(AP) Keshawn Martin scored twice in the third quarter on similar lunges to the end zone, and No. 23 Michigan State held off Denard Robinson and No. 11 Michigan 28-14 on Saturday for its fourth straight victory over the Wolverines. The Spartans (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) equaled their longest winning streak over their in-state rivals. Michigan (6-1, 2-1) lost for the first time under coach Brady Hoke. The Wolverines had a chance to tie it, but Robinson was sacked on fourth-and-1 from the Michigan State 9-yard line with 6:16 to play. Robinson later threw an interception, and Isaiah Lewis returned it for a score with 4:31 left to make it 28-14. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.
Saturday was Homecoming in Happy Valley, and a familiar face served as Penn State’s Homecoming Grand Marshal: Adam Taliaferro. Taliaferro, of course, was paralyzed during a game in the 2000 season. The former Nittany Lion defensive back has made a full recovery and has a good life, he told our Lisa Byington during a sideline interview Saturday. On the injury: “The injury was bad,” Taliaferro said. “But everything that has happened afterward has been a blessing.” Watch our entire interview with Taliaferro now.
No. 15 Penn State women’s soccer won a thrilling nail biter against Nebraska, 5-4, Friday night at Jeffrey Field. Whitney Church tallied her first collegiate goal, a game-winner in the 79th minute, to cap a nine-goal outburst between the two squads which was the most goals in a Penn State match since a 7-2 win vs. Pittsburgh in 2002. Watch now as coach Walsh talks about the win with our BTN Student U reporter.
The “fullback dive” now carries a whole new meaning in Happy Valley. Even while working in the murkiest of waters, hundreds of feet below sea level, P.J. Byers, a 26-year-old walk-on, never lost sight of his dream to play football for the Nittany Lions. At 10:30 a.m. ET this Saturday on BTN’s pregame show, viewers get the chance to learn of Byers’ remarkable journey, as well as learn about the memento from his father, Pat Byers, that foreshadowed his success.
Tonight is Midnight Madness, and so now is as good of a time as any to have our award-winning The Journey begin rolling out some really cool promos. Follow the show producers’ Twitter account @BTNJourney. You can find these clips on the YouTube page for The Journey, too.
It’s rivalry week in the state of Michigan and so our crew of Rick Pizzo, Brandon Williams and Tim Doyle answer the question: Who will walk away with the Paul Bunyan Trophy? Also, Iowa has had struggled against Northwestern in the past, but will those troubles continue? In our “Impulses” segment, Williams and Doyle turn the table and decide whether or not they agree with Pizzo’s impulses for Saturday’s games. And basketball is back! The guys cover the best returning players, the key losses and then announce who they believe takes “The Leap” this season. Follow them all @BTNThePulse.