(We know you can go anywhere to find your typical game recap, so we’re changing things up a bit here at talking10. Each week we will give you a look at the best, the worst and of course the most viral moments of Big Ten football. So let’s take a look at the biggest talking points coming out of each weekend.)
Biggest Winner: Maryland Terrapins
There was a lot of bluster and even some poor sportsmanship before (and during) the game at Penn State on Saturday. However, the only thing that mattered was the 20-19 score in favor of the Terps when the clock ran out. Maryland talked the talk before the game, and it walked the walk during it.
Sure, Penn State may not be amazing, but raise your hand if you thought Maryland was going to win at Penn State before the season started? If you have your hand up either you’re a genius or just not being truthful. The win also made the Terps 6-3 on the season, and that means bowl eligibility.
In year one, in the division they are in and the schedule the Terps had to play, few saw them as a bowl eligible team. The fact that they went in to Happy Valley and got it done on the first try speaks volumes about where Maryland football is and how little respect they got from the media before the season.
Biggest Loser: Rutgers Scarlet Knights
It was hard to find a better story to start the season than the Scarlet Knights, but since its 5-1 start this team has come back to earth. Some of that should’ve been expected given the gauntlet of Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin all in a row.
However, Saturday was the lowest of the low point as Rutgers got blanked 37-0 on homecoming by the Wisconsin Badgers. Getting your rear end handed to you by the Badgers is nothing new around the Big Ten these days, but Rutgers was just awful on the day.
The Scarlet Knights completed just seven passes and rushed for 63 yards on the day — that’s about all you need to know as to why they are the biggest losers of the week. We could pile on and mention this team has some major work to do to get to bowl eligibility — two road games and Tevin Coleman to deal with doesn’t sound like fun after this week.
Game of the Week: Maryland 20, Penn State 19
Considering this was the only game to end within a single score it was an easy pick, especially when you know that the league averaged a 27.5 point margin of victory across the board on the weekend.
It wasn’t always pretty in Happy Valley, but at least it was dramatic. Maryland hit a 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds left and hung on for dear life after that to get to bowl eligibility.
The teams combined for some horrific football on the field though, with both teams averaging 4.2 yards per play and
Standout Player: Amara Darboh, Michigan WR
The talk was likely about running back Drake Johnson and his 100-plus yard running game out of nowhere, but there was an equally impressive individual performance for the Wolverines. That came from sophomore wide receiver Amara Darboh, who had a career-high nine receptions for 107 yards and his second career touchdown.
Darboh came to Michigan as one of the most hyped wide receivers in his class, but hasn’t exactly lived up to the expectations since then. Perhaps this is a sign that he is ready to break out and become the second threat at wide receiver so desperately needed.
Best Video: Mike McHugh goes one-handed, one-footed for catch
Biggest Surprise: Drake Johnson, Michigan RB
Who knew about this cat? Seriously…the Wolverines have been raving about his play in practice but they’ve never put him in a game, until Saturday. Johnson made the most of his opportunity, rushing for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
Again, why was this guy not on the field more sooner this season? It’s not as if the Wolverines were lighting it up on the ground or anything. Johnson showed power, speed and elusiveness against Indiana…now can he do that against not one of the worst defenses in the conference?
Considering few around the league had ever heard of this guy and Michigan’s inept rushing game all season, his breakout performance was a big surprise.
Quotable Coaches: Gary Andersen on team pitching the shutout
“It was great for the defense. The first team guys, the guys that had been in there playing the whole game, turned around and wanted to get that shutout. They were able to get it and the young guys answered the bell. It’s big in the growth of the youth for them to walk out in that moment, in that situation and be able to deliver and get off the field. Not just once, but a couple of times. It was great to see.”
Best TD: Get Off Me Bro…says Corey Clement’s 43-yard stiff-arm TD