September 13, 2004

Monday Morning QB: Down week for Big Ten

There's no place like home: Believe it or not, Michigan has now dropped 5 straight road openers (Notre Dame twice, Oregon, Washington and UCLA). Under head coach Lloyd Carr the Wolverines now have an .898 winning percentage at the Big House (53-6), but on the road they are a much more beatable (.630, 29-17). Michigan's next road game is October 2 against Indiana.

Safety Dance: The Wisconsin Badgers recorded two safeties in a game for the first time since 1951 en route to their 18-3 win over UNLV. While the offense sputtered, accounting for only seven points and 276 total yards, the defense shut down the Rebels, holding UNLV to 174 yards and 1-for-13 on third down conversions.

Feeling Ducky: Indiana is off to its first 2-0 start since 1996 after a 30-24 upset win over the Oregon Ducks. The most telling statistic is that Oregon outgained the Hoosiers by more than a two to one margin (476 to 225) but could not overcome seven turnovers. Indiana punter Tyson Beattie punted 10 times in the game, averaging 41.7 yards a punt, giving the Hoosiers much-needed field position that ultimately proved to be the difference.

Century Club: Purdue has outscored its opponents 110-7 in the first two games of the season. Quarterback Kyle Orton has emerged as the top signal caller in the conference, passing for nine touchdowns and 616 yards in the first two games. Boilermaker fans knew their team would be solid on offense, but the questions revolved around a defense that returned only 3 starters from last year. So far the Purdue defense is passing the test with flying colors, but Syracuse and Ball State are far from offensive juggernauts.

Century Club, part two: Minnesota running backs Marion Barber III and Laurence Maroney both eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the Gophers 37-21 win against Illinois State. Barber's 149 yards and Maroney's 141 yards mark the fifth time that they have each rushed for more than 100 yards in the same game. The unsettling statistic for Minnesota fans is that Illinois State accounted for 480 yards of total offense, not the kind of defensive effort you want to see against a Division I-AA team.

Quote of the week: "I can't watch that stuff. I turned around, took a knee, prayed a little bit, and just listened for the crowd. I could never watch that" - Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter on Mike Nugent's game winning 55-yard field goal.

Board Bytes: A look at what Big Ten fans had to say on a football Saturday

"A few more games, and we could really start getting a head of steam on offense. I also got the feeling that we really could have torched ISU in the air if we had wanted to be more aggressive that way. But, I like how the coaches are sticking to Iowa's identity. Run the ball to set up the pass. Don't put too much pressure on the QB. Play sound fundamental defense. Looking around the country, this could really be our year.." f18flyer on Hawkeye Report after Iowa's 17-10 win over Iowa State.

"He took control of that huddle. He drove the team 95 some yards to seal the victory late in the game. How many times have you seen a MSU QB just hang on in that situation and MSU just punt the ball away? That drive was mostly Drew, running and throwing" Spartan John on SpartanMag talking about Drew Stanton's performance in the MSU win over Central Michigan.



 

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