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Northwestern handles South Dakota, 38-7

Northwestern Wildcats running back Venric Mark (5) celebrates with teammate Brian Mulroe (right) after scoring a touchdown against the South Dakota Coyotes during the second quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

South Dakota at Northwestern - Football Highlights

Venric Mark ran for 117 yards and three touchdowns to lead Northwestern to an easy 38-7 victory over South Dakota on Saturday afternoon. This one figured to be a breather for the Wildcats (4-0), and that’s exactly what it was. They barely broke a sweat against a FCS opponent after tight victories over Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Boston College, building a 28-0 halftime lead with Mark going off for 97 yards and doing all his scoring.

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What bad knee? Rex Burkhead runs for long early TD

Rex Burkhead

Burkhead Breaks Out a 61-Yard TD Run

Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead returned for the first time Saturday since he hurt his left knee in the team’s season-opening win over Southern Miss. Wearing a bulky brace on the knee, Burkhead started and looked great in the early going. The senior ran for 79 yards on his first three carries, including a highlight-reel 61-yard scoring scamper. Watch the touchdown run now.

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Wisconsin loses Montee Ball, takes down UTEP

Melvin Gordon

UTEP at Wisconsin - Football Highlights

James White rushed for a pair of touchdowns Saturday, helping Wisconsin overcome the early loss of Montee Ball in a 37-26 victory over UTEP. Ball suffered a head injury on a 1-yard scoring run at the start of the second quarter, and was on the sidelines in street clothes for the second half. It was a tough day all around for the Heisman Trophy finalist, who had the first fumble of his career on Wisconsin’s opening drive.

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Ohio State drops pesky UAB, moves to 4-0

Christian Bryant

UAB at Ohio State - Football Highlights

Braxton Miller ran for two touchdowns and No. 16 Ohio State overcame a lethargic, mistake-filled effort to hold off UAB 29-15 on Saturday in the Buckeyes’ final tune-up before Big Ten play. UAB (0-3) more than held its own against the Buckeyes (4-0), who committed drive-killing penalties, had a punt blocked for a touchdown and had trouble scoring against a defense giving up 44 points and 477 yards a game.

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Big Ten Connect: Great fan photos from Twitter

@ScottRiek

Le'Veon Bell Hurdles Again

Earlier this fall we launched BTN Connect, a great place to go during Saturday football games to track the Twitter conversations surrounding your teams, vote in TV polls, and find out what names are trending. For instance, when Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell made the leap (see video in this post), his name took off on Twitter.

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