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3rd quarter recap: Minnesota 44, Purdue 21

Minnesota looks to be in control of the game as it leads 44-21 at the end of the third quarter. Purdue is currently on a 14-point run, though. The Golden Gophers made the score 41-7 when Michael Carter intercepted a Caleb TerBush pass and returned it for a touchdown. Minnesota opened up the lead, 44-7, after Jordan Wettstein made a 44-yard field goal to end a four-play, zero-yard drive. The Golden Gophers began the drive with good field position at the Boilermakers’ 27-yard line after A.J. Barker returned a punt. Purdue made the score 44-14 after Robert Marve and Dolapo

2nd quarter recap: Minnesota 34, Purdue 7

Minnesota’s offense looked sharp in the second quarter, scoring 20 points, and the Golden Gophers now lead 34-7. Minnesota executed a balanced offensive attack in the quarter, finishing with 128 yards passing and 72 yards rushing. The Golden Gophers have scored the last 34 points. Minnesota opened up the lead, 21-7, after marching down the field for a three-play, 60-yard drive that ended when Philip Nelson threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Barker. The Golden Gophers added to their advantage when Nelson tossed a 63-yard touchdown to Barker, the last of a two-play, 80-yard drive to give Minnesota the

1st quarter recap: Minnesota 14, Purdue 7

Minnesota’s defense shut down Purdue’s aerial attack in the first quarter, holding the Boilermakers to 15 passing yards, and the Golden Gophers lead 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. Minnesota’s passing attack looked sharp, as the Golden Gophers threw for 118 yards in the quarter. Minnesota is currently on a 14-point run. Purdue got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a five-play, 46-yard drive that ended in a score when Caleb TerBush threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Cottom. The Boilermakers’ drive was highlighted by Akeem Shavers’ 40-yard run. Purdue’s punt return set the Boilermakers up to

Catch exclusive live pregame video from Minnesota

One hour before the Purdue-Minnesota game in Minneapolis, our Big Ten Field Pass on BTN2Go goes live with exclusive live video of the pregame activities on the field. We’ve been doing this each weekend of the football season from a select BTN TV game, and our cameras take right down onto the field to watch warmups, the bands, the fans and much more. This live video will only be available online at BTN2Go at 2:30 p.m. ET, so be sure you have access ahead of time (more details on BTN2Go here). Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go so the camera

Week 9 Previews: Legends battle comes to Lincoln

In my preview of this Saturday’s six games, I believe most teams will play with a real sense of urgency. Nebraska and Michigan are two good examples, but Ohio State and Penn State each have something to prove, too. Michigan State and Wisconsin have a history, Iowa leads Northwestern in the standings, and Purdue, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois each seek their first conference win. I’ll be in Lincoln to cover Michigan and Nebraska, and you can follow me on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart. I’ll track all of the other games with my usual Saturday Snap Reactions. Drop me your questions at the

Listen to your Big Ten football coach

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, all 12 coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio Tuesday afternoon for each segment of the call, and we do this every week.  Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along. Listen to Coach Tim Beckman: Listen to Coach Kevin Wilson: Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz: Listen to Coach Brady Hoke: Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio: Listen to Coach Jerry Kill: Listen to Coach Bo Pelini: Listen

Week 9: We predict all six Big Ten games

Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After eight weeks, it’s Dienhart on top, one game ahead of BTN.com fans and three ahead of Yarina. See our Week 9 predictions and choose your winners in this post. [RELATED: Week 9 Power Rankings | Week 9 Player Rankings | Week 9 Bowl Projections] SEASON RECORDS Tom: 52-16; .765 BTN.com fans: 51-17; .750 Brent: 49-19; .721 Indiana (2-5, 0-3) at Illinois (2-5, 0-3)

12 Big Questions: My Week 9 Big Ten queries

Saturday is fast approaching. Here are my most pressing questions for each school. The answers may come Saturday, but if you want to tackle them now, let me know in the comments box or via my Big Ten mailbag. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here. And don’t be afraid to drop ask me a question on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart). Illinois Will the offense come to life? Yes, the defense has had its issues, too. But the root of the Fighting Illini’s problems has been on offense. Illinois has lost its three Big Ten tilts by a combined score of

Week 7 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 7 winners in this post. OFFENSE: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans – In Brees’ first action since breaking Johnny Unitas’ record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass, the former Boiler threw four touchdowns (Watch TD passes) for the second straight game. All four scoring strikes came in the first half, and Brees finished the game

Dienhart: My Week 9 Big Ten bowl projections

Michigan further solidified its status as the Rose Bowl front-runner in the Big Ten with a third win in a row. This time, the Wolverines dumped Michigan State, 12-10, ending the Spartans’ four-game winning skein in the series. A victory at Nebraska this week will put Michigan in the driver’s seat in the Legends Division—and as the Big Ten’s best bowl-eligible team. Wisconsin also padded its resume with a 38-13 domination of Minnesota. The 6-2 Badgers look to be in control in the Leaders and may round into the best team in the Big Ten before it’s all said and