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) Coach Jerry Kill returned to the Minnesota sideline one week after suffering a seizure during a game and watched Marqueis Gray rack up 334 total yards in a 29-23 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. Gray threw for 163 yards and rushed for 171 more and Duane Bennett blocked a punt and recovered in the end zone to hand Kill his first victory as coach of the Golden Gophers (1-2). Kill made it through the game without incident, a big relief to Gophers fans and his players who watched him collapse at the end of last week’s loss. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
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BTN’s Glen Mason interviewed Minnesota coach Jerry Kill on Friday afternoon and the two discussed Kill’s return after the Gophers coach suffered a seizure during last week’s football game. In the conversation Kill talks about the seizure, his hospital stay and what he told his team on Thursday when he returned to practice.
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Good news for Gopher fans and college football fans everywhere: Minnesota’s Jerry Kill was discharged from the hospital today and is now resting at home, according to Gopher football team physician Dr. Pat Smith. Dr. Smith said that Kill was released during the lunch hour Thursday.
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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.
As discussed here last Wednesday, the Week 2 schedule was a lot more challenging than what the Big Ten faced in the opening week. As a result, the Big Ten struggled to a 7-5 record, one week after going 10-2. Well, the Week 3 schedule has a few more tough tests, with dates against Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Miami (Fla.). BTN will air five games Saturday, including Illinois hosting No. 18 Arizona State at 7 p.m. ET. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game. Watch our latest Big Ten Blast now and check out Brent Yarina’s Week 3 Preview inside.
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Minnesota football team’s Dr. Pat Smith spoke to the media on Monday afternoon and gave an update on the condition of first-year Gophers’ head coach Jerry Kill, who suffered a seizure in the final seconds of Saturday’s 28-21 defeat to New Mexico State. Smith expects Kill to make a full recovery and be back on the Minnesota sideline “sooner rather than later,” although the timetable for his release is still undetermined, according to the school’s website.
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