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.
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.
Mike Trumpy ran for 106 yards with a late touchdown, and Northwestern beat Boston College 22-13 on Saturday. Jeff Budzien tied a school record with five field goals and the Wildcats (3-0) made it three wins over three BCS teams to start the season even though they didn’t reach the end zone until the closing minutes.
Alex Amidon had a productive quarter for Boston College with four catches for 52 yards, but the Eagles still trail 15-10. Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien made a 20-yard field goal, the last of an 18-play, 93-yard drive to give the Wildcats the lead, 15-10.
Johnathan Coleman led Boston College in the quarter. He caught three passes for 61 yards and one touchdown, but the Eagles trail 12-10. Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien has kicked four field goals. The Wildcats made their lead 9-3 when Budzien made a 28-yard field goal on the last play of a 12-play, 67-yard drive.
Northwestern didn’t give up a single rushing yard in the quarter despite six attempts on the ground from Boston College, and the Wildcats lead 6-3 at the end of the first quarter. Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien booted two field goals in the quarter.