CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Wisconsin wasn’t going to let this opportunity slip away. No way. The Badgers had come too far to blow it now.
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. See Tom’s Week 12 Snap Reactions in this post.
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 Week 12 in this post.
Indiana and Wisconsin cruised to easy victories Saturday night in Big Ten men’s hoops action, while Penn State fell to No. 2 Kentucky. You can catch up on all the action and see all the stats on our BTN men’s basketball scoreboard. Also, dive into this post for halftime updates and final recaps for the three games. Three Big Ten women’s teams were in action Saturday, as well, and you can see those scores and stats on our BTN women’s scoreboard. Saturday was Superhero Night at Assembly Hall. Watch a montage of some of the costumes.
(AP) No. 21 Penn State won for the first time since coach Joe Paterno was fired, with Stephfon Green running for two touchdowns and the Nittany Lions’ solid defense holding Ohio State scoreless in the second half of a 20-14 victory Saturday. Penn State (9-2, 6-1) earned a share of the Big Ten’s Leaders Division title and set up a division title game next week at Wisconsin. The winner will play in the conference’s first championship game on Dec. 3. Braxton Miller ran for a touchdown and threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Jake Stoneburner for Ohio State (6-5, 3-4), but he had an intentional grounding and three incompletions on the Buckeyes’ final possession. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.
(BigTen.org) Nebraska clinched at least a share of the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, earning a 3-1 win against Wisconsin en route to its first title. The fourth-ranked Huskers moved to 16-2 in Big Ten play with the win over the Badgers and currently hold a 23-3 overall record in their first season in the Big Ten.
(AP) Montee Ball rushed for 224 yards and Wisconsin forced four turnovers in a 28-17 comeback win against Illinois on Saturday. The slumping Illini jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter and carried a 17-7 advantage into halftime. But Ball had a 5-yard TD run after Wisconsin recovered a fumble, pulling the Badgers within three early in the third quarter. The Badgers kept up the pressure, grabbing the lead for good on quarterback Russell Wilson‘s 1-yard TD run that made it 21-17. Wilson’s team only had to go 44 yards for the go-ahead score after a 74-yard punt buried the Illini at their own 3. Donovonn Young rushed for two TDs for Illinois. He finished with 43 yards on eight carries. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.