Fun With Statistics: TFL v. Iowa, Cupcakes in Happy Valley, B10 WR's Explode

A huge win over Wisconsin, coupled with the initial BCS poll, led to an avalanche of Iowa stories and publicity. But hopefully you all won't forget this statistic from Saturday's game: 8 runs for negative yardage, 3 sacks on Stanzi for 22 yards. Great line play by Wisky, plus some shaky blocking from Kyle Calloway and company showed that the Hawkeyes have a long way to go.

Adam Robinson rush over left end for a loss of 3 yards to the Wisc 45.

Brandon Wegher rush left for a loss of 4 yards to the Wisc 30.

Adam Robinson rush over left end for a loss of 1 yard to the Iowa 26.

Brandon Wegher rush over left tackle for a loss of 2 yards to the Iowa 17.

Brandon Wegher rush up the middle for a loss of 1 yard to the Iowa 34.

Adam Robinson rush up the middle for a loss of 2 yards to the Iowa 27.

Brandon Wegher rush over left guard for a loss of 1 yard to the Iowa 39.

Brandon Wegher rush right for a loss of 7 yards to the Wisc 37.

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The combined record of Penn State's opponents: 24-21, surprisingly solid for a cupcake laden schedule. Of course this is skewed by 7-0 Iowa, 4-2 Temple, and FCS Eastern Illinois, which stands at 5-2.

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Keith Smith of Purdue, who runs to space better than any wide receiver in the Big Ten, had another huge game against Ohio State Saturday. Here are the stats of arguably the most effective seven wide receivers in the Big Ten. And a quick nod to Ohio State's DeVier Posey, who is the next Chris Carter/Ted Ginn in Columbus.

Receiver

Size

REC

YDS

TD

Saturday's Statistics

Eric Decker

6'2''  215 lbs

47

731

5

1 rec, 42 yds

Keith Smith

6'2''  230 lbs

54

710

4

12 rec, 125 yds

Tandon Doss

6' 3''  197 lbs

48

676

2

7 rec, 130 yds, TD

Blair White

6'2''  200 lbs

45

635

6

12 rec, 186 yds, 2 TD

Derek Moye

6'5''  195 lbs

27

472

4

6 rec, 120 yds, TD

Z. Markshausen

5'11'' 180 lbs

50

459

1

16 rec, 111 yds, TD

Aaron Valentin

6'1''  205 lbs

39

453

7

10 rec, 97 yds, 2 TD

As I was watching Saturday's action, it became increasingly clear that a couple receivers were having huge huge days. Valentin made a circus catch for a TD and then ran in a bubble screen late against the Buckeyes, proving that he might be the most explosive player in the Big Ten. Markhausen, who looks like a walk on, pulled in 16 receptions against MSU - he is Kafka's #1 option now. And Blair White, who didn't have a scholarship until this year, torched the very torchable NW defense and gave support to my opinion that White has the best hands in the Big Ten.

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