Following Saturday afternoon’s loss to Northwestern, Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure in the coaches’ locker room at TCF Bank Stadium, the university announced in a press release. Kill was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance as a precaution. [AP: Kill has seizure after loss to Northwestern] Here’s the official release from Minnesota: “Kill was immediately attended to by team medical personnel before being transported to a local hospital by ambulance as a precaution. He is currently alert and resting comfortably. To respect Kill’s privacy during this time, the name of the hospital where he is receiving
Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions to all the Big Ten games. Get Dienhart’s thoughts from Northwestern’s win over Minnesota and Iowa’s double-overtime win at Michigan State in this post. Northwestern 21, Minnesota 13 1. Northwestern is bowl-eligible for the sixth season in a row, as Pat Fitzgerald continues to do a phenomenal job at his alma mater. Now, the 6-1 Wildcats aren’t just thinking about a bowl—they are thinking about winning the Legends Division and playing in the Big Ten title game. Up next: a visit from Nebraska.
Venric Mark rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns to carry Northwestern to a 21-13 victory over Minnesota on Saturday. Mark wasn’t touched on scoring runs of 26 and 48 yards and the Wildcats (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) overcame 11 penalties to become bowl eligible and spoil Minnesota’s homecoming celebration. MarQueis Gray rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown after missing the previous two games with knee and ankle injuries. But he also threw an interception and was injured again late in the third quarter for the Golden Gophers (4-2, 0-2). [RELATED: Jerry Kill suffers seizure following loss] The Gophers
Northwestern stuffed the run, giving up just four yards on the ground in the third quarter and the Wildcats now lead 21-13. Minnesota put the finishing touches on a 30-yard drive when Jordan Wettstein drilled a 38-yard field goal to make the score 21-13. Northwestern will start the fourth quarter with the ball on the Golden Gophers’ 42-yard line. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER ] EDITOR’S NOTE In partnership with Narrative Science, BTN.com posts recaps after every quarter of every Big Ten football game. Use the links above for more info on this
Thanks to a mean rushing attack, the margin is still 11, as Northwestern leads 21-10. The Wildcats rushed for 83 yards in the quarter. The Wildcats opened up the lead, 21-10, after Venric Mark pounded in a 48-yard touchdown run to end a two-play, 57-yard drive. Northwestern’s Mark hit 150 yards rushing for the game in the quarter, part of his 151-yard rushing performance thus far. Minnesota closed the gap to 14-10 when MarQueis Gray took a quarterback draw all the way for a 25-yard touchdown run to finish off a 71-yard drive. The Wildcats will start the second half
Minnesota running back Donnell Kirkwood is a powerful runner, and he showed it Saturday afternoon. In the second quarter of Minnesota’s home game against Northwestern, Kirkwood delivered such a blow to a defender that his helmet decal came flying off. It’s something you have to see to believe. Watch the rare equipment malfunction now. We’re providing live quarterly recaps of the Northwestern-Minnesota game on our Northwestern at Minnesota page.
Northwestern ran for 79 yards in the quarter, and the Wildcats lead 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. Northwestern got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a one-play, 26-yard drive that ended in a score when Venric Mark turned a handoff into a 26-yard touchdown. The Wildcats started in good field position when Northwestern recovered a fumble. Minnesota put a bow on a 76-yard drive when Jordan Wettstein kicked a 31-yard field goal to make the score 7-3. The Wildcats extended the lead, to 14-3, after Kain Colter kept it himself for a two-yard touchdown run to end
Having taking a long, hard look at each Saturday’s five Big Ten football games, I’m offering up my weekly rankings of the games here. Wisconsin at Purdue is a big one in a weird season for the Leaders Division while Iowa at Michigan State offers up two Legends Division teams looking to stabilize their seasons. I’ll be tracking all of the games and filing my usual Snap Reactions. Follow me on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart and drop me any questions at the bottom o this post. Be sure to also bookmark any of these links and get in-game updates on Saturday: Illinois
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. After six weeks, it’s BTN.com fans and Dienhart tied for the top spot, at 44-13, while Brent sits two games back. See our Week 7 predictions and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 44-13; .772 Tom: 44-13; .772 Brent: 42-15; .737 Iowa (3-2, 1-0) at Michigan State (4-2, 1-1) – noon ET, ESPN Tom’s pick: Michigan State, 21-20 – The
Week 7 is at our doorstep, but the questions keep coming. Here are my most vexing queries for each Big Ten team with Saturday just around the corner. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. [RELATED: Week 7 Power Rankings | Week 7 Player Rankings | Week 7 Bowl Projections] Illinois Can the defense get on track? In each of the last three games, the Fighting Illini defense has yielded at least 31 points. And the defense has allowed at least 400