We’ll be posting the best US Presswire photos from Saturday’s Ohio State-Michigan rivalry game in this post. Don’t forget to check out all of our latest galleries at our BTN.com photo gallery archive. Also, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is in Columbus for the The Game, and he’ll be posting his thoughts on twitter (@BTNTomDienhart).
Carlos Hyde ran for 146 yards and No. 4 Ohio State’s defense shut out 20th-ranked Michigan in the second half to grab a bruising 26-21 victory on Saturday, completing an improbable 12-0 season for the Buckeyes. It was a sweet win for the Buckeyes, just 6-7 last season with a loss to their archrivals in a transitional year in which they were facing heavy NCAA penalties.
Akeem Shavers broke open a close game with three scores during a 4½-minute span in the fourth quarter, giving Purdue a 56-35 victory over archrival Indiana on Saturday. Robert Marve threw for a career-high 348 yards and four touchdowns in his final home game – a win that made the Boilermakers (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten) bowl eligible for the second straight year, the first time that has happened since 2006-07.
Venric Mark rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown as Northwestern improved its chances for a berth in a New Year’s Day bowl game, beating Illinois 50-14 on Saturday. Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter threw for a career-high three touchdowns and the Wildcats (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) reached nine victories for the first time since 2008.
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Saturday was a big day at Ohio Stadium. Not only did Ohio State beat heated rival Michigan to clinch a perfect 12-0 season, the school celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the 2002 national championship team. And yes, the festivities included Jim Tressel, the former coach responsible for the current team’s NCAA probation. That didn’t matter on this day, as the Ohio State faithful gave Tressel a rousing ovation. Watch the fans shower Tressel with love now.
Big Ten Field Pass on BTN2Go, our Web-only live camera on football Saturdays, is at Minnesota today and goes live one hour before the 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff with Michigan State. Get with an exclusive look at the pregame activities on the field, including Senior Day.
Penn State is honoring the 2012 football team on Senior Day by unveiling the year “2012” on the Beaver Stadium facade where the years for previous national champions and memorable teams also live. Onwardstate.com has a little photo of the facade with a canvas hanging over the 2012. See it here.