Penn State standout quarterback Christian Hackenberg is set to take his talents to the NFL. Following Penn State’s 24-17 loss to Georgia in Saturday’s Taxslayer Bowl, Hackenberg announced that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft. Hackenberg finishes his Penn State career as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in school history. The former Big Ten Freshman of the Year is PSU’s all-time leader in multiple passing categories, including career completions, yards, and 300-yard passing games. In Penn State’s Big Ten regular season finale against Michigan State, Hackenberg passed Matt McGloin as the school’s
Zak Showalter had the kind of day players dream about Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: AP: Showalter, Wisconsin down Rutgers, 79-57 ] The Wisconsin junior and former walk-on scored a career-high 21 points on a perfect 8-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-4 from downtown, in an easy win vs. Rutgers. That’s right, he didn’t miss a single shot en route to becoming the first Big Ten player since 2013 (Indiana’s Will Sheehey) to have a perfect day from the field with at least eight shot attempts. Showalter also played some defense, rising for another highlight-reel block. Watch every one of Showalter’s
Playing vs. an SEC team is always a good measuring stick for a team. Even an SEC team that canned its head coach, as Mark Richt was fired and is now coaching Miami (FL). [ MORE: BOWL SCHEDULE | BOX | PBP | AP RECAP ] These iconic programs last met in the Sugar Bowl after the 1982 season, when Penn State dumped Heisman winner Hershel Walker and the Bulldogs to win the national championship. The stakes weren’t nearly that high today in a clash that often resembled a taffy pull between teams that played good defense—and spotty offense. The
There were six Big Ten men’s basketball games on Saturday, five of which were on BTN/BTN2Go. [ MORE: Catch up on all of today’s games on our Big Ten scoreboard ] Iowa highlighted the slate with an incredible 70-63 comeback win over Purdue. In other Big Ten action: Michigan rolled Penn State, 79-56, to move to 2-0 in Big Ten play, Wisconsin dropped Rutgers, 79-57, to hand Greg Gard his first Big Ten victory, No. 1 Michigan State picked up an impressive 69-61 win at Minnesota, Indiana topped Nebraska, 79-69, and Maryland cruised by Northwestern, 72-59. See the day’s full
LSU coach Les Miles was impressed by the defense of Wisconsin coordinator Dave Aranda when the Tigers edged the Badgers in the 2014 season opener. Now Aranda will have a chance to see if he can replicate his recent success in the Big Ten with Miles' LSU squad in the Southeastern Conference.
Michigan star guard Caris LeVert will miss Saturday’s game vs. Penn State due to a lower left leg injury, the team announced a couple hours before today’s noon ET tip. [ MORE: Watch Penn State at Michigan on BTN2Go ] “Caris will miss today’s game and his future status will be determined on a day-to-day basis,” Michigan coach John Beilein said in a team release. “We hope to know more this upcoming week as he continues with his treatment.” LeVert, a preseason All-Big Ten honoree, is averaging 17.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists this season; he registered his first
Wanted: Recent college grad for a job that involves working with very large and somewhat scary-looking birds. Position entails having to more or less live outdoors. Some perks included, but pay comes out to less than minimum wage. The job market may be tough right now, but it’s probably safe to say that most college graduates wouldn’t rush to send off their CV in response to a job listing like that. Then again, most college grads aren’t Alyssa Davidge. This Penn State alumna landed the interesting gig described above right after her recent graduation. She works long hours to help
This time last year, Iowa was getting scortched by Tennessee in the TaxSlayer Bowl to cap a disappointing 7-6 season that set in motion an offseason of tumult. Kirk Ferentz examined his program and made alterations, including switching practices from afternoon to morning. But most prescient, Ferentz tabbed C.J. Beathard the QB over Jake Rudock shortly after the loss to the Vols. Rudock transferred to Michigan, Beathard became a star and the rest is history. [ MORE: BOWL SCHEDULE | AP RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY ] The Hawkeyes went on to post a season for the ages, going 12-0
No. 7 Ohio State had trouble dispatching No. 8 Notre Dame in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl. The Buckeyes took down the Irish, 44-28, behind Ezekiel Elliott’s four touchdown runs, which tied the Fiesta Bowl record. See our favorite USA TODAY Sports photos of Ohio State celebrating the Fiesta Bowl victory below.
Jim Harbaugh closed out his first season as Michigan’s head coach on quite a high note. Senior quarterback Jake Rudock threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns, while the Wolverines’ defense held Florida to just 273 yards of total offense in a commanding 41-7 win over Florida. Here is a look at some final thoughts from Michigan’s impressive victory. BEST OF THE CITRUS BOWL Best play: There were several good ones, but let’s go with Jehu Chesson’s impressive 45-yard catch late in the third quarter. Chesson’s highlight grab set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Sione Houma, which made it