In our weekly column, we check in on some of Penn State's past football opponents and what’s going on with the teams the Nittany Lions have already faced.
Akron Zips (5-5)
Lost to Miami-Ohio
Akron’s quarterback Kato Nelson, in his first start, opened the scoring in the first with a 7-yard run. Miami of Ohio responded with a touchdown in the first quarter, then a field goal before the half for a 10-7 lead. The Redhawks scored 14 consecutive points in the third quarter for the 24-7 lead. The Zips’ Tra’Von Chapman caught a 30 yard pass from Nelson for a touchdown in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough for an Akron win.
Defensively, cornerback Alvin Davis led Akron with nine tackles. Nelson was 19 of 38 for 218 yards passing and one touchdown (his own). Zips’ running back Manny Morgan was the top rusher with 41 yards on 10 carries. Wide receiver Kwadarrius Smith had a nice career-high six receptions for 69 yards.
Up Next: Ohio University Bobcats (7-2)
Pitt Panthers (4-5)
Up Next: North Carolina Tarheels (1-8)
Georgia State Panthers (5-3)
Beat Georgia Southern
Georgia State jumped in front quickly. On the game’s first offensive play, cornerback Chandon Sullivan picked up a fumble near the sideline and ran it 28 yards for the touchdown, giving the Panthers a 7-0 lead just 17 seconds into the game.
Trailing 17-14 with 2:31 left in the game, quarterback Conner Manning hit Penny Hart deep in the end zone for the final score and then the Panthers held off Georgia Southern. The touchdown was set up by a fumble caused by Panthers’ DeAndre Applin and recovered by James Traylor at the Georgia Southern 31-yard line.
The Eagles drove 61 yards in 10 plays to get to Georgia State's 17 before the clock ran out
Manning threw for 319 yards and two scores, and Hart, who broke his own school record, caught eight passes for 191 yards and a touchdown. Hart is the Sun Belt’s leading receiver and is fifth in the nation in receiving yards (109.5 per game), sixth in receptions (7.6 per game) and tenth in touchdowns (8)
Up Next: Texas State Bobcats (2-7)
Iowa Hawkeyes (6-3)
Beat the Buckeyes
Hawkeye Akrum Wadley rushed for 118 yards and caught three passes for 40 yards, and quarterback Nathan Stanley threw for 226 yards, completing 20 of 31 passes and throwing five touchdowns. Overall, Iowa racked up 487 yards against the Buckeyes.
Iowa’s defense shut down Ohio State quarterback J. T. Barrett, who completed just 18-of-34 passes and threw four picks. In the very first play of the game, Iowa’s Amani Hooker ran the first of Barrett's interceptions 30 yards for a score.
During the game, Buckeye defensive end Nick Bosa was ejected for targeting after hitting Nathan Stanley in the face mask with the crown of his helmet. Ohio State never quite recovered or got much pressure on Stanley again.
Up Next: Wisconsin Badgers (9-0)
Indiana Hoosiers (3-6)
Lost to the Badgers
Ten minutes into the game, Indiana led 10-0. But Wisconsin eventually wore down the Hoosies, and brought the score to 24-17 in the third quarter. Wisconsin’s Joe Ferguson picked off passes on Indiana’s next two possessions, taking advantage with touchdowns both times. In the fourth quarter, the Badgers scored 21 unanswered points, bringing the game to the 45-17 final.
Indiana’s starting quarterback Peyton Ramsey sat out with a right knee injury. Richard Lagow started in place of Ramsey and finished 20 of 34 for 226 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Hoosiers had just 21 carries for 40 yards.
Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor ran for 183 yards and one touchdown and Alec Ingold scored three touchdowns on five carries.
Up Next: Illinois Fighting Illini (2-7)
Northwestern Wildcats (6-3)
Defeated the Cornhuskers
The Northwestern Wildcats are on a roll, winning their fourth straight game of the season against the Nebraska Cornhuskers 31-24 in overtime. With this win, Northwestern became the first FBS program in history to win three consecutive overtime games, and are now bowl eligible.
Northwestern scored first then forced a fumble on the following drive, but Nebraska made it a tied game 7-7 at the end of the first. By the half, the game was tied again 14-14 but Northwestern drove 80 yards downfield for a field goal for a 17-14 lead at the break.
Just after the half, Nebraska took a 21-17 lead after a 49 yard interception return by Marcus Newby and hit a field goal for a lead 24-17 in the third. In the fourth quarter, Northwestern tied the score 24-24, forcing the game into overtime on an incomplete pass. The Wildcats scored first in overtime after going for it on 4th and 1 on the goal line, and held Nebraska for the road victory 31-24.
Wildcat running back Justin Jackson, who became just the fifth running back in Big Ten history to reach 1,000 career rushing attempts, passed Lorenzo White for seventh in Big Ten history with 4,927 career rushing yards. Jackson also became Northwestern’s all-time leader in career touchdowns.
Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson had 19 completions, 243 yard passing and two interceptions.
Up Next: Purdue Boilermakers (4-5)
Michigan Wolverines (7-2)
Beat the Golden Gophers
Like many other Northern games last weekend, the game was delayed for an hour due to heavy rain and thunderstorms. It didn’t slow Michigan down, who opened up the scoring first with a touchdown on a 20 yard pass, but Minnesota responded. The Wolverines then scored a field goal for a 13-7 lead by the end of the first. In the second and third quarters, Michigan scored another 20 unanswered points. Minnesota drove downfield in the fourth quarter with less than 2 minutes to go and scored a field goal, but it was too late for the Golden Gophers.
The stormy weather also didn't slow down Michigan’s run game. Karan Higdon (16 rushes, 200 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Chris Evans (13 rushes, 191 yard, and two touchdowns) combined for 391 rushing yards and four touchdowns for Michigan.
Quarterback Brandon Peters started and went 8-of-13 for 56 yards and a touchdown.
The Michigan defense held Minnesota to 164 yards of total offense. Khaleke Hudson snagged 15 tackles, including 8 tackles-for-loss, a single-game school record, plus two sacks and one forced fumble.
Up Next: Maryland Terrapins (4-5)
Ohio State Buckeyes (7-2)
Lost to Iowa
The Buckeyes lost to the (then) unranked Iowa Hawkeyes 55-24 last weekend. It bears repeating. See above.
No. 13 Ohio State next plays the not-to-be-underestimated No. 12 Michigan State Spartans this weekend.
Up Next: Michigan State Spartans (7-2)