On Monday morning, the Big Ten Conference announced its players of the week for Week 3. The honorees include four first-time winners, highlighted by Iowa’s James Vandenberg, the Offensive Player of the Week. Vandenberg threw for 162 of his 399 passing yards and for all three of his touchdown passes in a remarkable fourth quarter to help Iowa tally its largest comeback in school history. The junior quarterback also added a rushing score, for good measure, as the Hawkeyes rallied from a 21-point deficit against Pittsburgh.
Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 3 saw the Big Ten go 9-3, including Illinois’ 17-14 victory over No. 18 Arizona State. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
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The University of Iowa field hockey team defeated Missouri State, 10-2, Sunday at Grant Field. The 12th-ranked Hawkeyes move to 7-1 with the victory and extend their winning streak to six games. Iowa has outscored its opponents 32-6 during its win streak. The 10 goals against Missouri State mark the most the Hawkeyes have scored in a game since defeating Saint Louis, 12-0, on Sept. 19, 2009. Watch our video recap of the Iowa victory now.
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Every week during the fall, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina recaps the week that was in Big Ten football. Each recap includes Brent’s superlative winners and the best stats, quotes and tweets, among other things, from around the Big Ten that particular week. Have a worthy stat, quote or tweet that you think should make the recap? Tweet it to @BTNBrentYarina. Watch BTN’s interview with Purdue basketball standout Robbie Hummel now.
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(AP) James Vandenberg threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and Iowa rallied from a 17-point deficit to stun Pittsburgh 31-27 on Saturday. Vandenberg threw for 399 yards, completing the Hawkeyes’ rally with a 22-yard TD pass to Kevonte Martin-Manley with 2:51 left. Iowa (2-1) trailed 27-10 early in the fourth quarter. But Vandenberg threw TD passes of 14 yards to Keenan Davis and 25 yards to Martin-Manley to bring the Hawkeyes within three points, then found a diving Martin-Manley for the go-ahead score. Iowa’s Micah Hyde sealed the win with an interception. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
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I wouldn’t necessarily have thought this going into the season, but the game that excites me the most on the Big Ten slate this weekend is Illinois’ game with Arizona State. Obviously, Ohio State–Miami and Michigan State–Notre Dame are generating more national buzz. But Gerry, Howard and I thought the Illini were a legitimate contender in the Leaders Division when we watched them in the pre-season and this is our first opportunity to see if we’re right.
Iowa’s women’s soccer team continue their winning streak defeating Northern Iowa University, 2-0, Wednesday night at the Iowa Soccer Complex. Leah DeMoss earned both scores for The Hawkeyes in the showdown.
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