Monday Afternoon Quarterback
Orton rolls on: Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton continues to put up impressive numbers passing for 385 yards and four touchdowns in the Boilermakers 41-16 win over the Fighting Irish. Orton has now thrown for 17 touchdowns on the season with no interceptions, while completing just less than 70 percent of his passes. A major contributor to Orton’s success has to be the improved play of the offensive line, which has only allowed Orton to be sacked three times this season. By comparison, Orton was sacked 33 times last year.
History made: Northwestern ended a pair of streaks in Evanston Ill., on Saturday night. In their 33-27 defeat of Ohio State, the Wildcats beat the Buckeyes for the first time since 1971 and won their first game against Ohio State in Evanston since 1958. Northwestern running back Noah Herron rushed for more yards than the entire Ohio State team, 113 to 97. This marks the first win over a top-10 team for the Wildcats since the 2000 season.
Welcome back: The Wisconsin offense was happy to see Anthony Davis back on the field against Illinois. He rushed for 213 yards on 27 carries in his first action since the first half of the season opener against Central Florida. Davis only needs six more yards to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark on his career and will look to do that next week against Ohio State.
Gophers starting hot: After beating Penn State 16-7 on Saturday, Minnesota is now 5-0. This marks the first time since 1940-41 that the Gophers have started 5-0 in consecutive seasons. Last year Minnesota looked to be well on its way to going 6-0, up 28-7 on Michigan, until the Maize and Blue hung 31 points on them in the fourth quarter to win 38-35. The Wolverines are up next for the Gophers in the “Big House.”
Quote of the week:.”My advice to him to him was ‘Let’s not try to get 300 yards on the first carry. Let’s not try to make up for those last three games on the first carry.” – Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez on what he told Anthony Davis on his return to the field.
Board Bytes: A look at what Big Ten fans had to say on a football Saturday
“I'm surprised no one has mentioned his guttiness. Although I want to see him throw the ball away or scramble out to avoid the big yardage sack, his willingness to continue to look downfield even when under extreme pressure is nothing short of amazing. I can't imagine what being a Div 1 QB must be like to know there are guys like Matt Roth gunning for your head on a 3rd and long play. He has incredible poise for a young guy.” - SailorHawkeye4Life on his favorite aspect of Drew Tate’s game.
“The Buckeye coaching staff got out coached- agreed. The O-line didn't open holes, some of the play calling was questionable, the players didn't always execute, the defensive staff didn't make some of the adjustments needed (especially that interesting misdirection/screen that NW ran and scored 2 TDs.) This is the same staff, the same program that is now 35-8 in 3 years. At times, every coaching staff gets outcoached - Woody Hayes, Bear Bryant, Spurrier, Bowden, Paterno, Stoops (remember the Texas A&M fiasco?) - they've all been outcoached. As fans, we need to stop overreacting to both the good and the bad. This team will progress, as the O-line matures holes will open up, backs will get yardage, the passing game will open up, the defense will improve, Snyder will become a better defensive oordinator....essentially, the entire team will make progress and improve. We need to keep things in perspective...” Leek responding to the Ohio State loss.
"I'm the first one to be critical of them when they lay an egg on the road so let me be the first to congratulate them today. They came in with a very good offensive gameplan that was executed poorly in the first half ... but they stuck with it and continued to take it to IU in the 3rd quarter. I'm still skeptical that we'll play this way at West Lafayette, but for today my hat is off to them." Anison commenting on the Michigan coaching staff after the Wolverines 35-14 win over Indiana.