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The Week Five Opponent Recap

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Leon Halip

As always, we begin with the non-con:

Indiana State forced Liberty into a lot of mistakes, and defeated them handily 38-19. Four turnovers by the Flames ensured that Liberty wasn't leaving Terre Haute with a win. For the Sycamores, Mike Perish tossed three touchdowns, and ran for a fourth, and Buck Logan ran for the fifth ISU touchdown. The 3-1 Sycamores host Northern Iowa this Saturday.

Bowling Green nearly lost to UMass before forcing a fumble on the Minutemen's last possession to hang on 47-42. Both teams broke the 600 yards of offense barrier, and Bowling Green nearly broke the 700 yard mark. The teams also combined for 7 turnovers. However, Bowling Green did hold UMass to 49 yards rushing. The Falcons also received 112 yards of penalties, so you can tell this was a very interesting game. Bowling Green improves to 3-2 with the win, and hosts the University of Buffalo this Saturday.

Missouri handled losing to Indiana much better than we handled beating them, and turned the tables in a 21-20 upset of #13 South Carolina. The Tigers only mustered 280 yards of offense, but were able to move the ball when they needed to score. Russell Hansbrough ran for all three of Mizzou's scores. South Carolina also allowed Mizzou to go 3 for 3 on 4th down. The 4-1 Tigers get a week off before hosting Georgia October 11th.

North Texas had the week off, and comes to Bloomington this Saturday.

And in the B1G:

Iowa started slow, but held off Purdue 24-10. The Hawkeyes gave up the first 10 points of the game on an interception returned for a touchdown and a field goal, then scored their 24 over the last three quarters. Mark Weisman for two Iowa touchdowns, and C.J. Beathard threw for another. All three quarterbacks in the game were picked off once. Iowa improves to 4-1 and has the week off before hosting IU next week, while Purdue falls to 2-3 and travels to Illinois this week.

#9 Michigan State flattened Wyoming 56-14. The Spartans dropped 533 yards of offense on the Cowboys, and forced them into three turnovers as well. 7 different Spartans scored a touchdown, with only Keith Mumphery doubling up on scores. 3-1 Michigan State hosts undefeated Nebraska this Saturday night.

Michigan continued looking like a tire fire in a 30-14 loss to Minnesota. The Wolverines only produced 171 yards of offense. Shane Morris threw an interception that was returned for a Minnesota touchdown, and would be replaced by Devin Gardner in the 4th quarter. With their win, Minnesota reclaimed the Little Brown Jug for only the second time in 24 years. 2-3 Michigan travels to Rutgers this Saturday.

Penn State got upset by Northwestern 29-6. Trevor Siemian ran for three Northwestern touchdowns, and Anthony Walker intercepted a Christian Hackenberg pass for another touchdown. The Wildcats did fail a couple of PAT tries, but they ended up not mattering much. as their defense just held the Nittany Lions out of the endzone all day. 4-1 Penn State has this week off, but travels to Michigan next week.

#22 Ohio State held off Cincinnati long enough to grab the 50-28 win. The Bearcats kept the game competitive until midway through the third, when Ohio State was finally able to pull away. Gunner Kiel and J.T. Barrett both threw 4 touchdown passes, but the Buckeyes were able to put up 710 yards of offense to Cincy's 422. The Bearcats got as close as 5 down before Ohio State closed out the scoring with 17 straight points. The 3-1 Buckeyes head to Maryland this Saturday.

Rutgers easily handled Tulane 31-6. Gary Nova threw 4 touchdown passes, three of them to Leonte Carroo, in the Rutgers romp. With the 4 scores, Nova became the Rutgers' all-time leader in touchdown passes. Tulane's 6 points came on an 86 yard touchdown run by Sherman Badie, but the ensuing PAT was missed. The 4-1 Scarlet Knights host Michigan this Saturday.