BTN.com has a new staple every Saturday night. It’s called “United States Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s a feature designed to honor the best from every weekend of Big Ten action. Find the top performances, quotes and tweets from Week 11 in this post.
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Following the action every Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down what every game, every result means for the teams involved and the Big Ten itself. See Tom’s Week 11 Snap Reactions in this post.
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(AP) Robert Marve‘s 1-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak in overtime gave Purdue a 26-23 win over Ohio State on Saturday. Ohio State (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten) took the ball first in overtime, and Drew Basil‘s 33-yard field goal gave the Buckeyes a 23-20 lead. Marve completed a 14-yard pass to Gary Bush on third-and-12 from the 15, then scored the game-winner on the next play. Ohio State drove down the field trailing 20-14 in the final minutes. On a fourth-and-3 from the Purdue 13, Braxton Miller scrambled and found Jordan Hall behind the secondary for a touchdown to tie the game, but Purdue’s Bruce Gaston blocked Basil’s extra point try. Purdue (5-5, 3-3) also upset Ohio State in West Lafayette in 2009. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view the Big Ten scoreboard.
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Many eyes will be on Michigan State’s game at Iowa, arguably the biggest tilt this weekend in what will be a matchup that goes a long way toward determining who wins the Legends Division. And what type of scene will unfold at Penn State, where Nebraska is playing? Following lower in this post is a look at what the other Big Ten teams need to do to enjoy success this Saturday. Note: Indiana is off.
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Lots of tough decisions this week, with four conference battles and one non-conference game. Without a doubt, the races in each division will become more defined after this weekend. Who will prevail in key matchups between Michigan State-Iowa and Nebraska-Penn State?
The University of Iowa volleyball team dropped a five-set decision to 10th-ranked Purdue Thursday night inside Halloway Gym (22-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-15, 15-6). Iowa threatened to sweep the Boilermakers, grabbing leads of 8-5 and 14-13 in the third frame, but Purdue ran away from a 15-15 tie with 10 straight points to win set three, 25-15. The Boilermakers then built an early 10-3 advantage in the fourth set and eventually held on for another 25-15 decision to force a decisive set five. Watch the Student U wrap-up now and jump inside for more coverage of the Iowa-Purdue match-up.
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Throughout the season the “Gimme 5″ audio segment will spend about five minutes with Big Ten Conference women’s basketball players with compelling stories or interesting backgrounds or who are making news on the court. The interviews are hosted by analyst Patricia Babcock McGraw, a former basketball player at Northwestern and now sports reporter at The Daily Herald. This week our analyst spoke with Purdue’s Drey Mingo (full bio at PurdueSports.com).
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