BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart explains why this has not been a great opening week for Big Ten football.
The No. 1-ranked Penn State volleyball team picked up a huge non-conference win on Saturday night, downing No. 2 Stanford in straight sets (25-21, 25-22, 25-18). The Nittany Lions hit .327 (51 kills – 14 errors) behind a balanced attack, while Stanford hit .267. Haleigh Washington, Aiyana Whitney, Ali Frantti and Megan Courtney all recorded over 10 kills for Penn State in the victory. The Nittany Lions improve to 5-0 on the season with the impressive win. Check out a video recap at the top of this post.
Nebraska entered Saturday afternoon’s game vs. BYU riding a 29-game winning streak in season openers. [ MORE: Get Week 1 scores, stats, recaps and video ] The streak ended there, however, as BYU stunned the Huskers on a Hail Mary to claim a 33-28 victory at Memorial Stadium. With one second remaining, BYU backup quarterback Tanner Magnum heaved a 42-yard pass into the end zone, which landed in the hands of Mitch Mathews. The Hail Mary spoiled the debut of new Nebraska coach Mike Riley. The last time the Huskers lost a season-opener was against Florida State back in 1985.
There Indiana was, just a Southern Illinois two-point conversion away from potentially losing its season opener at Memorial Stadium. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Week 1 Big Ten action ] The Hoosiers would have none of it, though. Indiana denied the Salukis’ attempt to take the lead with 18 seconds left, as Andre Brown Jr. broke up Mark Iannotti’s rollout pass to Connor Iwema to hold on for an exciting 48-47 victory. Watch the highlight that helped Indiana seal its season opener in the video above. Check out our Week 1 YouTube playlist:
When it comes to Big Ten celebrity fans, Gabrielle Union is one of the biggest names around. Union is an Omaha native and a huge Huskers football fan. Union is in attendance at today’s Nebraska vs. BYU game, and it looks like she brought her husband, NBA star Dwayne Wade. @HuskerFBNation captured the following images of Union and Wade before today’s game, which can be seen at the top of this post. Union is sporting her Tommie Frazier Huskers jersey at the game, which can be seen in this sideline photo from @NebraskaonScout. You can also spot some Huskers gear
Just imagine if Leonte Carroo played the first half, too. Carroo, the Big Ten’s top returning wide receiver, caught three passes, all touchdowns, for 129 yards in the second half of Rutgers’ 63-13 season-opening win over Norfolk State. Benched for the first half due to a curfew violation, Carroo wasted no time making his presence known, grabbing his first scoring strike with 10:58 remaining in the third quarter; he added two more in the next 7:47 of game time. The three scores also helped him become Rutgers’ all-time receiving touchdowns leader (22). Watch Carroo’s 20th, 21st and 22nd touchdown receptions
The way Maryland's William Likely was returning punts in Saturday afternoon's opener vs. Richmond, it was only a matter of time before he returned one for a score.
Saturday was filled with plenty of Big Ten football headlines. Catch up on all of Saturday’s Week 1 Big Ten football action inside. There will be one Big Ten game Sunday (Purdue at Marshall) and Monday (No. 1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech) to close out a four-day opening week of action. Looking for live in-game highlights? We’ll have those all season long at the links below. Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan football highlights Michigan State football highlights Minnesota football highlights Nebraska football highlights Northwestern football highlights Ohio State football highlights Penn
Rutgers’ Janarion Grant returned an opening kick for a touchdown, all right. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] Problem is, the return was on the opening kick of the second half. If you missed it, in an Autoland of Springfield, New Jersey, promotion, 100 random Scarlet Knights students were eligible to win $1,000 apiece, a total of $100,000, if the team returned the season’s first kick for a touchdown. Grant provided the fireworks one half too late, as far as Rutgers students are concerned, however the 80-yard return for a score on a
UPDATE, 2:50 P.M. ET: BTN will simulcast the current live stream of today’s football game against Kent State on BTN TV as soon as the Iowa football game ends. You can still use the link below to continue to watch the Illinois game live on BTN2Go. [TWEET https://twitter.com/BTNElizabeth/status/640233649531691008] Watch first-half highlights here. Friday night’s Kent State at Illinois game was postponed due to inclement weather and will be played at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday. BTN would love to air the game. Unfortunately, we are unable to get the game produced. The production crew hired by BTN to produce Friday’s game is