BigTen.org takes an in-depth look at each of the conference teams in action this weekend
Sept. 9, 2010
(1-0, 0-0 MVC)
Southern Illinois at Illinois Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 • 6:30 p.m. CT • Champaign, Ill. • Memorial Stadium (62,870) Big Ten Network • Announcers: Matt Devlin, Chris Martin, Charissa Thompson Series: Illinois leads, 2-0 • Last Meeting: Sept. 22, 1990, Illinois 52, Southern Illinois 21
(0-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
After falling to rival Missouri in the opener last week, Illinois comes home to Champaign to host a Southern Illinois ballclub that moved up to second in the FCS top 25 poll after demolishing Quincy 70-7 to start the season. The Salukis have posted 71 wins since 2003, one of which came against Indiana in 2006. Illinois holds a 2-0 record over SIU, with both games having been played in Champaign. Saturday’s contest will be the first played between the schools since 1990. In each of the two previous meetings, SIU forced the Illini to turn the ball over four times. Remarkably, in the team’s last meeting in 1990, current Big Ten Network analyst Howard Griffith led the Illini back from a 21-7 deficit by scampering for 208 rushing yards and an NCAA record eight touchdowns.
Improvement and consistency will be the marks by which redshirt freshman Nathan Scheelhaase is judged on Saturday. The Illini QB debuted last week to the tune of 9-of-23 passing for one TD, three INTs, and 76 yards rushing. He guided the Orange and Blue to a 13-3 lead at the half, but the offense stalled for just 85 total yards in the final 30 minutes. Junior running back Mike Leshoure had 112 yards and averaged 5.6 per carry. SIU forced three turnovers in its season opener (two fumble recoveries, one interception) and has quite the history of getting the ball. In the last 26 games, SIU has averaged 2.54 turnovers, totaled 40 interceptions, and boasted a turnover margin of plus-26. Last week SIU’s 3-4 defense held Quincy to just 60 yards rushing and was led by senior linebacker Stephen Franklin. Sophomores Joe Okon led the team with seven tackles while Jayson DiManche and DE Jason Seaman combined for SIU’s only sack.
The Salukis’ 70-point total last week was the eighth highest in school history, which included putting up 28 points over 18 plays and 169 yards in the third quarter. Southern Illinois racked up 496 yards of total offense in its first game under new offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer, with 307 yards and seven touchdowns coming on the ground. Lucien Walker totaled 114 yards and three scores on 12 carries, while helping SIU average 7.3 yards per play and post 21 offensive snaps that went for 10-19 yards. Senior quarterback Chris Dieker was 11-for-15 with 148 yards passing and two TDs. Senior wideout Jeff Evans had a career-high seven receptions as well as 78 yards receiving in the opener. Illinois did show it can contain the rush last week, holding Missouri to 98 yards on the ground, while allowing 218 yards in the air. Linebacker Ian Thomas had 13 tackles to lead the team while LB Martez Wilson and DB Travon Bellamy added 11 tackles each. The Illini recorded a total of eight tackles for loss in the game.
(1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Iowa State at Iowa Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 • 2:30 p.m. CT • Iowa City, Iowa • Kinnick Stadium (70,585) ABC • Announcers: Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham Series: Iowa leads, 38-19 • Last Meeting: Sept. 12, 2009, Iowa 35, Iowa State 3
(1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Iowa and Iowa State meet at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday to renew a rivalry game that has always added some flavor to the non-conference slate. The Hawkeyes own a 38-19 advantage in the series and have won 20 of the last 27, including three straight in Iowa City. Both teams enjoyed wins in their season home openers last week, with Iowa defeating Eastern Illinois 37-7 and Iowa State topping Northern Illinois by a score of 27-10.
The ninth-ranked Hawkeyes turned in 435 yards of total offense last week, led by quarterback Ricky Stanzi, who was 13-of-20 for 229 yards and no interceptions. Stanzi’s primary targets were Colin Sandeman (4 rec, 59 yds) and Allen Reisner (4 rec, 39 yds), but he managed to find 10 different Hawkeyes for at least one catch. Adam Robinson looked strong in the backfield with 109 yards on 24 attempts, while also hauling in three balls for 43 receiving yards. He replaced Jewel Hampton in the opener, who was not quite ready to take the field after sitting out 2009 following a freshman campaign where he rushed 91 times for 463 yards and seven touchdowns in 2008. Expect Hampton to take the field Saturday. Iowa did however lose two fumbles in the second half last week and will need to protect the ball much better. The Cyclone defense held Northern Illinois’ offense to just 249 yards last week. Redshirt freshman linebacker Jake Knott registered nine tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble, while Sophomore A.J. Klein, who was making his first start at linebacker, led all players with 15 tackles.
In the win Saturday, Iowa State’s offense was led by its senior stars Austen Arnaud and Alexander Robinson, as Arnaud threw for 265 yards on 27-for-36 passing and Robinson rushed for 97 yards and two scores on 19 carries. The Cyclones tallied 403 total yards behind 310 yards from the arms and legs of Arnaud. He is second all-time on Iowa State's total offense list with 6,364 yards. Collin Franklin caught five passes for 75 yards. ISU must move and protect the ball this year against the Hawkeyes, as the Cyclones turned the ball over seven times (five interceptions, two fumbles) last season during Iowa's 35-3 win in Ames. Iowa’s defense has not allowed Iowa State to score a touchdown in the last 14 periods, dating back to the 2007 meeting, and was led in last week’s win by a host of Hawkeyes. Senior tackle Karl Klug and junior LB Tyler Nielsen had six tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss each. DE Adrian Clayborn added four stops, including one tackle for loss and DT Mike Daniels and DE Lebron Daniel each had one of Iowa's two QB sacks.
(1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Michigan at Notre Dame Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 • 3:30 p.m. ET • Notre Dame, Ind. • Notre Dame Stadium (80,795) NBC • Announcers: Tom Hammond, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan Series: Michigan leads, 21-15-1 • Last Meeting: Sept. 12, 2009, Michigan 38, Notre Dame 34
Saturday will mark the 38th time rivals Michigan and Notre Dame square off on the gridiron and the Wolverines will look to extend their 21-15-1 series lead. There will be need for a tiebreak, however, as the series is tied at 8-8-1 in games played in South Bend. Michigan has lost four of its last five games at Notre Dame, but remains one of just 10 teams in the nation to hold a winning record against the Fighting Irish.
OK, so here’s a fact: Denard Robinson's start at quarterback last week marked the fourth different Wolverine QB to start in the last four season openers. Here’s another fact: Denard Robinson is officially the starting quarterback after last week’s impressive effort in a 30-10 win over UConn. The current Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week set school records in total offense (383 yards) and rushing yards by a quarterback (197) in the win. The sophomore completed 19-of-22 passing for 186 yards and a touchdown while sprinting 197 yards on 29 carries with another score. Vincent Smith had 14 carries for 51 yards and Darryl Stonum led the team in receiving with five catches for 34 yards. Michigan totaled 473 yards on offense last week, while conference foe Purdue put up 322 yards against a fresh Notre Dame defense. The Irish allowed 102 yards rushing and 220 yards in the air against the Boilermakers. Three ND defenders – Gary Gray, Carlo Calabrese and Manti Te’o – totaled nine tackles each in the win, while Darrin Walls picked off a Boilermaker pass and Ethan Johnson had two sacks on the day.
Notre Dame junior Dayne Crist was 19-of-26 passing for 205 yards and a touchdown in his first career start last week, snapping the Irish’s four-game losing streak with a first-time starting quarterback under center. Michael Floyd and Kyle Rudolph each caught five balls apiece for 82 and 43 yards, respectively. Notre Dame also had an impressive duo in the backfield with Armando Allen rushing 18 times for 98 yards and Cierre Wood carrying seven times for 63 yards. Entering the season opener, Michigan’s new 3-3-5 scheme was focused on shutting down the UConn passing attack. The secondary disrupted Zach Frazer’s day as he completed 18-of-37 for 205 yards and converted only 4-of-15 third-down conversions, but the defense also allowed Jordan Todman to carry 20 times for 105 yards and a touchdown. Linebackers Craig Roh, Obi Ezeh, and Jonas Mouton combined for 22 tackles against the Huskies while giving up 343 total yards. Jordan Kovacs added six stops as did J.T. Floyd with a forced fumble as well.
(1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Michigan State at Florida Atlantic Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 • Noon ET • Detroit, Mich. • Ford Field (65,000) ESPNU • Announcers: Rob Stone, David Pollack Series: Michigan State leads, 1-0 • Last Meeting: Sept. 13, 2008, Michigan State 17, Florida Atlantic 0
(1-0, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Question… Is Florida Atlantic looking forward to heading to Detroit’s Ford Field as the designated home team Saturday? Well, Michigan State defeated the Owls in the teams’ first-ever meeting back in 2008 – a 17-0 shutout in East Lansing. On the other hand, FAU last played in Detroit during that same season when the Owls topped Central Michigan 24-21 in the Motor City Bowl. If anything, Florida Atlantic flies into Detroit with momentum after blocking a 28-yard field goal by UAB on the last play of the game to fend off the Blazers, 32-31. Michigan State easily handled Western Michigan last week by a score of 38-14.
In fact, the Spartans ran all over the Broncos, totaling 297 rushing yards – the highest mark since they posted 386 yards against Indiana in 2007. True freshman Le’Veon Bell Bell rushed for 141 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns, marking the most ever by a Spartan freshman in his first career game. Edwin Baker's career-high 117 rushing yards made it the first time MSU had two 100-yard rushers in the same game since 2006. Junior quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 13-of-21 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown, but remarkably completed 11 of his last 14 throws for 161 yards. Mark Dell had six catches for 81 yards. Michigan State’s impressive rushing total in the opener is not exactly what the Owls wanted to see. FAU allowed 345 of UAB’s 424 yards on the ground, including 214 from quarterback David Isabelle. Michael Lockley helped lead the FAU defense with seven solo and one assist, including one tackle for a loss of five yards, but was honored this past week as the Sun Belt Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking UAB’s field goal at the end of the game. Marcus Bartels tallied seven solos and five assisted tackles, while Brentley Harstad returned his first interception 38 yards for a score.
FAU also boasted the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week in senior Lester Jean, who hauled in nine catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns against UAB. Jeff Van Camp threw for three touchdowns on 14-of-24 passing for 254 yards. Tailback Alfred Morris topped the 100-yard mark with 103 rushing yards on 16 carries. The MSU defense allowed Western Michigan 323 total yards, but only 85 on the ground last Saturday. Greg Jones led the way with nine tackles, followed by Chris Norman’s career-high eight stops. Eric Gordon and Trenton Robinson also had eight tackles each in a win where the Green and White forced three turnovers, including two fumbles and one interception.
(0-1, 0-0 Great West)
South Dakota at Minnesota Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 • 11 a.m. CT • Minneapolis, Minn. • TCF Bank Stadium (50,805) Big Ten Network • Announcers: Craig Coshun, Derek Rackley, Stacy Paetz Series: Minnesota leads, 9-1 • Last Meeting: Nov. 8, 1930: Minnesota 59, South Dakota 0
(1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Saturday’s game between Minnesota and South Dakota will be the 11th between the two teams, with the Golden Gophers touting a 9-1 series advantage. However, the series has been dormant for 80 years, with the two teams playing 10 times between 1904 and 1930. The Gophers’ lone loss in the series came at home in 1912 and every game between the two schools has been played in Minneapolis. Last year the Gophers barely got by South Dakota State, 16-13, and will now try to top a South Dakota squad that was beaten 38-7 last week at Central Florida. Minnesota opened 1-0 after a 24-17 victory over Middle Tennessee State.
The Minnesota offense made sure it held on to the ball in more ways than one last week. The Gophers finished the season-opener without turning the ball over, which hasn’t happened since Sept. 2008. In addition, they recorded a school-record possession time of 45:34. In that time, Minnesota did a ton of running, led by junior tailback Duane Bennett. Of the Gophers’ 281 rushing yards – the team’s highest total in three years – Bennett rushed for 187 yards on 30 carries en route to reaching 1,000 career rushing yards in the win. Freshman Donnell Kirkwood tallied 50 yards on 12 carries in his first game as a Gopher. Minnesota senior quarterback Adam Weber also did his part in the win, going 10-for-17 through the air for 150 yards with no interceptions. In all, the Gophers racked up 431 total yards, which does not bode well for a Coyotes’ squad that allowed Central Florida to scorch them for 38 points and 472 yards last week. USD allowed 27.2 points and 388.9 yards per game in 2009. Junior Shane Potter paced USD’s defensive effort last week with a career-high 16 tackles, including 10 solo stops, and one tackle for loss. Junior linebacker Adam Broders had eight tackles and one tackle for loss.
Offensively, South Dakota averaged 32.5 points and 460.3 yards per game last season, but managed just seven points and 220 yards against the Golden Knights a week ago. Junior quarterback Dante Warren impressed in his ﬁrst career start by connecting on 10-of-19 pass attempts for 104 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Will Powell ﬁnished with 44 receiving yards, while junior running back Chris Ganious led the team’s ground attack with 19 carries for 89 yards and a score. Defensively, the Gophers held MTSU to 318 total yards. Linebacker Mike Rallis led the charge for the Gophers with seven total tackles and a first quarter interception. Keanon Cooper and Ryan Collado each recorded five solos and one assisted tackle in the win.
(1-0, 0-0 MVC)
Illinois State at Northwestern Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 • 11 a.m. CT • Evanston, Ill. • Ryan Field (47,130) Big Ten Network • Announcers: Tom Werme, Rod Woodson, Brittney Payton Series: First Meeting
(1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Northwestern and Illinois State meet for the first time on Saturday, following an opening week where both teams captured close victories. The Wildcats prevailed 23-21 against their academic rival from the SEC, Vanderbilt, winning away from home for the eighth time in its last 11 road outings. Illinois State remained at home, but outlasted Central Missouri State in a 55-54 shootout that saw both teams combine for 1,114 yards of total offense. Northwestern has won its last three games against FCS foes by a combined score of 107-21.
Junior Dan Persa, making the first start of his career, was 19-of-21 through the air for 222 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions while adding a team-best 82 yards on 17 carries. His outing against Vanderbilt produced a pass efficiency rating of 226.42, which ranked first in the Big Ten and eighth nationally. Led by junior Jeremy Ebert, the Wildcats had seven different players catch passes. Ebert, who finished with a game- and career-high 99 receiving yards, had five catches and one of NU's three TD grabs. Drake Dunsmore and Josh Rooks combined to catch five passes for 32 yards and the other two scores. Illinois State gave up 605 total yards to Central Missouri State, including 547 yards in the air. Austin Davis led the team with 10 tackles, including two for loss, followed by EJ Jones with nine tackles in the win. Marcus Harris, playing in his first collegiate game, returned a 42-yard interception for a touchdown in the first quarter, while junior Josh Howe hauled in his first interception in the second quarter.
Illinois State simply outlasted and outscored Central Missouri State last week, tallying 509 total yards, including 322 yards in the air. Sophomore quarterback Matt Brown was named Monday as the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week after throwing a career-high three touchdowns and completing 23-of-30 for 298 yards. Marvon Sanders hauled in eight passes for 113 yards to lead the Redbird receiving corps, while Erik Smith paced the ISU rushing attack, finishing the contest with 96 yards on 13 carries, an average of 7.4 yards per attempt. It took just 14 seconds for the Redbirds to score their first points of the 2010 season as sophomore Ben Ericksen returned the opening kick 85 yards for a score. Defensively, the Wildcats allowed Vanderbilt 432 total yards, including 192 on the ground and 240 in the air. LB Nate Williams and S Brian Peters both equaled career highs for total tackles, with Williams leading NU with 12 tackles (seven solos) and Peters with 11 (eight solos). Williams also had one TFL as well as a forced fumble. In his first career start, DT Jack DiNardo totaled a career-high five tackles, all solos, the most by any NU defensive lineman.
(1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Miami (FL) at Ohio State Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 • 3:40 p.m. ET • Columbus, Ohio • Ohio Stadium (102,329) ESPN • Announcers: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe Series: Ohio State leads, 2-1 • Last Meeting : Jan. 3, 2002: Ohio State 31, Miami (Fla.) 24 (OT)
(1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
So… here we are again! Has it already been nearly seven years? The last time Ohio State and Miami met was at the 2003 Fiesta Bowl where the Buckeyes claimed the national championship with a thrilling 31-24 double-overtime outcome over the Hurricanes. OSU holds a 2-1 advantage in the overall series with its other win coming in a 10-0 shutout in 1977 in Columbus. Miami’s lone victory against the Buckeyes came by way of a 23-12 contest in the 1999 Kickoff Classic played at the Meadowlands.
Ohio State had little to worry about in a 45-7 season-opening win over Marshall last week. The offense posted 529 total yards, with 280 rushing and 249 through the air. Terrell Pryor was 17-of-25 passing for 247 yards and three touchdowns, with his primary targets, Dane Sanzenbacher and DeVier Posey, combining for seven catches for 154 yards and three touchdowns. Third-year sophomore tight end Jake Stoneburner had a career night, catching three passes for a game-high 41 yards, while fifth-year senior wide receiver Grant Swartz connected three times for 20 yards. Brandon Saine had nine carries for 103 rushing yards, including 45- and 40-yard runs, and two touchdowns. In a 45-0 win over Florida A&M last week, Miami’s defense gave up just 110 yards of total offense, including 52 yards on 39 carries - the fewest yards allowed since holding North Carolina to 35 rushing yards on Sept. 27, 2008. Miami also recorded 8.0 sacks, including 3.5 by sophomore defensive end Olivier Vernon for a total of 36 yards. Ramon Buchanan totaled six tackles, followed by Colin McCarthy and Marcus Robinson with five apiece.
The Miami offense posted 405 total yards in the win against FAMU, including 250 in the air and 155 on the ground. Jacory Harris put up an impressive 263.6 pass efficiency rating en route to 12-of-15 passing for 210 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions. Last year Harris led the ACC with 3,352 passing yards but also threw a league-high 17 interceptions. Receiver Leonard Hankerson hauled in six balls last week for 115 yards and two scores. On the ground, running back Lamar Miller carried 11 times for 66 yards and one touchdown. Against Marshall, Ohio State held the Thundering Herd under 200 total yards, including 44 yards on the ground. Senior safety Tyler Moeller was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Buckeyes with six tackles, one sack, one pass break-up, two TFLs and a forced fumble. Jermale Hines has five stops in the win while Brian Rolle posted three total tackles and an interception he returned 30 yards.
(1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Penn State at Alabama Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 • 6 p.m. CT • Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,000) ESPN • Announcers: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Erin Andrews Series: Alabama leads, 8-5 • Last Meeting: Oct. 27, 1990: Penn State 9, Alabama 0
(1-0, 0-0 SEC)
Penn State at No. 1 Alabama. What more could you ask for? ESPN College GameDay will be on hand Saturday to help set the scene for the first meeting between the national powers since 1990. The Crimson Tide hold an 8-5 advantage in the overall series and topped the Nittany Lions in the 1979 Sugar Bowl to claim their 10th national championship. From 1981-1990, the two teams met every year with Alabama winning six times.
In the 44-14 victory over Youngstown State, the Nittany Lions made history by starting a true freshman quarterback for the first time since Wally Richardson against Temple in 1992. Robert Bolden completed 20-of-29 passes for 239 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in his debut, and then earned the inaugural Big Ten Freshman of the Week award on Monday. Bolden’s two touchdowns went to wide receiver Brett Brackett, who finished the opener with eight receptions and 98 yards. Tailback Evan Royster carried the ball 11 times for 40 yards and enters Saturday’s game 440 yards away from passing Curt Warner as the school’s all-time rusher. Alabama’s defense held San Jose State to just a field goal in its 48-3 win in the opener, and will once again be without BCS National Championship Defensive MVP Marcell Dareus who is serving the second game of a two-game suspension. The Tide could still pose problems for Royster as Alabama led the country last year by allowing just five rushing scores. It wasn’t much of a matchup last Saturday, but Alabama allowed 175 total yards, including 86 in the air. C.J. Mosley and Chris Jordan led the team with seven and six tackles, respectively, while Mosley added three pass breakups.
In addition to being without its top defensive player, it appears Alabama will not have the services of reigning Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, who is slated to miss his second game with an injury. In the win last week, Alabama put up 257 yards on the ground and 334 yards through the air. Greg McElroy was 13-of-16 passing for 218 yards and a score, while three receivers – Julio Jones (6 rec, 93 yds), Marquis Maze (3 rec, 68 yds) and Darius Hanks (3 rec, 66 yds) – each hauled in more than 60 receiving yards. Freshman Eddie Lacy led the team on the ground with 113 yards and two TDs. Trent Richardson also ran for two scores and 66 yards against the Spartans. Similar to Alabama, Penn State was very successful last year holding rushers out of the end zone. The Nittany Lions allowed just six rushing scores in 2009, which tied for second in the nation behind the Tide. Last Saturday, they gave up just 75 yards on the ground. Chris Colasanti paced the team with 9.5 tackles while teammate Bani Gbadyu recorded 6.0 total stops.
(1-0, 0-0 MVC)
Western Illinois at Purdue Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 • Noon ET • West Lafayette, Ind. • Ross-Ade Stadium (62,500) Big Ten Network • Announcers: Tom Hart, Anthony Herron, Lisa Byington Series: First Meeting
(0-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
After a season-opening 23-12 loss to Notre Dame, Purdue pulls back into the station at Ross Ade Stadium to welcome Western Illinois, a team that shutout Valparaiso 45-0 last week. Saturday marks the first time the Boilermakers and the Leathernecks will meet on the football field. Western Illinois is 0-3 against the Big Ten since 1986, with two losses to Wisconsin and one to Illinois. Last week’s win snapped a 10-game losing streak, including six straight home losses.
There were some positives that could be drawn from the Boilermakers’ loss last week, including an offense that posted 322 total yards and possessed the ball more than 10 minutes longer than the Fighting Irish. Quarterback Robert Marve completed 31-of-42 passes for 220 yards with Keith Smith finishing with a Big Ten-best 12 catches totaling 80 yards. Dan Dierking rushed for a team-high 56 yards and caught five passes for 28 yards. Marve did throw a pair of interceptions, converted just 5-of-17 third downs, and was sacked four times in South Bend. Defensively, Western's defense limited the Crusaders to 131 yards of total offense last week, while forcing five fumbles in the rain and recovering three. The Leathernecks posted eight tackles for loss and forced nine Valpo punts en route to their third shutout in 16 games under coach Mark Hendrickson. Senior linebacker Kyle Glazier led the defense with 10 tackles in the win.
Known for its rushing attack, Western Illinois kept that trend going against Valparaiso with 339 yards and four TDs on the ground. Three running backs rushed for at least 80 yards in the win, including Bryce Flowers 121 (21 carries), Caulton Ray 86 (16 carries) and Lamor Hickman 80 (12 carries). In fact, Flowers’ performance was so impressive it earned him the Missouri Valley Football Conference 'Newcomer of the Week' award on Monday. Quarterback Matt Barr completed 15-of-30 passes for 230 yards, while Terriun Crump caught five passes for 60 yards and Lito Senatus totaled a game-high 86 yards on four receptions. In the loss to Notre Dame, Purdue allowed 178 yards rushing and 205 yards through the air. All-American Ryan Kerrigan made seven tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, and forced a fumble, while Jason Werner and Charleton Williams made seven stops each. Logan Link had five tackles, including one for loss, and a fumble recovery in his first collegiate appearance.
(0-1, 0-0 WAC)
San Jose State at Wisconsin Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 • 11 a.m. CT • Madison, Wis. • Camp Randall Stadium (80,321) ESPN • Announcers: Dave Pasch, Bob Griese, Chris Spielman Series: Wisconsin leads, 1-0 • Last Meeting: Sept. 13, 1997: Wisconsin 56, San Jose State 0
(1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
After a 41-21 win at UNLV on Saturday, Wisconsin returns home to Camp Randall Stadium to welcome a San Jose State team that fell 48-3 to Alabama last week. The Badgers own a 1-0 lead in the series after absolutely owning the Spartans in 1997, 56-10. In that game, 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne led the Badgers to 403 yards rushing. UW has captured its last 14 home games and boasts a 25-game winning streak in regular season non-conference games. Wisconsin will be the fourth Big Ten squad the Spartans have ever faced, having previously met Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio State. San Jose State has lost 13 straight games against ranked opponents
Wisconsin’s offense once again showed its rushing dominance against the Rebels with 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year John Clay posting a game-high 123 yards and two scores. Sophomore Montee Ball and freshman James White combined for 138 yards, while Ball added two touchdowns as well. Scott Tolzien may have thrown an early interception that was returned for a score, but other than that, the Badger quarterback played a steady game with 197 yards on 15-of-20 passing. David Gilreath recorded 68 yards on four receptions, helping the Badgers to 475 yards of total offense. San Jose State allowed 591 yards of total offense to Alabama last Saturday while starting eight new players on defense. Tiuk Tuipulotu and Vince Buhagiar each had nine tackles to lead the team and Duke Ihenacho posted four stops with a forced fumble.
SJSU also started eight newcomers on an offensive unit that managed only seven first downs against the Crimson Tide. The Spartans posted 175 total yards – 89 rushing and 86 passing – and was just 1-of-13 on third-down conversions, which forced nine punts. Jordan La Secla was 7-of-14 passing for 85 yards and one interception, finding Noel Grigsby twice for 55 yards. Brandon Rutley netted 52 yards on 13 carries. One of the lone bright spots for the Spartans was a year after allowing 34 sacks (3.0 per game), they allowed just one to the Crimson Tide. Prior to allowing UNLV 112 rushing yards last week, Wisconsin had held its last 10 opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing. DE J.J. Watt was all over the field against the Rebels, making four tackles, forcing a fumble (which Aaron Henry returned for a touchdown) and knocking down three passes at the line of scrimmage. Fellow DE Louis Nzegwu also batted down two passes at the line in addition to recording a sack. After pacing the Big Ten with 37.0 sacks and 92.0 tackles for loss in 2009, Wisconsin recorded 4.0 sacks and 6.0 TFLs against UNLV.