One week is in the books. There was good, and there was bad. Good: Northwestern went to Cal and rallied for a big comeback win. Bad: Purdue looked awful in a rout at Cincinnati. Here are my thoughts, ruminations, honors, grades and numbers from an exciting and eventful opening week around the Big Ten.
We’ve all seen Adreian Payne, Keith Appling and Gary Harris in their Michigan State basketball jerseys plenty. But none of us have seen them in Michigan State football uniforms. Until now. @MSU_Basketball tweeted out a terrific YouTube video that was played at Spartan Stadium on Thursday night. See it in this post.
Here’s something new: Michigan State busted out quick games of rock-paper-scissors following made extra points and field goals in Friday night’s season opener vs. Western Michigan. That’s right, once the ball went through the uprights, kicker Kevin Muma and long snapper Taybor Pepper found each other and drew their best hand. No, there’s no word on who won the battle.
Extreme heat was expected for the opening weekend of the college football season. But frightening skies, torrential downpours and lightning – not so much. You name it, they’ve had it Friday at Spartan Stadium. So much so, play was halted with 11:19 remaining in the second quarter due to lightning, and the teams were sent to the locker rooms. The game is expected to resume at 10 p.m. ET.
Fact: Kurtis Drummond will never forget his start to Friday’s season opener vs. Western Michigan. First, Drummond had an early interception overturned. Moments later, he made it count – twice. First, he scored after Jairus Jones intercepted a pass and lateraled the ball his way. Next, he turned in the play of the night with this ridiculous one-handed pick.
Jeremy Langford’s 2-yard touchdown run late in the first half broke a tie and he finished with a career-high 94 yards rushing, helping Michigan State beat Western Michigan 26-13 Friday night. The Spartans (1-0) struggled on offense, rotating ineffective quarterback Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook, and scored two touchdowns on defense.
The Big Ten took the lid off the 2013 season last night, with Minnesota and Indiana recording resounding victories by registering point totals that would have tilted a pinball machine. The unveilings continue tonight, with Michigan State playing host to Western Michigan, and then the other nine schools play Saturday. Here are questions I have for each of the 10 schools yet to kickoff.