Week 16 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products compiled impressive numbers. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars perform. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. See Brent’s Week 16 winners in this post.
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As a quarterback at Purdue, Drew Brees became the Boilermakers’ and the Big Ten Conference career leader in passing attempts (1,678), passing completions (1,026), passing yards (11,792), passing touchdowns (90) and total offense (12,692). On Monday night Brees added another record to his impressive resume: He broke Dan Marino’s 27-year-old single-season passing yard mark.
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Purdue is headed to a bowl for the first time since the 2007 season, and just like that year it will be playing in Detroit. Danny Hope and the Boilermakers take on Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Bowl at 4:30 p.m. ET Dec. 27.
Purdue announced that coach Danny Hope has been given a two-year contract extension, pushing his deal through Dec. 31, 2016. Hope’s deal had three years remaining on it.
Wednesday’s and Thursday’s games marked the end of non-conference play for many Big Ten members. With the holiday break looming, let’s run down who has been naughty and nice.
There were a quartet of Big Ten women’s hoops games Thursday, and it was a highly successful night. The conference went 4-0, headlined by No. 11 Ohio State’s 79-57 victory over Washington State. With the victory the Buckeyes enter Big Ten play with a 13-0 clip. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats and recaps in this post.