The latest Coaches’ Poll is out, and four Big Ten teams remain ranked at the conclusion of Week 2 action. Michigan State and Michigan both moved up one spot, to No. 10 and No. 18, respectively, following victories Saturday afternoon. Wisconsin dropped nine spots, to No. 22, after its loss at Oregon State, and Nebraska fell 10 spots, to No. 24, in the wake of its loss at UCLA.
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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 was a busy afternoon of Big Ten football action, with six games during the middle block. The results weren’t exactly what the Big Ten had hoped for, either, as it went 3-3 after opening the day 2-1 in the early games. Read my snap reactions to the afternoon games in this post.
Sean Mannion threw for 276 yards and a touchdown, Oregon State’s defense smothered Wisconsin’s Montee Ball and the Beavers upset the No. 13 Badgers 10-7 on Saturday. Mannion connected with Brandin Cooks on a 20-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half to give the Beavers a 10-0 lead then turned it over to the Oregon State (1-0) defense that forced two turnovers and held Ball to 61 yards rushing.
Oregon State’s defensive line went crazy in the third, penetrating Wisconsin’s backfield so often that the Badgers finished with minus-23 yards, and the Beavers now lead 10-0. Oregon State opened up the lead, 10-0, after Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks combined for a 20-yard touchdown to end an 11-play, 86-yard drive.
Oregon State’s Colby Prince led the offense in the second quarter. He caught two passes for 37 yards, and the Beavers now lead 3-0.