The 2012 NFL season kicks off Wednesday night, which means it’s time to look back at some of the best plays Big Ten products made during the exhibition season. Watch all the highlights, via links to NFL.com, in this post. And with opening day just around the corner, teams are currently making final cuts. Unfortunately, the list includes several Big Ten names.
Every week, I’m ranking Saturday’s games, from the best to the worst. Which game is No. 1 this week? See my Week 1 Rankings in this post.
MarQueis Gray threw two touchdown passes to John Rabe in overtime, and Jordan Wettstein hit a 32-yard field goal in the third extra session to lift Minnesota over UNLV 30-27 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. Wettstein’s field goal was set up by Derrick Wells‘ second interception against redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Sherry. In the second overtime, Sherry threw a 6-yard TD pass to Devante Davis on fourth down to tie it at 27-27.
At the end of the fourth quarter, UNLV and Minnesota are knotted up 13-13.
UNLV’s Tim Cornett ran for 13 yards and one touchdown in the third quarter, giving the Rebels a 10-7 lead entering the final 15 minutes.
Minnesota held UNLV to 10 yards on the ground during the second quarter and the Golden Gophers have taken the lead 7-3. Minnesota threw for 88 yards during the quarter.
In the first quarter, Donnell Kirkwood fought back for Minnesota. He ran for 27 yards, but the Golden Gophers trail 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.