Saturday’s annual Wisconsin-Minnesota game was decided rather early – the Badgers won 42-13 – but there was plenty of late action worth watching on BTN. For example, Goldy the Gopher and Bucky the Badger did a little WWE stunt that delighted the crowd. Oh, and Wisconsin’s Montee Ball set the Big Ten record for touchdowns in a season. Watch the mascots get after it here and see Ball put his name atop the Big Ten record book in this post.
(AP) Montee Ball broke the Big Ten’s single-season touchdown record and 16th-ranked Wisconsin trampled Minnesota 42-13 to keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the eighth straight year – and stay in the conference title chase. Russell Wilson had a season-high four touchdown passes. He was on target with every throw and every decision, connecting on all but his last throw, a deep ball that Nick Toon had in his hands but let trickle out as he hit the turf hard midway through the third quarter. Toon, who finished with eight catches for 100 yards and two scores, was shaken up on that play. Wilson went 16 for 17 for 178 yards. In just 10 games, Ball has 27 total touchdowns. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view the Big Ten scoreboard.
(AP) Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for 192 yards and a touchdown and backup quarterback Devin Gardner threw a key TD pass to lead No. 22 Michigan past Illinois 31-14 on Saturday. Denard Robinson didn’t play after a big third-quarter hit. Details about his injury weren’t available. In relief Gardner hit Martavious Odoms for a fourth quarter touchdown that gave Michigan (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) a 24-7 lead after Illinois scored. The Illini (6-4, 2-4) finished with 214 yards of offense but had just 30 at halftime. For the fourth week in a row they didn’t score in the first half and they’ve lost four straight. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view the Big Ten scoreboard.
The top-ranked Minnesota men’s hockey team rebounded from a 3-1 loss on Friday night to give head coach Don Lucia his 300th career win behind the Gopher bench with a 4-1 road victory over Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Saturday. After carrying the play through 40 minutes, UM used a three-goal third period to seal the win. Watch highlights of that game now.
(AP) Capping the worst week in school history, No. 12 Penn State nearly overcame a 17-point deficit but was stopped short on a 4th-and-1 late in a 17-14 loss Saturday to No. 19 Nebraska. The outcome was secondary in Happy Valley. A tumultuous week that began with the arrest of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on shocking child sexual abuse charges ended Saturday with Penn State losing in its first game in 46 years without coach Joe Paterno, who was fired Wednesday. Rex Burkhead ran for 121 yards and a touchdown before the Nittany Lions scored 14 unanswered behind two second-half touchdown runs by Stephfon Green. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.
(AP) Robert Marve‘s 1-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak in overtime gave Purdue a 26-23 win over Ohio State on Saturday. Ohio State (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten) took the ball first in overtime, and Drew Basil‘s 33-yard field goal gave the Buckeyes a 23-20 lead. Marve completed a 14-yard pass to Gary Bush on third-and-12 from the 15, then scored the game-winner on the next play. Ohio State drove down the field trailing 20-14 in the final minutes. On a fourth-and-3 from the Purdue 13, Braxton Miller scrambled and found Jordan Hall behind the secondary for a touchdown to tie the game, but Purdue’s Bruce Gaston blocked Basil’s extra point try. Purdue (5-5, 3-3) also upset Ohio State in West Lafayette in 2009. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view the Big Ten scoreboard.
(AP) Kirk Cousins threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns and 13th-ranked Michigan State beat Iowa 37-21 to take control of the Big Ten’s Legends Division. B.J. Cunningham caught a pair of TD passes for the Spartans, who snapped a seven-game losing streak at Iowa dating back to 1989. Michigan State (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) took a commanding 31-7 lead with two touchdowns in a 36-second stretch late in the second quarter. Cunningham followed Le’Veon Bell‘s 25-yard TD run with a 22-yard touchdown catch to put Michigan State up by 24 at the break. The Spartans can now earn a spot in the Big Ten title game with wins over Indiana and Northwestern in the next two weeks. Read BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s column and the full AP recap, see the box score and view the Big Ten scoreboard.