The first Saturday in November was filled with a big surprise: Northwestern winning at Nebraska. That scrambled the Legends Division race, which may come down to a battle between Michigan State and Iowa. Here’s what else I learned on Saturday.
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For the first time since 1998, the Penn State field hockey team is Big Ten tournament champions. The Nittany Lions (16-5, 4-2) defeated Michigan, 3-2, in exciting fashion Sunday on their home field en route to claiming their fifth all-time tourney crown, the last also coming against Michigan. Redshirt senior Hannah Allison registered the game-winning goal. Read the full game recap from GoPSUSports.com.
Throughout the football season, we post a highlight from each Big Ten team and let our fans rate the week’s best plays. We’re building an archive throughout the season, so feel free to backtrack and rank any play. Here’s how it works: Watch the plays and rate them, one being the lowest and 10 being the highest. Don’t forget to come back throughout the day Saturday, because we’ll post each team’s play immediately following its game.
IOWA CITY, Iowa –- There goes Marcus Coker, rumbling right for 13 yards and a touchdown early the fourth quarter. That happened a lot on a gray November day in Eastern Iowa. But this rumble—and that’s what Coker does; he doesn’t run–was the fatal blow, pushing Iowa’s lead to 24-9 in what would be an impressive 24-16 triumph over No. 13 Michigan.
(AP) Marcus Coker ran for 132 yards and a pair of touchdown and Iowa held off a late Michigan rally to beat the 13th-ranked Wolverines 24-16 on Saturday. James Vandenberg added 171 yards passing and a TD for the Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten), who’ve won three straight over Michigan for the first time in school history. Michigan drove to Iowa’s 3-yard line with 16 seconds left. But Denard Robinson missed on four straight throws, with Iowa’s B.J. Lowery breaking up Robinson’s final toss to seal the win. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view the Big Ten scoreboard.
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With Veterans Day next week, the Iowa football team will honor the military in Saturday’s game against Michigan at noon ET on ESPN. The helmet features Iowa’s tigerhawk logo on the right side, in red and white and blue, instead of the usual gold, and it will be all black on the left side (see the helmet) in honor of all branches of military who gave their lives in the line of duty.
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The Michigan State volleyball team (18-7, 7-6 Big Ten) swept past Iowa (11-15, 1-12 Big Ten), 3-0, on Friday, Nov. 4 in Iowa City, Iowa, to open the first of four straight road contests. For MSU, seniors Jenilee Rathje and Kyndra Abron, and sophomore Alexis Mathewseach tallied double-digit kill numbers against the Hawkeyes. Watch the highlights of that game now. Dive inside for coverage of the Michigan-Nebraska and Penn State-Minnesota match-ups.
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