The first Saturday in November was filled with a big surprise: Northwestern winning at Nebraska. That scrambled the Legends Division race, which may come down to a battle between Michigan State and Iowa. Here’s what else I learned on Saturday.
Every Sunday, BTN color analyst Gerry DiNardo has made it a point to tweet some of his thoughts and impressions from Saturday’s Big Ten slate of action – a practice he’s appropriately coined Sunday Ruminations. You can find DiNardo on Twitter (@gerrydinardo). See his Week 10 Sunday Ruminations in this post.
For the first time since 1998, the Penn State field hockey team is Big Ten tournament champions. The Nittany Lions (16-5, 4-2) defeated Michigan, 3-2, in exciting fashion Sunday on their home field en route to claiming their fifth all-time tourney crown, the last also coming against Michigan. Redshirt senior Hannah Allison registered the game-winning goal. Read the full game recap from GoPSUSports.com.
No. 18 Illinois soccer won its second Big Ten Tournament Championship in program history with a victory over No. 11 Penn State, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon. Senior midfielder Julie Ewing connected in the opening minutes, while sophomore midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo scored in overtime to secure the automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament. In the 93rd minute, DiBernardo controlled a pass from junior midfielder Nicole Denenberg and placed a shot into the lower-left corner of the goal to send the Illini away from Northwestern’s Lakeside Field undefeated in their previous 11 contests. Check out the game highlights now and dive inside for an interview with Illinois coach Janet Rayfield.
The ninth-ranked Indiana men’s soccer team sent seniors Nick Blevins, Chris Estridge, Tyler McCarroll, Tommy Meyer and Alec Purdie out in style with a 1-0 victory over Ohio State (10-6-1, 4-2 B1G) Saturday afternoon on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium. Watch highlights of that game now. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions, 1-0, Saturday, in a double overtime thriller. Dive inside for highlights.
The votes are in, and our viewers selected Northwestern’s upset victory at then-No. 10 Nebraska as our Big Ten Football Game of the Week. Catch the game at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN. If you didn’t catch it the first time, you don’t want to miss it tonight. The Wildcats held off the Huskers late in the fourth quarter, despite losing starting quarterback Dan Persa to injury. Backup Kain Colter was more than up to the challenge, though, leading Northwestern to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. Watch our highlights of the game now and tune in for the replay at 8.
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.