How close was Purdue to possibly dropping its season opener to Northern Kentucky on Friday? Answer: Really close. The Boilermakers denied Northern Kentucky on three potential game-winning buckets in the final seconds to hold on for the 77-76 win. Strong defense, indeed. But, make no mistake, it was closer than any Purdue fans had envisioned. Watch the wild finish in this post.
Rocker Tommy Lee wound up spinning at the Nebraska Cornhuskers season opener tonight at the new Pinnacle Bank Arena. You may recall the Motley Crue drummer “attended” Nebraska way back in 2004 for an NBC-TV reality show. His performance Friday night was part of the opening of the Huskers new arena.
So, Michigan State’s Branden Dawson had a powerful pair of back-to-back plays in Friday night’s season-opening 98-56 rout of McNeese State. First he dunked with one hand, then he dunked it with two hands. Watch the dunks in this post.
Here’s something awesome: Nebraska had Ron Kellogg III go undercover on campus to ask fans about last week’s thrilling game, his Hail Mary, the team’s quarterback situation and this week’s game at Michigan. To no surprise, the video didn’t disappoint. It was hilarious, actually. Watch it in this post. Nice week, Nebraska!
Monday night, #BTNLive welcomed Ron Kellogg III to the show to discuss his game-winning Hail Mary pass Saturday. Tuesday night, we invited Jordan Westerkamp to the show to talk about his catch. Westerkamp wasn’t alone, though, as we had former Nebraska receiver and current radio analyst Matt Davison join him. Davison, of course, caught the 1997 game-winning deflected pass at Missouri.
Last week, the Wisconsin football team posted a YouTube video that showed most of Madison, Wis., doing Melvin Gordon and James White’s touchdown dance. It was fantastic, and you can watch it again in this post.
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Michigan State played above the rim for much of its 83-45 exhibition victory over Indiana (PA) on Monday at the Breslin Center. And that’s a good thing, because it’s exactly what one expects to see from the No. 2 team vs. a far inferior preseason foe. Check out all of Michigan State’s top dunks, including a trio from Adreian Payne, in this post.
It’s not often that the No. 1 highlight on a top 10 plays list is as unanimous and obvious as it was in Week 10. No play, though, was even in the same ballpark as Nebraska’s memorable and unbelievable last-second Hail Mary to stun Northwestern. That play took the top spot in our latest countdown, but check out our other top Big Ten highlights in this post.
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Attention, Ohio State opponents: Make sure to account for Sam Thompson on each and every inbound pass under the Ohio State basket. We’ve said it so many times during Thompson’s career, but the high-flying junior soared for another one of his trademark inbound alley-oops in Sunday’s exhibition game vs. Walsh. And, just like the handful or so before it, this one was pretty.
Yes, Nebraska fans, Saturday night’s last-second Hail Mary was real. There’s no need to check your eyes, that was third-string quarterback Ron Kellogg III throwing a 57-yard bomb to redshirt freshman Jordan Westerkamp, he of zero career touchdowns. Just as Bo Pelini and Tim Beck drew it up, right? Relive all the reaction to the memorable finish in this post.
Michigan fans, look away. Michigan State fans, grab some popcorn and enjoy. Following Saturday’s dominant 29-6 win over rival Michigan – Michigan State’s largest margin of victory in the series since 1967 – the Spartans celebrated and danced with the Paul Bunyan Trophy in the locker room. And, of course, it was captured on camera. Check out the video in this post.
Nebraska third-string quarterback Ron Kellogg III orchestrated arguably the most ridiculous finish of the 2013 college football season Saturday. Down 24-21, and on his final attempt to rally the Huskers, Kellogg III unleashed a deep Hail Mary that was deflected by a Northwestern defender and fell right into Jordan Westerkamp‘s arms for a 49-yard game-winner.
Other than Michigan-Ohio State, there may not be a better Big Ten rivalry than Michigan-Michigan State. The two teams don’t like each other at all, and the hatred is in full force as the Spartans and Wolverines are battling for the Legends Division crown. Prior to the game, Brady Hoke and Mark Dantonio exchanged pleasantries, and we asked for your captions for the photo.
It took less than a minute for No. 4 Ohio State to get on the scoreboard Saturday at Purdue, and it hasn’t slowed down since. To start things off, Doran Grant picked off Danny Etling and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown just 57 seconds into the game. It’s been a highlight show ever since, including a pair of unconventional touchdown passes, one from Braxton Miller and another from Kenny Guiton.
Remember when the Miami Heat came out with their own edition of the ‘Harlem Shake” and it spread like wildfire across the internet. Or what about when Ohio State’s band formed a walking T-REX and performed a Michael Jackson moonwalk tribute? Well, Indiana’s football just outdid them all.
Happy Halloween, Big Ten fans! We recently asked for your Big Ten-themed pumpkins, and here’s what we got. Nice work, guys!
Fitz Toussaint drew plenty of attention for his “little brother” jab at Michigan State following Tuesday’s practice. Toussaint said, “We labeled them as a little brother,” and that the rivalry is “personal.” Read more on Toussaint’s comments. On Wednesday night’s #BTNLive, Dave Revsine mentioned Toussaint’s words to Mark Dantonio and asked if he took the rivalry personal. Watch the full interview above and his classic response below.
Derrick Walton Jr. showed why he was such a heralded recruit in the Michigan’s exhibition opener Tuesday at Crisler Center. In the span of 37 seconds, the true freshman scored seven points on three consecutive buckets, setting one up with a nifty steal and finish. After his final bucket, Walton grabbed a rebound, dribbled up the court and found Jordan Morgan for a wide open dunk. Watch the full sequence in this post.
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Tom Crean and Indiana opened their 2013 exhibition season vs. Southern Indiana on Saturday night at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers struggled to pull away until the end, but still came away with an 83-68 win over the Division II opponent. Watch Troy Williams’ impressive dunk now and get all the game’s top highlights in this post.
A week ago, the Ohio State band formed a moonwalking Michael Jackson. Watch it here. On Saturday night, it went with a dinosaur on the run, all part of its “Hollywood Blockbuster Show.” To no surprise, it was yet another cool sight.
Ohio State is wearing pink accessories for Saturday night’s game vs. Penn State. The Buckeyes have pink socks, gloves, armbands, mouthpieces and eye stickers. It’s all about promoting breast cancer awareness. The pink didn’t stop there, though. Prior to kickoff, pink fireworks were set off from Ohio Stadium.
It’s a pass Bennie Fowler never should have gotten his hands on. But, thanks to some serious concentration, the Michigan State receiver was able to haul in a touchdown pass that tipped off a pair of Illini in Saturday’s blowout win at Illinois. Watch Fowler’s touchdown catch in this post.
It came in a losing effort, yes, but Ameer Abdullah‘s hurdling run was a highlight regardless of the outcome Saturday afternoon. Watch Abdullah hurdle a Gopher on his way to a nifty 22-yard scamper in Nebraska’s 34-23 loss at Minnesota. Abdullah finished the day with a game-high 165 yards rushing.
With it being the last Saturday before Halloween, Goldy the Gopher made sure to bring a festive spirit to TCF Bank Stadium for Saturday’s game vs. Nebraska. Watch a video of Goldy dancing around in one of his costumes, and check out all of his different costumes in this post.