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Photos: Big Ten fans, mascots, players celebrate Halloween

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:

Watch Jack Gangwish thank fans after loss at Purdue

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

Watch Iowa TE George Kittle make one-handed diving catch

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

Catch up on Week 9 Big Ten football games

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 ***

Minnesota to wear all-anthracite alternate vs. Michigan

We’ve seen Purdue rock an all-anthracite Nike alternate uniform, and now we’ll see Minnesota, another Nike school, do the same. [ MORE: See a photo gallery of the new alternate uniform ] The Gophers will debut the new uniform combination in Tracy Claeys’ debut as interim coach vs. Michigan at 7 p.m. ET Saturday night. Minnesota’s school colors are maroon and gold, of course, but, as the tweet reads, the players (and recruits) love these kind of designs. The people who subscribe to old-school ideals probably won’t like this design, especially not in a game where the Little Brown Jug

Watch Saquon Barkley's ridiculous hurdle on Penn State TD run

Saquon Barkley is as exciting as any college football player with the ball in his hands. [ MORE: Get all Week 9 Big Ten football scores and stats ] The Penn State true freshman running back drops Big Ten fans’ jaws on a weekly basis. In Saturday afternoon’s 39-0 win vs. Illinois, Barkley ripped off a 7-yard scoring run, highlighted by a ground-covering hurdle, that will put him on all of the national highlight shows. Barkley took the direct snap inside Illinois’ 10-yard line, ran to his right, bounced it further outside, and left his feet from the 4-yard line

#BTNStandout: Tanner McEvoy's INT off Joe Schobert's helmet

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, they say, and college football fans witnessed a quick example of it in the Rutgers-Wisconsin game on Saturday. [ MORE: Get all Week 9 Big Ten football scores and stats ] The Badgers recorded a highlight-reel interception that deflected off the back of star linebacker Joe Schobert’s helmet and into safety Tanner McEvoy’s hands. To be fair, the interception wasn’t all luck. Schobert was in the right place and provided great coverage, and McEvoy had to make a tough catch, near the sideline and all. Watch the interception in the video above

Watch our pregame feature on Iowa Kid Captain Lincoln Ortman

Since 2009, 13 of the toughest patients at the Iowa Children's Hospital have participated in Iowa's Kid Captain program. Each young fan is treated to a unique Iowa football experience, and this year, Lincoln Ortman, 5, was first in line.

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett cited for OVI, suspended one game

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has been suspended for one game after being cited with a misdemeanor offense of operating a vehicle under the influence. A statement from the school says Barrett was stopped at a Columbus police check point early Saturday morning.

Former Michigan State RB Eric Allen, 66, passes away

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Former Michigan State All-American and Big Ten MVP Eric Allen, who set then-NCAA single-game records for rushing yards (350) and all-purpose yards (397) against Purdue in 1971, died Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Tidelands Hospice in Georgetown, South Carolina. He was 66. A three-year letterman (1969-71) and two-time team MVP (1970-71) for legendary head coach Duffy Daugherty, Allen accounted for 4,446 career all-purpose yards and 30 touchdowns. He led the Spartans in rushing and all-purpose yards as both a junior and senior. The 5-foot-9, 161-pound Allen made significant contributions as a sophomore in 1969, finishing second on