Trailing 10-0 early in the second quarter, Northwestern got on the board when Venric Mark pounded in a two-yard touchdown run to put a bow on an 18-yard drive. The Wildcats started in good field position when Northwestern recovered a muffed punt.
Indiana has raced out to an early lead and are on top 17-0 at the end of the first. The Hoosiers held Michigan State to 22 total yards in the quarter. Indiana took the game’s first lead after Cameron Coffman threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Houston on the last play of a seven-play, 75-yard drive. The Hoosiers relied on a run play just one time on that drive.
Penn State held No. 22 Northwestern to 12 total yards during the first quarter and the Nittany Lions lead 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. Penn State scored when Sam Ficken made a 21-yard field goal to cap off a 12-play, 41-yard drive, giving the Nittany Lions the game’s first lead.
Attention Boilermakers! BTN Field Pass on BTN2Go is coming to Purdue on Saturday. Field Pass is when BTN turns on a BTN TV camera one hour before kickoff at a selected Big Ten football game, and it let’s you see the home team’s football stadium and all that goes on before the game starts live on the Internet. This week, log on and see Ross-Ade Stadium at 3 p.m. ET, one hour before the Boilermakers and Wolverines kick it off on BTN/BTN2Go .
Michigan is coming to Purdue to play a big football game (4 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go). Saturdays like this aren’t commonplace in West Lafayette, Ind. Big basketball games? They happen almost every winter in this hamlet tucked just off I-65 an hour north of Indianapolis and two hours south of Chicago. But big football games? They have been sparse in the last, oh, generation. So, pardon the natives if they aren’t accustomed to the fuss of a big football Saturday.
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There are plenty of storylines for this weekend’s batch of games, including a very intriguing game for Nebraska in Columbus. Does Ohio State stay perfect? Is this the weekend when Northwestern and Purdue win over a doubting sports press corps? What’s in store for Illinois when they kick off in Madison? I preview all five Big Ten games in this post.
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