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 2? Find out in this post.
It’s early in the season, so it comes as no surprise that we saw a lot of new looks across the Big Ten during Week 2 action. See all of the uniform and helmet alterations the Big Ten showcased Saturday in this post. Have a picture of a Big Ten uniform or arena/stadium alteration? Please tweet it to me (@BTNBrentYarina) for my Clothes Call blog.
Minnesota and Ohio State carded easy wins in early Big Ten action, while Penn State lost a one-point heartbreaker at Virginia. Read my snap reactions to the two wins and check out my column on Penn State’s defeat.
MarQueis Gray threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more by halftime, and Minnesota finally enjoyed an easy victory over an FCS-level opponent by beating New Hampshire 44-7 on Saturday. Gray passed only eight times but completed six for 100 yards and scores to Isaac Fruechte and John Rabe. Gray also gained 109 yards on 17 rushing attempts, including a 75-yard untouched burst at the end of the first quarter.
Minnesota held New Hampshire to 17 yards on the ground during the third quarter and the Golden Gophers now lead 37-7. Minnesota has scored the game’s last 28 points. The Gophers’ latest score came after marching down the field for a 16-play, 85-yard drive that ended when Donnell Kirkwood ran two yards to paydirt. Pass plays were an afterthought for Minnesota, as the Golden Gophers threw just three passes on that possession.
Minnesota held New Hampshire to six yards on the ground during the second quarter and the Golden Gophers now lead 30-7. Minnesota is currently on a 21-point run. The Golden Gophers made their lead 23-7 when MarQueis Gray and John Rabe combined for a two-yard touchdown on the last play of an eight-play, 67-yard drive.
Minnesota ran for 100 yards in the quarter, and the Golden Gophers lead 16-7 at the end of the first quarter. Minnesota stuffed Mike MacArthur in the endzone for a safety to make the score 2-0. The Golden Gophers expanded their lead to 9-0 thanks to a one-play, 27-yard drive that ended when MarQueis Gray found Isaac Fruechte open for a 27-yard touchdown pass.