Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten game balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 3? Find out in this post.
A week after suffering through the conference’s first six-loss non-conference week since 2000, the Big Ten bounced back with an 10-2 clip in Week 3 action. The victories included wins over BCS foes Cal and Boston College, one week after the Big Ten went 1-6 versus such foes. Northwestern, for the third consecutive week, notched a win over a BCS team.
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Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about the Big Ten after a 10-2 performance in Week 3? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post.
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Four Big Ten teams remain ranked in the latest USA Today’s Coaches Poll, released Sunday morning. There’s a different team leading the conference, though, as Michigan comes in at No. 17 to pace the Big Ten. Michigan State, fresh off its loss to Notre Dame, fell from No. 10 to No. 20, while Nebraska (No. 22) and Wisconsin (No. 24) round out the Big Ten’s ranked teams.
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Everett Golson threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score to help No. 20 Notre Dame beat No. 10 Michigan State 20-3 Saturday night. The Fighting Irish (3-0) snapped a six-game losing streak against ranked teams and beat a top-10 opponent for the first time in seven years to give Brian Kelly a signature win in his third season.
Notre Dame sniffed out Michigan State’s rushing attack in the second quarter, holding the Spartans to 11 rush yards and the Fighting Irish now lead 14-3.
John Goodman caught a 36-yard touchdown pass, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Notre Dame struck first when Everett Golson threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Goodman, the final play of a four-play, 51-yard drive.