Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about Week 7 Big Ten action? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post.
Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten Game Balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 7? Find out in this post.
Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions to all the Big Ten games. Get Dienhart’s thoughts from Northwestern’s win over Minnesota and Iowa’s double-overtime win at Michigan State in this post.
Venric Mark rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns to carry Northwestern to a 21-13 victory over Minnesota on Saturday. Mark wasn’t touched on scoring runs of 26 and 48 yards and the Wildcats (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) overcame 11 penalties to become bowl eligible and spoil Minnesota’s homecoming celebration.
Northwestern stuffed the run, giving up just four yards on the ground in the third quarter and the Wildcats now lead 21-13. Minnesota put the finishing touches on a 30-yard drive when Jordan Wettstein drilled a 38-yard field goal to make the score 21-13.
Thanks to a mean rushing attack, the margin is still 11, as Northwestern leads 21-10. The Wildcats rushed for 83 yards in the quarter. The Wildcats opened up the lead, 21-10, after Venric Mark pounded in a 48-yard touchdown run to end a two-play, 57-yard drive. Northwestern’s Mark hit 150 yards rushing for the game in the quarter, part of his 151-yard rushing performance thus far.
Minnesota running back Donnell Kirkwood is a powerful runner, and he showed it Saturday afternoon. In the second quarter of Minnesota’s home game against Northwestern, Kirkwood delivered such a blow to a defender that his helmet decal came flying off. It’s something you have to see to believe. Watch the rare equipment malfunction now.