There was inclement weather across the Big Ten footprint during afternoon action Saturday. Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota all experienced extended weather delays. All three games were completed, with the Illini and Gophers winning and the Wolverines losing. Get our latest Week 4 coverage: ILLINOIS Absolute downpour right now in #Chambana + high winds and lightning. Delay could last a while. #Illini #TXSTvsILL pic.twitter.com/EyvU1cC4JI — Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) September 20, 2014 Sheets of rain pic.twitter.com/NI9DdpZ9Jr — Jeremy Werner (@WernerESPNCU) September 20, 2014 Bigger sheets of rain pic.twitter.com/iKXbvlvb6r — Jeremy Werner (@WernerESPNCU) September 20, 2014 MICHIGAN Status: ☔️ pic.twitter.com/oHM6bxgLEU — Michigan Football
In afternoon play, Illinois took down Texas State, Indiana upset No. 19 Missouri, Rutgers won at Navy, Minnesota dropped San Jose State, Penn State drilled UMass and Utah topped Michigan. Catch up on all of the day’s action on our Week 4 scoreboard. Also, view our Week 4 gallery. UTAH 26, MICHIGAN 10: BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Travis Wilson returned after a frightening fall in the first half to throw a third-quarter touchdown pass, and Utah finally finished off a 26-10 win over Michigan on Saturday. RUTGERS 31, NAVY 24: BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Justin Goodwin
We’ll be posting pictures from around the Big Ten on this football Saturday right on through tonight’s games, too. All of our galleries can be found over here. Here’s the live Week 4 scoreboard page.
Utah's Kaelin Clay returned a punt for a TD and then struck the Heisman pose at the Big House. See here!
How do you get a long snapper and kicker ready for future pressure kicks? The James Franklin footage in this post is pretty priceless.
What’s the weirdest penalty you’ve ever seen? Chances are, Eastern Michigan center Dwayne Brown committed one Saturday at Michigan State that will fall somewhere close to the top of the list. Watch the video above to see what we’re talking about. If you’re wondering, Michigan State rolled to a 73-14 victory. Catch up on all the action on our Week 4 scoreboard.
The Big Ten went 6-0 in Saturday’s early action, including Iowa’s 24-20 comeback win over Pittsburgh. Catch up on all the action on our Week 4 scoreboard. Also, view our Week 4 gallery. MICHIGAN STATE 73, EASTERN MICHIGAN 14: BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | ALL VIDEO Connor Cook threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score as No. 11 Michigan State scored the third-most points in program history, smashing Eastern Michigan 73-14 on Saturday. NORTHWESTERN 24, WESTERN ILLINOIS 7: BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Solomon Vault rushed for two touchdowns, Justin Jackson had 92 yards rushing
We saw this great USA TODAY shot of Pat Fitzgerald from Saturday’s game vs. Western Illinois, and we had to ask for your captions on Twitter. Your responses were pretty classic. See some of our favorites in this post. @BTNBrentYarina Fitz just got done hearing about Melvin Gordon's 5 TD day. — WESLEY (@WesleyOnline) September 20, 2014 @BTNBrentYarina "Whoa!!! Did you brush this morning, ref?" — Spencer Leone (@SpencerLeone) September 20, 2014 @BTNBrentYarina wow, that is some onion breath — Steven Brown (@scbrown1117) September 20, 2014 @BTNBrentYarina Dude….you need a breathe mint bad! — The Stritz (@TheStritz) September 20, 2014
Melvin Gordon hasn’t looked like Melvin Gordon in Wisconsin’s first two games. The star running back and preseason Heisman Trophy contender looked like his vintage self in the first half vs. Bowling Green on Saturday. Gordon, who entered the game with 178 yards rushing, exploded for 179 yards and four touchdowns, including the impressive 50-yarder in the video above. Kind of a nice stiff-arm on that run, huh? The most impressive stat, perhaps: Gordon is averaging 16.3 yards per carry in the first 30 minutes. Don’t believe the numbers? Here’s the proof: #Badgers Melvin Gordon entered today with 178 yards
It was all Michigan State, all the time in the first half vs. Eastern Michigan on Saturday. The Spartans, in their first action since losing at Oregon on Sept. 6, looked like the Big Ten favorite and then some en route to allowing one yard (!) and racing to a 49-0 halftime lead. Yes, that’s one yard! Is that good? pic.twitter.com/KDTBkJ8ilk — KJ (@KJatTOC) September 20, 2014 #MichiganState doing what good teams do, up 49-0 on MAC School even though they've played three QBs and backups. — Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) September 20, 2014 #EasternMichigan finishes the 1st half against #MichiganState