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Big Ten Football Notes September 10 2018
• Thirteen Big Ten schools will continue their non-conference schedules this weekend. Ohio State and Rutgers will hit the road on Saturday, with the Buckeyes facing TCU in Arlington, Texas, and the Scarlet Knights visiting Kansas. Illinois will host South Florida at Soldier Field in Chicago …
• Wisconsin sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor tied his career high with three rushing touchdowns against New Mexico and set career highs with 253 rushing yards and 33 carries. He became the eighth different Wisconsin running back to run for 250 yards in a game and the first since Melvin Gordon in the 2015 Outback Bowl. Taylor, who leads the nation with 199.0 rushing yards per game this season, broke the 100-yard plateau for the 12th time in his 16 career games …
• Ohio State ranks second nationally in both scoring offense (64.5 points per game) and total offense (650.0 yards per contest). Against Rutgers on Saturday, quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell combined to complete 30-of-33 passing attempts for 354 yards and five touchdowns. That included a school-record 10-for-10 performance by Martell, which surpassed Bill Mrukowski’s 10-of-11 game against UCLA in 1961. On the season, Haskins ranks third nationally in completion percentage (79.4 percent) and has thrown nine touchdown passes …
• Penn State outscored Pittsburgh 37-0 in the second half to turn a close, physical game into a 51-6 victory on Saturday night. It was the Nittany Lions’ largest win in the series since 1968 when they won 65-9. Penn State ran for 211 yards and averaged 6.4 yards per carry. It was the fifth straight game that the Nittany Lions ran for at least 200 yards, the team’s longest streak since a seven-game streak from 2007-08 …
• Iowa posted a 13-3 victory over Iowa State on Saturday, giving the Hawkeyes their fourth-straight victory over their in-state rivals. Sophomore defensive end A.J. Epenesa set career highs with five tackles and 2.0 sacks in the contest to anchor a defense that held Iowa State to 19 yards rushing, the fifth-lowest total allowed in the Kirk Ferentz era. The Hawkeyes rank second nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 5.0 points per game …
• Indiana defeated Virginia 20-16 last weekend, marking the program’s 13th win in their last 14 regular season non-conference games, including five straight overall and nine of their last 10 at home. Freshman running back Stevie Scott rushed 31 times for 204 yards in the contest, finishing just three yards shy of Anthony Thompson’s school rushing record for a freshman …
• Minnesota held off Fresno State 21-14 on Saturday night, as Seth Green ran for two touchdowns, including the game-winning three-yard score late in the fourth quarter, and Antione Winfield Jr. sealed the game with an interception off a trick play in the end zone. With the win, P.J. Fleck becomes the first Minnesota head coach to start 2-0 in his first two seasons since William Spaulding in 1922-23 …