Tonight on BTN: Northwestern at Illinois

Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase

Northwestern at Illinois - Football Highlights

The votes are in, and Big Ten fans picked Illinois’ comeback win over instate rival Northwestern as the Big Ten Game of the Week. Watch the game again at 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN. The Illini, thanks in large part to quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, scored 21 fourth-quarter points to rally from an 11-point deficit and knock off the Wildcats, 38-35. Scheelhaase, who threw for a career-high 391 yards and three touchdowns, scored on a one-yard run with 13 seconds left to help Illinois move to 5-0. Catch up on all the Week 5 Big Ten action on our Rapid Recap game stories and with Brent Yarina’s Week 5 Recap. Check out our video archive to relive all of Saturday’s best plays.

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Best of the Best: Week 5 Recap

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

John Navarre Interview

Every week during the fall, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina recaps the week that was in Big Ten football. Each recap includes Brent’s superlative winners and the best stats, quotes and tweets, among other things, from around the Big Ten that particular week. Have a worthy stat, quote or tweet that you think should make the recap? Tweet it to @BTNBrentYarina. Watch our interview with former Michigan quarterback John Navarre now and check out Brent’s Week 5 Recap in this post.

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Wisconsin Spoils Nebraska's Debut

Wisconsin's Mike Taylor

Nebraska at Wisconsin - Football Highlights

(AP) Russell Wilson gave Nebraska a harsh welcome to the Big Ten, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another in No. 7 Wisconsin’s 48-17 rout of the eighth-ranked Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday night. Montee Ball ran for 151 yards and four touchdowns for the Badgers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten). But Wilson was the main attraction for a prime-time television audience as Wisconsin overcame a slow start to solidify its status as the class of the conference. Taylor Martinez threw three interceptions for the Huskers (4-1, 0-1), who showed they weren’t quite ready for the best of the Big Ten. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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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 5, the opening weekend of Big Ten play, we’re focusing on the greatest performances from all around the conference. On this day, the Big Ten had huge days across the board. Here are the honorees:

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Notre Dame Takes Down Purdue, 38-10

Purdue's Will Lucas

Notre Dame at Purdue - Football Highlights

(AP) Michael Floyd had 12 catches for 137 yards and a touchdown to help Notre Dame defeat Purdue 38-10 on Saturday night. Cierre Wood ran for a career-high 191 yards, Jonas Gray rushed for 94 yards and Tommy Rees passed for 254 yards and three touchdowns for the Fighting Irish (3-2). Notre Dame outgained Purdue 551 yards to 276 in its most dominant performance of the season. It was a season-high yardage total for the Irish and their third game with at least 500 yards of offense. Caleb TerBush completed 10 of 15 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown for Purdue (2-2). But the Boilermakers also committed 13 penalties for 118 yards. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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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

Ohio State's Jordan Hall

Michigan State at Ohio State - Football Highlights

(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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