- Chantel Jennings, ESPN Staff Writer
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Just some bits of wisdom from around the conference to carry you into this second weekend of college football. Go for it. Look super smart in front of your friends at the tailgate by dropping some of this knowledge ...
During the 2012 season, Illinois finished last in the nation in passing plays of 30-plus yards. However, in the Illini’s 42-34 win over Southern Illinois, they accounted for five, which is the tied for the best in the country after Week 1. In total 30-plus yard plays, the Illini accounted for six. The only team in the nation with more was Oregon (seven).
The Hoosiers scored 73 points in their season opener against Indiana State. It was the second most points ever scored by Indiana. The only time the Hoosiers have scored more was in a 1901 win over Franklin College (76-0). However, the 10 touchdowns the Hoosiers did record is a school record (since IU started keeping stats in 1949).
Missouri State coach Terry Allen has won once while visiting Kinnick Stadium. In 2002, as an assistant at Iowa State, the Cyclones rallied from a 24-7 halftime deficit to put away Kirk Ferentz’s Hawkeyes, 36-31.
The Wolverines will be playing their last scheduled game of the Michigan-Notre Dame series in Michigan Stadium on Saturday. Michigan leads the series 23-16-1. The Wolverines have a 13-7 record in Ann Arbor while Notre Dame holds a 9-9-1 record in South Bend. However, the Irish will be fighting history as they enter the Big House. Brady Hoke is undefeated in Michigan Stadium since becoming head coach before the 2011 season. On top of that, Notre Dame hasn’t won in Ann Arbor since 2005.
In 2012, the Spartans didn’t score a single defensive touchdown. However, against Western Michigan last weekend, MSU recorded two -- Kurtis Drummond's pick six and Shilique Calhoun's fumble recovery and return. The last time the Spartans scored two defensive touchdowns was in a 24-17 loss to Ohio State in Columbus.
Of the 12 head coaches in the Big Ten, Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has amassed the most career wins (137). Ohio State’s Urban Meyer has the second most (117) and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz has the third most (112). However, only 10 of those victories have come at Minnesota as Kill has gone 10-16.
In each of Bo Pelini’s first five seasons at Nebraska, the Cornhuskers have recorded at least nine wins. That makes Nebraska one of just four schools across the country to have won at least nine games in the last half decade, joining Alabama, Boise State and Oregon. In its program history, the Cornhuskers have recorded 47 nine-win seasons.
Northwestern has won 13 consecutive nonconference home games dating back to the 2007 season. This Saturday the Wildcats welcome nonconference foe Syracuse, who fell to Penn State last weekend, 17-23.
Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller is 18 yards shy of becoming the school’s top rushing quarterback, a spot currently held by Cornelius Greene. With just 30 more passing yards Miller will pass Terrelle Pryor (3,405 yards) to enter OSU’s top 10 passers. However, if he wants to get past No. 9 on the list, Craig Krenzel, Miller will have a ways to go as Krenzel’s 4,493 passing yards is still 1,118 yards more than Miller’s current tally.
Quarterback Christian Hackenberg became the second true freshman to start a season opener for the Nittany Lions. He accounted for 278 passing yards, the third most for a freshman in school history. Currently the freshman’s 278 passing yards sits at second on the Big Ten’s passing boards through the first week.
With an offense that struggled like Purdue’s, the Boilermakers can be pleased that at least their punter is one of the best in the nation. Cody Webster recorded three punts for 169 yards last Saturday, including a long of 73 yards which was the second longest punt of Week 1 in college football (second only to Texas A&M’s Drew Kaser’s 76-yard punt). Webster’s current career average (43 yards) is good enough for third in the FBS of active punters.
Wisconsin exploded offensively in a 45-0 win over UMass last weekend. The Badgers accounted for 393 rushing yards and had three different running backs rush for at least 100 yards, which has only happened two other times in program history. With his 143-yard day, senior running back James White became the country’s leading active rusher (among running backs).