With top dogs Ohio State and Michigan State off, the weekend lacked big stakes. But Iowa stayed perfect, and Michigan won a game it should have probably lost after losing a game it probably should have won the last time out.
Week 9 of the Big Ten football season had a little bit of everything. We saw Christian Hackenberg have a monster day through the air, and Corey Clement have an outstanding game running the ball. [ MORE: Best of Week 9 | Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Week 9 picks revisited | Week 9 top performers | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Like Halloween costumes?
The 2015 college football season has been filled with plenty of wild and crazy finishes. [ MORE: Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill ] There was another one on Saturday, and this one came in a primetime matchup between Michigan and Minnesota. Trailing 29-26 with under 30 seconds remaining in the game, Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner threw a perfect fade pass to Drew Wolitarsky, which was inititally ruled a touchdown. However, the replay showed his knee was down at the 1-yard
Before we turn our attention to Week 10, it's time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Penn State beat writer Audrey Snyder and Big Ten fans did with their Week 9 Big Ten game predictions. See the latest standings inside!
Minnesota honored recently retired football coach Jerry Kill during Saturday night’s rivalry game vs. No. 15 Michigan. [ MORE: Dienhart: Kill was one of the game’s best coaches, people | Remember these Kill moments? ] During a timeout midway through the first quarter, the school aired a video tribute on the big board to the coach who retired Wednesday due to health concerns. The fans loved it, giving Kill, who was not in attendance, a standing ovation and chanting “Jerry! Jerry!” The video included highlights and behind-the-scenes moments from Kill’s Minnesota tenure, which lasted four-plus seasons and included a 29-29
It all looked so easy for Christian Hackenberg. [ MORE: Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] – Twenty-two yards to Saquon Barkley. – Nineteen yards to Chris Godwin. – Thirty-one yards to DeAndre Thompkins. And on it went all afternoon for the Penn State junior signal-caller in a dominating 39-0 win vs. Illinois in which he hit 21-of-29 attempts for 266 yards with two touchdowns. He even caught a 14-yard TD pass. It’s all clicking for Hackenberg in 2015, his third season in State College. And, it’s shaping up as his best season yet
It’s Halloween, and that fact was very evident if one watched any college football Saturday. [ MORE: Catch up on all of the Week 9 Big Ten football action ] Pretty much anywhere you looked, the signs were visible. Camera men? Check! Fans? Check! Mascots? Check! Big Ten players, post-game? Check! As mentioned above, the costumes were all over. See some of our favorite Big Ten Halloween costumes below: The mascots, of course, got in on the fun:
There’s a pretty good chance no one feels worse about Nebraska’s 3-6 start than Jack Gangwish. [ MORE: Catch up on all of the Week 9 Big Ten football action ] The son of a Nebraska letterwinner, also a team captain and a former walk-on defensive end, Gangwish is well aware of what it means to wear Nebraska’s iconic scarlet and cream. Remember his reaction to receiving his Blackshirt? Watch it here. So, following Nebraska’s disappointing 55-45 loss Saturday afternoon at Purdue, it wasn’t a huge surprise to see that it was Gangwish who went into the stands to thank
Think the Iowa offense is all about C.J. Beathard, a strong offensive line, and a long list of running backs? [ MORE: Watch Saquon Barkley explode on hurdle | Watch Tanner McEvoy INT ] That’s not the case. The Hawkeyes have playmakers in the receiving game, too, and tight end George Kittle is the latest example. Kittle made a diving one-handed grab of a Beathard pass late in the first quarter vs. Maryland that was as pretty as any one-handed catch college football fans will see today. Watch the highlight catch in the video above. *** Watch our Week 9
Big Ten fans were treated to five football games today, highlighted by Michigan’s 29-26 win over Minnesota. Catch up on all of today’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. For in-game and postgame video highlights, check us out on YouTube and on Facebook and on Twitter (use the links below for school Twitter accounts): Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan football highlights Michigan State football highlights Minnesota football highlights Nebraska football highlights Northwestern football highlights Ohio State football highlights Penn State football highlights Purdue football highlights Rutgers football highlights Wisconsin football highlights ***