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Nebraska Shuts Down Michigan State

Nebraska's Joseph Carter

Michigan State at Nebraska - Football Highlights

(AP) Rex Burkhead scored three touchdowns and ran for 130 yards on 35 carries, and No. 13 Nebraska defeated ninth-ranked Michigan State 24-3 Saturday to take control of the Big Ten Legends Division. Burkhead, who went over 100 yards for the fifth time in six games, scored at the end of 80- and 89-yard drives in the third quarter to put Nebraska up 24-3. Taylor Martinez completed 6 of 7 passes for 80 yards in the third quarter after going 1 for 6 in the first half. Michigan State (6-2, 3-1), coming off the incredible finish to its win over Wisconsin last week, managed just 187 yards against Nebraska’s improving defense. Kirk Cousins was 11 of 27 for 86 yards, with an interception that set up the Huskers’ first score. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Northwestern Torches Indiana, 59-38

Northwestern's Drake Dunsmore

Northwestern at Indiana - Football Highlights

(AP) Dan Persa and Kain Colter combined to throw five touchdown passes Saturday, and Drake Dunsmore hauled in a school-record four TDs to lead Northwestern past Indiana 59-38. It was a record-setting day for the Wildcats (3-5, 1-4 Big Ten), who scored nine times before finally punting in the fourth quarter. Dunsmore also became Northwestern’s all-time leader in yards receiving by a tight end, and the five TD passes tied the school’s single-game team record. Northwestern finished with 616 total yards, just short of another school record (647). Indiana (1-8, 0-5) lost its sixth straight and has now given up 40 or more points in four straight games for the first time since 2005. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Michigan Runs All Over Purdue

Michigan's Fitzgerald Toussaint

Purdue at Michigan - Football Highlights

(AP) Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for a career-high 170 yards and tied a career high with two touchdowns, leading No. 17 Michigan to a 36-14 win over Purdue on Saturday. The Wolverines (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) gave up a TD on the opening drive of the game, then scored 36 straight points to bounce back from their first loss of the season, two weeks ago at Michigan State. The Boilermakers (4-4, 2-2) haven’t won or lost consecutive games this year. Toussaint had 155 yards rushing through three quarters, helping Michigan find a rusher to take some of the load from quarterback Denard Robinson. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Rare Snowy Day in Happy Valley

There’s Big Ten weather at a Big Ten stadium today, a rarity for the month of October. It’s snowing in State College, Pa., where surprising Penn State hosts suddenly struggling Illinois at 3:30 ET.

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Live Chat Wrapup: Tom Dienhart, Oct. 29

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart held is inaugural Big Ten football chat with fans this morning. Did you miss it? We took questions for an hour and Dienhart answered as we all got ready for football to kick off on Week 9 of the Big Ten season. Look back at the conversation we had and come back next Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET for the next football chat with Dienhart. Just come to BTN.com’s homepage and find the link every Saturday.

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Football Report Interviews

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Montee Ball Interview

In case you missed Friday’s Football Report, Mike Hall, Tony Banks and Rosevelt Colvin previewed this weekend’s upcoming games.  BTN LiveBIG host Dhani Jones joined them to look at the matchup between the Spartans’ defense and the Cornhuskers’ offense.  The guest list was also extensive – including an interview with Wisconsin’s Montee Ball and segments with Michigan state defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and Nebraska radio football color commentator Matt Davison.

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Q&A with senior writer Tom Dienhart

We sat down with Big Ten Network’s newly hired senior writer Tom Dienhart for a Q&A session. Dienhart is covering both football and men’s basketball, and will also contribute to the network’s on-air and social media platforms. Fans can follow him on Twitter at @BTNTomDienhart

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