Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the action and offers his immediate thoughts from every game. Read Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern’s wins over Iowa, Indiana and Michigan State, respectively, in this post.
Receiver Allen Robinson had three highlight-reel scoring catches and Matt McGlointhrew for four touchdowns to lead Penn State in a 45-22 win Saturday over Indiana. Zack Zwinak added 135 rushing yards, but the Nittany Lions (7-4, 5-2 Big Ten) did most of their damage through the air against the porous Hoosiers (4-7, 2-5).
Stephen Houston had a productive quarter for Indiana. He caught two passes for 90 yards and one touchdown, but the Hoosiers still trail 42-22. Penn State got things going through the air in the quarter, passing for 144 yards. The Nittany Lions have scored the last 14 points.
BTN color analyst Chris Martin asked for it, and he got it on the very next play. After Indiana running back Stephen Houston received two carries in the first half of Indiana’s game at Penn State on Saturday, Martin begged for Houston to get involved prior to a 1st-and-10 play early in the third quarter. And guess what happened seconds later?Yep, Houston scored. See exactly what Martin said in this video.
Penn State’s offense looked sharp in the second quarter, scoring 21 points, and the Nittany Lions now lead 28-13. Penn State executed a balanced offensive attack in the quarter, finishing with 138 yards passing and 75 yards rushing. Four big plays, including Matt McGloin’s 53-yard pass, sparked the Nittany Lions in the quarter.
This is not the way Penn State’s Michael Mauti wanted to leave Beaver Stadium, perhaps, for the final time in his career. Already having suffered a pair of knee surgeries, Mauti left Saturday’s game on a cart after injuring his left knee. Mauti is a fan favorite, both for his incredible play and leadership, so it’s no surprise the Penn State faithful gave him a standing ovation and chanted his name as he left the field. Watch the ovation now and see the injury in this post.
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Penn State’s Allen Robinson led the offense in the first quarter. He caught three passes for 32 yards and one touchdown, and the Nittany Lions lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Penn State took the game’s first lead after Matt McGloin and Robinson combined for a 26-yard touchdown on the last play of a seven-play, 91-yard drive.
The focus this week is on Madison, where Ohio State will try to move to 11-0. Wisconsin has a spot in the Big Ten title game sewn up but would like to win a share of the league title. To have a shot, the Badgers must down the Buckeyes.
The Leaders representative in Indy has been decided. Now, over the next two weeks, Nebraska and Michigan will battle it out to see who represents the Legends.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners.
Week 12 is upon us, and the questions persist for each school. Chief among them this week centers around Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips and his ability to pass the football against Ohio State. If Phillips can’t chuck it effectively, the Badgers may have a difficult time beating the Buckeyes. He certainly didn’t need to throw much last week at Indiana. But he likely will vs. Ohio State.
All eyes will be on Madison, Wis., where No. 6 Ohio State plays Wisconsin in a Week 12 that lacks compelling storylines. The Buckeyes are 10-0 and in search of perfection. The last time Ohio State came to Wisconsin, it got drummed, 31-18, in 2010. The Badgers already have the Leaders Division spot in the Big Ten title game sewn up, but a victory over the Buckeyes would be Wisconsin’s most impressive win of the season and give it momentum.