Many people already know that Purdue is “Astronaut University.” Twenty-three of its graduates took part in spaceflight missions, and Neil Armstrong is among its distinguished astronaut alumni. But there’s a lot more to know when it comes to Purdue graduates’ contributions to space exploration. Here are five interesting facts that aren’t widely known: 1. The moon landing wasn’t Neil Armstrong’s only pioneering achievement. In addition to being “one giant leap for mankind,” the moon landing was a culmination of sorts for Armstrong’s long, distinguished career in space exploration. The Purdue grad joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) —
At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we are replaying Michigan State’s memorable 37-31 win over Wisconsin in the 2011 Big Ten football season. This game will be remembered by one simple word: “Rocket.” That is the name Mark Dantonio tabbed Keith Nichol’s game-winning Hail Mary catch to top Wisconsin and knock the Badgers off from the ranks of the unbeaten. After Montee Ball punched in a game-tying touchdown run with 1:26 remaining in the contest, Michigan State got the ball back and had one last shot to win it. With four seconds left, MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins heaved a
So, the much-scrutinized and analyzed Ohio State quarterback position just drew into greater focus now that Braxton Miller is moving to receiver, news SI's Pete Thamel broke late Thursday night.
How good would that guy be at basketball? If you’re an avid sports fan, chances are you’ve probably asked yourself that very question when watching a college football game, or vice versa. Last year, around this time, I wrote a story about if Big Ten basketball players could form a football team. Now, let’s flip the switch. I went ahead and put together a starting five and a sixth man made up of current Big Ten football players. There are so many good choices, so if I missed one, tweet me @BTNSean. Here we go! PG: Drake Harris, Michigan Harris
Illinois has made steady progress under Tim Beckman, going from two victories his first season in 2012, to four in 2013 to six wins last season along with a bowl bid. Now, to take the proverbial next step, the Illini need to improve on defense. That’s why Mike Phair is in town. Beckman tabbed Phair from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to coach the defensive line and serve as co-defensive coordinator alongside coordinator Tim Banks. Phair spent the last 13 seasons in the NFL. He was with the Buccaneers the last three seasons, where he helped coach a front that notched
The man former Purdue coach Danny Hope used to call "Superman" was busy trying to save the world Wednesday night. Ryan Kerrigan, the ex-Purdue standout, had a role in "Sharknado 3."
Yesterday, I started my three-part series of ranking all 56 Big Ten league games, with games 56-31. Now, it’s time for the second installment, taking a look at games 30-11. Here we go: 30. Iowa at Indiana, Nov. 7. Iowa lost three in a row to Indiana from 1998-2000. Since then, the Hawkeyes have gone 8-3 in the series. But Iowa lost the last time it visited Bloomington in 2012. 29. Illinois at Iowa, Oct. 10. Illinois will be making its first trip to Iowa City since 2007 because of scheduling quirks. No matter the venue, the Hawkeyes have dominated
At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we are replaying Nebraska’s 24-19 win over Georgia in the 2014 Gator Bowl. This was a huge game for the Huskers, who gave Bo Pelni his first bowl win as a Big Ten coach. Ameer Abdullah rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown, while Quincy Enunwa added four catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Nebraska’s defense was outstanding in this contest, holding Georgia’s all-world running back Todd Gurley to 86 yards on 21 carries. Here is a breakdown of Nebraska’s memorable win over Georgia. Top moment: Late in the third quarter, Nebraska
Nebraska will wear a new adidas alternate uniform Oct. 24 vs. Northwestern, the company and team announced Thursday morning. [ PROGRAM ALERT: Watch the 2014 Gator Bowl at 8 ET tonight on BTN ] Like previous Nebraska alternates, this is not a look that makes anyone think of the program’s proud past – despite adidas calling the design”a tribute to history.” Whatever, if history is any indication, recruits and players will really like this design, and that’s what matters. Why so much black, you ask? It’s a nod to the defense’s “Blackshirt” moniker, which adidas has done previously for Nebraska
Good Q&A from CBSSports.com with Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, who may have the Big Ten’s best team next season. Heck, the Terps could win the national championship. *** I give Pitt coach and ex-Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi credit: He continues to beat the drum for a Penn State-Pitt rivalry. “Being from Pennsylvania, that’s a big game,” Narduzzi said. “I don’t think there’s any bigger rivalry, you can talk about Syracuse, until I’ve been in that Penn State rivalry, a win or a loss fuels that rivalry. In the state of Pennsylvania, Pitt/Penn State football game is where it