Minnesota Golden Gophers
(Responding to what it is like going into the big house to play)
Q. Is it that stunning when you're walking out of the tunnel?
COACH KILL: I think if you love college football and you followed it for a lot of years, you know all the way back to the great history Michigan has, the Big House, it's talked about, so forth. You're actually running out of that tunnel, you get to be a part of it. If you don't have some chills running up your spine when that happens, you can't get ready to play when that happens, so forth...
You have to do things different when you're on the road from cadence, just little things you got to do different. Playing in places like that will make you do that.
I think the mystique, those kind of things, it doesn't get any better for college football.
Several of Purdue’s top individual and team performances in program history have been against Iowa.
Mike Pruitt had Purdue’s longest rush in program history against the Hawkeyes in 1974, a 94-yarder.
Rod Woodson had Purdue’s longest interception return in program history against Iowa in 1986, a 100-yard touchdown
The Boilermakers rushed a program-record 92 times against the Hawkeyes in 1968
The Boilermakers rushed for a program-record 501 yards against Iowa in 1974.
Purdue twice rushed for a program-record seven touchdowns against the Hawkeyes, in 1968 and 1973.
Purdue rushed for a program-record 31 first downs against Iowa in 1968
Purdue’s fifth-best all-time total offensive output came against the Hawkeyes in 1980, with 607 total yards
Leroy Keyes was Purdue’s first individual to record 100 yards in two statistical categories. He had 145 rushing yards and 120 receiving yards against the Hawkeyes in 1967.
(On if the offensive line is coming into their own)
“Well like I just said, I think we have done some good things. But I think there are a lot of areas that we can get better at and more consistent at. You can’t ride the highs and lows. The fact is the film doesn’t lie. There are some things that yeah, we did well. And you build on that. But we have to keep fighting to get better because we are not the finished product. To be able to run the ball consistently like that is great. But we need to be able to continue to make sure we don’t become satisfied or think we’ve arrived because we haven’t. We have not. It has to be a week-in, week-out type of effort and a week-in, week-out type of execution. Continue to stay with our fundamentals. Make sure we’re approaching each day with the opportunity to get better.”
Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois (3-1) opens Big Ten play with a trip to Nebraska (4-0) for the second-straight season. The Fighting Illini and 21st-ranked Cornhuskers will kick in prime time at 8 p.m. CT on BTN.
Sophomore quarterback Wes Lunt has lived up to the hype thus far, throwing for 1,237 yards (ninth-most in FBS) and 11 touchdowns (eighth-most in FBS) during his first four games as an Illini. His 154.08 passing effeciency ranks 31st in FBS.
Lunt has been at his best in the fourth quarter this season, completing 28-of-34 passes for 388 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lunt is tied for the FBS lead in fourth-quarter TDs (5), is second in yards (388) and completion percentage (82.4), and third in passing efficiency (226.74 - min. 10 att.).
Lunt has shown big-play ability early in the season. He ranks fourth nationally with 10 pass plays of 30+ yards and is tied for fourth in FBS with two pass plays of 60+ yards. Interestingly enough, his 10 30+-yard plays have gone to five different receivers (Allison 4, Dudek 3, Ferguson 1, Hardee 1, LaCosse 1).
Junior running back Josh Ferguson went off against Texas State, recording career highs in rushing yards (190), all-purpose yards (233) and total touchdowns (3 - two rushing, one receiving). His 190 yards on the ground were the most by an Illini player since Mikel Leshoure ran for a school-record 330 yards against Northwestern at Wrigley Field on Nov. 20, 2010.
Bentley ranks second in the nation in combined return yards with 389 on 16 returns (12 KR for 324, four PR for 65), just two yards behind national leader Darrius Sims of Vanderbilt. Bentley ranks 22nd nationally in kickoff return average (27.0 ypr) and his punt return average (16.2 ypr) would rank 16th, but he's just shy of the minimum of 1.2 returns per game.
The Illinois defense tallied 14 tackles for loss against Texas State, the most by the Illini team in 12 years since totaling 15 TFLs vs. San Jose State on Sept. 21, 2002. Senior defensive tackle Austin Teitsma led the way with a career-high 3.5 TFLs vs. the Bobcats.
Indiana (2-1) opens its 115th year of Big Ten football hosting Maryland (3-1) on Saturday, Sept. 27. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. EDT at Memorial Stadium (52,929; FieldTurf) and BTN will broadcast the game.
The Hoosiers defeated Penn State, 44-24, in their 2013 conference opener.
IU is playing its first East Division game and Maryland is making its Big Ten debut.
This is the third meeting between the two programs and the first since 1935.
Indiana has won both contests: 17-14 on Nov. 17, 1934 (H) and 13-6 on Nov. 9, 1935 (A).
Terrapins running backs coach and special teams coordinator Andre Powell was a fullback (1986-87), student assistant (1988) and graduate assistant (1989) with the Hoosiers.
the Ohio State Buckeyes
Q. Where do you stand, Coach, on injuries? Can a guy lose his starting spot to an injury? Do you have a set rule?
COACH FERENTZ: Yeah, there is no set rule. Some players are really hard. It's going to be tough to beat Scherff out and it was kind of that way coming in. If anybody can do it, if he wasn't one of our five best linemen, he wouldn't be out there playing. So we'll just play it by ear. The good news I said Saturday and I really mean this, we have two guys we have a lot of confidence in. Maybe I've been around that situation before. It just doesn't pop out off the top of my head. But maybe in '81, Pete Gales and Gordie Bohannon were both really capable. But, you know, we'll just play it by ear. The good news is, at least, we're not going way into the bullpen here to come up with something.
Rutgers is 20-3 in the last three seasons when attempting at least 35 rushes in a game.
Rutgers has scored in 13 of its 14 trips (92.9%) to the red zone this season. In 2013, Rutgers finished 42-of-55 in the red zone (76.4%).
Rutgers finished third in the nation last season with a 77.8 conversion rate on fourth down (21-of-27). In 2014, Rutgers is 2-for-4 on fourth down.
Rutgers is one of 21 teams in the power five conference (64 teams) to reach a bowl game in at least eight of the last nine seasons (Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Nebraska, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Oregon, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Missouri, South Carolina).
Rutgers is 16-2 when scoring 20 points or more under Kyle Flood and 14-3 when leading after three quarters over the last three seasons.
A stadium record crowd of 53,774 attended Rutgers’ inaugural Big Ten game against Penn State on Sept. 13. The previous attendance record at High Point Solutions Stadium was 53,737 vs. Cincinnati in 2009. This season, Rutgers has sold a record amount of season tickets (Over 31,000).
Michigan’s Big Ten slate begins by hosting Minnesota and playing for the Little Brown Jug. The Wolverines and Golden Gophers have the nation’s oldest FBS trophy game as the Little Brown Jug has been on the line since 1909.
Michigan has won the last six meetings with Minnesota and 22 of the last 23.
The Wolverines have won eight straight Big Ten openers and 31 of their last 32. U-M boasts a 48-11-2 mark since 1953 in its first Big Ten game of the season.
The Wolverines rank 1st in the Big Ten and 8th in the NCAA in total defense, allowing an average of 261.0 yards per game. That total includes 80.3 yards of rushing defense, which ranks 3rd in the conference and 9th in the nation, and an average of 180.8 yards of passing defense that is 3rd in the Big Ten and 28th in the country.
Michigan has allowed a total of 168 yards rushing (1.83 avg.) in the last three games, the lowest three-game total since 2006 when it held Northwestern, Ball State and Indiana to 60 combined yards rushing. The Wolverines allowed 81 yards rushing to Utah (2.2 avg.), kept Miami (Ohio) to 33 rushing yards (1.38 avg.), the lowest total by a U-M opponent since Bowling Green rushed for 32 yards Sept. 25, 2010, and allowed 54 yards on the ground at Notre Dame (1.74 avg.).
Michigan’s 20.3 points allowed per game ranks 5th in the Big Ten and 33rd in the NCAA. U-M has held three of its four opponents to their lowest scoring output of 2014.
Michigan is one of 19 teams nationally perfect in Red Zone scoring opportunities this season. The Wolverines have scored a touchdown on 8-of-10 trips to the Red Zone (.800), which ranks 1st in the Big Ten and is tied for 6th in the NCAA.