Big Ten Weekly Football Release

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  Eleven Big Ten schools will continue their non-conference schedules this weekend, with eight of those programs playing at home. After opening with a pair of wins, both Maryland and Michigan State will be the first Big Ten schools to go on a bye week during the 2017 season.

  Maryland has opened the 2017 season by scoring at least 50 points in its first two games for the first time in program history and posting back-to-back 50-point games for the first time since Nov. 17 and Nov. 24, 1951 (53-0 vs. N.C. State and 54-7 vs. West Virginia). The Terrapins opened their home schedule Saturday with a 63-17 win over in-state rival Towson, recording the most points by a Maryland squad since Nov. 25, 1954 (a 74-13 win over Missouri).

  Through two games this season, Michigan’s defense has scored three touchdowns, including a pair of defensive scores in Saturday’s 36-14 win over Cincinnati at Michigan Stadium. By contrast, the Wolverines’ first two opponents (Florida and Cincinnati) have combined for two offensive touchdowns.

  Penn State extended its streak of consecutive 30-point games to nine in a row with a 33-14 win over Keystone State rival Pittsburgh on Saturday at Beaver Stadium. It’s the Nittany Lions’ longest streak of 30-point games since a 15-game streak during the 1993 and 1994 seasons.

  Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor rushed for 223 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday’s 31-14 home win over Florida Atlantic, becoming the fourth Badger freshman in program history to rush for 200 yards in a single game, joining Alan Ameche (1951), Ron Dayne (1996, five times) and Zach Brown (2007). Taylor was also the first Wisconsin student with 200 rushing yards in a single game since Melvin Gordon’s final game in a Badger uniform at the 2015 Outback Bowl, when he ran for 251 yards in a 34-31 overtime win over Auburn.

  Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz took over sole possession of sixth place on the Big Ten career coaching wins list by virtue of the Hawkeyes’ 44-41 overtime victory at Iowa State on Saturday. Ferentz, who is 137-92 in his 19th season at Iowa, moved free of a tie for sixth with Minnesota’s Henry Williams (136-33-11 from 1900-21) and is closing in on the Hawkeyes’ career coaching wins record held by Hayden Fry (143-89-6 from 1979-98).

  While Ferentz moved up another rung on the Big Ten career coaching wins ladder, Indiana’s Tom Allen and Purdue’s Jeff Brohm took their first steps on that journey by leading their respective schools to wins last weekend. The Hoosiers posted a 34-17 victory at Virginia on Saturday, after Brohm’s Boilermakers toppled visiting Ohio, 44-21, on Friday night.

This Week's Schedule

Sep. 15, 2017  Illinois at South Fla. Tampa, FL 7:00 pm    ESPN
Sep. 16, 2017  Air Force at Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 12:00 pm    BTN
  Northern Ill. at Nebraska Lincoln, NE 12:00 pm    FS1
  Wisconsin at BYU Provo, UT 3:30 pm    ABC
  North Texas at Iowa Iowa City, IA 3:30 pm    ESPN2
  Middle Tenn. at Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 3:30 pm    BTN
  Morgan St. at Rutgers Piscataway, NJ 3:30 pm    BTN
  Purdue at Missouri Columbia, MO 4:00 pm    SEC Network
  Army West Point at Ohio State Columbus, OH 4:30 pm    FOX
  Bowling Green at Northwestern Evanston, IL 7:30 pm    BTN
  Georgia St. at Penn State University Park, PA 7:30 pm    BTN