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.
It’s no secret that Minnesota wide receivers have struggled in 2013. Well, there was no struggling on Derrick Engel‘s part – at least not on a fourth-and-10 in the second quarter Saturday. Engel hauled in a highlight-reel 33-yard scoring strike form Philip Nelson to give the Gophers a 14-10 lead over Nebraska. Watch the fourth-down grab in this post.
As former Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi said following the Hawkeyes’ 2010 Orange Bowl victory: “If you don’t love it, leave it. USA, No. 1.” One Iowa fan at Saturday’s game vs. Northwestern agrees 100 percent.
Trick shot videos are great. Even the ones involving long snappers and other special teamers. Northwestern recently posted a video to its YouTube page entitled, “The Specialists.” Basically, it follows around the team’s special teams players, including star kicker Jeff Budzien.
No doubt, Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon and Devin Gardner work well together. They’re best friends, they’re a lethal quarterback-receiver tandem, and they’re not afraid to belt out a few tunes. Gallon, the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, and Gardner showed off their pipes on #BTNLive Tuesday night. Watch the full interview above and see the singing clip in this post.
Jerry Kill wasn’t expected to be at the Minnesota-Northwestern game Saturday. The head coach was on a leave of absence to get his epilepsy under control, after all. But there was Kill in the Minnesota coaches box at Ryan Field. Kill’s wife, Rebecca, drove him to the game, because he couldn’t stand not being there with his team after missing the Michigan game.
Earlier this year, we saw first-year Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen tell walk-on Nick Hill that he was now on scholarship (watch). Well, another first-year coach has broken the great news to another committed walk-on. This time, it was new Northwestern basketball coach Chris Collins surprising senior walk-on James Montgomery III. Watch the video in this post.
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Nebraska football fans rival just about any fan base when it comes to passion and dedication. Plain and simple, Huskers love their football team, and they are never shy about showing it. Here’s a terrific example. There’s also this fantastic groom’s cake.
What was your favorite play from Week 8 Big Ten action? Was it Carlos Hyde’s video-game-like touchdown run in Ohio State’s comeback win over Iowa? Or maybe Kofi Hughes’ ridiculous catch and touchdown run in Indiana’s wild loss at Michigan? Whatever it was, see if it made our Week 8 top 10 plays. Watch the video in this post.
You don’t get to be known as “The Best Damn Band in the Land” without putting together some unforgettable halftime performances. Well, the Ohio State band lived up to its nickname, and then some, Saturday afternoon. Quite simply, the band’s “Michael Jackson Tribute” was nothing short of fantastic.
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Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Gallon had a career day in Saturday’s wild 63-47 victory vs. Indiana. Devin Gardner’s favorite target went for a Big Ten-record 369 receiving yards and hauled in a pair of scoring strikes. The 369 yards were just 93 short of Gallon’s season total (462) entering the game. Watch a few of Gallon’s highlights in this post.
BTN showed a great pregame moment between the Mallory family during the Indiana-Michigan game Saturday afternoon. Bill Mallory, the patriarch of the family and the former longtime Indiana coach (1984-1996), turned some heads with his blanket of choice at a wet Michigan Stadium. Yep, that’s a Michigan blanket!
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Here’s a guarantee: Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer will never forget career catch No. 100. Not only did the reception give him a lofty milestone, he turned it into a 59-yard touchdown to give the Hoosiers the early lead at the Big House. Watch the milestone catch in this post.
It’s been an offensive struggle in the Purdue-Michigan State game, but we got our first offensive score of the day in the fourth quarter. Fitting for a game like this, it came on a trick play. Watch receiver Tony Lippett, a former quarterback, take the pitch and hit tight end Andrew Gleicher for the touchdown in this post.
At halftime of the Purdue-Michigan State on Saturday afternoon, the Boilermakers’ marching band put on a performance that caught our attention. Motorcycle enthusiasts will find it interesting, too. Yes, the band formed a motorcycle, and it even included “exhaust” for when it moved across the field. It was really cool, and you can watch it below.
Michigan State’s defense just keeps making big plays. Early in the second quarter vs. Purdue, Max Bullough hit Purdue QB Danny Etling and forced a fumble, which Denicos Allen returned to the house for the game’s first score. The play marked Michigan State’s fifth defensive touchdown of the season. Watch the play here.
NFL scouts already like Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman. They’ll love him even more following his interception and nice return during Minnesota’s game at Northwestern. Watch the momentum-shifting play this post.
Craving something sweet? Whether you’re an Ohio State football fan or not, there’s plenty of sugar in the school’s latest annual Ohio Stadium cake. Like, 350 pounds of goodness, that is. The cake, which serves 1,000 people and was made with 90 mixes and 22 dozen eggs, can be found on the south lawn of St. John Arena prior to Saturday afternoon’s game vs. Iowa.
Hundreds of former athletes have appeared on the Big Ten Network since it was launched back in August, 2007. But former Illinois defensive back Mike Hopkins was the first interviewee to answer questions from Space.
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By now, Big Ten football fans know all about John Urschel’s affinity for math. After all, the Penn State senior guard earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics in three years, a master’s in math the next year and now is working on his second master’s (math education). But did you know he used to love Barney, too? Yes, THAT Barney.
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Who wouldn’t want tickets to the annual season-ending Michigan-Ohio State game? It’s one of sports greatest rivalries, and it’s hardly a cheap ticket. So, one can only imagine the reaction a die-hard Michigan fan had when his son recently surprised him with tickets to this season’s game. Watch the reaction in this post.
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Week 7 featured more than its share of impressive highlights. From Melvin Gordon’s long TD run to Frank Clark’s scoop and score to Allen Robinson’s late clutch catch, there was something for everyone. Watch our top 10 plays of Week 7 in this post.
To the surprise of no one, there was quite the celebration in the Penn State locker room following Saturday night’s quadruple-overtime victory over previously undefeated Michigan. Watch the Nittany Lions celebrate in the locker room and hear Bill O’Brien’s speech to his team in this post.
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If you enjoyed that Allen Robinson catch late in Saturday night’s game vs. Michigan, you’ll want to check out this post. We have a terrific photo of the catch, courtesy USA TODAY Sports, and the video of the ridiculous leaping catch that helped set up Penn State’s game-tying score and send the game to overtime.
It took Penn State four overtimes but the Nittany Lions rebounded from a tough loss last week to upset visiting Michigan with a touchdown. Watch the play in this post. Look at the crowd go wild!