On Thursday, Purdue had a 31-28 lead and the ball near midfield with under three minutes left but couldn't hold on against Penn State. Facing 4th-and-6 at the 45, the Boilermakers punted the ball away to the Nittany Lions who engineered an eight-play, eighty-yard drive, capped off by a 10-yard TD pass from Sean Clifford to Keyvone Lee. The Big Ten opener for both teams went back and forth and featured six lead changes, Penn State prevailing 35-31.
On Friday, Indiana beat Illinois 23-20--in another tightly-contested Big Ten opener--this one featuring five lead changes. Ironically, Shaun Shivers scored on a 1-yard dive for the Hoosiers in the closing seconds, this after Indiana was out gained by the Fighting Illini 221-32 on the ground.
Lots of scoring on the GridCard, Winky (43) putting up a larger TallBoy than Go Bucs (40) to claim King of the Mountain. This was Winky's second KOTM of the year. The PGT was well-represented, six of seven players earning Qualifying Scores: Teunesto (37), MW (36), AK (36), Annabelle (35), dangerzone (33), and Ricco1947 (33). Six other players posted a QS: Offroad (39), JeepCreeper (36), maryalene (34), Rico (34), KaitMac (33), and Barry (32).