Starting for an injured Denard Robinson, Michigan’s Devin Gardner threw for 57 yards and ran for 25 yards and one touchdown in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 7-7 at the end of the first. No. 24 Northwestern scored when Venric Mark turned a handoff into a three-yard touchdown to cap off a 10-play, 78-yard drive, giving the Wildcats the game’s first lead. Northwestern threw just one time during that march downfield.
Wisconsin picked up 177 yards on the ground game during the first quarter, and the Badgers lead 14-0. Wisconsin’s defense shut down Indiana’s aerial attack in the quarter, holding the Hoosiers to 30 passing yards. The Badgers got on the scoreboard first, rattling off an eight-play, 69-yard drive that ended in a score when Montee Ball ran 10 yards to paydirt. The score tied Ball with Ricky Williams on the career TD list.
Purdue held Iowa to 19 yards on the ground during the first quarter and the Boilermakers lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Purdue scored when Akeem Shavers pounded in a three-yard touchdown run to cap a nine-play, 68-yard drive, giving the Boilermakers the game’s first lead. Robert Marve’s 23-yard pass to Shavers took Purdue from the 42 and across midfield to ignite the drive.
Michigan has decided to play quarterback Devin Gardner again. The Wolverines announced on their Twitter account before Saturday’s game against Northwestern that Gardner would start in place of injured Denard Robinson. The senior was expected to be in uniform on the sideline.
Big Ten Field Pass on BTN2Go returns to Iowa this Saturday and goes live at 11 a.m. ET with an exclusive look at the pregame activities on the field at Kinnick Stadium. We’ve done this every weekend this year from a select BTN TV game, and our cameras take you right onto the field to watch warmups, the bands, the fans and much more. This live video will only be available online at BTN2Go one hour before the noon kickoff. Be be sure you have access ahead of time (more details on BTN2Go here).
Jerry Schultheiss-US PRESSWIRE
Please excuse Indiana if it doesn’t know how to react to the all the fuss around its home game with Wisconsin this Saturday.