Michigan wasn't exactly lacking for motivation when Nebraska came to the Big House Saturday. Cornhusker coach Scott Frost was the quarterback on the 1997 Nebraska team that split a championship with Michigan, with that split coming after Frost went on national television to beg coaches to move his team ahead of the Wolverines in the final poll. Frost didn't make many friends on Harbaugh's staff when he later claimed his UCF team "outhit" the Wolverines in a 51-14 loss. And if there's anyone in the world who will hold grudges, it's Jim Harbaugh.
So it wasn't a real surprise when Michigan eviscerated Nebraska Saturday. The \breadth of the carnage, however, was delightfully varied. Michigan scored 56 points on three fullback dives, one 44-yard Karan Higdon run, a short pass, a deep pass, a punt return touchdown, two fields goals, and a safety when Nebraska quarterback caught his own batted pass in the end zone and threw it again that broke the ESPN game update machine:
That was quite the update from ESPN. pic.twitter.com/j7sFeFF9to— Erin Sorensen (@erinsorensen) September 22, 2018
The choice moment from this smorgasboard of scoring has to be Donovan Peoples-Jones spin-moving a punter.
Michigan won by 46. They outhit Nebraska, too.
The High Point of Illinois Football This Decade
For about 35 minutes Friday night, it looked like Illinois might actually hang with Penn State. The Illini were down just four points at the half, and opened the third quarter by emptying the playbook to take the lead:
And then Penn State scored 42 in a row. The chariot was a pumpkin all along. A big, orange pumpkin.
Moore Moore Moore
This is the part of this weekly post dedicated to Rondale Moore, who weighs something like 150 pounds and can squat a pickup truck.
Purdue beat down Boston College, in what has to be the most surprising result of the week, with Moore catching two touchdowns and the Boilermaker defense generating three interceptions.
Gym, Give Up Touchdown, Laundry
Buffalo, which is undefeated, blew the doors off Rutgers, which is previously much defeated. The Bulls put up 35 points in the first half, including 21 unanswered in the second quarter while Rutgers' secondary took a smoke break.
Even Buffalo's quarterback was like "Hell, I don't know why they don't have any defensive backs."
Antoine Could Become a Fisher
Minnesota got boatraced by Maryland 42-13 because Maryland is manic depressive this year and Minnesota remains Minnesota. But the Gophers lost a lot more than the game Saturday: Sophomore safety, and mainstay of this post, Antoine Winfield Jr. is done for the year due to a foot injury.
#Gophers announce that dynamic playmaker Antoine Winfield Jr., will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a foot injury on Saturday. U will file for a sixth year of eligibility at end of season. https://t.co/R21Z2Sb4pa— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) September 23, 2018
P.J. Fleck has already said they intend to file for a waiver to get Winfield a sixth season of eligibility. We hope he gets it, not just because he's an excellent football player but also because Winfield getting the waiver that Drew Ott didn't would finally compel Kirk Ferentz to talk about something other than cut blocks.