BOULDER, Colo. – The Big Ten continued to be a conference of blowouts as this weekend’s games had an average point differential of 59 points, including an 88 point differential of Wisconsin’s shutout of Minnesota. In what was pegged as one of the more competitive weeks in the Big Ten thus far turned out to be contain just as many lopsided victories. The games will be closer later in the season when the top teams take on each other, but for now, the one-sided victories will continue.
Purdue vs. No. 19 Ohio State
The Boilermakers hosted the Buckeyes in West Lafayette after being demolished by Indiana, 92-0, but were unable to overcome a stout Ohio State squad, losing, 78-7. The Buckeyes started the game off with a try by Joseph Eramo, but Purdue answered with a try of their own, tying the game at seven after 14 minutes. Ohio State quickly took control after Purdue’s try, scoring 5 tries and converting on all of them, putting itself up, 42-7. The tries kept coming for the Buckeyes, and Purdue couldn’t get back on the board after their early try, and Ohio State easily won this match.
Eramo and Taylor Hurff played very well for Ohio State in this one. Eramo scored five tries, and Hurff kicked 10 conversions. Teams will need to control these two if they want to beat the Buckeyes. Michigan State will have the next crack at stopping the Buckeye duo when it travels to Columbus next week. Purdue will have a week to train, and will take on Wisconsin Oct. 17.
No. 17 Michigan vs. No. 10 Indiana
Indiana’s back line continues to improve this season, and took this match against Michigan, 41-7. Teddy Terezis scored two tries and four conversions, and Jacob Hidalgo scored a try, two guys that have been amazing for the Hoosiers this season, but inside center Matthew Duncan and fullback Alexander Dorrier both scored tries as well. The Indiana side is strong, has a lot of experience, and are the team to beat in the Big Ten.
The Wolverines did a good job containing Indiana’s Bryce Campbell, but didn’t have enough left in the tank to cover the rest of the Hoosiers back line. Michigan was held without a point for the first 56 minutes, but were able to finally get to the try zone thanks to flanker Travis Sawyer.
It was a tough day for Michigan, who were trying to get its first win over this Indiana side in their last three matches. The Wolverines will be in search of their second win of the season when they face a young Minnesota side next week. Indiana will return to Bloomington and will face a struggling Iowa side on Saturday.
No. 15 Wisconsin vs. Minnesota
Wisconsin ran away with this match early, and continued to pile it on until the very end, taking this game, 88-0. The score was, 56-0, after the first 40 minutes, thanks to multiple tries by Matoko Noudehou, Daniel Pettay, and Hunter Crass. After the 87-0 victory in week one, Wisconsin has cruised to two wins in the early stages of Big Ten play, and take on the troubled Boilermakers side in two weeks.
The young Golden Gophers side has struggled so far this season, but continue to gain experience with every passing match. They will continue to improve when they take on Michigan next week in Minneapolis.
Iowa vs. Illinois
The Fighting Illini had a couple tough games to enter the season, taking on two D1A Top 20 teams in Indiana and Ohio State. They played very well, and have become quite a surprise team so far in the Big Ten. They went into Iowa City to face a Hawkeye side that finished in third place in the Big Ten last season, and walked away with a gleaming 51-10 win.
Illinois wing Justin Peebles scored three tries between the 49th and 56th minutes to start widening the gap, and scrumhalf Mario Lozano contributed 21 points in the huge Fighting Illini win.
Illinois gets its first conference win in the last two years, and will continue to build on it when they take on Minnesota in two weeks. The struggling Iowa squad will continue its gauntlet of a Big Ten schedule, taking on Indiana next week and Ohio State the next.