Best of the Best: Week 3 Recap

Iowa's James Vandeberg

Robbie Hummel on the Sidelines

Every week during the fall, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina recaps the week that was in Big Ten football. Each recap includes Brent’s superlative winners and the best stats, quotes and tweets, among other things, from around the Big Ten that particular week. Have a worthy stat, quote or tweet that you think should make the recap? Tweet it to @BTNBrentYarina. Watch BTN’s interview with Purdue basketball standout Robbie Hummel now.

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Marines: Leaders of the Week

BTN.com has a new staple every Saturday night. It’s called “Marines: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s a feature designed to honor some of the top Big Ten performances. For Week 3, we’re focusing on the running backs. On this day, the Big Ten had several impressive performances on the ground, and here are a few of the top ones:

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Illinois Drops No. 18 Arizona State

Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase

Arizona State at Illinois - Football Highlgihts

(AP) Illinois sacked Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler six times and turned one into a touchdown in a 17-14 win over the No. 22 Sun Devils on Saturday night. With Illinois trailing 14-10 in the fourth quarter, defensive end Whitney Mercilus hit Osweiler in the back and knocked the ball loose to linebacker Ian Thomas. Four plays later, Nathan Scheelhaase hit A.J. Jenkins for a 16-yard touchdown that gave Illinois (3-0) the win. Scheelhaase was 11 of 15 for 135 yards. He threw one interception but also ran for 67 yards. Jenkins had six catches for 103 yards. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Miami (FL) Topples Ohio State, 24-6

Ohio State's Bradley Roby

Ohio State at Miami - Football Highlights

(AP) Lamar Miller ran for 188 yards, Jacory Harris threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to Allen Hurns and Miami avoided matching its longest losing streak in 33 years by topping No. 17 Ohio State 24-6 on Saturday night. Ohio State quarterbacks Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller combined to complete 4 of 17 passes for only 36 yards. The Buckeyes didn’t even bother to try and stop the clock despite having three timeouts with Miami driving in the final minutes with a 17-6 lead. Jordan Hall had 87 yards on 14 carries for the Buckeyes, who are now in danger now of falling out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in nearly seven years. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Wilson, Wisconsin Thrash NIU, 49-7

(AP) Russell Wilson threw for 347 yards and three scores, Montee Ball rushed for another two touchdowns and No. 7 Wisconsin piled up more than 600 yards of total offense Saturday in a 49-7 rout of Northern Illinois at Soldier Field. Ball finished with 91 yards on 18 carries, James White added 100 yards and another score, and Nick Toon had two touchdown catches for the Badgers (3-0), who have won 31 straight against non-conference opponents in the regular season. It was an unwelcome “homecoming” for Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren, who spent the last five years in Madison as the defensive coordinator. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Nebraska Tops Washington, 51-38

Nebraska's Taylor Martinez

Washington at Nebraska - Football Highlights

(AP) Taylor Martinez threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third, and No. 11 Nebraska held off Washington for a wild 51-38 victory on Saturday. Martinez looked to have put away the Huskies with his 6-yard TD run, but Keith Price passed 52 yards to James Johnson for his fourth TD toss to make it a 13-point game with 4:27 left. Nebraska (3-0) won the third meeting of the teams in 364 days. Nebraska won in Seattle last September but lost in a rematch at the Holiday Bowl. The Huskies (2-1) had their six-game winning streak ended. Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead had 120 yards rushing. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Notre Dame Drops Michigan State

(AP) Cierre Wood ran for two touchdowns, freshman George Atkinson III returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score and Robert Blanton had a late interception Saturday as Notre Dame beat No. 15 Michigan State 31-13 for its first win. The Spartans (2-1), who stunned Notre Dame in overtime a year ago with a game-winning TD pass off a fake field goal, tried to surprise the Irish again after lining up for a field goal near the end of the first half. Notre Dame (1-2) was ready this time. Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins, who had 11 straight completions at one juncture of the second half, was 34-for-53 for 329 yards. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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