Saturday, November 20, 2010
Checking in on the other Big Ten games
By Adam Rittenberg
Quick thoughts on the other two early Big Ten games.
Purdue-Michigan State: Uh oh, Spartans. Michigan State is officially on upset alert. Purdue has used big plays to take a 21-13 halftime lead, and star defensive end Ryan Kerrigan laid the wood to Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Boilers continue to get production from dynamic freshman cornerback Ricardo Allen, who has an interception return for a touchdown, and Keith Carlos provided a huge lift early with an 80-yard touchdown run. Rob Henry is gaining confidence at quarterback for Purdue, which continues to show impressive resiliency. It's gut-check time for Michigan State, which needs a stronger showing on defense after halftime.
Penn State-Indiana: After looking like it had quit early on at FedEx, Indiana has mounted an impressive comeback. The game turned in the second quarter when officials overturned a 42-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Penn State's Nate Stupar. Indiana's Ben Chappell quickly answered with a touchdown pass and the Hoosiers are right back in this one. It would be absolutely huge for Indiana to win after being embarrassed last week at Camp Randall Stadium. Matt McGloin started strong for Penn State at quarterback, but he cooled off late in the half.