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B1G Review: Week Seven

Apparently there were other Big Ten games this weekend

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

I would much rather use this space to continue talking about the most incredible game of all time, but apparently I have to write about other Big Ten teams. Gross. Let's get this over with.

Michigan State 42 Indiana 28

The Spartans basically did to Indiana what Penn State couldn't do- pounded the ball, and didn't stop pounding the ball. IU jumped out to a 7-0 lead with the only score of the first quarter, but MSU roared back with 21 points in the 2nd quarter to Indiana's 7. With a 21-14 lead at half, Michigan State looked to their defense to step up and support their surprisingly potent offense (Even if it was against Indiana). The second half followed the same basic script as the 2nd quarter, with MSU outscoring 21-14 the rest of the way, sending Michigan State to their 5th win of the season.

Connor Cook played a solid game for Sparty, throwing for 235 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 interception. Jeremy Langford continued his strong season by picking up 109 of MSU's 238 total rushing yards, to go with 4 touchdowns on the day. On the Indiana side of the ball, Sudfeld and Roberson combined to throw for 259 yards (137 & 122 respectively), accounting for 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Tevin Coleman led the rushing attack, picking up 79 yards (64 on one run) and a touchdown. Michigan State out-gained Indiana in total yardage on the day, 473 to 351.

Wisconsin 35 Northwestern 6

Oh Northwestern. Such teases. After fighting hard with Ohio State last weekend, and nearly coming away with the victory, the Wildcats came out flat against the Badgers of Madison. A 27 yarder from Jeff Budzien gave Fitz's squad an early 3-0 lead, until Wisconsin rattled off 21 straight points thanks to a 63 yard touchdown pass from Joel Stave to 145th year senior Jared Abbrederis, and the high powered rushing attack of Melvin Gordon and James White. Northwestern added abother Buzien field goal before half, before getting shut out in the second half.

Joel Stave was efficient in this one, throwing for 241 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 picks, on 17/28 passing. Melvin Gordon continued to prove why I think he's the best running back in the B1G, picking up 172 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown. Not to be forgotten, James White rushed for 101 yards of his own to go with a touchdown. Abbrederis caught 2 balls for 74 yards (63 on one play) on his way to being the leading receiver for the night. On the Northwestern side of things, Siemian and Colter combined to throw for 197 yards (163 & 34) with a pick. The Wildcats only managed to find their way to 44 yards on the ground in this one. Wisconsin out-gained Northwestern in total yards on the night, 527 to 241.

Nebraska 44 Purdue 7

This one was just as boring as it sounds. Nebraska scored a lot, and Purdue picked up a garbage time touchdown (real garbage time, 39 second left). The Huskers scored 2 TD's in the 1st quarter, another in the 2nd, again in the 3rd along with a safety, and twice more in the 4th. Not having Taylor Martinez didn't have much of an effect on the Husker offense, thanks to one of the B1G's current most dangerous players, Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah picked up a total of 131 yards with a touchdown to lead the Husker offense. For Purdue, Danny Etling managed to put up 184 yards with a 1/1, TD/Pick ratio. DeAngelo Yancey led the skill position players for the Boilermakers, catching 5 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown. On the day, Purdue actually won the turnover battle 3-2, but lost the yardage battle 435 to 216.

But bout them Nittany Lions? Go State.

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