Venric Mark ran for 123 yards and a late touchdown, Tyler Scott forced a key fumble and Northwestern beat Vanderbilt 23-13 Saturday night. Northwestern (2-0) didn’t score a touchdown in the first three quarters but managed 17 points in the fourth to come away with another dramatic win after beating Syracuse 42-41 in the opener.
Brett Hundley passed for 305 yards and four touchdowns in an outstanding Rose Bowl debut, Datone Jones sacked Taylor Martinez for a tiebreaking safety with 8:44 to play, and UCLA surprised No. 17 Nebraska 36-30 Saturday night.
The two teams combined for more punts than points in a slow third quarter, and Vanderbilt now leads 10-6. There were five punts in the quarter as neither team could find a way to move the ball. Northwestern closed the gap to 10-6 when Jeff Budzien kicked a 38-yard field goal to finish off a 54-yard drive.
Vanderbilt’s defense held tough in the second quarter, holding Northwestern to 25 total yards of offense and the Commodores now lead 10-3. Vanderbilt made its lead 10-3 when Carey Spear made a 32-yard field goal on the last play of an 11-play, 80-yard drive.
It was a busy afternoon of Big Ten football action, with six games during the middle block. The results weren’t exactly what the Big Ten had hoped for, either, as it went 3-3 after opening the day 2-1 in the early games. Read my snap reactions to the afternoon games in this post.
In a Penn State season that figures to be filled with many tough times, Saturday’s defeat at Virginia may rank among the most difficult.