(AP) James Vandenberg threw three touchdown passes, including two to Marvin McNutt, to help Iowa defeat Purdue 31-21 on Saturday for the Hawkeyes’ first road win of the season. Vandenberg passed for 273 yards, and McNutt caught nine passes for 151 yards. Marcus Coker rushed for 139 yards on 30 carries for the Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten), who had lost their three road games by a combined 14 points. The Hawkeyes outgained the Boilermakers 408 yards to 286 but struggled to put away scrappy Purdue. Antavian Edison caught nine passes for 97 yards and Ralph Bolden ran for 71 yards for Purdue on Senior Day. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.
Batman. Spiderman. You name it, there were costumes all over Assembly Hall on Saturday night. Halloween may have been a few weeks ago, but Indiana held “Superhero Night” for its game against Savannah State. The Hoosiers, behind freshman Cody Zeller’s 23 points, cruised to a 94-65 victory in front of the fun atmosphere. Watch a quick montage of some of the best costumes in Assembly Hall now.
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Wednesday and Thursday brought some predictable results for our heroes–the Big Ten went 9-0 against inferior teams–but there were some surprising margins. As you know, we Geeks put a lot of stock in margins, so let’s touch on the most interesting ones.
The Associated Press reports that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno has a treatable form of lung cancer, according to his son. Scott Paterno said in a statement provided to The Associated Press by a family representative on Friday that the 84-year-old Joe Paterno is undergoing treatment and that “his doctors are optimistic he will make a full recovery.” Read the full story here.