ZHODB Notes Week 2
WEEKLY NOTES Sept. 8, 2016
OFF AND RUNNING
Big Ten schools posted a 12-2 record during the opening weekend of the 2016 season. It marks the second time in three years the Big Ten collected 12 wins on the opening weekend, having also done so in 2014. The last time the Big Ten had 12 victories in the same week was Sept. 26, 2015.
After the first week of the 2016 season, Conference USA has the nation’s leading passer and rusher. WKU junior QB Mike White threw for 517 yards in a 46-14 conference-opening victory over Rice on Sept. 1 to top the nation’s signal-callers. UTEP junior RB Aaron Jones returned to action after missing most of last season with an injury and rushed for a career-high 249 yards in a win over New Mexico State, best among all FBS runners.
Big Ten standings here:
C-USA standings here:
Four Big Ten schools scored at least 50 points last weekend, led by Ohio State beating Bowling Green 77-10. The others to pile up at least a half-century worth of points were Michigan (63), and Illinois and Maryland (52). This was the first time the conference had four teams top 50 points in the same week since Sept. 1, 2007, when Indiana, Michigan State, Penn State and Purdue all opened their seasons by scoring at least 50 points.
BUCKEYES GET OFFENSIVE
Ohio State set a school record with 776 yards of total offense in its win over Bowling Green, eclipsing the previous mark of 718 yards against Mount Union in 1930. The Buckeyes also registered the third-highest total offense yardage in Big Ten history behind only Nebraska’s 784 yards against Florida Atlantic (Aug. 30, 2014) and Minnesota’s conference-record 832 yards at Northwestern (Nov. 25, 1905).
GO AHEAD, CALL IT A COMEBACK
Southern Miss opened its 100th football season by scoring 34 unanswered points to win at Kentucky, 44-35. It trailed 35-10 with 56 seconds remaining in the first half and held a 295-56 yardage advantage in the second half, while outscoring UK, 27-0. Twice before, the Golden Eagles had won after trailing by 21 points.
IN THE NEWS
Rich Kaipust (@RKaipustOWH) of the World-Herald details the touching on-field tribute for Nebraska punter Sam Foltz, who died tragically in a car accident in July. Read the whole story here:
Jeff Nations (@Jeff_NationsBG) of the Bowling Green Daily News writes: “Western Kentucky redshirt junior quarterback Mike White mastered the moment on Thursday night at Houchens-Smith Stadium, producing a truly spectacular debut as the Hilltoppers’ new starter in a 46-14 rout against Conference USA rival Rice.” Continue reading here:
Gary D’Amato (@garydamatogolf) of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel paints the picture from Green Bay: “Like blood-red salmon swimming upstream, they leaped into the arms of delirious Wisconsin fans in the southwest corner of Lambeau Field.” Read the rest here:
TICKETS ON SALE SOON
Tickets for the 2016 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will be on sale soon. Tickets range from $25 for a general admission seat, to $75 for a reserved lower bowl seat and $125 for a mid-field chair back seat.
HOLIDAY CHEER IN BIG D
The seventh annual Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park. This year’s Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl featuring teams Conference USA and the Big Ten is slated to kick off at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET), and televised nationally on ESPN.
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