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Rick Brown’s quick lap around the Big Ten

[ 0 ] September 3, 2014 |


— Thirteen different players caught passes delivered by Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock in its season-opening win against Northern Iowa. That was just the fourth time since 2000 that a Big Ten team had at least 13 different players catch passes.

— With his 232 rushing yards against Florida Atlantic last week, Ameer Abdullah became the eighth player in Nebraska history to pass 3,000 career yards. Abdullah also has 5,155 career all-purpose yards, and needs 469 more to move into the Big Ten’s top 10.

–Michigan is college football’s winningest program with 911 victories. Notre Dame is third with 875. They meet Saturday in South Bend, Ind.

— Ohio State freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, replacing injured Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller, completed 12-of-15 passes in the Buckeyes’ season-opening victory at Navy. That 80 percent accuracy ranks fifth nationally. Rudock (31-for-41) ranks ninth at 75.6 percent.

— Indiana’s Tevin Coleman is second nationally in rushing after 247 yards in the opener against Indiana State.


Michigan State can polish its fast-rising national star with a victory Saturday at Oregon (5:30 p.m., Fox). The Spartans (1-0) were third nationally in scoring defense and second in total defense last season. The Ducks (1-0) were fourth nationally in scoring offense and second in total offense. A win and Michigan State is right in the thick of the playoff discussion.

Category: Big Ten, Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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