The votes are in, and Big Ten fans selected Nebraska’s comeback win over Ohio State as the Week 6 “Big Ten Game of the Week.” Catch the game again at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN. The Huskers, playing their first Big Ten home game, rallied from a 21-point halftime deficit to card the biggest comeback in program history. Trailing 27-6 minutes into the third quarter, things were not looking good at all. But Taylor Martinez soon caught fire and accounted for three touchdowns, including a pair of touchdown passes, in the next 14-plus minutes, setting up Rex Burkhead’s game-winning scoring scamper with 5:10 left.
One of the best running backs in the Big Ten, No. 15 Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead ran all over Ohio State, carrying Nebraska (5-1) to a 34-27 victory on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Burkhead, who came in ranked No. 2 in the conference in rushing yards at 516 per game, rushed 26 times for 119 yards and one touchdown. Things looked grim for the Cornhuskers, but Nebraska stormed back to clinch the victory in Nebraska’s biggest comeback in school history. The Cornhuskers climbed back from a 21-point deficit to pull off the comeback.
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The NCAA released a statement Friday afternoon announcing that four Ohio State student-athletes must sit out games and repay benefits. “Ohio State University football student-athlete Devier Posey must sit five games and repay benefits after receiving approximately $720 from a booster for work not performed, according to a decision today by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff.” Additionally, “Three additional Ohio State football student-athletes – Marcus Hall, Melvin Fellows and Daniel Herron – will miss one game and must repay benefits after receiving pay for work not performed from the booster.” Read the full release at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
In Thursday morning’s “Big Ten Blast,” Kara Lentz reports on Ohio State losing wide receiver Verlon Reed for the rest of the season after he tore his ACL in last week’s loss to Michigan State. Read about the injury here. Lentz also highlights the conference’s latest Big Ten Field Hockey Players of the Week. Read more about the honorees here. Tonight on BTN, catch “BTN Live” at 8 ET, one hour later than usual. Have you voted in the show’s Week 6 polls? Do so now. After that, at 9 ET, Mike Hall sits down with Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema on “Step Into My Office.” Watch bonus clips from the show.
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It’s Week 6. Believe it or not, we’ll be midway through the 2011 Big Ten football season at the conclusion of Saturday’s slate of five Big Ten games. This week, BTN has Indiana hosting undefeated Illinois at a special time, 2:30 p.m. ET, and Northwestern entertaining perfect Michigan at 7. Don’t forget, Dave, Gerry and Howard will be on-site at Ryan Field at 6 p.m. ET for an hour-long Countdown To Kickoff show. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game and track all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Watch our latest Big Ten Blast here and check out Brent Yarina’s Week 6 Preview in this post.
Penn State coach Joe Paterno is getting rid of his cane and says he’ll be on the sidelines this week. That’s just one of the tidbits you can hear in the audio from the weekly Big Ten Conference football coaches teleconference with reporters. Read the selected tweets from @B1Gfootball at the conference office, then listen to any of the 12 Big Ten football coaches now.
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(AP) Three Ohio State players have been suspended for Saturday’s game for accepting too much money for too little work in their summer jobs. Last year’s leading rusher, Daniel Herron, and the top returning receiver, DeVier Posey, along with offensive lineman Marcus Hall will not be permitted to play when the Buckeyes (3-2) play at No. 14 Nebraska on Saturday. Herron and Posey had five-game suspensions – for accepting cash and free or discounted tattoos – extended. They were expected to be reinstated to play this week. Hall will be missing his first game. The booster who paid the players was dissociated from the program. Read the full AP recap.
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