Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions to each conference game. Get Dienhart’s immediate thoughts from Indiana, Ohio State and Penn State’s wins in this post. Want a teaser? Following its loss at Indiana, Dienhart wonders where Iowa goes from here?
Cameron Coffman threw for 315 yards on 21 of 33 passing and three touchdowns to lead Indiana on Saturday to a 24-21 win over Big Ten foe Iowa. Cody Latimer, who had 113 yards on seven receptions for Indiana (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten), caught all three of Coffman’s touchdown passes. James Vandenberg was 21 of 34 for 249 yards passing and a touchdown for Iowa (4-5, 2-3).
Taylor Martinez threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner with 6 seconds left, giving No. 21 Nebraska a 28-24 win over Michigan State on Saturday night that kept the Cornhuskers tied with Michigan atop the Big Ten Legends Division.
Matt McGloin passed for 321 yards and two touchdowns to help Penn State defeat Purdue 34-9 on Saturday. Brandon Moseby-Felder had six catches for 129 yards, Zach Zwinak ran for 134 yards and Michael Zordich ran for two touchdowns for the Nittany Lions (6-3, 4-1 Big Ten), who bounced back from a loss to Ohio State.
Carlos Hyde rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns and Braxton Miller passed for two scores and ran for another to lead No. 6 Ohio State past Illinois 52-22 on Saturday. The Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) maintained the upper hand in the Leaders Division heading into a bye week. They have games remaining at Wisconsin on Nov. 17 and against rival Michigan at home a week later.
At one point Indiana trailed by 14 points, but the Hoosiers have come back to take a 17-14 lead at the end of the third quarter. With 10:06 to go in the second quarter Indiana looked to be in trouble, but it has stormed back to take the lead. Iowa has given up 17 straight points.
After sharing the Big Ten regular-season title, Penn State and Northwestern earned the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively, in the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament. The tournament will be held on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, Ill., with opening-round matchups on Wednesday, semifinal games on Friday and the championship match on Sunday.