Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE
Eastern Michigan’s defense shut down Michigan State’s aerial attack in the second quarter, holding the Spartans to 31 passing yards and the Eagles now lead 7-3. Michigan State scored when Dan Conroy kicked a 35-yard field goal to polish off a 12-play, 74-yard drive, giving the Spartans the game’s first lead.
Northwestern gained 62 yards on the ground in the second, and the Wildcats now lead 28-0. Northwestern added to its advantage when Venric Mark pounded in a six-yard touchdown run, putting a bow on a six-play, 57-yard drive to give the Wildcats the lead, 21-0.
Penn State racked up 99 passing yards in the quarter, and the Nittany Lions now lead 14-3. Temple finished off a 58-yard drive when Brandon McManus kicked a 34-yard field goal to make the score 7-3. The Owls went to the air just two times on that drive.
Iowa’s Mark Weisman ran for 217 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort for Iowa on Saturday, but several of his runs featured some amazing stiff-arm shoves. Watch three clips in this post including a powerful run up the middle where he just flattens the defender.
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.
BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart is watching all the games today. Here are his Snap Reactions from the first three early games. Dienhart says the Buckeyes have some work to do, the Hawkeyes have to straighten up, and the Badgers may have found some answers.