Michigan blew the doors off Wisconsin Saturday night, holding Alex Hornibrook to seven completions and 100 yards and intercepting him twice en route to a 25-point win. Any number of plays could sum up the beatdown, but this moment pretty well sums it up:
That's Devin Bush standing up and dropping Tyler Biadasz, then showing Biadasz who the real Biadasz is. And so ends the mystique of Wisconsin's offensive line. Michigan ran for 320, which ends the mystique of Wisconsin's defense. And the door is now open for Iowa or Northwestern to take the Big Ten West, which might end the mystique of Wisconsin once and for all.
All the Feels
Michigan State receiver Felton Davis took ownership of Beaver Stadium Saturday. He first made a ridiculous catch with his knees:
And then, with Sparty down four and 19 seconds left, he ripped the souls out of Penn State.
Davis finished the game with eight catches for 100 yards and two Tuddies. And Penn State has two losses in the league, an overtime win over Appalachian State, and a lien on the stadium formally filed by Davis immediately after that touchdown.
Felton Davis reaction after he scored the game winning TD pic.twitter.com/aFQMan4w64— SpartanCenter Network (@SpartanCenterig) October 14, 2018
The Mighty Flynn
Northwestern beat Nebraska in overtime by abandoning the run and just chucking it all over the field. Clayton Thorson threw 64 times (!) for 455 yards (!!) on the Blackshirts. Nearly half of those yards came from Flynn Nagel, which is basically the most Northwestern Wide Receiver Name ever.
The only touchdown thrown by Thorson that wasn't caught by Nagel: The game-tying score, capping a 99-yard two-minute drive that officially wiped out Nebraska's two-touchdown fourth-quarter lead and sent the game to overtime...where Nagel made another catch to set up a game-winning field goal.
And then, an all-time tweet:
You just let a Flynn Nagel go off for 12 for 220. The guys name is FLYNN for crying out loud. F-L-Y-N-N!! Stay hot secondary.— Jarred (@jswagger3) October 13, 2018
Nebraska is now 0-6. Just putting that out there.
Poor P.J. Fleck. First, he got boatraced by Iowa last Saturday. Then he had to take his Gophers to the Horseshoe this past weekend. And then, when he looked like he might have a chance to stay with the Buckeyes, Big Ten refs totally Big Ten ref'd him.
That's Mike Weber coming up short on a 4th & 2 from the Minnesota 44. Not only did the referees give him the first down without review, but they went so far as to tell Fleck that they would not review the play even if he called timeout. That's standard protocol in the Big Ten -- there are no formal challenges -- but still, it's a massive play to ignore, especially given that OSU went 56 yards for a score on the following play to take a 10-7 lead.
Minnesota hung within a score of the Buckeyes until the fourth quarter before falling 30-14. And then a Gopher running back was arrested for assaulting his roommate Saturday night. So that boat's all going in the same direction.
Rutgers lost 34-7 to Maryland, falling to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the conference. It's kind of amazing they scored seven points.
"Grandfather, what was college football like when you grew up?"— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) October 13, 2018
"Children, gather round and let me tell you about this one Saturday I will never forget." pic.twitter.com/p8ShVRsE46
Something called Artur Sitkowski completed two passes out of 16 attempts for eight yards Saturday. He also completed four passes to the other team. Maryland only had 85 yards passing itself, but how much do you really need when you're up against THAT?
By the way, Nate Stanley threw for more yards Saturday than Rutgers, Maryland, Wisconsin and Michigan combined.