Week 3 Recap by 517 Sports

Week 3 for the Big Ten Conference did not go as planned and was one of the worst in recent memory. The conference went 5-4 in non-conference games and failed to live up to expectations as the second best conference in college football. Two of the losses were that of ranked teams against unranked teams which promptly knocked Michigan State and Maryland out of the rankings. There was no resume building wins this week as the Big Ten were favorites in eight of the nine games The Ohio State Buckeyes put forth the best performance in the conference with a dismantling conference win against an Indiana Hoosiers team without their starting quarterback. Penn State and Iowa both won in their in-state rivalry games while neither looked particularly good in doing so. Next week conference play will begin in earnest and we will start to get a better look at the pecking order. Here are the game recaps from Week 3, enjoy.

#13 Penn State Nittany Lions-17 Pittsburgh Panthers-10

This game never felt right for the Nittany Lions as the game started with a delay and when kickoff did finally happen Happy Valley was still filling in. Once again the offense struggled to get much going on the scoreboard in the first half, but unlike last week there was no offensive explosion in the second half. The defense continues to be very stingy against the run game as Pittsburgh only rushed for 24 yards on 25 carries. The pass defense though did get exposed for 372 yards as they struggled to get pressure on the quarterback. The rushing attack for the Nittany Lions did get going this game and was a welcomed sight as Journey Brown went over the century mark and Noah Cain was instrumental on what turned out to be the game winning touchdown. Sean Clifford only had an alright performance but that can be mostly attributed to the fact he was constantly harassed by the Pittsburgh defense. Micah Parsons had another big game with nine tackles and was used mainly in pass rush in the second half to create more pressure on the quarterback that was picking the defense apart. Up Next: Bye Week

#6 Ohio State Buckeyes-51 Indiana Hoosiers-10

The Ohio State Buckeyes controlled this game from start to finish against the Indiana Hoosiers who was without their starting quarterback. The Buckeyes were led by an impressive performance by running back J.K. Dobbins who went off for a total of 207 yards and two touchdowns. Master Teague III also went over the 100 yard mark on the ground in a team effort that netted 306 yards for the game. Justin Fields showed that he was up the challenge of his first road start and was very efficient throwing for 199 yards and three touchdowns. The defense wrecked havoc all day with five sacks while holding the Hoosiers to under 50 yards rushing. Indiana was led by Tight End Peyton Hendershot who accounted for the only touchdown in the game and 70 yards receiving. Indiana was in a rough spot with Michael Penix Jr missing the game with an injury which really hampered their offensive production. Up Next: Ohio State–Miami (OH)(1-2), Indiana–UConn(1-1)

Temple Owls-20 #21 Maryland Terrapins-17

In one of the most disappointing games of the week the Maryland Terrapins fell to a Group of 5 team in Temple and will have a very short stay in the polls. The prolific offense that we seen from the Terrapins in the first two games was a shell of itself and only provided the team with two touchdowns for a team that was averaging 71 points a game. Anthony McFarland Jr didn’t miss a beat in this game as he was responsible for 132 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Josh Jackson really seemed to struggle for the first time with Maryland this year on his way to a performance that included a 39% completion rate. Maryland really struggled with third downs this game going a measly 5 for 21 and added a 1-6 clip on fourth down conversions. This is the kind of game where Maryland has come up short in recent years but I believe Coach Locksley is putting this team on the right path to fix this issue. Up Next: Bye Week

Eastern Michigan Eagles-34 Illinois Fighting Illini-31

This is the type of game that Illinois needs to win to achieve their goal of reaching a bowl game. The Fighting Illini played well enough to win this game but it just got away from them as the Eagles won with a last-second field goal. Brandon Peters was solid and almost hit the 300 yard mark and accounted for two touchdowns. Reggie Corbin had another 100 yard game with 144 and a touchdown. Wide Receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe provided an explosiveness from the outside with 91 yards and a touchdown on 4 receptions. The defense struggled to slow down the Eastern Michigan attack and gave up almost 500 total yards. This was the first struggle ew have seen from the defense this year since Coach Smith took over that side of the ball. This game concludes the non-conference schedule for the Illini and now they will get deep into conference play. Up Next: Nebraska(2-1)

Northwestern Wildcats-30 UNLV Rebels-14

The Wildcats earned their first victory of the young season over UNLV and did so mostly on the ground. Northwestern went for 276 yards on the ground and were led by Freshman Drake Anderson who had 141 of those yards. Jesse Brown added another 79 yards and Quarterback Hunter Johnson rounded the rush attack out with 55 yards. Hunter Johnson struggled at times but did enough to keep the defense honest but you would like to see a little more efficiency. Linebacker Chris Bergin had a big game for the Wildcats defense with 10 tackles and .5 sacks. The defense was solid against the passing attack of the Rebels and held them to only 120 yards through the air. If there was an area in which the Wildcats could improve on it would be their rushing defense that gave up 210 yards to UNLV especially with conference games starting next week. Up Next: Michigan State(2-1)

Minnesota Golden Gophers-35 Georgia Southern Eagles-32

The Golden Gophers refuse to play anything else but close games. For the third time in three games the Gophers played a one possession game that came down to the final minutes. Tanner Morgan continues to be an effective game manager and played his best game of the season so far. Morgan nearly topped 300 yards and threw for three touchdowns. The running game for the Gophers continues to disappoint and only rushed for 93 yards on a whopping 48 carries. Tyler Johnson had his biggest game of the season as well for Minnesota, going for 140 yards and all three of the receiving touchdowns. The defense performed much better than the score appears as they held Georgia Southern under 200 yards of total offense. Twelve of the points were scored while the defense was on the sidelines and they held the Eagles great rushing attack to just 123 yards. The defense also caused two turnovers and as a team the Gophers only had four penalties and played a pretty clean game. Up Next: Bye Week

Arizona State Sun Devils-10 #18 Michigan State Spartans-7

In what has to be one of the biggest disappointments for the Big Ten the Spartans laid another egg on offense and until they can put points on the board they cannot be taken seriously. Somehow the offense was able to gain over 400 yards on their way to 7 points and the Spartans committed an uncharacteristic 10 penalties. Once again the defense is the eraser for this team and able to overcome many of the offenses mistakes. At some point though the team needs to be able to score more than 7 points against a defense that is not regarded as one of the best. Darrell Stewart Jr. had the best game a Michigan State receiver has had early in the season with 9 catches and 121 yards. Brian Lewerke had a nice game with 291 yards but anytime the drive looked promising it will stall and settle for a field goal attempt. Once again this team will go as far as the offense takes them and through three games it is still a work in progress. Up Next: at Northwestern(1-1)

#19 Iowa Hawkeyes-18 Iowa State Cyclones-17

Even two weather delays couldn’t bring down the Hawkeyes in their rivalry game against the Cyclones. Now it did take a late field goal and a very odd turnover on a punt to seal the victory, and it could be the type of win you look back on in a special season. Now nobody had a very big game for the Hawkeyes but they were able to play clean with no turnovers and only four penalties. Iowa is not a team that is going to beat itself and showed in a very tough game that they need to be taken seriously in the Big Ten West. Nate Stanley was efficient and did just enough to deliver the victory. Up Next: Bye Week

TCU Horned Frogs-34 Purdue Boilermakers-13

The Purdue Boilermakers were without their starting quarterback Elijah Sindelar and it really showed. The offense never got going and barely topped 200 yards while TCU focused on shutting down Rondale Moore. The Boilermakers got torched on the ground as the Horned Frogs ran for 346 yards with two players going over 100 yards a piece. Its a bad start for a team that had hoped to improve on a good season. Its very evident that Elijah Sindelar is the most important player on this team and can throw Rondale Moore open and get it to him in space. Purdue faces an uphill battle but they haven’t played a conference game so anything is possible. Up Next: Minnesota(3-0)

Nebraska Cornhusker-44 Northern Illinois Huskies-8

The Cornhuskers ran out to an early 16-0 lead and never looked back. The defense did not allow a touchdown and looked much improved from the Colorado game. Adrian Martinez threw for 257 yards and 2 touchdowns while for once, not leading the team in rushing. Dedrick Mills carried the load for Nebraska’s running game and finished with 116 yards and a touchdown. J.D. Spielman continues to be the most explosive player besides Martinez and had another good game with 76 yards on 4 receptions. Nebraska did a great job of spreading the ball around with 9 players recording a reception and 7 recording a carry. If the Cornhuskers play like this its going to be a fun season. Up Next: at Illinois(2-1)

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