finally beating the Nittany Lions. I know my grin is still firmly in place. We'll start with a quick look at the teams the Hoosiers already played before reviewing how the rest of the conference did on Saturday.
Youngstown State 35, Indiana State 24: As you may remember fondly, week 1 of the season saw IU dismantle what at the time was thought to be a very good Indiana State team. Since then, the Sycamores have only been able to beat Quincy, and fell to 1-4 on the season after their defeat Saturday. Mike Perish threw for 3 touchdowns and almost 400 yards, but Indiana State couldn't keep up with the Penguins.
Navy 28, Air Force 10: In a game that was nearly called off due to the government shutdown, Navy scored three second half touchdowns and kept the Falcons off the scoreboard after trailing 10-7 at the half. Keenan Reynolds accounted for 3 of Navy's 4 touchdowns, and gave his team the early edge in the race for the Commander-In-Chief's trophy.
Bowling Green 28, UMass 7: The Falcons improved to 5-1 on the season, beating the Massachusetts Minutemen on Homecoming at Bowling Green. Bowling Green rolled up 448 yards of total offense, and held the Minutemen under 100 yards passing.
Missouri 51, Vanderbilt 28: James Franklin threw 4 touchdown passes, and Andrew Baggett added 3 field goals as Missouri crushed Vanderbilt. The Tigers are now 5-0 on the season, with a trip to Georgia looming this week.
And now for the Big Ten:
Nebraska 39, Illinois 19: Despite not having Taylor Martinez available to lead the Huskers offense, Nebraska was able to handle Illinois with relative ease. Ameer Abdullah rushed for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Illini defense, and with the Illini not putting a touchdown on the board until the second half, the Huskers win was never in much doubt.
Michigan State 26, Iowa 14: In a physical, defensive game, the Spartans forced 2 Iowa interceptions, and Connor Cook added two touchdown passes to the Michigan State effort. Jake Rudock threw a pair of second quarter touchdown passes, but that was all Iowa could muster.
Michigan 42, Minnesota 13: Michigan rolled the Gophers at the Big House, but the big story was Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill missing the game due to another seizure Saturday morning. Kill had not travelled with the team to Ann Arbor. On the field, Devin Gardner was 13/17 for 235 yards and a touchdown for the Wolverines, while Mitch Leidner was 14/21 for 145 yards, a touchdown, and an interception for the Gophers.
Ohio State 40, Northwestern 30: And in the nightcap for the conference, the Buckeyes and Wildcats put on a fantastic show in Evanston, with Ohio State holding off Northwestern just long enough to win. If not for a game-ending fumble recovery for a touchdown, the Buckeyes would have only won by 4 points, making this a much closer game than the final scoreline shows. Despite the loss, Northwestern should still be a contender in the Legends Division race to Indy, while the Buckeyes are once again atop the Leaders Division.