Big Ten Weekly Football Release

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  Big Ten play resumes this weekend, with three conference matchups highlighting a seven-game slate. Rutgers will visit Nebraska, while Michigan travels to Purdue and Penn State heads to Iowa in the Big Ten opener for all six schools. Four other conference squads are off this week, as Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin enjoy their bye week.

  Purdue posted its largest road win in more than 18 years on Saturday with a 35-3 win at Missouri. The last time the Boilermakers won by a margin of that size on the road was Sept. 4, 1999 (47-13 at Central Florida), and it was the fewest points Purdue allowed in a road game since Oct. 25, 1997, when the Boilermakers registered a 48-3 win at Illinois.

  Rutgers earned its first win of the 2017 season with a 65-0 victory over Morgan State on Saturday. It was the most points scored by the Scarlet Knights since Sept. 4, 1993, when they defeated Colgate 68-6 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and the largest shutout for Rutgers since Oct. 28, 1978, when it defeated Columbia 69-0 also at Giants Stadium.

  Defending Big Ten Champion Penn State blanked Georgia State 56-0 on Saturday at Beaver Stadium. It was the Nittany Lions’ largest margin of victory since a 66-10 win over Coastal Carolina on Aug. 30, 2008, and their largest shutout since a 59-0 win over Florida International on Sept. 1, 2007.

  Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was responsible for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in the Buckeyes’ 38-7 win over Army West Point on Saturday, setting the Big Ten career record in that category with 107, one more than Purdue’s Drew Brees registered from 1997-2000.

  Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook set a school record by completing 18 of 19 passes (94.7 percent) in the Badgers’ 40-6 win at BYU on Saturday. Hornibrook’s mark was the best single-game completion percentage in Big Ten history by any quarterback attempting at least 13 passes and the fifth-best for those with a minimum of 10 completions.

  Michigan kicker Quinn Nordin converted all five of his field goal attempts Saturday in the Wolverines’ 29-13 win over visiting Air Force. Nordin tied the Michigan record for field goals in a single game, set three times previously (most recently by K.C. Lopata at Minnesota on Nov. 8, 2009), and it marked the 26th time in Big Ten history a student kicked five field goals in one game (first since Nebraska’s Drew Brown against Southern Miss on Sept. 26, 2015).

This Week's Schedule

Sep. 23, 2017  UNLV at Ohio State Columbus, OH 12:00 pm    BTN
  UCF at Maryland College Park, MD 3:00 pm    FS1
  Georgia Southern at Indiana Bloomington, IN 3:30 pm    BTN
  Rutgers at Nebraska Lincoln, NE 3:30 pm    BTN
  Michigan at Purdue West Lafayette, IN 4:00 pm    FOX
  Penn State at Iowa Iowa City, IA 7:30 pm    ABC
  Notre Dame at Michigan State East Lansing, MI 8:00 pm    FOX