Around The Big Ten
Braylon for Heisman?: Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards may not be getting the Heisman hype of some of the nation’s other top players, but he should be. His three-touchdown performance Saturday lifted the Wolverines over Michigan State, 45-37, in triple overtime. Michigan found itself down 27-10 in the fourth quarter until quarterback Chad Henne found Edwards twice in a three-minute span to tie the game at 27. Then in triple overtime, Henne hooked up with Edwards one final time on a 24-yard touchdown strike. Edwards has 995 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns so far this season with two games left.
Gophers going south: The post-Michigan swoon for Minnesota continues. After opening up a 14-0 lead over Indiana, the Golden Gophers gave up 23 straight points to the Hoosiers and lost their third straight game 30-21. Quarterback Bryan Cupito’s struggles continued, only completing 11 of 30 pass attempts for 182 yards against the Indiana defense. Hoosier running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis had his first 100-yard rushing day since mid-September, running for 110 yards.
Wildcats win late: After a trying week for Northwestern that saw head coach Randy Walker hospitalized with a heart ailment, the Wildcats went down to the wire to defeat Purdue, 13-10, in Evanston. Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton was benched in the third quarter after a lackluster performance in which he completed only 15 of 33 passes. Northwestern running back Noah Herron ran in the game winning three-yard touchdown with less than 45 seconds remaining. The Wildcats hit the road for three of the next four weeks with games at Penn State, Michigan and Hawaii.
No “O” in Ohio: Ohio State can thank its special teams and defense for its 21-10 win over Penn State on Saturday. The Buckeyes attempted eight passes and the offense accounted for only 178 yards. Ohio State freshman receiver Ted Ginn electrified the Horseshoe with his 67-yard punt return for a touchdown, while Tyler Everett got into the act when he stepped in front of a Michael Robinson pass and took it back 24 yards for a touchdown. The lone bright spot on offense for Penn State was the ground game, where the Nittany Lions outgained Ohio State 172-138.
Quote of the week: “Today I think I learned that we have to let one guy speak and handle the whole chore. Today we had a couple of people involved and it got twisted around.” - Kirk Ferentz on the confusion with the coin toss during the Hawkeyes’ 23-13 win over Illinois.
Board Bytes: A look at what Big Ten fans had to say on a football Saturday
“I was all in favor of Orton being pulled, whether it was due to ineffectiveness or injury or both. He wasn't getting the job done. He was locking on Stubblefield and missed a wide open Kyle Ingraham on a post to the endzone on one occasion. That interception he threw close to the endzone was just awful. He had Stubblefield in man coverage and just had to loft it up there for him. What happened to this team? I am dumbfounded. This is like a bad dream.” PurdueBoilers9 reacting after Purdue’s 13-10 loss to Northwestern.
“Great come back, but why did we wait so long before we opened up the passing game. HOPE HART is OK, he'll have two weeks to rest up. OUR team never gave up, just let the same player from last year (D. COBB ) bust lose for 2 long break aways, other than that State didn't really have a lot to show other than running, not much passing at all considering the yardage they put up.” AmazingBlue97 after Michigan’s thrilling triple overtime win over Michigan State.