It’s time to put a wrap on an interesting Week 12 that will be remembered for its blowouts, a wild overtime thriller and a signature victory by Michigan State that clinched at least a share of the Legends Division crown for the Spartans. With that said, here’s a wrap on Week 12 in the Big Ten.
Every Saturday night during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com posts its “U.S. Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week.” The feature is designed to honor some of the top individual Big Ten performances. Check out our Week 12 stars and highlights in this post.
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LINCOLN, Neb. — The credentials of the Michigan State defense have been well-chronicled in 2013. We’ve all heard and seen the numbers recited. The unit entered today’s game No. 1 in the nation in total defense (210.2 ypg), No. 1 in rushing defense (43.4 ypg), No. 1 in pass efficiency defense (90.3 rating), No. 1 in first downs defense (12.7 pg) … and on and on it goes.
It isn’t often that a field goal can be called wild, but that’s just what Michigan’s last-second kick was at the end of regulation Saturday. Trailing 9-6 and with the clock inching close to zero following a Jeremy Gallon reception, the Wolverines rushed their field goal unit onto the field and somehow managed to get the snap off. The kick, Brendan Gibbons nailed it to send the game to overtime.
Wisconsin entered Saturday averaging 280 rushing yards this season, which ranked second in the Big Ten (10th in FBS). The Badgers just about doubled that total with a 2013 FBS-high 554 rushing yards in their 51-3 rout of Indiana at Camp Randall Stadium.
Looking for Week 12 highlights, stats and game stories? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Catch up on all the day’s best highlights and check out all the stats and game recaps from an action-packed Week 12 in this post.
BTN Originals premiered Tiebreaker, the network’s first feature-length documentary, Saturday night. The 60-minute show painted an indelible portrait of college football’s most storied rivalry and examined the aftermath of the 1973 Ohio State-Michigan game that ended in a 10-10 tie. With both teams tied atop the standings, Big Ten Athletic Directors voted to send Ohio State to the Rose Bowl. Michigan’s Bo Schembechler called the decision “the lowest day of my athletic career.”