Purdue held Eastern Kentucky to 28 total yards during the third quarter and the Boilermakers continue to hold a commanding 41-6 lead. Purdue sniffed out the Colonels’ rushing attack in the quarter, holding Eastern Kentucky to 17 rush yards. The Boilermakers expanded their lead to 41-6 thanks to an eight-play, 88-yard drive that ended when Robert Marve and Gabe Holmes hooked up for an eight-yard touchdown.
Northern Illinois picked up 89 yards in the ground game during the third quarter, and the Huskies now lead 17-9. Northern Illinois’ defense held tough in the quarter, holding Iowa to 17 total yards of offense.
Wisconsin’s front seven stepped up in the third quarter, allowing Northern Iowa to gain just 19 rushing yards, and the Badgers now lead 19-7. Wisconsin opened up the lead, 19-0, after marching down the field for an eight-play, 60-yard drive that ended when Montee Ball ran one yard to paydirt. The Panthers closed the gap to 19-7 when Sawyer Kollmorgen threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Chad Owens to cap a 75-yard drive.
With two Big Ten games under my belt from Thursday and Friday, I locked in on the four early Big Ten games Saturday. Here are my Snap Reactions, where I list the three things I learned from each game. What did you learn? Come tell me in the comment section at the bottom of this post.
Purdue looks to be in control of the game as it leads 34-6 at the end of the second quarter. The Boilermakers opened up the lead, 20-0, after marching down the field for an eight-play, 45-yard drive that ended when Kurt Freytag pounded in a seven-yard touchdown run.
Nebraska’s aerial assault is on point, as the Cornhuskers now lead 28-17 thanks to 150 passing yards in the quarter. Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the quarter. Southern Miss tied the game at 14 after Chris Campbell and Dominique Sullivan hooked up for a 24-yard touchdown to end an 11-play, 73-yard drive. The Cornhuskers broke the 14-14 tie when Martinez and Jake Long combined for a nine-yard touchdown to clinch an 11-play, 59-yard scoring drive. A 49-yard drive that ended when Corey Acosta drilled a 44-yard field goal helped the Golden Eagles narrow the deficit to 21-17.
Keith Harris had a productive quarter for Northern Illinois. He ran for seven yards and one touchdown, and the Huskies have taken the lead 10-6. Harris’ seven-yard touchdown run put Northern Illinois on top 7-3, the last of an 11-play, 61-yard drive. The Huskies threw just two times on that possession.