Northwestern ran for 79 yards in the quarter, and the Wildcats lead 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. Northwestern got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a one-play, 26-yard drive that ended in a score when Venric Mark turned a handoff into a 26-yard touchdown. The Wildcats started in good field position when Northwestern recovered a fumble.
Purdue basketball fans were treated to a surprise musical performance at Friday night’s Tip-off Before Kick-off. The “performer” was Dirk Hunter. Actually, it was Purdue senior D.J. Byrd, in costume, acting as a fake country artist. Byrd pulled off the alias for about four minutes before he took off his shirt and revealed a No. 21 Purdue jersey. He then took off his cowboy hat and wig, and Purdue fans erupted when they noticed it was Byrd. Watch Byrd entertain the crowd at Mackey Arena now
The “Midnight Madness” event at Michigan State has become an entertainment spectacle each year, and this season was no exception. For Friday night’s event, Michigan State’s coach Tom Izzo makes his latest dramatic entrance after an introduction where his daughter pleads, “This year, you cannot embarrass me.” Let’s hope she’s a fan of “The Avengers.” Watch this video to see how Izzo (with a little help) saves a kidnapped Sparty before landing in Michigan State’s arena to the dulcet tones of Black Sabbath: “I am Iron Man/ Has he lost his mind/ Can he see or is he blind/ Can he walk at all/ Or if he moves will he fall?” Well done, Michigan State. Well done. But does Izzo get to keep the suit? Watch more highlights from Friday’s events at Michigan State, Purdue, and Minnesota.
The Big Ten Digital Network aired three “Midnight Madness” events live on Friday night, and we have three more coming up. Watch highlights from Minnesota’s “Gopher All-Star Friday Night,” Purdue’s “The Tip-Off Before the Kickoff” and Michigan State’s “Midnight Madness” in this post and find the schedule for upcoming events at Iowa, Indiana and Penn State.
A lot of action around the Big Ten on Friday starting with an afternoon field hockey game. Aisling Naughton knocked in a chip-shot redirection just 3:58 into sudden-victory overtime as Michigan field hockey beat Michigan State, 3-2. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more video from around the conference.
On our TV show “Step Into My Office” Mike Hall visits with Big Ten football coaches for casual, in-depth conversations about their football lives. In the latest episode, Hall chats with one of the newcomers to the Big Ten head coaching ranks, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. The show debuts at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday ahead of Ohio State’s football game against Indiana, which is also on BTN/BTN2Go. Get ready for that full show and watch the video in this post as Meyer talks about how he relaxes as a coach and how his parents came to just about all of the games when he was an athlete.