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.
Braxton Miller became the first Ohio State quarterback to rush for three touchdowns in 34 years and he passed for another score to lead the 14th-ranked Buckeyes to a 31-16 victory over Central Florida on Saturday. A week after setting a school quarterback record with 161 rushing yards in a 56-10 win over Miami (Ohio), Miller ran for 141 yards on 27 carries. His number kept coming up after starting running back Carlos Hyde left with a first-half knee injury.
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.
Virginia’s Michael Rocco hit Jake McGee on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 1:28 to play Saturday, and Sam Ficken‘s fourth missed field goal of the game – from 42 yards at the gun – preserved the Cavaliers’ 17-16 victory over Penn State. The loss in new coach Bill O’Brien’s first road game hurt the Nittany Lions just as much, if not moreso, than their defeat last weekend at home against Ohio.
Here’s a crazy photo from pregame of the Michigan State-Central Michigan game. Yes, that’s Michigan State’s Donavon Clark dealing with a nose bleed prior to kick off. And you thought football was only a rough sport inside the white lines.
On Friday’s night’s “Football Report” BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart touched on a number of intriguing questions to be answered Saturday. Watch the video in this post. Can Indiana’s offense score more? Will Denard Robinson be Denard Robinson? Is Iowa’s passing game going to improve? Our writer looks at those questions and others in his 12 Questions for Week 2.