Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/2/12

The Big Ten Conference opened the 2012 season with a bang winning two tight games on Thursday (Minnesota in three overtimes) and Friday (Michigan State) night.  Saturday was more of a mixed bag for one of the top conferences in college football. 

Here are some of the key numbers and top performers from the Big Ten in Week 1.

The Numbers Game

6 - Number of career receptions for Minnesota senior tight end John Rabe (including two on Thursday).

4 - Number of career touchdown receptions for Minnesota senior tight end John Rabe (including two on Thursday).

210 - Number of rushing yards for Michigan State junior running back Le’Veon Bell on 44 carries against Boise State on Friday night.  Bell also added 55 receiving yards on six receptions.

206 - Number of total yards for the Boise State Broncos in a 17-13 loss to Michigan State.

22 - The lead held by Northwestern with 7:34 remaining in the third quarter against Syracuse on Saturday (35-13).

1 - Final margin of victory for Northwestern over Syracuse (42-41).  The Orange actually held a 41-35 lead with 2:40 remaining in the fourth quarter.

9.5 - Average yards per carry for Ohio State sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller against Miami (OH).  Miller rushed for 161 yards on 17 carries to lead the Buckeyes rushing attack.

-1 - Number of total rushing yards for Miami (OH) against Ohio State on 20 carries.  An impressive number, but not the best effort in the conference this week.

3 - Turnovers for Penn State against Ohio in a 24-14 loss.  The Nittany Lions lost two fumbles and threw one interception in the first game of the Bill O’Brien Era.

21 - Number of unanswered points scored by the Ohio Bobcats in the second half against Penn State.  The Nittany Lions led 14-3 at the half.

2 - Number of interceptions returned for touchdowns by Illinois against Western Michigan.  The Illini picked off three passes in the contest.

-6 - Number of total rushing yards for Western Michigan against Illinois on 19 carries.  

632 - Total yards for Nebraska in a 49-20 victory over Southern Mississippi.  The Cornhuskers rushed for 278 yards on 45 carries and accumulated 354 yards through the air.

212.5 - Passer rating for Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez against Southern Mississippi.  Martinez completed 26 passes for 354 yards and five touchdown passes.  The junior signal caller, who is primarily known for his mobility, surprisingly on rushed for 10 yards on six carries.

3 - Number of touchdowns of 50+ yards for Wisconsin junior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis in his career, including a 53-yard touchdown reception against Northern Iowa.

86.2 - Completion percentage for Wisconsin quarterback Danny O’Brien in a 26-21 victory over Northern Iowa.  O’Brien (19 of 23 for 219 yards) has a career completion percentage of 56.7 and will need to improve that in 2012 in order for the Badgers to have continued success.

54 - Number of passing yards for Northern Illinois in an 18-17 loss to Iowa.

85 - Number of rushing attempts combined for Northern Illinois and Iowa in Saturday’s game.

6 - Number of Purdue Boilermakers with at least 10 yards rushing in a 48-6 victory over Eastern Kentucky.

12 - Number Purdue Boiler makers with at least one reception against Eastern Kentucky.  Four of these players caught touchdown passes.

9 - Number of consecutive games lost by Indiana before a 24-17 victory over Indiana State.

4 - Number of rushing yards for Indiana sophomore quarterback Tre Roberson on fourth down.  He converted two fourth downs for Indiana in the game.

27 - Number of rushing yards on 10 carries for Michigan senior quarterback Denard Robinson in a 41-14 loss to Alabama.  In his two seasons as the starting quarterback for the Wolverines, Robinson has averaged 110.6 rushing yards per game.

134 - Number of yards accumulated from Denard Robinson’s three longest completions against Alabama (71, 44 and 19 yards respectively).  Robinson’s remaining eight completions went for a total of 66 yards.



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