Offenses in the B1G haven’t quite encountered the profound scoring totals that have populated the West and Southwestern regions of the college football world. Still, in an era where scoring 50 or more points has become a common occurrence, failing to find the end zone seems like an impossibility.

At some point though, every team has done it. Each squad has encountered a bad week – in some cases multiple bad weeks – and hasn’t been able to remove the bagel from the scoreboard.

Wondering when the last time each team in the B1G was held scoreless?  We’ve got the answers.


Date: October 31, 2015

Opponent: Penn State

Illinois suffered its most lopsided loss of the season in a cross-division game against Penn State. A middling Nittany Lions offense had no trouble finding the end zone and outscored the Illini 39-0. It was the team’s third-consecutive loss.


Date: October 14, 2000

Opponent: Michigan

The Hoosiers haven’t been hard to beat but they have been tough to keep off the scoreboard. They currently have the fourth-longest streak without a shutout loss among the Big Ten. The Wolverines pummeled Indiana 16 years ago, winning 58-0.


Date: October 14, 2000

Opponent: Illinois

Four turnovers hindered Iowa against the Fighting Illini, falling 31-0 in the conference clash. Quarterback Kurt Kittner threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns for Illinois. This marked the second time in three seasons the Hawkeyes had been shut out by a B1G foe.


Date: October 3, 2015

Opponent: Michigan

The Terrapins were completely stymied by Michigan on the first weekend in October last year. Maryland converted 1-of-18 third down attempts and rushed for 29 total yards on 26 attempts. The Maize and Blue had no trouble in this 28-0 victory.


Date: September 6, 2014

Opponent: Notre Dame

Michigan’s FBS record of 365-consecutive games without a shutout loss ended two seasons ago in South Bend. Notre Dame won 31-0 in the final game of what was an annual rivalry between the two programs. It was the first time the Wolverines had been scoreless in a contest since 1984.



Date: December 31, 2015

Opponent: Alabama (College Football Playoff Semifinal: Cotton Bowl)

Any hopes of winning a national title for Michigan State were quickly crushed by Alabama in last year’s Cotton Bowl. The Crimson Tide handled the B1G champs with ease, winning 38-0 in the College Football Semifinal. It was a disappointing way to end a 12-2 season.


Date: October 3, 2015

Opponent: Northwestern

Minnesota surrendered a field goal in the first quarter and that’s all the Wildcats needed. Two turnovers helped Northwestern to win 27-0. It was the second time the Gophers went scoreless under Jerry Kill.


Date: September 21, 1996

Opponent: Arizona State

Many regard the 1995 Huskers as the best team ever to take a college field. Following that incredible title run, Nebraska suffered a disappointing 19-0 loss against Arizona State in Tempe, thanks in large part to three lost fumbles.

Since then, the Huskers have completed 19 seasons without another scoreless outing.


Date: October 10, 2015

Opponent: Michigan

A week after shutting out Minnesota, the Wildcats had a taste of their own medicine. Michigan posted its third-straight shutout of the season, beating Northwestern 38-0. The three previous contests between the two teams were decided by one possession, with two of those games going to overtime.


Date: November 20, 1993

Opponent: Michigan

Fifth-ranked Ohio State suffered its only loss of the year to its bitter rival in the season finale. Michigan posted its fifth win in six seasons over Ohio State, this time by a 28-0 score. The loss ended the Scarlet and Gray’s hopes to compete in the Rose Bowl that year.

The Buckeyes have scored in 283 consecutive games since that day.


Date: October 6, 2001

Opponent: Michigan

Three turnovers and an inept rushing attack cost Penn State an opportunity at an upset bid over No. 15 Michigan in 2001. The Nittany Lions fell to 0-4 to start the season after the 20-0 loss.

In that game, Penn State ran the ball 26 times but only gained 25 yards.


Date: November 2, 2013

Opponent: Ohio State

In the midst of a 1-11 season, Purdue suffered a brutal 56-0 loss at the hands of a Buckeyes team that finished undefeated. It was the second-straight shutout for the Boilermakers after enduring a 14-0 loss against Michigan State two weeks earlier.



Date: November 1, 2014

Opponent: Wisconsin

Running backs Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement combined for 259 yards and four touchdowns in the 37-0 romp over the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers couldn’t get anything going offensively and amassed just 139 total yards and eight first downs in the game.


Date: December 6, 2014

Opponent: Ohio State (B1G Championship Game)

The Badgers were a 4.5 point favorite to beat the Buckeyes and take home the B1G trophy. What they took instead was a 59-0 lump. It was the first time Wisconsin had been shutout since 1997 and was the most lopsided defeat in over three decades.

Wisconsin finished the season 11-3.