Lost to Bowling Green (7-3) (26-14)
Bowling Green used the legs of super sophomore running back Anthon Samuel to beat Ohio for their 6th victory in a row. Ohio opened up the scoring with a 5-yard scoring run in the first but Bowling Green outscored the Bobcats 19-0 in the second quarter to take a halftime lead. Both teams traded scores in the second half but Ohio was unable to close the gap. The aforementioned Samuel rushed 29 times for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton completed 21 of his 34 passes but was only able to throw for 145 yards and one score. Running back Beau Blankenship lead the Bobcats in rushing again, going for 97 yards on 18 carries but was held out of the end zone.
Next up: Ball State(7-3)
Beat Miami (of the Florida variety) (5-5) (41-40)
Hey, the Cavaliers have a two game winning streak and their slim bowl hopes are still alive. The two teams decided to leave the defenses at home combining for 902 yards, 47 first downs, and 81 points. It was the last points that counted the most, Virginia QB Michael Rocco tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tight End Jake McGee with 6 seconds left in the game and completed a 10-point comeback victory. A penalty against Rocco in the end zone gave Miami a 40-35 lead with just over 4 minutes to play but he redeemed himself on Virginia's next possession driving 87 yards on 16 plays for the go-ahead touchdown.
Next up: North Carolina (6-4)
Lost to Troy (5-5) (41- 31)
Speaking of lack of defense, Navy and Troy combined for over 1000 yards of total offense but in entirely different ways. Troy quarterback Corey Robinson threw for 322 yards and a TD and Navy's Keenan Reynolds and Gee Gee Greene combined for 280 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground. Navy kicked a field goal with 7:29 to play to close the gap to a touchdown but Troy answered with a field goal of their own to stretch the lead to 10. Gaudy stat of the day: Greene was averaging nearly 10 yards (9.4) per carry.
Next up: Texas State (3-6)
Lost to Cincinnati (7-2) (34-10)
Cincinnati scored on 4 of it's last 5 first-half possessions and held on in second half. The Bearcats compiled 472 yards off offense, rushing for 228 and passing for 244. Can you say balance? Quarterback Brendon Kay was the story, completing 13 of his 21 passes for 244 yards including two long touchdowns (75,65), running for 71 yards on just 7 carries and just for fun he completed a 5 yard pass... to himself. It was Kay's first career start, he replaced an ineffective Munchie Legaux which also sounds like a rare eating disorder.
Next up: Army (2-8)
Lost to Minnesota (6-4)(17-3)
Minnesota is bowl eligible for the first time since 2009 thanks to second-year head coach Jerry Kill. Illinois first year head coach Tim Beckman is still a Douche. That's not really news but I just enjoy writing it. Illinois scored a first quarter field goal but that's all the Fighting [non-offensive mascots] could muster as Minnesota shut them out the rest of the game. The Gophers relied on running back Donnell Kirkwood who carried the ball 28 times for 152 yards and 2 scores late in the game. Quarterback Philip Nelson only completed 9 passes for 78 yards. For the Ilini, Nathan Scheelhaase completed 15 of his 23 passes for 175 yards but coughed up 2 costly fumbles.
The Illini have lost seven consecutive games, that should make you smile.
Next up: Purdue (3-6)
Lost to #21 Michigan (7-3) (38-31)(OT)
I actually watched this mess happen live. This game came down to two horrible calls by Northwestern, a bad defensive call on a the last drive of regulation and a horrible offensive call in overtime. With time running out Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner heaved a Hail Marry into the center of the field where receiver Roy Roundtree gathered it in for a 53-yard completion. Michigan then kicked a 26-yard field goal with 2 seconds left to send it into overtime. Northwestern was in your standard prevent defense but for some reason left Roundtree single covered streaking down the middle of the field. I highly doubt that's how coach Pat Fitzgerald drew that play up. They one-upped that bad call with an equally boneheaded 4th down play. Michigan scored on a Devin Gardner touchdown run to take the lead in overtime. On Northwestern's ensuing attempt the Wildcats ran a read draw up the middle on 4th and 2 which was promptly stopped by linebacker Kenny Demens giving Michigan the wild victory. Michigan had no business winning this game.
Next up: Michigan State(5-5)
Lost to Purdue (4-6) (24-21)
Kicker Paul Griggs kicked a 46-yard field goal with time running out to break the 24 all tie and give the Boilermakers their first win in 6 games. It can't get any worse for Iowa they finish the season against Michigan and Nebraska and their hopes of bowl eligibility look bleak. It was the first time Purdue has won at Kinnick Stadium in 20 years and the first time since 2007 that Iowa has lost 4 straight.
Purdue won despite 10 penalties and 3 turnovers. Quarterback Robert Marve threw for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Boilermakers and running back Ralph Bolden chipped in 102 yards on 14 carries.
Next up: #21 Michigan (7-3)
Next up: Wisconsin(6-3)
Beat Iowa (4-6)(24-21)
Next up: Illinois (2-8)
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