Week 4 Recap by 517 Sports

Week 4 was a solid week for the Big Ten Conference with three non-conference games and three conference games. In non-conference games the Big Ten went 2-1 with the lone loss being Rutgers against Boston College from the ACC conference. The other two non-conference games featured blowouts of group of 5 teams where Indiana and Ohio State took care of business. In conference, we had two games that were decided early on in the contest and one absolute thriller in the Nebraska and Illinois game. Wisconsin put up 35 unanswered points to start the game against a Michigan team that is still trying to find itself, while Michigan State dominated Northwestern on their way to a 31-10 victory. The best game of the week goes to the late night tilt between Nebraska and Illinois, that featured a combined 80 points and 972 yards. Nebraska ended up the victor after taking their first lead with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. Here are your Week 4 game recaps, enjoy.

#13 Wisconsin Badgers-35 #11 Michigan Wolverines-14

In one of the most shocking results of Week 4, Wisconsin completely dominated the Wolverines from start to finish. The Badgers were led by Jonathan Taylor, who made a statement by going for 143 yards and two scores in the first quarter alone. Taylor finished the game with 203 yards which is unheard of against this Michigan defense. By the end of the game Wisconsin racked up a total of 359 yards on the ground and 487 total with zero turnovers. Jack Coan was very effective going 13/16 and added two touchdowns on the ground for the Badgers. Wisconsin exploited Michigan’s biggest area of concern and forced four turnovers to make a statement about how good the Badgers really are. As for Michigan it is very hard to find anything positive in this performance. Shea Patterson struggled for the second straight game and turned the ball over another three times on his way to a dismal 36.4 QBR. Once again the Michigan running game struggled to get rolling and while facing a huge deficit was eventually abandoned. It was obvious that Zach Charbonnet is dealing with some kind of injury which could of led to some of the disappointing results. The Michigan season is now at a crossroads as it faces one of the toughest remaining schedules in the country. With that schedule Michigan remains in the College Playoff Schedule but will have to play significantly better for the rest of the season. Up Next: Wisconsin-Northwestern(1-2) Michigan-Rutgers(1-2)

Indiana Hoosiers-38 UConn Huskies-3

Indiana bounced back from a blowout loss last week to have a blowout win of their own. With Michael Penix Jr. still sidelined with an injury Peyton Ramsey picked up the slack this game and really led the Hoosiers to victory. Stevie Scott III finally got rolling this game and nearly topped the century mark for the first time this season. The defense put in a stellar and much needed performance and held the Huskies to 145 yards of total offense. The Hoosiers did lose the turnover battle so there are still some things to work on heading into the bulk of the conference schedule. Up Next: #25 Michigan State(3-1)

Michigan State Spartans-31 Northwestern Wildcats-10

The Michigan State Spartans got a much needed win in this matchup while the Northwestern Wildcats are heading in the wrong direction early in the season. The Spartans up and down offense was up in this game and looked like an offense that can compete in the Big Ten. Brian Lewerke had a very good game and finished with three touchdowns and the Freshman Elijah Collins kept his solid run as the Spartans leading back with 76 yards and a touchdown. The receiver tandem of Darrell Stewart Jr. and Cody White both had impactful performances combining for 147 yards and a touchdown, while Tight End Matt Seybert hauled in the other two touchdowns. Joe Bachie had a standout performance for the defense with 14 tackles, 1 sack, and an interception. The Wildcats are still struggling to find a rhythm as Hunter Johnson and Aidan Smith both saw time as Quarterback and turned the ball over three times. The offense was led by Freshman Drake Anderson who was the only Wildcat that found success against the Spartans stingy defense. Northwestern will continue to struggle until they find some production from the Quarterback position. Up Next: Michigan State-Indiana(3-1) Northwestern-at #8 Wisconsin(3-0)

Boston College Eagles-30 Rutgers Scarlet Knights-16

The Scarlet Knights fought valiantly in this game and it was closer than the final score indicates. Rutgers trailed by only four at halftime before getting outscored by ten in the second half. The offense performed pretty well but was hampered by two turnovers. Artur Sitkowski had one of his best performances of his career going for 304 yards on 23/33 passing. The rushing game never really got going in this game as Isaih Pacheco struggled to find any open space. Raheem Blackshear made up for it in the receiving game catching nine passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball Tyshon Fogg had a big game and finished with 15 tackles as the Eagles pounded the line of scrimmage with 61 rushing attempts. Up Next: at #20 Michigan(2-1)

#6 Ohio State Buckeyes-76 Miami (OH) RedHawks-5

The Ohio State Buckeyes spotted Miami (OH) 5 early points but that proved not to be a problem as the Buckeyes rattled off the next 76 points. This was the last non-conference opponent that the Buckeyes will face and because of the margin of victory they were able to get a lot of players meaningful reps. All three of the Quarterbacks that Ohio State used threw for at least one touchdown and seven players recorded a rushing attempt. The Buckeyes finished with 601 yards of offense on their way to eleven touchdowns. Ohio State was able to get a plethora of receivers involved as thirteen different players caught a pass and six different players caught a touchdown. Justin Fields was exceptional once again as he added six more touchdowns to his resume and is joining Jonathan Taylor in the Heisman conversation. Up Next: at Nebraska(3-1)

Nebraska Cornhuskers-42 Illinois Fighting Illini-38

This was the most exciting game in the Big Ten in Week 4 as Illinois tried to pull the upset but came up just short as Nebraska took their first lead with eight minutes remaining in the game. Nebraska dominated this game in every statistical category except in turnovers. The Cornhuskers surpassed 670 total yards and achieved 32 first downs. Nebraska was led by their star Quarterback Adrian Martinez who accounted for three touchdowns and over 400 total yards. They were also able to find some production from the Running Back position with Wan’dale Robinson and Maurice Washington each having 89 yards apiece. JD Spielman was the leading receiver once again for Nebraska and had 159 yards on 7 receptions. Illinois forced four turnovers to take an early lead in their upset bid. The turnovers were the only reason they were ahead in the game as they were outgained in yardage by 374 yards. Brandon Peters struggled mightily for the first time this season as he attempts to stabilize the Quarterback position for the Illini. Reggie Corbin was the lone bright spot on the offensive side of the ball by rushing for 134 yards and a touchdown. The defense had several standouts with Jake Hansen, Tony Adams, and Dele Harding each finishing the game with 12 tackles while Kerby Joseph added 11 tackles. Jartavius Martin recovered two fumbles and recorded three tackles and Oluwole Betiku Jr. added a sack while recovering a fumble as well. Up Next: Nebraska-#6 Ohio State(4-0) Illinois-Bye Week

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