Big Ten Football Roundup | Ohio State returns to beat Notre Dame, Michigan and Wisconsin cruise | Pennsylvania State Football News

Ohio State coach Ryan Day, left, pats quarterback CJ Stroud on the chest after Ohio State beat Notre Dame 21-10 in a football game NCAA University on Saturday, September 3, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

Penn State took care of business Thursday night, which kicked off the Big Ten’s Week 1 matchups.

The Nittany Lions beat Purdue 35-31 on a last-minute touchdown to start their 2022 season 1-0.

The rest of the Big Ten except for Purdue and Illinois, who both faced Big Ten foes, came out of Week 1 with a win, but some of them were closer than others. others and were more important than others.

Here’s the storylines surrounding the rest of the Big Ten.

Ohio State returns to top 5

No. 2 Ohio State defended his home turf against No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday night, but it was no walk in the park for the Buckeyes.

The Fighting Irish got off to a good start with a 71-yard opener that ended with a field goal. Then, a one-yard touchdown run from Audric Estime put Notre Dame up 10-7 early in the second quarter.

After that, both offenses could do nothing. In the third quarter, Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud finally found a game he loved and connected with receiver Xavier Johnson for a 24-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.

The Buckeyes added to their lead late in the fourth quarter on a 95-yard drive, ending with a 2-yard touchdown run from Miyan Williams.

Ohio State takes on Arkansas State in its second straight home game to start the season.

Roll Michigan, Wisconsin

The defending Big Ten champion, Michigan’s No. 8, picked up where he left off last season with a dominating 51-7 win over Colorado State.

The Wolverines had a starting quarterback controversy with questions about who would start, Cade McNamara or JJ McCarthy, but McNamara got the nod against the Rams.

McNamara opened the game with a big touchdown pass to receiver Roman Wilson for 61 yards, which set the tone for the rest of the game.

After the second half, McCarthy came in and added a few more touchdowns for the Wolverines.

Like Michigan, No. 18 Wisconsin also crushed Week 1 opponent Illinois State 38-0.

The Badgers defense was the script for this one, shutting out the Redbirds with a 100-yard pick to open the scoring.

Running back Braelon Allen was a big part of the rest of the scoring for Wisconsin and had a 96-yard touchdown in the second quarter, finishing with 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Michigan next hosts Hawaii and the Badgers host Washington State in Week 2.

Iowa passes South Dakota State without a touchdown

The most impressive score of Week 1, for all the wrong reasons, was Iowa’s 7-3 win over South Dakota State.

The game was a defensive brawl with both offenses doing nothing, and the only non-defensive scores were two field goals, one by Iowa in the first quarter and a Jackrabbits field goal in the second quarter.

After going 3-3, Iowa scored its final four points on two safeties in the third and fourth quarters.

Senior quarterback Spencer Petras struggled against the FCS team, throwing an interception and finished the day 11 for 25.

However, the Hawkeyes’ two safeties were enough to come out of the game with a win, and they will now face their rival at Iowa State.

The Iowa No. 10 knocked out the Iowa State No. 9 in last year’s game, but the Hawkeyes have some work to do after a four-point win over an FCS opponent.


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