Did you know? Big Ten Week 2
September, 7, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Some notes and nuggets to make you the smartest person at your game-watching party on Saturday (thanks to ESPN Stats & Info for the first two):
- Ohio State's Braxton Miller set the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 161 against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, and 149 of those yards came on designed running plays. It was the second time in Miller’s short career that he gained more than 100 yards on designed rushes and the first time since he gained 138 yards against Indiana last season. Miller averaged 13.5 yards per carry on 11 designed running plays in Week 1. Of those 11, six came on zone read plays, which accounted for 91 of his yards. Miller ran only six zone read plays all of last season.
- Michigan's Denard Robinson had 10 rushes for 27 yards in the opening week loss against Alabama. Robinson’s longest run of the night was nine yards. It was the first time in his last 26 games that Robinson did not have at least two rushes that gained 10 yards or more. He entered Saturday with 102 10-plus yard rushes since the start of the 2010 season, the most in the FBS.
- Wisconson is looking to improve to 2-0 against Oregon State. If so, it would be the 11th consecutive season that the Badgers have started 2-0. USC is the only other team in the FBS to start every season since 2002 with a 2-0 record, though some of the Trojans’ wins have been vacated.
- Nebraska had 632 yards of total offense against Southern Miss in Week 1, its highest mark under Bo Pelini. It was the most yards by a Huskers offense since the team had 710 against Kansas State in 2007. Seven different offensive players scored a touchdown, the most since seven Huskers scored in a 56-7 win over Nicholls State on Sept. 9, 2006.
- Michigan State is 10-1 in games decided by 10 points or less in the last two seasons. The only loss came in the Big Ten championship game, which Wisconsin won 42-39. The Spartans' current 15-game winning streak at home is the fifth-longest in school history and the longest home streak since a string of 19 straight from 1950-53.
- Indiana recorded five sacks and seven tackles for loss in its opener against Indiana State. The Hoosiers had just 18 sacks and 60 TFLs all of last season. IU also did not allow a sack in a game for the first time under Kevin Wilson.
- Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray accounted for 337 total yards (269 passing, 68 rushing) in the opening win against UNLV. That's the most yards for a Minnesota quarterback in the first game of the season since Tim Schade had 536 total yards (58 rushing, 478 passing) in a 38-20 season-opening loss at No. 17 Penn State in 1993. Gray’s 269 passing yards were the most by a Gophers quarterback in Week 1 since Bryan Cupito threw for 279 in a 63-21 win over Toledo in 2004.
- Northwestern's home game against Vanderbilt is the start of four straight games for the Wildcats in Evanston. The program has not played four consecutive home games in the same season since 1934.
- Illinois leads the nation in rush defense after one week thanks to holding Western Michigan to minus-six yards rushing in the opener. That was the first time the Illini had held an opponent to negative yards rushing since the 1998 home opener against Middle Tennessee State (minus-nine). Going back to the Kraft Hunger Bowl win over UCLA, the Illini defense has allowed just 12 total rushing yards in its past two games. The seven points allowed against Western Michigan were also the fewest scored against the Illini by an FBS opponent since UCLA pulled out a 6-3 victory on Sept. 13, 2003.
- Iowa will be wearing throwback uniforms honoring the 1921 and '22 teams when it plays Iowa State on Saturday. Both the '21 and '22 teams went undefeated. This is the Hawkeyes' third time wearing throwbacks. In 2010, wearing uniforms modeled on the 1958 squad, they defeated Ball State 45-0. In 2004, wearing uniforms honoring the 1939 team, they beat Kent State 39-7.
- Purdue’s Kawann Short blocked a field goal an extra point against Eastern Kentucky to bring his career total to six blocked kicks (four field goals, two extra points). He needs just one more block to tie the school record, which is currently shared by Rosevelt Colvin and Bobby Iwuchukwu.
- Virginia starting quarterback Michael Rocco is the son of Frank Rocco Jr., who played quarterback at Penn State and was a member of the 1982 national championship team. His uncle, Danny Rocco, was a Penn State football letterman in 1979 and 1980 and is now the head football coach at Richmond. Another uncle, David Rocco, had his Penn State career ended by an injury but served as a student assistant coach for the Nittany Lions’ unbeaten 1994 Big Ten championship. Michael Rocco’s grandfather, Frank Rocco, Sr., was a member of the Penn State administrative and football staffs for 18 years and was director of football operations from 1986-2000.