Throughout the football season, we post a highlight from each Big Ten team and let our fans rate the week’s best plays. We’re building an archive throughout the season, so feel free to backtrack and rank any play. Here’s how it works: Watch the plays and rate them, one being the lowest and 10 being the highest. Don’t forget to come back throughout the day Saturday, because we’ll post each team’s play immediately following its game.
BTN.com has a new staple every Saturday night. It’s called “United States Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s a feature designed to honor the best from every weekend of Big Ten action. Find the top performances, quotes and tweets from a wild Week 10 in this post.
IOWA CITY, Iowa –- There goes Marcus Coker, rumbling right for 13 yards and a touchdown early the fourth quarter. That happened a lot on a gray November day in Eastern Iowa. But this rumble—and that’s what Coker does; he doesn’t run–was the fatal blow, pushing Iowa’s lead to 24-9 in what would be an impressive 24-16 triumph over No. 13 Michigan.
Following the action every Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down what every game, every result means for the teams involved and the Big Ten itself. Week 10 featured a quartet of close games that were in doubt into the fourth quarter, and you can find Tom’s analysis in this post.
(AP) Second-string quarterback Kain Colter ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead Northwestern to a 28-25 upset of No. 9 Nebraska on Saturday. Filling in for injured starter Dan Persa in the second half, Colter scored from the 1 with 1:34 left to finish a 13-play, 66-yard drive that chewed more than 7 minutes off the clock after the Cornhuskers had pulled to 21-18. Taylor Martinez passed for 289 yards and two scores for Nebraska (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten). Persa injured his left shoulder in the second quarter when he was slammed to the ground by Eric Martin. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view the Big Ten scoreboard.
(AP) Montee Ball rushed for a career-high 223 yards with three touchdowns and Wisconsin rebounded from back-to-back losses with a 62-17 rout of Purdue on Saturday. Russell Wilson threw two touchdowns and scored on a scramble for the Badgers (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten). The lopsided victory was a boost to the Badgers after their late collapses at Michigan State and Ohio State the past two weeks. Raheem Mostert had five kickoff returns for 206 yards for the Boilermakers (4-5, 2-3). Wilson was 15 of 20 for 205 yards, and had 76 yards rushing for the Badgers before coach Bret Bielema rested him early in the fourth quarter. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view the Big Ten scoreboard.
(AP) Marcus Coker ran for 132 yards and a pair of touchdown and Iowa held off a late Michigan rally to beat the 13th-ranked Wolverines 24-16 on Saturday. James Vandenberg added 171 yards passing and a TD for the Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten), who’ve won three straight over Michigan for the first time in school history. Michigan drove to Iowa’s 3-yard line with 16 seconds left. But Denard Robinson missed on four straight throws, with Iowa’s B.J. Lowery breaking up Robinson’s final toss to seal the win. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view the Big Ten scoreboard.