Week 2 Recap by 517 Sports

Week 2 saw the Big Ten complete the schedule with a 10-1 record in non-conference games and Iowa collect the first league victory over Rutgers. There were three close calls in which the Big Ten came out on top with Michigan prevailing in 2OT over Army, Illinois narrowly escaping UConn and Minnesota winning a 2OT thriller over Fresno State. The Big Ten is in good shape after two weeks with a combined record of 23-4 and a total of seven teams ranked and another with votes. This gives the Big Ten the most ranked teams of any conference and is a good sign going forward. Down below you will find a recap of all twelve games, enjoy.

Ohio State Buckeyes-42 Cincinnati Bearcats-0

Ohio State started this game off pretty slow and struggled to get things going, but by the second quarter they found their groove and never looked back. Justin Fields looked very sharp in his second start for the Buckeyes completing 20 of 25 passes for 224 yards, and 4 total Touchdowns. J.K Dobbins also found a lot of daylight and compiled 141 yards on 17 carries and 2 Touchdowns. K.J. Hill added 8 catches for 57 yards and a Touchdown while Binjimen Victor added 5 catches for a team leading 69 yards. The defense forced two turnovers, sacked the Quarterback five times and held the Cincinnati offense under 300 total yards. Ohio State is outscoring opponents 87-21 through two games and looking like a serious playoff contender. Up Next: at Indiana Hoosiers(2-0)

Michigan Wolverines-24 Army Black Knights-21 2OT

The Wolverines survived and advanced with this game. Army gave the Wolverines all they could handle and then some but two late turnovers sealed their fate. Freshman Zach Charbonnet led the Wolverines offense with 100 yards rushing and all three Touchdowns. The Michigan offense looked a lot like it did last year when they struggled to move the ball and put points on the board. The biggest glaring problem is the amount of times the Wolverines are fumbling. They have fumbled eight times this season and have lost five of them. Shea Patterson is the main culprit as he has half of them and is not putting an emphasis on fixing the issue. The good news is they will have a bye week this week to clean some things up before heading to Madison to take on Wisconsin. Up Next: Bye Week

Iowa Hawkeyes-30 Rutgers Scarlet Knights-0

The Iowa Hawkeyes controlled this game from start to finish and held the Scarlet Knights to a paltry 125 total yards. Nate Stanley look really good again this week and threw for three Touchdowns. The Hawkeyes used a stable of running backs in the game and ended up with three players accumulating over 50 yards each. Ihmir Smith-Marsette is proving to be a reliable deep threat and with teams keying in on the run he should become one of Stanley’s favorite targets. Isaih Pacheco was the bright spot of the day for Rutgers and ended up with 67 total yards on 13 touches. Rutgers will get a week off to regroup before hosting Boston College, while Iowa will head to rival Iowa State. Up Next: Rutgers-Bye Iowa-at Iowa State(1-0)

Maryland Terrapins-63 Syracuse Orange-20

The surprise result of the week goes to the Maryland Terrapins as they trampled a ranked Syracuse team. This was the type of game where if you blinked you missed the Terrapins scoring. After two week Maryland as scored 142 points and is proving to be one of the most explosive teams in the Big Ten. The biggest thing keeping Maryland down the last couple of years has been Quarterback play and with transfer Josh Jackson at the helm, that seems to be remedied. Jackson compiled over 300 total yards and posted 3 Touchdowns in the victory. What was even more impressive was the rushing attack of the Terrapins, as they put 354 yards on Syracuse with 4 backs having over 65 yards each. All four of which, also crossed the goal line for Touchdowns with Javon Leake and Anthony McFarland Jr. each having 2. Maryland will look to keep building against Temple next week with a big game against Penn State looming. Up Next: Temple(1-0)

Purdue Boilermakers-42 Vanderbilt Commodores-24

Purdue had a nice bounce back game from a devastating defeat at Nevada last week. Elijah Sindelar continues to be the focal point of the offense as they abandoned the running game this week. You really can’t blame them as Sindelar put up over 500 yards against the Commodores and finished with 6 total Touchdowns. Rondale Moore was the main recipient of the pass happy attack as he had 13 receptions for 220 yards and a Touchdown. Ben Holt was the leader for the defense with 11 total tackles and a pass defensed as Purdue held Vanderbilt to 24 points. It was a much needed performance after the Week 1 debacle and should give Purdue momentum heading into another tough out of conference game. Up Next: TCU(1-0)

Wisconsin Badgers-61 Central Michigan Chippewas-0

Wisconsin kept the train rolling against Central Michigan and cruised to a dominant 61 point victory. The Badgers offense was firing on all cylinders and finished with 599 yards in a balanced attack in which 400 of it came through the air. Jack Coan was super efficient going 26 of 33 for 363 yards and 3 Touchdowns. Jonathan Taylor is showing why he a Heisman front runner with another 4 Touchdown performance and over 100 yards of total offense. Quintez Cephus is becoming a go to Receiver for Coan and had a big game in this one with 130 yards and 2 Touchdowns. The defense did everything you could ask for and only allowed three first downs all game and a total of 58 yards. Wisconsin is looking like a well oiled machine early this season and will hopefully deep it rolling. Up Next: Bye Week

Colorado Buffaloes-34 Nebraska Cornhuskers-31 OT

Nebraska was the lone loss for the Big Ten this week and blew a 17 point halftime lead against their longtime rival Colorado. Good news is that it’s early in the season and Colorado might be a better team than the experts thought. Nebraska flashed a ton of team speed and gave us a glimpse of what Scott Frost is trying to build. Adrian Martinez had another excellent game with over 300 total yards and 4 total Touchdowns. It was also nice to see Maurice Washington get going and show that Martinez doesn’t need to be the main runner. Washington and JD Spielman led the receiving corps and both of them had Touchdowns of over 65 yards to showcase the explosiveness of this offense. The second half collapse was disappointing but Nebraska is building a winner and will be a force in the Big Ten once conference play starts. Up Next: Northern Illinois(1-1)

Illinois Fighting Illini-31 UConn Huskies-23

The Fighting Illini ended a dubious streak this week and won their first non-conference road game in 12 years. The win showed a mental fortitude that we haven’t seen from this Illinois team in a while as they had to overcome and early 13 point deficit. Transfer Quarterback Brandon Peters continue to grasp the offense and accounted for all four of the teams Touchdowns. The offense was able to stay balanced while fighting from behind and ended up running 35 passing plays to go along with 35 rushing plays. Six different players had rushing attempts and nine different players had receptions as Illinois continues to spread the ball around. The defense is looking a lot better with Head Coach Lovie Smith taking over on that side of the ball. Illinois forced 3 turnovers and was able to pressure the Quarterback into 5 sacks. Up Next: Eastern Michigan(1-1)

Indiana Hoosiers-52 Eastern Illinois Panthers-0

Indiana did what it was supposed to do against the Panthers as this game was never in doubt. Both Quarterbacks, Michael Penix Jr. and Peyton Ramsey, saw significant time in this game and both were very effective while accounting for 4 Touchdowns. The Hoosiers had an impressive amount of players record a reception as 12 players appear on the stat sheet. While the defense was unable to force any turnovers, it was able to hold Eastern Illinois to a total of 116 yards. This game was a good one to tighten things up as the conference slate starts next week for the Hoosiers. Up Next: Ohio State(2-0)

Michigan State Spartans-51 Western Michigan Broncos-17

The Michigan State Spartans have found some offense and East Lansing could not be happier. The Spartans racked up an impressive 582 yards and were able to stay balance while doing it with 331 through the air and 251 on the ground. Brian Lewerke was much better with his accuracy and was able to get the ball downfield better. The biggest surprise this game was Freshman Running Back Elijah Collins who gashed the Broncos defense for 192 yards on 17 carries. Michigan State was also able to get their best two receivers going in Darrell Stewart Jr and Cody White who combined for 15 receptions and 248 yards. The defense wasn’t as stout as we have seen in the past as they gave up 285 yards through the air but, they were able to force three Bronco turnovers and three sacks. This is the offense that has been missing the last couple of years and hopefully it’s hear to stay. Up Next: Arizona State(2-0)

Penn State Nittany Lions-45 Buffalo Bulls-13

Penn State provided the conference with its second big scare as upset minded Buffalo took a 10-7 lead into halftime. Luckily the better team prevailed and ended up winning comfortably after a 38 point second half. Sean Clifford continues to look serviceable as he tries to replace Trace McSorley as he threw for 4 Touchdowns and led the team in rushing. The biggest problem for the Nittany Lions in this game was they did not control the line of scrimmage. They struggled to run the ball against the Bulls defense and were gashed for 184 yards by three different Buffalo Running Backs. Penn State also only had four different players record receptions which this team will have to get better at spreading the ball around to compete in the Big Ten East this year. Up Next: Pittsburgh(1-1)

Minnesota Golden Gophers-38 Fresno State-35 2OT

The Minnesota Golden Gophers continue to play nail-biters this season and continue to come out on top. This time it took double overtime to come away with the victory and improve to 2-0. This game was back and forth all game and took a 20 yard Touchdown pass from Tanner Morgan to Chris Autman-Bell with 46 seconds left to push the game to overtime. Morgan once again was solid and the Gophers are definitely committed to running the ball. Minnesota rushed the ball 52 times but for only 146 yards with a 2.8 average. The go to receiver remains Rashod Bateman and he had 7 catches for 105 yards and a Touchdown in this game. The Gophers do need to get a little more explosive and have one more game to get ready for conference play. Up Next: Georgia Southern(1-1)

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