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The Week Ten Opponent Recap

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Because we need some reason to look away from Bloomington right now.

Matthew Holst

Indiana State barely beat Missouri State 20-18. The game was back and forth before the Sycamores were able to kick a game winning field goal with 26 seconds left. The kickoff that set up that field goal had an unusual return, as Indiana State had a group of players converge on the ball, then all break out as though they had it. It allowed them to advance the ball into Missouri State territory with enough time to take advantage. The 6-3 Sycamores host South Dakota State this Saturday.

Bowling Green travels to Akron tonight for some evening #MACtion. A recap of that game will come next week. The Falcons are currently 5-3.

Missouri had a relatively easy time with Kentucky, defeating the Wildcats 20-10. Maty Mauk tossed a pair of touchdowns to Bud Sasser, and Andrew Baggett tacked on a pair of field goals for the Tigers. Mizzou also held Kentucky to just 2 of 16 on 3rd down conversions, and picked off Kentucky QB Patrick Towles in the first half. 7-2 Missouri is on a bye this week, ahead of their clash with Texas A&M.

North Texas was on a bye. They host Florida Atlantic this Saturday evening.

And in the B1G:

Maryland edged Penn State 20-19 in the Terps' first conference meeting against the Nittany Lions, who have historically owned Maryland on the gridiron. A late Brad Craddock field goal sealed the win for Maryland in a game that saw 6 combined turnovers and just over 400 yards of combined offense. The Terrapins' defense also got to Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg six times. The game began with some questionable conduct that saw Maryland fined and wide receiver Stefon Diggs suspended for the next game for making contact with an official. 6-3 Maryland has the week off before hosting Michigan State, while 4-4 Penn State comes to Bloomington this Saturday.

Iowa wrecked Northwestern 48-7. Mark Weisman ran for 3 touchdowns and just under 100 yards against the Wildcats' defense, and Jake Rudock added 239 yards and a touchdown through the air. The 48 points scored by the Hawkeyes is the most they've accumulated in a conference game in almost nine years. Northwestern managed just 180 yards of offense, and Justin Jackson ran for the only Northwestern score. The 6-2 Hawkeyes travel to Minnesota this Saturday, while 3-5 Northwestern hosts Michigan.

#8 Michigan State was on a bye. They host Ohio State this Saturday night.

Rutgers got shut out by Wisconsin 37-0. Both Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement ran for over 100 yards and two touchdowns against the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers only mustered 139 yards of offense, and was the first time they'd been shut out since 2002. Gary Nova was able to work through a knee injury suffered last week against Nebraska to start the game, but couldn't get much going for the Scarlet Knights. 5-4 Rutgers is on a bye this week before hosting IU on the 15th.

#16 Ohio State blew out the Illini in defense of Illibuck 55-14. The Buckeyes led 31-0 at the half, largely on the the arm of J.T. Barrett and the legs of Curtis Samuel, which both produced a pair of touchdowns. Ohio State also rolled up 545 yards of total offense, and forced 4 Illinois turnovers. 7-1 Ohio State now travels to Spartan Stadium for a Saturday night showdown with Michigan State.

Purdue came out on the short side of things against #15 Nebraska, losing 35-14. Despite losing Ameer Abdullah to a knee injury early in the game, the Cornhuskers never trailed after taking a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. The Boilers were able to outgain Nebraska 340-297, and force Tommy Armstrong Jr. into two interceptions and a fumble, but Austin Appleby had two interceptions of his own. Purdue also had some special teams mishaps, including a blocked punt. 3-6 Purdue hosts Wisconsin this Saturday.