All Praise Badger Russell Wilson

They say a player needs that signature moment to win the coveted Heisman Trophy. Consider Saturday night Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson’s such performance. The North Carolina State transfer dazzled in Wisconsin’s biggest game – one that happened to be played under the lights, on national television and against No. 8 Nebraska and its talented defense. How great was Wilson? Well, Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit couldn’t stop uttering his name on ESPN’s telecast, and practically apologized for it. The same can be said for tweeters. The Wilson hype was everywhere on Twitter. See some of the tweets in this post.

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Defense Propels Spartans Past Buckeyes

(AP) Kirk Cousins threw a 33-yard scoring pass to B.J. Cunningham and Michigan State’s No. 1-ranked defense overwhelmed Ohio State 10-7 Saturday, shutting out the Buckeyes until the final seconds. Michigan State (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) came in as the national leader in total defense (172 yards per game) and passing defense (101 ypg) and almost matched those numbers. The Spartans allowed just 178 total yards and 143 yards through the air. The Buckeyes (3-2, 0-1), behind true freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, stumbled and bumbled all day on offense. Joe Bauserman led Ohio State to its only score, a 34-yard pass to Evan Spencer with 10 seconds left. The Spartans then recovered the onside kick. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Illinois Rallies Past Northwestern

(AP) Nathan Scheelhaase scored a 1-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left Saturday to lead No. 24 Illinois to a 38-35 comeback win over Northwestern. The sophomore QB threw for a career-high 391 yards and three touchdowns for the Illini (5-0, 1-0). All three TD passes went to A.J. Jenkins, who had 12 catches for a school-record 268 yards. Scheelhaase had to engineer two comebacks to pull out the win over the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1). First, Illinois scored 21 unanswered points after Northwestern took a 28-10 third-quarter lead. Then Scheelhaase scored the game-winning touchdown after a late touchdown run by Jacob Schmidt gave the Wildcats a 35-31 with just over a minute to play. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Perfect Michigan Rolls Minnesota

(AP) Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for a TD to lead No. 19 Michigan in a 58-0 win over Minnesota. The Wolverines (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) had their most lopsided win since beating Indiana by the same score in 2000. Vincent Smith scored on a run, pass and catch to help Michigan lead 38-0 at halftime. Robinson was 15 of 19 for 169 yards and didn’t throw an interception for the first time since the opener and had a season-low six rushing attempts for 51 yards. He was taken out in the third quarter. Freshman Max Shortell made his first start for the Gophers (1-4, 0-0) in place of MarQueis Gray, who missed the game with an injured toe on his left foot. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Penn State Holds Off Indiana

(AP) Matt McGloin threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Derek Moye late in the third quarter, leading Penn State to a 16-10 victory Saturday at Indiana. The Nittany Lions (4-1) won the schools’ Big Ten opener and improved to 15-0 all-time against the Hoosiers. Indiana (1-4) has lost two straight despite making a quarterback change Saturday. But it was Penn State’s backup quarterback who was the difference. After leading Penn State to a tying field goal late in the second quarter, McGloin re-entered the game late in the third and threw the TD pass to Moye on his first play. He then led the Nittany Lions to a third field goal to make it 16-3 early in the fourth. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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