Penn State put on a defensive clinic in the second, as Purdue finished with negative rushing yardage (-13 yards), and the Nittany Lions now lead 20-3. Penn State opened up the lead, 13-3, after marching down the field for an eight-play, 65-yard drive that ended when Sam Ficken made a 24-yard field goal. The Nittany Lions used Matt McGloin’s 35-yard pass to Jesse James to fuel the drive.
Twenty-four consecutive points in the second quarter has given Ohio State a commanding 31-6 lead. The Buckeyes opened up the lead, 10-6, after Drew Basil kicked a 31-yard field goal to end a 10-play, 61-yard drive. Ohio State opened up the lead, 17-6, after marching down the field for a five-play, 64-yard drive that ended when Carlos Hyde pounded in a five-yard touchdown run.
Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez threw for 55 yards and ran for 83 yards and one touchdown in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 14-14 at the end of the second. Michigan State broke the 7-7 stalemate when Andrew Maxwell and Tony Lippett combined for a 46-yard touchdown to cap a three-play, 80-yard scoring drive.
Iowa aired it out to the tune of 84 passing yards in the quarter, and the Hawkeyes lead 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. Iowa took the game’s first lead after James Vandenberg found Kevonte Martin-Manley open for a 24-yard touchdown pass on the last play of a six-play, 71-yard drive.
Every Saturday throughout the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the action and offers his Snap Reactions. See Dienhart’s immediate thoughts from Michigan’s 35-13 victory at Minnesota in this post.
Devin Gardner replaced Denard Robinson in a surprise quarterback switch by Michigan right before kickoff, throwing two touchdown passes and running for another score to lead the Wolverines past Minnesota 35-13 on Saturday.