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Dienhart: Big Ten Hot & Not

In arguably the biggest weekend this season in the Big Ten, Nebraska announced that it still is in the hunt for the Legends Division title with a dominating win over Michigan State, Minnesota carded its first Big Ten win and Penn State remained perfect in Big Ten play. Following is a look at who was hot and who was not in Week 9 action.

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JoePa Sets Record in Win over Illinois

Penn State's Silas Redd

Illinois at Penn State - Football Highlights

(AP) Joe Paterno broke Eddie Robinson’s record for victories by a Division I coach with No. 409 in Penn State’s sloppy 10-7 win against Illinois on Saturday. The 21st-ranked Nittany Lions (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) overcame six fumbles with Silas Redd‘s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:08 to go. Illinois (6-3, 2-3) drove the Penn State 25, but Derek Dimke‘s 42-yard field goal attempt bounced off the right upright as time expired. Redd had a career-high 30 carries for 137 yards for Penn State, none bigger than his late run set up after Illinois corner Justin Green was whistled for pass interference after breaking up a fourth-down pass for Derek Moye in the end zone. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out the Big Ten scoreboard.

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Rare Snowy Day in Happy Valley

There’s Big Ten weather at a Big Ten stadium today, a rarity for the month of October. It’s snowing in State College, Pa., where surprising Penn State hosts suddenly struggling Illinois at 3:30 ET.

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Friday Volleyball Roundup

Illinois-Penn State volleyball

Kevin Hambly Volleyball Interview

Illinois volleyball, coming off its first loss of the season against Nebraska, rebounded nicely with a four-set win (15-25, 25-21, 19-25, 20-25) over Wisconsin on Friday night. Watch now as Student U broadcaster Bryce Jakobs interviews Illini head coach Kevin Hambly following the win. Jump inside for coverage of the Minnesota-Northwestern match.

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Football Report Interviews

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Montee Ball Interview

In case you missed Friday’s Football Report, Mike Hall, Tony Banks and Rosevelt Colvin previewed this weekend’s upcoming games.  BTN LiveBIG host Dhani Jones joined them to look at the matchup between the Spartans’ defense and the Cornhuskers’ offense.  The guest list was also extensive – including an interview with Wisconsin’s Montee Ball and segments with Michigan state defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and Nebraska radio football color commentator Matt Davison.

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Dienhart: Weekend Football Selections

Week 9 is here, and my picks are in. It’s a huge Saturday with a myriad of storylines. Can Michigan State win its fifth in a row while navigating through a brutal gauntlet of games? Will Wisconsin rebound from the adversity of its first loss? Can Illinois stop the bleeding of a two-game losing skid? Could Purdue win at Michigan for a second time in a row? I pick those games and the others.

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Get BTN's in-game football updates via Twitter

In 2011 social media has become an important part of a sports fan’s daily diet of information. And while BTN has been on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for some time now, we want to mention something we’ve rolled out for followers of our 12 BTN school-specific Twitter accounts.  In addition to school-specific BTN.com links and videos these school accounts offer up in-game football updates for your Big Ten football teams.

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