The second quarter saw both teams combine for no points and two turnovers, and the margin is still six, as Purdue leads 13-7. Purdue’s Caleb TerBush threw a costly interception in the end zone on an extended drive that saw the Boilers dominate time of possession. Braxton Miller’s interception came on a Hail Mary attempt with no time left.
Thanks to a mean rushing attack, Wisconsin takes a 14-6 lead over Minnesota to halftime. The Badgers rushed for 71 yards in the quarter. Wisconsin made it 14-6 after James White’s second touchdown of the game, a 34-yard run that capped a five-play, 70-yard drive.
Purdue used two big plays to jump out to a 13-7 lead in the first quarter at Ohio State. Purdue opened the game with Caleb TerBush throwing an 83-yard touchdown pass to Akeem Shavers on the first play, and Akeem Hunt returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
First-time starter Philip Nelson threw for 34 yards and one touchdown and ran for 31 yards in the first quarter, but the Golden Gophers trail 7-6. Wisconsin threw for 87 yards during the quarter. The Badgers took the game’s first lead after James White, out of the Wildcat, scored on a 14-yard touchdown on the last play of a three-play, 59-yard drive. Wisconsin used Joel Stave’s 42-yard pass to fuel the drive.
Make your plans now, Michigan State and Michigan fans. Big Ten Field Pass on BTN2Go goes live from the Big House today one hour before Michigan takes on Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. ET. If you haven’t been following this season, Field Pass is when BTN turns on a BTN TV camera one hour before kickoff at a selected Big Ten football game. This live video will only be available online at BTN2Go at 2:30 p.m. ET, so be sure you have access ahead of time (more details on BTN2Go here).
BTN.com’s Brent Yarina is in the middle of unveiling his 2012-13 preseason Big Ten Player Rankings one by one. The countdown goes in reverse order, of course, and each installment includes player stats and one video highlight from last season. Once the season starts, Yarina will release a weekly Player Rankings every Monday. Up next: Northwestern’s Drew Crawford.