BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart is offering his thoughts and analysis from every Big Ten game today. In this post, you can find his Snap Reactions from the Big Ten’s four afternoon games. Here are his Snap Reactions to the three early games. See what Dienhart has to say about Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State’s victory here.
Rex Burkhead ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and No. 25 Nebraska made quick work of Idaho State in a 73-7 victory Saturday. The Cornhuskers (3-1) led 35-0 after the first quarter and 45-0 at half. The Bengals (1-2), of the Football Championship Subdivision, have lost 34 straight road games.
Nebraska ran for 101 yards in the quarter, and the Cornhuskers now lead 66-0. Nebraska held Idaho State to negative rushing yardage (-4 yards) in the quarter. The Cornhuskers made the score 52-0 when Ameer Abdullah returned a punt for a touchdown.
At the end of the second quarter, Nebraska holds a commanding 45-0 lead over Idaho State. The Cornhuskers’ Rex Burkhead ran for 30 yards and one touchdown in the quarter. Nebraska opened up the lead, 42-0, after Burkhead ran two yards to paydirt to end a five-play, 40-yard drive. The Cornhuskers started in good field position when Nebraska recovered a fumble.
With 35 points in the first quarter, No. 22 Nebraska now holds a 35-0 lead over Idaho State. The Cornhuskers got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a two-play, 68-yard drive that ended in a score when Rex Burkhead turned a handoff into a 61-yard touchdown. Nebraska expanded its lead to 14-0 thanks to a six-play, 44-yard drive that ended when Ameer Abdullah ran eight yards to paydirt.
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Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead returned for the first time Saturday since he hurt his left knee in the team’s season-opening win over Southern Miss. Wearing a bulky brace on the knee, Burkhead started and looked great in the early going. The senior ran for 79 yards on his first three carries, including a highlight-reel 61-yard scoring scamper. Watch the touchdown run now.
Big Ten Field Pass on BTN2Go is fast becoming a must-watch event each week, and we’re doing it again on Saturday. BTN Field Pass is when BTN turns on a BTN TV camera one hour before kickoff at a selected Big Ten football game, and it let’s you see the home team’s football stadium and all that goes on before the game starts live on the Internet.
Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead sprained the MCL in his left knee during the Huskers’ season-opening victory over Southern Miss, and he hasn’t played since. The star running back says he will play Saturday in the team’s final nonconference game. But should the Huskers play Burkhead and risk further injury against Idaho State? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina debate the topic in this post.
It’s time for my weekly ranking of the Big Ten’s slate of games and Week 4 holds some intriguing matchups. See where your team’s game ranks on my list and get my complete preview of all ten Big Ten games (Purdue and Indiana are off this week).
Find out more about: Dienhart's Previews, Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech, Iowa vs. Central Michigan, Michigan State vs. E. Michigan, Michigan vs. Notre Dame, Minnesota vs. Syracuse, Nebraska vs. Idaho State, Northwestern vs. South Dakota, Ohio State vs. UAB, Penn State vs. Temple, Wisconsin vs. UTEP
Last week, I opened the column by dwelling on the negative. Not happening this week. We’re starting with the positive – the Big Ten’s three unbeaten teams.
Find out more about: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech, Iowa vs. Central Michigan, Michigan State vs. E. Michigan, Michigan vs. Notre Dame, Minnesota vs. Syracuse, Nebraska vs. Idaho State, Northwestern vs. South Dakota, Numbers, Ohio State vs. UAB, Penn State vs. Temple, Wisconsin vs. UTEP
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 three weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 28-8, while Brent is in the cellar, at 27-9. See our Week 4 predictions and choose your winners in this post.
As I do every Wednesday, I have questions that I hope are answered Saturday. One week away from the start of Big Ten play, here are my most pressing queries for the 10 Big Ten teams in action this week.
Find out more about: 12 Teams & 12 Questions, Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech, Iowa vs. Central Michigan, Michigan State vs. E. Michigan, Michigan vs. Notre Dame, Minnesota vs. Syracuse, Nebraska vs. Idaho State, Northwestern vs. South Dakota, Ohio State vs. UAB, Penn State vs. Temple, Wisconsin vs. UTEP
Did you catch “#BTNLive” on Tuesday night? If not, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah joined the show. Robinson talked to the guys about preparing for Notre Dame, Saturday night’s opponent, and Abdullah told the crew how he’s been able to fill in for starter Rex Burkhead. Watch both interviews in this post.