With Michigan‘s loss Saturday night at Notre Dame, the Big Ten now has three teams ranked in the Coaches Poll, released Sunday. The Wolverines, previously No. 18, fell out of the poll, while Michigan State (No. 18), Nebraska (No. 20) and Wisconsin (No. 23) all moved up following victories.
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 4? Find out in this post.
BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart is offering his thoughts and analysis from every Big Ten game today. In this post, you can find his Snap Reactions from the Big Ten’s four afternoon games. Here are his Snap Reactions to the three early games. See what Dienhart has to say about Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State’s victory here.
Venric Mark ran for 117 yards and three touchdowns to lead Northwestern to an easy 38-7 victory over South Dakota on Saturday afternoon. This one figured to be a breather for the Wildcats (4-0), and that’s exactly what it was. They barely broke a sweat against a FCS opponent after tight victories over Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Boston College, building a 28-0 halftime lead with Mark going off for 97 yards and doing all his scoring.
Northwestern racked up 84 rushing yards in the third, and the margin is still 28, as the Wildcats lead 35-7. Northwestern made its lead 35-0 when Treyvon Green pounded in a 33-yard touchdown run on the last play of a six-play, 71-yard drive. The Wildcats kept the ball on the ground during the drive, throwing only one pass.
Northwestern gained 62 yards on the ground in the second, and the Wildcats now lead 28-0. Northwestern added to its advantage when Venric Mark pounded in a six-yard touchdown run, putting a bow on a six-play, 57-yard drive to give the Wildcats the lead, 21-0.
Thanks to a mean rushing attack, Northwestern leads 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats rushed for 82 yards in the quarter.