Football

Sparty Drills Indiana, Wins Legends Division

Michigan State's B.J. Cunningham

Indiana at Michigan State - Football Highlights

(AP) Kirk Cousins threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half as No. 12 Michigan State moved a step closer to the Big Ten championship game with a 55-3 rout of Indiana on Saturday. The Spartans entered the game with a one-game lead over both Nebraska and Michigan, who were playing at the same time in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines were leading in the fourth quarter, which would lock Michigan State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) into the conference’s first championship game because of its 28-14 win over Michigan on Oct. 15. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.

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NU Tops Minnesota, Becomes Bowl Eligible

Northwestern's Jeremy Ebert

Minnesota at Northwestern - Football Highlights

(AP) Dan Persa threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns, and Northwestern won its fourth straight, beating Minnesota 28-13 on Saturday. Venric Mark came through with two big kickoff returns as the Wildcats (6-5, 3-4 Big Ten) scored touchdowns on their first three possessions to build a 21-7 lead. That set the tone as Northwestern became eligible for its fourth straight bowl appearance. The Wildcats lost five in a row after winning their first two and appeared to be going nowhere, but they turned it around in a big way with lopsided wins over Indiana and Rice sandwiched around a tight stunner at Nebraska. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.

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McNutt, Iowa Hold off Purdue, 31-21

Iowa's Marvin McNutt

Iowa at Purdue - Football Highlights

(AP) James Vandenberg threw three touchdown passes, including two to Marvin McNutt, to help Iowa defeat Purdue 31-21 on Saturday for the Hawkeyes’ first road win of the season. Vandenberg passed for 273 yards, and McNutt caught nine passes for 151 yards. Marcus Coker rushed for 139 yards on 30 carries for the Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten), who had lost their three road games by a combined 14 points. The Hawkeyes outgained the Boilermakers 408 yards to 286 but struggled to put away scrappy Purdue. Antavian Edison caught nine passes for 97 yards and Ralph Bolden ran for 71 yards for Purdue on Senior Day. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Spartans Clinch Legends, Title Game Berth

Mark Dantonio & Kirk Cousins

Brian Peters Feature

One of the spots for the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game is filled. Michigan State claimed the Legends Division with its decisive victory over Indiana on senior day, and now it must wait to see who it will play in Indianapolis. In other Week 12 action, Penn State beat Ohio State, Michigan knocked off Nebraska, Wisconsin rallied past Illinois, Iowa topped Purdue and Northwestern dropped Minnesota. Catch up on all the action on on our Big Ten scoreboard and watch our Big Ten highlights.

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Watch our Brian Peters Feature on Saturday

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Little Jack

As Northwestern safety Brian Peters’ college football career comes to a  close, the senior shares his unlikely connection to seven-year-old Wildcat fan Jack Marshall, and the role Brian has played in helping Jack overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. The full video of this feature story will air on Saturday morning during our Big Ten Football Pregame show at 10:30 a.m. ET. But watch a snippet of it right here. Also, if you enjoy our BTN TV feature profiles, check out previous ones in our BTN features archive.

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Big Ten Icons: Woody Hayes, Friday at 11 p.m. ET

Woody Hayes

Big Ten Icons: Woody Hayes

The Woody Hayes episode of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, debuts at 11 p.m. ET Friday after the Ohio State-Jackson State basketball game. The series is hosted by Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Keith Jackson. The show includes new one-on-one interviews with Archie Griffin, Lou Holtz, Tim May, Jack Park, Jeff Logan, John Bacon, Dave Foley, Gary Moeller, Dave Adolph, Harold “Champ” Henson, Bill Myles, Jim Stillwagon and others.

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