Minnesota Golden Gophers:
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Gophers and TCU have met only once on the gridiron, as the two schools faced one another on Sept. 28, 1974 in
Minneapolis. Minnesota prevailed 9-7 in front of 32,822 fans at Memorial Stadium. The temperature at kickoff was 47
degrees and the game was played under overcast conditions. The Gophers used three quarterbacks that day in Tony
Dungy (coached the Colts to a Super Bowl XLI title), Marc Trestman (current Chicago Bears head coach) and Steve
Olsen. Dungy, who had an aggravated shoulder, started the game before being replaced by freshmen Trestman and
Olsen. It was Olsen who scored Minnesota’s lone touchdown of the game, as he plunged into the end zone from the 1-
yard line in the third quarter. Kicker Steve Goldberg’s point-after attempt hit the upright leaving Minnesota with a 6-0 lead.
TCU took a 7-6 lead shortly after the Gophers scored, but Goldberg redeemed himself by banging home a 34-yard field
goal with 1:34 left in the third quater. Both of Minnesota’s scores were set up by interceptions, as freshman Tommie Ash
had two and senior Greg Engebos had one.
The Gophers have played eight true freshmen (seven on defense, one of offense) through the first two games of the
season: linebackers Jonathan Celestin, Everett Williams; defensive linemen Gaelin Elmore, Gary Moore, Steve
Richardson, Andrew Stelter; defensive back Craig James and tight end Brandon Lingen. There have been instances this
year where the Gophers have played three true freshmen on the defensive line at the same time. In addition Minnesota
has played nine redshirt freshmen this year, as De’Niro Laster and Daletavious McGee have played on defense and Ryan
Santoso has handled the kicking duties. On offense Minnesota has played quarterback Chris Streveler, running
back Berkley Edwards, tight ends Nick Hart and Nate Wozniak and receivers Jeff Borchardt and Eric Carter.
In 2013, the Gophers reached eight wins for the first time under Kill and for only the seventh time since 1960 and
18th time overall. Since 2012, Minnesota has played 28games and is 16-12 in those games. In their previous 28
games, the Gophers were 7-21. Last year, Kill and his staff led Minnesota to four straight Big Ten wins for the first time
since 1973 and ended a 16-game losing streak to Nebraska.
in a interview with Head coach Hazell:
What do the quarterbacks Danny (Etling) and Austin (Appleby) need to do?
COACH HAZELL: Both of those guys need to get a lot better based off the film. They
COACH HAZELL: Both of those guys need to get a lot better based off the film. They
know that and we know that.
We're running a couple reps with both guys today in the ones and we'll make a decision
here this week. We're not going to make a huge issue out of it. They both need to get better, and
they both made some mistakes in the game on Saturday and we're going to move forward and
make sure that they are continually getting better as young guys.
They are young guys, and that's the thing that you have to remember about those guys. We
want them to be seasoned veterans after 12 or 13 games, and that's not going to happen. When you
look across the country and the productivity with the quarterbacks and watch where they are across
the country, and we are no different than a lot of those people.
Purdue vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Purdue and Notre Dame meet for the 86th time in series history, the most the Irish have faced a Big Ten school.
Purdue has beaten Notre Dame 26 times, the third most of any opponent, behind USC (35) and Michigan State (28).
Purdue’s series with Notre Dame is tied with USC vs. Notre Dame and New Mexico vs. New Mexico State for the fourth-longest uninterrupted non-conference series in the FBS behind Notre Dame and Navy (since 1927), Army and Navy (since 1930) and Cincinnati and Miami (Ohio) (1945).
Utah and BYU have also met every year since 1946, though the two schools were in the same conference for several years. Clemson and South Carolina have the longest uninterrupted series as they have played every year since 1909, but both were in the ACC from 1953 to 1970. Georgia and Georgia Tech have met every season since 1925, but both were in the SEC from 1932 to 1963.
After 69-straight years of playing against Notre Dame, the teams will take five years off, before meeting again on Sept. 19, 2020.
Purdue and Notre Dame meet for the second time in Indianapolis, with the Boilermakers winning the 1984 game over the No. 8 Irish 23-21.
The Boilermakers are coming off a 38-17 loss against Central Michigan, while the Irish are coming off a 31-0 win over Michigan.
Purdue is 4-2 all-time in games played on Sept. 13, including 1-0 against Notre Dame.
Purdue is 2-1 against ranked teams on Sept. 13.
The Boilermakers beat No. 12 Notre Dame 28-17 in 1997 in Joe Tiller’s second game as head coach, coincidentally after a loss against the MAC (at Toledo).
Saturday is the first game away from home for both Purdue and Notre Dame.
Notre Dame has won six in-a-row in the series.
The game begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Tom Hammond will handle play-by-play duties, while Mike Mayock will serve at his side as analyst.
Tim Newton will handle the play-by-play on the Purdue Sports Properties radio broadcast with Pete Quinn at his side. Kelly Kitchel will join the crew from the sideline.
This is the second game of the 91st season in Ross-Ade Stadium, where the Boilermakers boast a 273-169-13 record.
Purdue and Notre Dame play for the Shillelagh Trophy.
The trophy debuted in 1957, and Notre Dame boasts a 38-19 edge in trophy wins.
The Boilermakers are 1-3 against Notre Dame when the Irish are ranked 11th in the country.
Purdue is 1-16 all-time against teams ranked 11th in the country.
Purdue is 34-140-2 when it faces a ranked opponent while unranked.
This is the third-straight year Purdue has faced a ranked Notre Dame team. The Irish won the last two by a combined 10 points.
Saturday is 30 years and five days to the date of when Purdue and Notre Dame last met in Indianapolis, the only other time the series has been played at a neutral site.
Saturday’s game is part of Notre Dame’s annual “Shamrock Series.”
Purdue will play its first ever game at Lucas Oil Stadium, the same venue as the Big Ten Championship game.
Purdue fell to Central Michigan 38-17.
Paul Griggs knocked down his fourth field goal of the season, a 42-yarder in the second quarter.
A total of 10 Boilermakers had receptions, a season best.
Ryan Watson came up with a sack for the second-straight week. He now has 2.0 for his career.
Purdue had a season-best six tackles for loss and three sacks.
Purdue had three punt returns for 47 yards, an average of 16 yards per return. The Boilermakers average 22.0 yards per punt return this season.
Purdue had a season-high three turnovers.
Purdue passed for a season-high 204 yards.
Nebraska takes to the road for the first time in 2014 on Saturday evening when the Huskers travel to Fresno
State to take on the Bulldogs. Game time from Fresno’s Bulldog Stadium is set for 9:30 p.m. CT and the game will be
available nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
The Huskers head to Fresno with a 2-0 record after escaping with a 31-24 victory over McNeese State last Saturday
in Lincoln. Senior I-back Ameer Abdullah supplied the winning margin on a highlight-reel 58-yard catch and run for a
touchdown with 20 seconds remaining. The win marked Nebraska’s 10th straight victory in games decided by seven
or fewer points dating back to September of 2012.
Nebraska has started 2-0 for the sixth time in Bo Pelini’s seven seasons as head coach, and will be looking for its first
3-0 start to a season since 2011. Nebraska will also be looking for a win in its road opener for the second straight year.
Saturday’s game will be the second all-time matchup between the schools and the second in a three-game series.
The Huskers prevailed, 42-29, in the only other meeting in 2011 in Lincoln. The third meeting in the three-game
series is scheduled for 2016 in Lincoln.
Fresno State will enter the contest with an 0-2 record, following road losses at USC and Utah to open the season.
The Bulldogs have won 13 straight home games entering Saturday’s contest, marking the nation’s longest home
winning streak.The Series
Nebraska defeated Fresno State, 42-29, in Lincoln in 2011 in the only previous meeting. The Huskers were spurred
by a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Ameer Abdullah, who set a Nebraska record with 211 kickoff return
yards in the contest.
Nebraska: Bo Pelini (Ohio State, ‘90) owns a 60-24 record (.714) in his seventh season as head coach. He has
guided NU to nine or more wins in each of his first six seasons as head coach, joining Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne
in accomplishing that feat at Nebraska. His 60 wins trail only Osborne and Devaney on the NU wins list. Pelini joins
Alabama’s Nick Saban as the only head coaches in the nation to win nine or more games each of the past six seasons.Fresno State: Tim DeRuyter (Air Force, ‘85) is in his third season as head coach and owns a 20-8 record. DeRuyter
has guided the Bullogs to a Mountain West title and a bowl game in each of his first two seasons, including an 11-2
record last season. Before taking over as the head coach at Fresno, DeRuyter had assistant stints at Texas A&M, Air
Force, Nevada, Ohio and Navy.Nebraska Football
Nebraska is 867-357-40 all-time, one of just eight schools with 800 all-time victories w Nebraska has won five
national championships (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997). w The Cornhuskers have won 43 conference championships.
w NU’s 50 all-time bowl appearances rank third nationally. w Since 1970, NU has 433 wins, 24 more than any other
school. w Nebraska’s 107 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation. w The Huskers have 110 first-team All-
Americans in school history.
Illinois Fighting Illini
The 2-0 Fighting Illini will hit the road for the first time in 2014 this Saturday, Sept. 13, when they head to Seattle to face the 2-0 Washington Huskies (1 p.m. PT/3 CT on FOX).
Illinois has had to mount two fourth-quarter comebacks en route to its 2-0 start. The Illini trailed Youngstown State 9-7 after three quarters before ripping off 21 fourth quarter points to win going away, 28-17. Then against Western Kentucky, the Illini trailed 27-21 entering the fourth before scoring 21 straight on the way to the 42-34 victory. It is the first time Illinois has executed consecutive fourth-quarter comeback wins since the 2001 season. The Illini last did so against Penn State (Nov. 10, 2001) and Ohio State (Nov. 17, 2001).
Sophomore quarterback Wes Lunt followed up the best QB debut in school history (285 passing yards, four TDs vs. YSU) with an even better performance against Western Kentucky. Lunt nearly broke the Memorial Stadium passing record with 456 yards in the win over WKU, just six yards shy of Juice Williams' stadium record from 2008, and also added three more touchdowns to bring his season total to seven.
Lunt has been nearly perfect in the fourth quarter while leading Illinois back-to-back comeback wins. Lunt is 19-of-22 for 309 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions, good for an FBS-best 264.34 fourth-quarter efficiency rating (min. 10 att.). He also leads the nation in fourth quarter passing yards (309) and completion percentage (86.4 - min. 10 att.).
Lunt and WR Mike Dudek both took home Big Ten honors after the WKU win. Lunt was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his big day against the Hilltoppers, while Dudek earned Freshman of the Week honors after catching four passes for 55 yards and a TD, giving the true-frosh a TD in each of his first two games.
Sophomore FS Taylor Barton took an interception 77 yards to the house against WKU, the first interception return for a touchdown by an Illini since Ashante Williams vs. Western Michigan on Sept. 1, 2012. Barton's pick six extended Illinois' lead to 35-27, as the Illini scored 14 points in the first 4:45 of the fourth quarter.
The Fighting Illini have been excellent on third down in 2014, converting 17-of-28 third-down attempts (61 percent), which ranks ninth nationally and second in the Big Ten. Illinois has been especially good on fourth-quarter third downs, converting 7-of-8 times in the final stanza (5-of-5 vs. YSU, 2-of-3 vs. WKU)
Illinois has streaks of 63 games and 184 attempts without missing a PAT kick, which both rank as the third-longest active streaks in the nation. The Illini's last missed PAT kick was on Sept. 5, 2009, against Missouri.
Thirteen (13) players have made their Illini debuts this season: three true-freshmen (Mike Dudek, Paul James III, Malik Turner), one redshirt-freshman (Nathan Echard), one sophomore (Michael Martin), one senior (Davontay Kwaaning) and seven transfers (Geronimo Allison, Clayton Fejedelem, Joe Fotu, Dallas Hinkhouse, Wes Lunt, Carroll Phillips, Jihad Ward).
Nineteen (19) former Illini were on NFL opening-day rosters, tied for sixth-most among the 14 Big Ten teams.
LUNT'S FAST START ONE FOR THE AGES
Sophomore quarterback Wes Lunt has started his Illini career in impressive fashion, recording both the best debut and best first two games by an Illini signal-caller in school history. He completed 24-of-38 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in the opener against Youngstown State, then connected on 35-of-50 passes for 456 yards, one interception and three scores against Western Kentucky.
Lunt's 456-yard performance against WKU ranks second on the all-time Memorial Stadium passing yardage list, just six yards shy of the stadium-record 462 yards set by Juice Williams vs. Minnesota (Oct. 11, 2008). Lunt's performance stands fourth, meanwhile, on the Illini all-time single-game passing yardage list.
Lunt's aerial display vs. WKU also broke his previous career high of 436 yards set during his true-freshman season at Oklahoma State (at Arizona on Sept. 8, 2012). And Lunt recorded the longest pass of his career against the 'Toppers, a 62-yard TD strike to Justin Hardee.
Lunt's 285 yards in the season-opener out-paced the 257 that Eddie McGee threw for against Missouri in 2007 after entering in relief of an injured Juice Williams, which was the previous high-water mark for an Illini QB's debut.
Lunt's 741 yards and seven TDs in the first two games obliterate the previous records, as Tony Eason posted 498 yards in his first two starts and three QBs (Nathan Scheelhaase, Jason Verduzco and Jack Trudeau) shared the record for TDs with three
Lunt was named the starter on Aug. 21, beating out senior Reilly O'Toole and sophomore Aaron Bailey in an offseason competition to replace four-year starter and UI all-time total offense record holder Nathan Scheelhaase.
Lunt started five games at Oklahoma State in 2012 before transferring to Illinois during the summer of 2013 and redshirting last season. He completed 81-of-131 passes (61.8 percent) for 1,108 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions in six games at OSU.
WASHINGTON SERIES NOTES
Washington leads the all-time series with the Illini by a 6-4 margin after beating the Orange and Blue 34-24 at Chicago's Soldier Field in 2013, the teams' lone meeting since 1972. The two programs are 2-2 in games played in Champaign, while Washington holds a 3-1 margin in Seattle. The Illini notched a 17-7 win in the 1964 Rose Bowl.
ILLINOIS AGAINST THE PAC-12
Illinois has split its last four meetings against Pac-12 teams: beating Arizona State 17-14 on Sept. 17, 2011, and beating UCLA 20-14 in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, while falling 34-24 to Washington in Chicago in 2013 and 45-14 to ASU in Tempe in 2012. The 2011 victory over the Sun Devils was the Orange and Blue's first win over a current Pac-12 team since Sept. 1, 2001, when they won at California, 44-17. Illinois is 4-7 in its last 10 meetings with Pac-12 foes.
The Illini are 29-47 all-time against current Pac-12 teams and 11-21 in games at Pac-12 opponents' home fields. Illinois is 14-22 all-time in games played in the Pacific time zone. The Orange and Blue have faced 10 Pac-12 teams in the last 14 years, dating back to 2000. That's the most of any other conference, narrowly surpassing Illinois' nine meetings with Mid-American Conference foes over that span.
Illinois head coach Tim Beckman is 1-3 against current Pac-12 teams, beating Colorado in 2009 (when they were in the Big 12), losing to Arizona in 2010, Arizona State in 2012 and Washington in 2013.
Illinois hasn't won a non-conference regular-season road game since 2007, when they notched a 41-20 victory at Syracuse, but have played only two true road games during that span (at Arizona State in 2012 and at Fresno State in 2010) in addition to five neutral-site games (Washington in 2013, Missouri in 2008, '09 and '10, and Western Michigan in 2008).
Over the last 17 years (Beckman, Zook and Turner eras), Illinois is 4-9 in true non-conference road games during the regular season. And the Illini are 6-24 in non-conference regular-season road games since 1980. Twelve of those contests have been against Pac-12 teams, with Illinois going 2-10 in regular-season games at Pac-12 opponents since 1980.
CUBIT KEEPS ILLINI `O' CLIMBING
The Illinois offense made huge improvements in 2013 under OC Bill Cubit and continues to make strides in several areas in 2014. The Illini jumped at least 50 spots in the national rankings from 2012 to 2013 in first downs, passing offense, long scrimmage plays, total offense, passing efficiency and scoring offense, with the biggest move a 95-place jump in first downs per game. The passing game has gone up another notch in 2014.
Heading on the road for the first time in 2014, Indiana (1-0) faces Bowling Green (1-1) on Saturday, Sept. 13. Kickoff is set for noon EDT at Doyt L. Perry Stadium (24,000; Field Turf) on ESPNU.
• IU defeated BGSU, 42-10, on Sept. 14 last season. It is the only meeting between the two programs.
• The Hoosiers own a 37-8-1 (.815) all-time mark against Mid-American Conference opponents.
• Kevin Wilson is in his fourth season as Indiana head coach. The Hoosiers have improved their win total in each of his three years and have posted the most wins in back-to-back Big Ten seasons (2012-13) since 2006-07. Wilson spent the 2002-10 seasons at Oklahoma, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 2002-05 and as offensive coordinator and tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2006-10.
• Dino Babers is in his first season as Bowling Green head coach. Babers came to BGSU after two seasons at Eastern Illinois, where he posted a 19-7 record and made two appearances in the FCS Playoffs.
News & Notes
• Indiana opened the 2014 campaign with a 28-10 victory over Indiana State on Saturday, Aug. 30.
• IU set a program Memorial Stadium mark with 455 rushing yards on 69 carries, the most since 1999.
• Coupled with 401 yards in the 2013 finale vs. Purdue, this is the third time in school history the Hoosiers have recorded back-to-back 400-yard rushing performances.
• Indiana’s defense surrendered just 170 total yards, its fewest since Sept. 6, 2008 vs. Murray State (149).
• ISU rushed for only 30 yards, IU’s lowest opponent total since Sept. 12, 2009 vs. Western Michigan (22).
• The Hoosiers posted a pair of 100-yard rushers for the second straight game - Tevin Coleman (247) and D’Angelo Roberts (129). Roberts (113) and Stephen Houston (120) broke the century mark vs. Purdue.
• Coleman’s 247 yards set a program Memorial Stadium record and rank fifth all-time on the Indiana charts.
• The junior owns five career 100-yard games and is the eighth Hoosier to record multi-200-yard games.
• Since the start of the 2013 season, Coleman is second nationally in rushing average per game (120.5), tied for 13th in rushing TDs (14) and 15th in rushing yards (1,205) despite missing three games one year ago.
• Coleman also leads the country in 30 (11), 40 (9) and 50-yard (6) runs and is second in 60-yarders (4).
• Defensive lineman Bobby Richardson recorded three sacks, tied for the fifth-most in school lore.
• His sacks ranked first, Coleman’s 247 yards second and Indiana’s 455 yards third nationally after week one.
• IU’s defense sat eighth nationally in rushing defense, ninth in total defense and 10th in third down conversion percentage (2-for-14, .143) after the Indiana State victory.
• The Hoosiers played 11 true and six redshirt freshmen against the Sycamores.
the Ohio State Buckeyes
FIRST AND 10
• Ohio State and Kent State are meeting for the third time with the Buckeyes leading 2-0.
• Urban Meyer has faced Kent State twice in his head coaching career, both wins while at Bowling Green in 2001 (24-7) and 2002 (45-14).
• Ohio State has won 38 consecutive games vs. in-state opponents.
• Ohio State is 74-8 overall at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
• Forty-nine (49) of Ohio State’s 55 points scored this season have been by freshmen (true & redshirt) and sophomores (89.0 percent).
• Ohio State has recorded seven pass plays of 20 or more yards through two games, four of those of at least 40 yards.
• Sophomore WR Michael Thomas recorded a team-high 98 yards receiving on six catches, both career highs, vs. Virginia Tech.
• Head coach Urban Meyer is 48-5 in his career in games played in August/September.
• Ohio State hosted a record crowd of 107,517 last Saturday vs. Virginia Tech.
• The loss to the Hokies snapped Ohio State’s 25- game regular season win streak.