Marines: Leaders of the Week

BTN.com has a new staple every Saturday night. It’s called “Marines: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s a feature designed to honor some of the top Big Ten performances. For Week 2, we’re focusing on the wide receivers. There were several strong performances through the air, and here are a few of the top ones:

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Michigan Stuns Notre Dame, 35-31

Michigan's Denard Robinson

Notre Dame at Michigan - Football Highlights

(AP) Denard Robinson threw a 16-yard pass to Roy Roundtree with 2 seconds left, lifting Michigan to a 35-31 heart-pounding win over Notre Dame on Saturday night. The Wolverines took their first lead on Robinson’s 21-yard pass to Vincent Smith with 1:12 left, then lost it. Briefly. Tommy Rees threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Theo Riddick with 30 seconds left, but the Fighting Irish left Jeremy Gallon wide open on a pass that let Michigan go from its 20 to the Notre Dame 16. The Wolverines (2-0) have won three straight against the rival Irish (0-2) on late-game plays by quarterbacks. Last year, it was Robinson and Tate Forcier in 2009. It was the first night game at Michigan Stadium – and it lived up to the hype. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Nebraska Holds Off Fresno State

Nebraska's Taylor Martinez

Fresno State at Nebraska - Football Highlights

(AP) Ameer Abdullah returned a kickoff 100 yards after Fresno State made it a two-point game in the fourth quarter, and Taylor Martinez‘s 46-yard touchdown run secured the 10th-ranked Cornhuskers’ 42-29 victory on Saturday night. Martinez ran 15 times for 166 yards and two TDs and passed for another as the Huskers turned back an upset bid by the Bulldogs, who were four-touchdown underdogs. Derek Carr threw incomplete to a well-covered A.J. Johnson on a 2-point try after his 26-yard TD pass to Josh Harper pulled the Bulldogs to 28-26. Abdullah, who set a school record with 211 kick return yards, then made the biggest play of the night to break open the game. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Virginia Rallies Past Indiana, 34-31

Indiana's Edward Wright-Baker

Virginia at Indiana - Football Highlights

(AP) Virginia scored 11 points in the final 96 seconds Saturday night, getting a 23-yard field goal from Robert Randolph as time expired to beat Indiana 34-31. It was Mike London’s first road win in two seasons as coach of the Cavaliers (2-0). Indiana (0-2) rallied from a 20-point second-half deficit, only to give away an 8-point lead in the final two minutes. Perry Jones had 3-yard TD run for Virginia with 1:36 remaining, and Michael Rocco threw to Paul Freedman for the 2-point conversion to tie the score at 31. Indiana got the ball back, but on third-and-3 from its own 23, Cam Johnson stole the ball out of quarterback Edward Wright-Baker‘s hands. That gave Virginia the ball at the Hoosiers’ 14, setting up Randolph’s winning field goal. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Jerry Kill Suffers Seizure on Sideline

Minnesota's Jerry Kill

Jerry Kill Medical Update

Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure Saturday on the sideline at TCF Bank Stadium. The first-year coach is in stable condition and is expected to be OK, according to the Minnesota medical staff. Kill, who has a history with seizures, went to the turf with 20 seconds remaining in Minnesota’s 28-21 defeat against New Mexico State. The training staff immediately attended to him and play was halted. About 15 minutes later, Kill was put on a stretcher and left the field to chants of “Jerry! Jerry!” Watch now as BTN host Dave Revsine offers the latest updates on the Minnesota coach.

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New Mexico State Upsets Minnesota

Minnesota's MarQueis Gray

New Mexico State at Minnesota - Football Highlights

(AP) New Mexico State’s 28-21 victory at Minnesota on Saturday afternoon was overshadowed by a health scare for Gophers head coach Jerry Kill, who had an apparent seizure on the sideline and was taken from the stadium by ambulance with 20 seconds left in the game. Andrew Manley passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns for the Aggies (1-1), who beat a Big Ten team for the first time in program history. The Gophers (0-2) had the ball at the New Mexico State 25-yard line and were trying for the tying touchdown when medical personnel suddenly surrounded Kill. He was on his back, and at times his arms and legs were flapping back and forth. After about 15 minutes, Kill was hoisted on a stretcher and rolled off the field as the crowd clapped and chanted his first name. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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No. 3 Alabama Drops Penn State

Penn State's Silas Redd

Alabama at Penn State - Football Highlights

(AP) A.J. McCarron was poised and efficient in a rare trip into Big Ten country for No. 3 Alabama, throwing for 163 yards and a touchdown against No. 23 Penn State in a 27-11 victory on Saturday. Alabama completed a sweep of the home-and-home series between the two storied programs with a methodical and smothering performance reminiscent of last year’s 24-3 win in Tuscaloosa. Both teams came into the second week of the season with unsettled quarterback issues. For Penn State, Nittany Lions (1-1) fans might be wondering if either Robert Bolden or Matt McGloin are the answer. They combined to go 12 for 39 for 144 yards. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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