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U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 5

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 5? Find out in this post. WEEK 5 GAME BALLS 1. Kain Colter, QB, Northwestern: 14 car., 161 yards, 4 TD; 9 rec., 131 yards – The Wildcats racked up a school-record 704 yards of offense in their 44-29 victory over Indiana, and Colter accounted for 294 of them, eclipsing

TerBush-to-Bush connection helps Purdue top Marshall

Purdue’s Caleb TerBush threw four touchdown passes, including three to Gary Bush, Saturday and the Boilermakers ran two interceptions back for scores as they held off Marshall 51-41. TerBush finished 27 of 37 for 294 yards on a day both offenses had big numbers. Marshall (2-3) lived up to its billing as the nation’s No. 1 passing offense. After forging a 14-14 tie early in the second quarter, Purdue’s defense flipped the game by turning three quick interceptions into touchdowns. Cornerbacks Ricardo Allen and Josh Johnson each scored on their interceptions (Watch them), marking the first time in Purdue history

3rd Quarter Recap: Purdue 45, Marshall 28

Marshall’s Gator Hoskins led the offense in the third quarter. He caught two passes for 29 yards and one touchdown, but the Thundering Herd have closed the gap to 45-28. Marshall made the score 42-21 after Rakeem Cato tossed a 28-yard touchdown to Hoskins to finish off an 87-yard drive. The Thundering Herd relied on a run play just two times on that possession. Marshall made the score 42-28 when Jermaine Kelson returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. Purdue added to its advantage when Paul Griggs kicked a 33-yard field goal, capping off a 15-play, 62-yard drive to give

2nd Quarter Recap: Purdue 42, Marshall 14

Twenty-eight consecutive points in the second quarter has given Purdue a commanding 42-14 lead. Akeem Shavers turned a handoff into a one-yard touchdown to break the 14-14 standoff in favor of Purdue. Purdue opened up the lead, 28-14, after TerBush and Gary Bush combined for a 35-yard touchdown to end a five-play, 53-yard drive. The Boilermakers made the score 35-14 when Ricardo Allen intercepted Cato’s pass and returned it for a touchdown. Purdue made the score 42-14 when Josh Johnson intercepted a Cato pass and returned it for a touchdown. The Thundering Herd’s Tommy Shuler reached the 100-yard receiving mark

1st Quarter Recap: Purdue 14, Marshall 7

Purdue’s passing attack looked sharp in the first 15 minutes of action, with 115 yards, and the Boilermakers lead 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. Purdue took the game’s first lead after Caleb TerBush tossed a nine-yard touchdown to Gary Bush on the last play of a 12-play, 89-yard drive. Marshall got even after Rakeem Cato and Antavious Wilson hooked up for a four-yard touchdown to end a 12-play, 85-yard drive that tied the score at seven. Kevin Grooms’ 20-yard run from the 34-yard line pushed the Thundering Herd into enemy territory. A two-play, 44-yard scoring drive by

Week 5 Previews: What to look for in Big Ten play

Earlier this week I helped take a look at who might land in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship game. Well, the road to that big game starts Saturday as Big Ten teams put a rocky non-conference run behind them and focus on pounding on each other. In this post, I take a close look at all six games, and then I’m headed to East Lansing to cover Ohio State and Michigan State on Saturday. Also, every Saturday BTN.com editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates from every game topped off with my Saturday Snap Reactions. Get those quarterly updates

Debate it: Who meets in Big Ten title game?

Saturday marks the beginning of Big Ten play. For the next eight weeks, Big Ten teams will be battling for their respective division crowns and a berth in the annual Big Ten title game. Who will make it to Indy? We’re only four weeks into the season, but BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina decided to share their best guesses. We asked the question on Twitter and included some of the many answers in this post. Read Tom and Brent’s conversation, then tell them what you think in the comments box. Or you can find

Get ready for 'The Journey' with 12 sneak peeks

We are less than a week away from the debut of a show that every Big Ten football fan will want to see. “The Journey 2012” debuts next Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the show’s producers head out to this weekend’s games in order to take viewers inside the Big Ten football season with behind-the-scenes access. In the spotlight this week: Ohio State’s John Simon, Penn State’s Michael Mauti, and Michigan’s Denard Robinson. Over the past month we’ve rolled out sneak peek videos for each school, and you can watch them all in this post. Also, follow

Week 5: 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 four weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 36-10, while Brent is in the cellar, at 35-11. See our Week 5 predictions and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 36-10; .783 Tom: 36-10; .783 Brent: 35-11; .761 [RELATED: Week 5 Power Rankings | Week 5 Player Rankings] Penn State (2-2) at Illinois (2-2) – noon ET, ESPN

Big Ten Mailbag: What's wrong with Illinois?

It’s that time of week again. You’ve been sending me your Big Ten questions all week, and now I offer my answers. On tap this week: What’s wrong with Illinois? How could I have two Big Ten teams headed to BCS bowls in my latest bowl projections? Find my answers inside. And don’t be afraid to send questions for future Mailbags. Or you can send them my way on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart). Nice article on Tom Osborne. He is a class act and has done many good things. I hope he stays somewhat connected to the program. – Ted S. Yes,