The weekend of September 10-11 was a busy time for Big Ten football teams. The highlights of the weekend included a thrilling match-up of Michigan against Notre Dame in which Michigan, playing at home in front of a crowd numbering over 100,000, secured a 34-31 victory with a 16-yard touchdown pass with only two seconds left on the game clock. The result dropped the Fighting Irish to 0-2 on the season.
Elsewhere, there were big wins for Wisconsin (35-0 over Oregon State), Illinois (56-3 over South Dakota State), Nebraska (42-29 over Fresno State), Northwestern (42-21 over Eastern Illinois) and Michigan State (44-0 over Florida Atlantic). Meanwhile, Ohio State escaped a possible trap game by beating Toledo 27-22.
Not all of the Big Ten enjoyed success on the weekend, however. There were several close losses – notably Iowa’s 41-44 loss to their fierce rival, Iowa State. Penn State lost to third-ranked Alabama 11-27 and Purdue was unlucky to lose to Rice 22-24 after a blocked field goal sealed their fate. Indiana and Minnesota also suffered losses to round out the Big Ten.
– Serek Hahn, Staff Reporter