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The bizarre, important and historic numbers from around the Big Ten conference.
True college football fans like to examine and dissect statistics, whether it's a quarterback's completion percentage or a team's winning record on the road. We, however, love stats. With that in mind, we scoured the Big Ten to put together some of the strangest, most amazing, and just plain cool numbers from around the conference in Week 11:
Minus-69: Michigan's total rushing yards in the last two games
Michigan posted a school-record minus-48 yards rushing last weekend in the ugly road loss to in-state rival Michigan State. That isn't all that shocking considering how good the Spartans defense has been all year. However, against a Nebraska defense that had allowed 516 rushing yards in its last two games, Michigan once again was held to negative rushing yards. The Maize and Blue totaled minus-21 yards rushing in the 17-13 loss to the Cornhuskers. The loss not only knocks Michigan completely out of the Legends Division race but it snapped the nation's longest home winning streak. Brady Hoke had won 20 consecutive games in The Big House until the Huskers upset the Wolverines on Saturday.
29.0: Nebraska’s Big Ten-leading sacks
The Cornhuskers' Randy Gregory recorded 3.0 sacks against Michigan this weekend and is now leading the Big Ten (6.5) in that category. In fact, Nebraska’s maligned defense is now leading the conference in sacks and is 10th nationally with 29.0 (3.22 per game) after posting 7.0 against the Wolverines. Nebraska has 11.0 sacks in its last two games — critical wins over Northwestern and Michigan.
5-0: Nebraska without Taylor Martinez
Taylor Martinez is the all-time total offense leader in Nebraska school history. And coming into his senior year, he had a chance to put himself into rarefied NCAA statistical air when it comes to dual-threat quarterbacks (7,258 yards passing, 2,975 rushing). But turf toe has limited him to just four games this season so far. Nebraska is 2-2 when Martinez starts and is 5-0 when he doesn’t. Certainly, Ron Kellogg III or Tommy Armstrong Jr. aren’t capable of producing like Martinez, but each player has led a game-winning drive in the waning moments of each of the last two games.
2003: Last year Minnesota won eight games
The Golden Gophers haven’t won eight games since Glen Mason won 10 and led Minnesota to the Sun Bowl in 2003. But with head coach Jerry Kill sidelined with health concerns, the 2013 Gophers squad is becoming one of the feel-good stories in the nation. Minnesota stymied Penn State 24-10 at home for the first win over the Nittany Lions since 2003 and its eighth win of the season. It gives Goldie four straight Big Ten wins after beating Northwestern, Nebraska, Indiana and Penn State — its first four-game winning streak in the Big Ten since 1973. Brutal games with rival Wisconsin and division frontrunner Michigan State loom large after the bye week.
46: James White career total TDs
James White rushed 23 times for 147 yards and scored three total touchdowns in the key win over BYU this weekend. He now has 4,147 career yards from scrimmage and 46 total career touchdowns — good for ninth all-time in Big Ten history — and has never really been the starter. Melvin Gordon is the star of the Badgers' backfield this season. He is a projected early-round NFL Draft pick and is eighth in the nation in rushing (128.9 ypg). The two seasons prior, Montee Ball set NCAA records with two Heisman finalist campaigns while the year before Ball and John Clay starred. White is a career backup and could finish as one of the top 10 most productive running backs in Big Ten history.
1,106: Allen Robinson's Penn State single-season receiving record
Penn State’s Biletnikoff Award candidate caught seven passes for 63 yards against Minnesota, pushing his 2013 totals to 73 receptions and 1,106 yards. Bobby Engram held the previous school record when he posted 1,084 yards in 1995. Wisconsin’s Lee Evans (2001) owns the Big Ten single-season record for receiving yards with 1,545 yards. Robinson would need to average 147 yards per game the rest of the way to set the Big Ten mark.
1,262: Totals yards of offense between Illinois and Indiana
The Hoosiers defeated Illinois 52-35 in Bloomington to give Illinois its 19th consecutive Big Ten loss. Indiana posted a season-high 650 yards of offense while the Illini put up 612 yards. Indiana running back Tevin Coleman rushed for a career-high 215 yards — the most by a Hoosier in 10 years — while wideout Cody Latimer set career highs with 11 receptions and 189 yards receiving. Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase totaled 495 yards of total offense (450 pass, 45 rush) but it wasn’t good enough as head coach Tim Beckman fell to 0-13 in Big Ten play. Kevin Wilson and IU need to win two of their last three games to get to a bowl.
318: Iowa's season-high rushing yards
The Hawkeyes and Kirk Ferentz desperately needed to get to a bowl game in 2013 and the 38-14 win over Purdue gave Iowa its sixth win of the year. In true Ferentz fashion, Iowa pounded the football for a season-high 318 yards rushing and season-high 509 total yards of offense. Sophomore tailback Jordan Canzeri was the star of the show, rushing for a career-high 165 yards on 20 carries. Iowa finishes the season with Michigan and Nebraska.