Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions to each conference game. Get Dienhart’s immediate thoughts from Indiana, Ohio State and Penn State’s wins in this post. Want a teaser? Following its loss at Indiana, Dienhart wonders where Iowa goes from here?
Cameron Coffman threw for 315 yards on 21 of 33 passing and three touchdowns to lead Indiana on Saturday to a 24-21 win over Big Ten foe Iowa. Cody Latimer, who had 113 yards on seven receptions for Indiana (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten), caught all three of Coffman’s touchdown passes. James Vandenberg was 21 of 34 for 249 yards passing and a touchdown for Iowa (4-5, 2-3).
At one point Indiana trailed by 14 points, but the Hoosiers have come back to take a 17-14 lead at the end of the third quarter. With 10:06 to go in the second quarter Indiana looked to be in trouble, but it has stormed back to take the lead. Iowa has given up 17 straight points.
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Indiana football legend and current BTN analyst Antwaan Randle El was inducted into the Indiana Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night. On Saturday, Randle El was introduced to the Memorial Stadium crowd at halftime of Indiana’s win over Iowa. The former quarterback received a thunderous ovation, and for good reason. Randle El, a 2001 first-team All-America, was the first in NCAA history to score 40 rush touchdowns and 40 pass touchdowns and the first to amass 6,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards. Watch our interview with Randle El now.
In the second quarter, Cody Latimer fought back for Indiana. He caught four passes for 68 yards and one touchdown, and the Hoosiers have closed the gap to 14-10. Indiana has scored 10 straight points. The Hoosiers finished off an 87-yard drive when Cameron Coffman and Latimer combined for a 15-yard touchdown to make the score 14-10.
Iowa aired it out to the tune of 84 passing yards in the quarter, and the Hawkeyes lead 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. Iowa took the game’s first lead after James Vandenberg found Kevonte Martin-Manley open for a 24-yard touchdown pass on the last play of a six-play, 71-yard drive.
November is upon us. It used to be the month when championships were decided. How very 2010. Now, it’s the month when spots in the Championship Game are decided. All in the name of progress…
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Coaches always say: You play the games to remember in November. Well, my calendar says “November.” While this Saturday may lack some pizzazz on the surface, there still are several contests that will go a long way toward shaping the Legends and Leaders division races.
Indiana’s Stephen Houston proclaimed it in his BTN interview following the Hoosiers’ win at Illinois last week. On the field, Houston proclaimed the Hoosiers are a threat in the Leaders Division. At 1-3 in the Big Ten, Indiana controls its destiny in a division paced by a pair of ineligible teams.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners.
The Big Ten slate isn’t loaded with many great games this Saturday, but questions still loom for each team. Chief among them are if Indiana can keep its momentum rolling? Is Denard still Denard? Will the Nebraska defense continue its solid run? Check out those and the other nine pressing questions for Big Ten teams this week.
There is a dearth of marquee matchups, but it is Little Brown Jug week. That may not mean much to you, but it does to Minnesota and Michigan. It’s an iconic college football trophy that the schools first played for in 1903. But it has been a lopsided rivalry, with the Golden Gophers winning just twice (1986 and 2005) in the last 30 seasons.