(AP) Ameer Abdullah returned a kickoff 100 yards after Fresno State made it a two-point game in the fourth quarter, and Taylor Martinez‘s 46-yard touchdown run secured the 10th-ranked Cornhuskers’ 42-29 victory on Saturday night. Martinez ran 15 times for 166 yards and two TDs and passed for another as the Huskers turned back an upset bid by the Bulldogs, who were four-touchdown underdogs. Derek Carr threw incomplete to a well-covered A.J. Johnson on a 2-point try after his 26-yard TD pass to Josh Harper pulled the Bulldogs to 28-26. Abdullah, who set a school record with 211 kick return yards, then made the biggest play of the night to break open the game. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
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Last week on the debut of Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio. On this week’s installment of the show Hall takes you behind the scenes with Nebraska’s Bo Pelini tonight at 10 p.m. ET. Hall, who can be found on Twitter @BTNMikeHall, filed a few bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Lincoln. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Pelini.
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The Big Ten opened the 2011 season with a 10-2 clip in Week 1. It was a solid opening act, considering the two losses — both away from home — came by a combined nine points. This week, the competition gets tougher with five BCS opponents on the slate, including No. 2 Alabama and Notre Dame. Unlike last week, all 12 games are on Saturday this time around. Six of the games will air live on BTN. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game. Listen to BTN.com’s Week 2 Preview Podcast and read my Week 2 Preview inside.
Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. One week in the books, the conference is 10-2, with the two defeats coming by a combined nine points. 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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Every week during the fall, BTN 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. Enjoy the season’s first installment of the weekly recap. Also, watch Mike Wolf’s Week 1 Wrap-up Podcast now.
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(AP) Taylor Martinez ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns out of Nebraska’s new no-huddle offense and the No. 10 Cornhuskers beat Chattanooga 40-7 Saturday in their first game as Big Ten members. Rex Burkhead added 75 yards and a touchdown as the Cornhuskers won their 26th consecutive opener, the longest streak in the nation. Martinez scored on runs of 7, 43 and 47 yards and completed 11 of 22 passes for 116 yards. The Mocs of the FCS scored their only points when Marlon Anthony caught a 13-yard pass from B.J. Coleman after cornerback Andrew Green fell. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.
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Football season is here, and that means it’s time to shift our focus to the Week 1 slate. Every Big Ten school is in action in the opening week, starting with reigning co-Big Ten champ Wisconsin hosting UNLV on Thursday night and finishing up with Indiana entertaining Ball State on Saturday night. That said, it’s time to kick off my weekly Big Ten Football Previews. Here’s your Week 1 addition:
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