Every Saturday throughout the fall, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions from every Big Ten game. See his immediate thoughts from Michigan’s 12-10 comeback victory over Michigan State and Indiana’s narrow defeat at Navy in this post.
Keenan Reynolds completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Matt Aiken with 2:02 to play and Nick Sloan added the point after as Navy rallied for a 31-30 win over Indiana on Saturday. Parrish Gaines‘ interception with 1:38 remaining sealed the win for the Midshipmen (4-3), who beat a Big Ten opponent for the first time since 1979 when they won at Illinois 13-12.
Darius Staten ran for 17 yards and one touchdown, but the Midshipmen trail Indiana, 23-21, after three quarters. Mitch Ewald’s 30-yard field goal gave Indiana its current lead and polished off a 13-play, 58-yard drive.
Keenan Reynolds had a productive quarter for Navy. He threw for 25 yards and ran for 14 yards and one touchdown, but the Midshipmen have closed the gap to 20-14. Navy capped a 69-yard drive when Reynolds kept it himself for a two-yard touchdown run to make the score 10-7. The Midshipmen, on that possession, exploited a tired defensive line, running on 10 of 11 plays.
Stephen Houston had a productive quarter for Indiana. He ran for 41 yards and one touchdown, and the Hoosiers lead 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. Indiana struck first when Mitch Ewald kicked a 25-yard field goal, the final play of a 12-play, 67-yard drive.
Week 8 in the Big Ten is chock full of intriguing games. Michigan-Michigan State has arguably been the most talked-about rivalry in the conference over the last five years – from Mike Hart’s “little brother” quip in 2007 all the way through the early-season derogatory comments about Denard Robinson on Twitter by some Michigan State players this season. I can’t wait to get it going Saturday at 3:30 ET on BTN/BTN2Go.
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. After seven weeks, it’s Dienhart on top, one game ahead of BTN.com fans and three ahead of Yarina. See our Week 8 predictions and choose your winners in this post.