Another week gone by, beginning as always in the non-con:
Indiana State held on to top Youngstown State in overtime 27-24. Youngstown State had 4 turnovers, including an interception on the first play of their overtime possession that led to the Sycamores' victory. Indiana State led by as much as 24-10 before allowing the Penguins back into the game. Mike Perish threw for 353 yards in the victorious effort. 7-4 Indiana State travels to Western Illinois this Saturday.
Bowling Green took care of business against Kent State, winning 30-20. Colin Reardon tossed three touchdowns but also four interceptions for Kent State. The Falcons put up 527 yards of offense on the Golden Flashes, and scored the first 20 points of the game, and tacked on the other 10 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. 7-3 Bowling Green travels to Toldeo tomorrow night.
Missouri traveled to College Station and upset #24 Texas A&M 34-27. Russell Hansbrough ran for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and the Tigers defense held on 4th and 1 late to get the win. Missouri rolled up nearly 600 yards of offense, and held the ball for 37:30 to get there. The win marked Missouri's 12th in conference win in the last 2 years, and the 8-2 Tigers travel to Tennessee this Saturday night in search of #13.
North Texas got rolled over by UTEP 35-17. UTEP had four touchdown runs in the first half, three of which came from Nathan Jeffery, and Aaron Jones tacked on his second in the third quarter. North Texas was only able to put up 207 yards of offense, which was only 73 yards more than the 5 UTEP touchdown runs combined. 3-7 North Texas hosts Florida International this Saturday afternoon.
And in the B1G:
Maryland had a rough afternoon against #12 Michigan State, losing 37-15. CJ Brown threw three interceptions, one of which was returned for a Spartan touchdown. Michigan State's defense also held the Terrapins to only 6 yards on the ground. Jeremy Langford also racked up 138 yards and two rushing touchdowns for the Spartans. 8-2 Michigan State hosts Rutgers this Saturday, while 6-4 Maryland travels to Michigan.
Iowa piled on Illinois 30-14. The Hawkeyes put 587 yards of offense on the Illini, and also forced a safety to start the scoring. Ray Hamilton caught two touchdown passes from Jake Rudock, and Rudock ran for another score. Illinois did lead 7-2, but were never really close after that. 7-3 Iowa hosts Wisconsin this Saturday afternoon.
Michigan was on a bye. They host Maryland this Saturday afternoon.
Penn State won a very late non-conference game against Temple 30-13. The teams combined for 8 turnovers, with 6 of those being interceptions from PJ Walker (4) and Christian Hackenberg (2). Penn State dominated time of possession, controlling the ball for 35:42. Temple mustered some offense, but were still outgained by over 100 yards, and couldn't overcome their 5 turnovers. Bowl-eligible Penn State sits at 6-4, and travels to Illinois this Saturday.
#8 Ohio State survived a cold and snowy TCF Bank Stadium to beat #25 Minnesota 31-24. The Golden Gophers rallied 14 points at the end, but couldn't recover an onside kick that they needed to complete the comeback. Jalin Marshall lost two fumbles, and JT Barrett got picked off once, but Barrett also converted 4 touchdowns (3 passing) which allowed the Buckeyes to hold onto the lead. 9-1 Ohio State hosts IU this Saturday.
Purdue was on a bye. They host Northwestern this Saturday at noon.