(AP) Dan Persa and Kain Colter combined to throw five touchdown passes Saturday, and Drake Dunsmore hauled in a school-record four TDs to lead Northwestern past Indiana 59-38. It was a record-setting day for the Wildcats (3-5, 1-4 Big Ten), who scored nine times before finally punting in the fourth quarter. Dunsmore also became Northwestern’s all-time leader in yards receiving by a tight end, and the five TD passes tied the school’s single-game team record. Northwestern finished with 616 total yards, just short of another school record (647). Indiana (1-8, 0-5) lost its sixth straight and has now given up 40 or more points in four straight games for the first time since 2005. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.
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(AP) Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for a career-high 170 yards and tied a career high with two touchdowns, leading No. 17 Michigan to a 36-14 win over Purdue on Saturday. The Wolverines (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) gave up a TD on the opening drive of the game, then scored 36 straight points to bounce back from their first loss of the season, two weeks ago at Michigan State. The Boilermakers (4-4, 2-2) haven’t won or lost consecutive games this year. Toussaint had 155 yards rushing through three quarters, helping Michigan find a rusher to take some of the load from quarterback Denard Robinson. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.
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There’s Big Ten weather at a Big Ten stadium today, a rarity for the month of October. It’s snowing in State College, Pa., where surprising Penn State hosts suddenly struggling Illinois at 3:30 ET.
(BigTen.org) PARK RIDGE, Ill. – After winning the Big Ten Championship on Friday, Michigan earned the No. 1 seed and an automatic spot in the semifinals of the 2011 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. The tournament will be held on the Penn State campus in State College, Pa. with opening-round matchups played on Thursday, semifinals on Friday and the championship game on Sunday. The tournament winner will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.
(BigTen.org) PARK RIDGE, Ill. – After winning its 14th consecutive Big Ten crown, Penn State earned the No. 1 seed in the 2011 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament. The tournament will be held on the Northwestern campus in Evanston, Ill., with opening-round matchups played on Wednesday, semifinals on Friday and the championship game on Sunday. Visit the tourney homepage. The winner will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart held is inaugural Big Ten football chat with fans this morning. Did you miss it? We took questions for an hour and Dienhart answered as we all got ready for football to kick off on Week 9 of the Big Ten season. Look back at the conversation we had and come back next Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET for the next football chat with Dienhart. Just come to BTN.com’s homepage and find the link every Saturday.
Illinois volleyball, coming off its first loss of the season against Nebraska, rebounded nicely with a four-set win (15-25, 25-21, 19-25, 20-25) over Wisconsin on Friday night. Watch now as Student U broadcaster Bryce Jakobs interviews Illini head coach Kevin Hambly following the win. Jump inside for coverage of the Minnesota-Northwestern match.
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