Big Ten Teams Sweep Through Week Two
Sept. 6, 2008
Michigan 16, Miami (Ohio) 6: Michigan's first win for new coach Rich Rodriguez was far from easy. Brandon Minor's 15-yard touchdown run with 8:12 to go finally put away Miami of Ohio, helping the Wolverines to a 16-6 win Saturday.
Michigan State 42, Eastern Michigan 10: Michigan State's Javon Ringer rushed for 135 yards and a career-high five touchdowns to lead the Spartans past Eastern Michigan 42-10 Saturday. Ringer carried 25 times for 105 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, sparking the Spartans (1-1) to a 21-7 halftime lead.
Ohio State 26, Ohio 14: Beanie Wells didn't play. The Ohio Bobcats sure did. Ohio put a scare into No. 3 Ohio State before the Buckeyes righted things in the fourth quarter and went on to win 26-14 Saturday.
Purdue 42, Northern Colorado 10: Curtis Painter passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns, and Purdue defeated Northern Colorado 42-10 on Saturday. Desmond Tardy caught three passes for 112 yards and Kory Sheets ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns for Purdue (1-0).
Illinois 47, Eastern Illinois 21: Quarterback Juice Williams ran for 174 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 24 Illinois to its first win of the season, 47-21 Saturday over Eastern Illinois. Williams broke the Illinois quarterback record of 145 yards he set in 2006, and threw for 124 yards and a touchdown.
Iowa 42, Florida International 0: Ricky Stanzi threw three touchdowns passes in his first start, Shonn Greene ran for 130 yards and Iowa pounded FIU 42-0 for its second straight blowout win. The Hawkeyes, who routed Maine 46-3 last week, looked even better against the Golden Panthers.
Wisconsin 51, Marshall 14: No. 11 Wisconsin had to rally from an early two-touchdown deficit to Marshall, reeling off 51 straight points to turn a potential upset into a 51-14 walkover Saturday. A loss would have snapped the second-longest home winning streak in major college football and cost the Badgers (2-0) momentum heading into a tough test at Fresno State.
Penn State 45, Oregon State 14: Evan Royster rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns, Daryll Clark threw two TD passes and the Nittany Lions defense didn't miss a beat without two suspended starters in a 45-14 win Saturday over the Beavers.
Indiana 45, Murray State 3: Indiana's Marcus Thigpen scored touchdowns on his first two carries, produced five plays longer than 20 yards in the first half and led the Hoosiers to a 45-3 rout of Murray State on Saturday night.
Northwestern 24, Duke 20: Tyrell Sutton ran for two touchdowns and Northwestern's defense made two critical fourth-down stops down the stretch, leading the Wildcats to a 24-20 victory over Duke on Saturday night.
Minnesota 42, Bowling Green 17: Adam Weber threw three touchdown passes and made a nifty grab of his own in the fourth quarter to help Minnesota beat Bowling Green 42-17 on Saturday night. Lined up in the shotgun on third down, Weber leaped high to grab an errant snap, spun around and flung a 14-yard pass to Ben Kuznia, keeping a drive alive.