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LINCOLN, Neb. — The credentials of the Michigan State defense have been well-chronicled in 2013. We’ve all heard and seen the numbers recited. The unit entered today’s game No. 1 in the nation in total defense (210.2 ypg), No. 1 in rushing defense (43.4 ypg), No. 1 in pass efficiency defense (90.3 rating), No. 1 in first downs defense (12.7 pg) … and on and on it goes.
It isn’t often that a field goal can be called wild, but that’s just what Michigan’s last-second kick was at the end of regulation Saturday. Trailing 9-6 and with the clock inching close to zero following a Jeremy Gallon reception, the Wolverines rushed their field goal unit onto the field and somehow managed to get the snap off. The kick, Brendan Gibbons nailed it to send the game to overtime.
Wisconsin entered Saturday averaging 280 rushing yards this season, which ranked second in the Big Ten (10th in FBS). The Badgers just about doubled that total with a 2013 FBS-high 554 rushing yards in their 51-3 rout of Indiana at Camp Randall Stadium.
The Big Ten sent a record eight women’s soccer teams to the NCAA tournament, and five of them advanced out of the first round. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State all carded victories, while Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio State’s seasons came to a close. Catch up on all the action in this post.
Looking for Week 12 highlights, stats and game stories? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Catch up on all the day’s best highlights and check out all the stats and game recaps from an action-packed Week 12 in this post.
BTN Originals premiered Tiebreaker, the network’s first feature-length documentary, Saturday night. The 60-minute show painted an indelible portrait of college football’s most storied rivalry and examined the aftermath of the 1973 Ohio State-Michigan game that ended in a 10-10 tie. With both teams tied atop the standings, Big Ten Athletic Directors voted to send Ohio State to the Rose Bowl. Michigan’s Bo Schembechler called the decision “the lowest day of my athletic career.”
Carlos Hyde had a day for the ages in Ohio State’s 60-35 victory Saturday at Illinois. The senior running back ran for 246 yards and scored five total touchdowns, both career highs. Hyde started his scoring frenzy with an 18-yard reception in the first quarter and went on to add four rushing scores, including a pair on back-to-back possessions late in the fourth quarter. Relive Hyde’s giant day in this post.