Two Saturdays ago, Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill was taken off the field on a stretcher to “Jerry! Jerry!” chants. Kill returned to the field in Week 3, one week after suffering a seizure on the sideline, and recorded his first victory as Minnesota coach. When Kill entered the locker room following the team’s 29-23 victory, he once again heard the “Jerry! Jerry!” chants. This time, it was from his proud players. Watch the video of the scene from GopherSports‘ YouTube page inside.
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The Big Ten has treated college football fans to a dynamic fourth-quarter comeback each of the past two weeks. Two weeks ago, it was Denard Robinson and Michigan coming back against Notre Dame. This past week, it was James Vandenberg and Iowa rallying past Pittsburgh for the greatest comeback in school history. At 7:30 ET Monday on the “Big Ten Pulse,” Rick Pizzo, Tim Doyle and Derek Rackley will discuss the latest comeback, talk about the rough Week 3 for a trio of Big Ten teams and interview Illinois’ Jonathan Brown. Watch now as Doyle previews Monday’s show.
On Monday morning, the Big Ten Conference announced its players of the week for Week 3. The honorees include four first-time winners, highlighted by Iowa’s James Vandenberg, the Offensive Player of the Week. Vandenberg threw for 162 of his 399 passing yards and for all three of his touchdown passes in a remarkable fourth quarter to help Iowa tally its largest comeback in school history. The junior quarterback also added a rushing score, for good measure, as the Hawkeyes rallied from a 21-point deficit against Pittsburgh.
One more Saturday of nonconference football action, and it will be time for Big Ten play to kick off. With that in mind, the Big Ten Conference office has released the kickoff times and TV stations for the opening week of conference play, Oct. 1, including Nebraska’s Big Ten debut at Wisconsin. Click inside to see the time and TV station for your favorite Big Ten team.
Each Monday on Big Ten Breakdown at 7 p.m. ET, our Howard Griffith and Chris Martin select their stars from the past weekend of football. Martin’s choice is named “On the Corner” while Griffith chooses one “Howard’s Hero.” Now it’s time for you to nominate your own Big Ten player of the week, and be sure to back up your nomination with Big Ten stats. Tonight we break down the amazing comeback for Iowa, examine Nebraska’s offense, and talk to Duane Bennett.
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The latest AP and Coaches’ polls were released Sunday, and there are four Big Ten teams ranked in each poll. Wisconsin (3-0) is the highest Big Ten team in both polls, at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. Nebraska (No. 9), Michigan (No. 22) and Illinois (No. 24) join the Badgers in the AP Poll, which dropped Michigan State and Ohio State out of the poll, while Nebraska (No. 9), Michigan (No. 21) and Michigan State (No. 23) round out the Coaches’ Poll, which also dropped Ohio State.