Big Ten Weekly Football Release

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  All 14 Big Ten schools will be in action as week two of the 2017 season kicks off Friday night with Purdue opening its home schedule against Ohio on FS1. Three other conference programs will play their home openers on Saturday, with Maryland entertaining Towson, Michigan playing host to Cincinnati and Ohio State welcoming Oklahoma.

  For the first time since 1996, the Big Ten featured a conference game on the opening weekend of the season, as Ohio State posted a 49-21 win at Indiana on Aug. 31. The game was played before a sellout crowd of 52,929 at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, tying for the fourth-largest crowd in stadium history and largest since Ohio State’s last visit to Indiana on Oct. 3, 2015.

  Michigan ended Florida’s 27-game winning streak in season openers (the longest active streak in the nation) with a 33-17 victory over the Gators at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Wolverines held Florida to 192 yards of total offense, including 11 rushing yards, and limited the Gators to 2-of-13 on third-down conversions in the win.

  Michigan freshman Quinn Nordin became the first Wolverine to kick two 50-yard field goals in the same game, converting from 50 and 55 yards in Saturday’s win over Florida. The 55-yard field goal also was the longest collegiate kick in AT&T Stadium history, while his four field goals against the Gators were one shy of the Michigan school record.

  Defending Big Ten Champion Penn State blanked Akron 52-0 on Saturday, as the Nittany Lions posted their first shutout in a season opener since 2007 (59-0 vs. Florida International). Head coach James Franklin also picked up his 50th career win on Saturday, improving to 50-30 in seven seasons as a collegiate coach, including a 26-15 record in his fourth season at Penn State.

  Penn State’s DeAndre Thompkins set a school record with a 31.8-yard punt return average in Saturday’s win over Akron, topping Derrick Williams’ mark of 31.7 yards per return against Temple in 2006. Thompkins also had a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown on Saturday, the first by a Nittany Lion since Williams’ 63-yard return at Wisconsin in 2008.

  Two Big Ten students made noteworthy returns to the gridiron on Saturday. Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek came back from two knee injuries to see his first action since 2014 in the Fighting Illini’s 24-21 win over Ball State, with Dudek catching a 16-yard touchdown on Illinois’ second drive. In addition, Michigan State cornerback Tyson Smith capped his recovery from an offseason stroke with a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter of the Spartans’ 35-10 win over Bowling Green.

This Week's Schedule

Sep. 8, 2017  Ohio at Purdue West Lafayette, IN 8:00 pm    FS1
Sep. 9, 2017  Northwestern at Duke Durham, NC 12:00 pm    ESPNU
  Iowa at Iowa St. Ames, IA 12:00 pm    ESPN2
  Towson at Maryland College Park, MD 12:00 pm    BTN
  Cincinnati at Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 12:00 pm    ABC
  Fla. Atlantic at Wisconsin Madison, WI 12:00 pm    BTN
  Western Michigan at Michigan State East Lansing, MI 3:30 pm    BTN
  Pittsburgh at Penn State University Park, PA 3:30 pm    ABC
  Eastern Mich. at Rutgers Piscataway, NJ 3:30 pm    BTN
  Indiana at Virginia Charlottesville, VA 3:30 pm    ESPNU
  Nebraska at Oregon Eugene, OR 4:30 pm    FOX
  Oklahoma at Ohio State Columbus, OH 7:30 pm    ABC
  Western Ky. at Illinois Champaign, IL 8:00 pm    BTN
  Minnesota at Oregon State Corvallis, OR 10:00 pm    FS1