BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart is offering his thoughts and analysis from every Big Ten game today. In this post, you can find his Snap Reactions from the Big Ten’s four afternoon games. Here are his Snap Reactions to the three early games. See what Dienhart has to say about Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State’s victory here.
Tevin King led Louisiana Tech in the quarter by rushing for 37 yards and one touchdown, and the Bulldogs lead 21-7 at the end of the first quarter. The last 21 points have been scored by Louisiana Tech.
Minnesota got things going through the air, passing for 91 yards in the quarter, and the Golden Gophers lead 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Minnesota scored when Donnell Kirkwood ran two yards to paydirt to put the finishing touches on a five-play, 58-yard drive, giving the Golden Gophers the game’s first lead. The key play on Minnesota’s drive was Antonio Johnson’s 40-yard pass to Devin Crawford-Tufts.
The first quarter saw both teams combine for no points and two turnovers and the game is tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. No. 15 Notre Dame will start the second quarter with possession at its own 31-yard line.
Rex Burkhead ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and No. 25 Nebraska made quick work of Idaho State in a 73-7 victory Saturday. The Cornhuskers (3-1) led 35-0 after the first quarter and 45-0 at half. The Bengals (1-2), of the Football Championship Subdivision, have lost 34 straight road games.
Matt McGloin threw for a career-high 318 yards and ran for two short scores, and linebacker Michael Mauti led another strong defensive effort to lead Penn State to a 24-13 win Saturday over Temple. Allen Robinson added to his torrid start as the Nittany Lions’ top receiver came up with a 41-yard touchdown catch on a fourth-down play in rookie coach Bill O’Brien’s new offense.
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Le’Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards and a touchdown to help stagnant Michigan State avoid a major upset with a 23-7 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Dan Conroy kicked three field goals for the No. 21 Spartans (3-1), who failed to score a TD for more than seven quarters until Andrew Maxwell hit tight end Dion Sims on a 10-yard pass with 7:19 left.