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• Thirteen Big Ten schools will be in action as week two of the 2019 season kicks off Saturday afternoon when Iowa welcomes Rutgers in the first conference game of the year. Indiana, Purdue and Wisconsin will each open their home schedules, while Northwestern will enjoy a bye week…

• Wisconsin junior running back Jonathan Taylor totalled 183 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns at South Florida, becoming the first Big Ten student to record at least two rushing and two receiving touchdowns in the same game since Illinois’ Mikel Leshoure in 2010…

• Indiana’s Michael Penix Jr. made his collegiate debut in record-breaking fashion this past weekend. The Tampa, Fla., native became the first Indiana freshman quarterback to start a season opener since Antwaan Randle El in 1998 and joined Randle El as the only Hoosier freshman to record more than 300 passing yards in his first start…

• With its victory over Florida Atlantic last weekend, Ohio State claimed its seventh straight win overall, marking the second-longest active streak among Autonomy Five teams. The win was the fourth for head coach Ryan Day, who posted a 3-0 record a year ago as interim head coach…

• Maryland opened up the Michael Locksley era with a 79-0 victory over Howard on Friday. The Terrapins’ 79 points were the second-most in program history, only one point away from the record set in an 80-0 win over Washington College in 1927. The 79 points are tied for the fifth-most by a FBS team in a game since 2013…

• Michigan State won its 21st consecutive home opener with a 28-7 win over Tulsa. The Spartans lead the nation in rushing defense after holding the Golden Hurricane to minus 73 yards rushing, a school-record low for a Spartan opponent. Senior defensive end Kenny Willekes recorded seven tackles for loss, including 2.5 TFLs (6 yards) and two sacks (5 yards)…
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• Thirteen Big Ten schools will be in action as week two of the 2019 season kicks off Saturday
afternoon when Iowa welcomes Rutgers in the first conference game of the year. Indiana,
Purdue and Wisconsin will each open their home schedules, while Northwestern will enjoy a
bye week.
• Wisconsin junior running back Jonathan Taylor totalled 183 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns
at South Florida, becoming the first Big Ten student to record at least two rushing and
two receiving touchdowns in the same game since Illinois’ Mikel Leshoure in 2010. Taylor, who
leads the nation with 24.0 points per game this season, rushed 16 times for 135 yards and a
pair of touchdowns, topping the 100-yard rushing mark for the 23rd time in his career.
• Indiana’s Michael Penix Jr. made his collegiate debut in record-breaking fashion this past
weekend. The Tampa, Fla., native became the first Indiana freshman quarterback to start a
season opener since Antwaan Randle El in 1998 and joined Randle El as the only Hoosier
freshman to record more than 300 passing yards in his first start. The newcomer completed 24
of 40 passes for 326 yards and a touchdown in the team’s victory against Ball State. Penix Jr.
carried the ball seven times for 67 yards to finish the game with 393 total yards.
• With its victory over Florida Atlantic last weekend, Ohio State claimed its seventh straight
win overall, marking the second-longest active streak among Autonomy Five teams. The win
was the fourth for head coach Ryan Day, who posted a 3-0 record a year ago as interim head
coach.
• Maryland opened up the Michael Locksley era with a 79-0 victory over Howard on Friday.
The Terrapins’ 79 points were the second-most in program history, only one point away from
the record set in an 80-0 win over Washington College in 1927. The 79 points are tied for the
fifth-most by a FBS team in a game since 2013. Maryland scored 56 points in the first half, the
most in a single half in program history. They are also the most in the first half by any Big Ten
team since Penn State scored 56 on Illinois on October 23, 2005.
• Michigan State won its 21st consecutive home opener with a 28-7 win over Tulsa. The
Spartans lead the nation in rushing defense after holding the Golden Hurricane to minus 73
yards rushing, a school-record low for a Spartan opponent. Senior defensive end Kenny
Willekes recorded seven tackles for loss, including 2.5 TFLs (6 yards) and two sacks (5 yards).
Willekes recovered two fumbles, including one in the end zone for his first career touchdown
in the second quarter, marking MSU’s first defensive touchdown on a fumble since Demetrious
Cox returned a fumble 77 yards for a score against Penn State in 2015.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 7
RUTGERS at IOWA Noon | FS1
Syracuse at MARYLAND Noon | ESPN
Army at MICHIGAN Noon | FOX
Cincinnati at OHIO STATE Noon | ABC
Vanderbilt at PURDUE Noon | BTN
ILLINOIS at Connecticut 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Eastern Illinois at INDIANA 3:30 p.m. | BTN
NEBRASKA at Colorado 3:30 p.m. | FOX
Central Michigan at WISCONSIN 3:30 p.m. | BTN
Western Michigan at MICHIGAN STATE 7:30 p.m. | BTN
Buffalo at PENN STATE 7:30 p.m. | FOX
MINNESOTA at Fresno State 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN