Week four didn’t have the excitement of previous weeks as there were no marquee matchups and only two games were close in score. The Big Ten went 8-2 on the week, and all 10 teams that played have finished their non-conference schedule. The eight Big Ten teams that won this past week won by an average of 26.25 points, Illinois’ three point victory was the only win by a Big Ten team that was by less than 20 points.
On the flip side of the big wins was Indiana and Minnesota. A week after each team got their first win of the season; both teams took a step back in week four. Indiana loss to previously winless North Texas on the road while Minnesota loss at home to FCS foe North Dakota State. This was the second loss in a row by the Gophers to NDSU. Both teams are now 1-3 heading into conference play.
While Penn State’s victory over Eastern Michigan was expected, the good news for Nittany Lions fans is that both Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden played good. The two combined for 335 yards and four touchdowns with only one interception. This performance is a little hard to gauge given the competition, but it is at least a step in the right direction. The bad news for Penn State is that they lost star linebacker Michael Mauti for the season with a new injury. The defense has performed well so far this season, but will need to continue on without their leading tackler.
A week after an impressive home win over a ranked Arizona State team, Illinois looked sluggish in a 23-20 win over Western Michigan. The Illini were trailing at halftime by three before running backs Donovonn Young and Troy Pollard took over in the second half to lead Illinois back for the win.
Best performance of the week: Michigan
Worst performance of the week: Minnesota
Week 4 Scores
(6) Wisconsin 59, South Dakota 10
(9) Nebraska 38, Wyoming 14
(22) Michigan 28, San Diego State 7
(24) Illinois 23, Western Michigan 20
Michigan State 45, Central Michigan 7
Penn State 34, Eastern Michigan 6
Iowa 45, Louisiana-Monroe 17
Ohio State 37, Colorado 17
North Dakota State 37, Minnesota 24
North Texas 24, Indiana 21
Week 4 Statistical Leaders
1. Russell Wilson (Wisconsin) 345 yards, 3 TDs
2. James Vandenberg (Iowa) 270 yards, 3 TDs
3. Matt McGloin (Penn State) 220 yards, 3 TDs
1. Denard Robinson (Michigan) 200 yards, 3 TDs
2. Rex Burkhead (Nebraska) 170 yards, 2 TDs
3. Troy Pollard (Illinois) 133 yards
1. Nick Toon (Wisconsin) 7 catches, 155 yards, 2 TDs
2. Devon Smith (Penn State) 3 catches, 104 yards, 1 TD
3. Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin) 5 catches, 101 yards, 1 TD
For game summaries on all of the Big Ten games in week four, click here.
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