Every Saturday night during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com posts its “U.S. Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week.” The feature is designed to honor some of the top individual Big Ten performances. Check out our Week 5 stars in this post.
Entering Saturday, Minnesota’s 13th-ranked rushing attack in the nation was expected to give the Gophers an edge vs. rival Iowa. But it was Iowa and its dominant ground game that powered the Hawkeyes past the Gophers 23-7.
LeBron James never went to college, but it sure seems like he’s an Ohio State product. That’s because the NBA superstar and the Buckeyes have formed a unique relationship. There’s the locker with his name on it at the basketball team’s new facility, there’s the talking to the football team before Saturday night’s game, and there’s the watching the game from Ohio State’s sideline.
Jared Abbrederis had himself a night in Wisconsin’s 31-24 loss at Ohio State. The veteran wide receiver finished with 10 catches for 207 yards and one touchdown. Several of the receptions were impressive ones, too – none better than his leaping grab in the first quarter. Abbrederis made the grab over a defender and managed to hold despite a hard fall to the turf. See a photo gallery of the catch in this post.
If you didn’t hear, Ohio State is wearing a Nike “Rivalry” uniform for tonight’s primtime battle vs. Wisconsin. It’s very similar to the “Pro Combat” uniform the Buckeyes wore in last year’s win over archrival Michigan. In fact, the only difference is the jersey collar, which features seven Buckeye Leaves, a new design for all Ohio State uniforms.
We all know Iowa has a nice running game. What the offense has lacked lately is the big play. Well, Damond Powell came to the rescue with a remarkable highlight-reel play in Iowa’s 23-7 victory at Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. Late in the second quarter, Powell hauled in a screen pass, and went 74 yards to the house. He was so fast, he looked like a sprinter blowing by the competition.
Darien Moran is a big-time Wisconsin football fan. He’s also a 14-year-old battling Histiocytosis, a rare autoimmune disease that causes tumors throughout his body. Moran got involved with Make-A-Wish, and his wish was to have his bedroom turned into a Wisconsin fan’s palace. The place is awesome. Even better: The Badgers did the makeover themselves. Watch the complete feature here. Plus, read Tom Dienhart’s feature on Moran and the Badgers.