Michigan-Ohio State is one of the fiercest rivalries in all of sports, so it’s not uncommon for tempers to flare a little bit when the two teams meet. That’s just what happened early in the second quarter following a short Ohio State kickoff return. The two sides mixed it up after returner Dontre Wilson was brought down near the 15-yard line, and, in the end, three players were ejected.
Saturday was Braxton Miller’s 21st birthday. To no surprise, Ohio State football fans wanted to send their star quarterback birthday wishes. The number of messages inevitably increased following Miller’s memorable performance in Ohio State’s narrow 42-41 win at Michigan. See what Miller’s phone looked like after the game.
Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford is as hot as any Big Ten back, and he continued his torrid play on the Spartans’ opening drive Saturday vs. Minnesota. The junior running back ripped off a 15-yard scoring run to put Michigan State up 7-0. At the end of the run, after crossing the pilon, Langford’s momentum caused him to run into and over a Minnesota cheerleader. Watch the run and the collision in this post.
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Looking for Week 14 highlights, stats and game stories? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Catch up on all the day’s best highlights and check out all the stats and game recaps from an action-packed Week 14 in this post.
Big Ten hockey is here! The puck officially dropped Friday night, as bitter rivals Michigan and Ohio State opened the inaugural Big Ten hockey season. And what a thrilling first game it was. The third-ranked Wolverines outlasted the Buckeyes, 4-3, in overtime at Yost Ice Arena. Read full MGoBlue.com recap.
Michigan State guard Keith Appling threw down a dunk that will be talked about for days to come in East Lansing. The senior point guard split a pair of defenders and exploded for a thunderous one-handed posterizing dunk that brought the Breslin Center crowd to their feet on Friday afternoon.
By now, you’ve probably seen one of the many “Dramatic Gopher” YouTube videos. Only a few seconds long, the brilliant set of videos has millions and millions of views. Its popularity should only increase after the Wisconsin-Minnesota game on Saturday. That’s because Minnesota used the little guy, twice, to taunt Wisconsin kicker Jack Russell.
Michigan State’s Isaiah Lewis was ejected for targeting on this hit on Kain Colter in the first quarter of the Spartans game at Northwestern. Lewis was called for the foul after hitting Colter, who was attempting to catch a pass. Colter, who also plays quarterback, was playing wide receiver.
Wisconsin junior Frank Kaminsky has seen his popularity grow at a rapid pace after the Badgers’ big man posted a school-record 43 points in a 103-85 victory over North Dakota Tuesday night at the Kohl Center.
Tuesday night was Frank Kaminsky Night. The Wisconsin junior erupted for a program single-game record 43 points in a 103-85 victory over North Dakota at the Kohl Center. Kaminsky was on fire all night, making 16-of-19 attempts (84 percent), including all six 3-point attempts.
When Ohio State senior Aaron Craft isn’t frustrating opponents or studying, there’s a good chance the polarizing Big Ten star is taking part in a Taco Night. On Tuesday night, Craft and his roommates hosted a Taco Tuesday, organized by the Office of Student Life, for 1,000 students in the Schottenstein Center.
The past week on the hardwood gave us several highlight-reel dunks. There was the usual suspect, Ohio State’s high-flyer Sam Thompson, but several newcomers showed off their ups, too. Guys like Indiana’s Troy Williams and Purdue’s Basil Smotherman. Enjoy our favorite dunks from the week that was in this post.
Michigan State had never beaten Nebraska entering Saturday afternoon’s game. So, as one can imagine, the locker room was a happy place after the Spartans carded a 41-28 victory and claimed a share of the Legends Division title. There was dancing – a lot of it. Defensive line coach Ron Burton led the way, and then several players took their turn.
Purdue’s Basil Smotherman threw down the kind of dunk that drops jaws in the second half of Sunday’s win over Rider. The freshman drove and exploded for a left-handed posterizing dunk that delighted the Mackey Arena faithful. Former Flyin’ Illini star Stephen Bardo, the color commentator for the game, liked what he saw, too, saying: “Putting Rider on a poster. They’re for the sale in the lobby coming up.”
Halloween may be in the rear-view mirror, but that doesn’t mean sports fans can’t dress up and enjoy themselves at a game. A couple Marquette fans, in fact, attended Saturday’s game vs. Ohio State dressed as Harry and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber. Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals found a great shot of the fans photobombing Aaron Craft.
It isn’t often that a field goal can be called wild, but that’s just what Michigan’s last-second kick was at the end of regulation Saturday. Trailing 9-6 and with the clock inching close to zero following a Jeremy Gallon reception, the Wolverines rushed their field goal unit onto the field and somehow managed to get the snap off. The kick, Brendan Gibbons nailed it to send the game to overtime.
Carlos Hyde had a day for the ages in Ohio State’s 60-35 victory Saturday at Illinois. The senior running back ran for 246 yards and scored five total touchdowns, both career highs. Hyde started his scoring frenzy with an 18-yard reception in the first quarter and went on to add four rushing scores, including a pair on back-to-back possessions late in the fourth quarter. Relive Hyde’s giant day in this post.
Tom Crean and Indiana honored referee Ed Hightower in the closing moments of the team’s convincing 105-59 win over Samford on Friday night. Hightower, the longtime and high-profile Big Ten ref, was officiating his final game at Assembly Hall. Watch Crean and the Hoosiers honor Hightower in this post.
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Two of the Big Ten’s top teams were in action Friday night, and there were plenty of highlights for both Indiana and Michigan State. Yogi Ferrell poured in a game-high 26 points and Noah Vonleh added another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Hoosiers cruised to a 105-59 victory over Samford. In the nightcap, Adreian Payne had 26 points and 11 rebounds as Michigan State edged out a 62-53 win over Columbia.
What can $1.99 get you in Kentucky? A brand new Kentucky basketball shirt. Problem is, the shirt will make you look silly. That’s because the “Pursuit of Perfection”shirts are no longer relevant following No. 1 Kentucky’s loss to No. 2 Michigan State on Tuesday night. See the shirt in this post.
There will be a new No. 1 next week, and assuming Michigan State can avoid an upset vs. Columbia on Friday night, it will be the Spartans atop the polls. But Michigan State didn’t want to hear about that following its thrilling 78-74 victory over No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday night at the United Center.
Ohio State played Tuesday night, and that means Sam Thompson put on another individual highlight reel. And, once again, this one featured yet another alley-oop on an inbound pass under Ohio State’s basket. He did it Nov. 3 vs. Walsh, and he did it a handful of times last season. One of these days, opponents will understand they have to keep the atheltic junior from running toward the hoop on inbound plays.
Down goes No. 1! No. 2 Michigan State dropped top-ranked Kentucky, 78-74, on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic at the United Center. The Spartans’ big win was just one of seven Big Ten games on the night. Get game recaps, stats and video highlights from all the games in this post.
Jerry Kill joined Monday night’s #BTNLive to talk about the white-hot Gophers, his dance moves and his view from the coaches box during the team’s four-game winning streak. Kill, who is focused on getting his epilepsy under control, said he plans to stay in the box for the rest of the season. Why not? The team is 4-1 under acting head coach Tracy Claeys. Watch our interview with Kill in this post.
Michigan State trailed Iowa, 2-0, in the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament finals, but the Spartans scored three unanswered goals to rally and claim the championship. And no goal was more impressive than Adelle Lever’s go-ahead and eventual game-winner. Watch Lever put the Spartans ahead in this post.