Coaches will go to extreme measures to pump up their players. We saw a perfect example of it prior to Saturday afternoon’s Penn State-Purdue football game. There, on the sideline of Ross-Ade Stadium, Penn State strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald took off his shirt and did a belly flop, of sorts, to get his players excited. It seemed to work, as Penn State cruised 34-9. Watch Fitzgerald in action now.
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? Indiana 24, Iowa 21 1. Indiana showed some heart in rallying for victory over Iowa today at home, which sets up a big visit from Wisconsin next week. Beat the Badgers, and Indiana will control its destiny in earning the Leaders Division spot in the Big Ten title game.
Matt McGloin passed for 321 yards and two touchdowns to help Penn State defeat Purdue 34-9 on Saturday. Brandon Moseby-Felder had six catches for 129 yards, Zach Zwinak ran for 134 yards and Michael Zordich ran for two touchdowns for the Nittany Lions (6-3, 4-1 Big Ten), who bounced back from a loss to Ohio State. Caleb TerBush passed for 155 yards and a touchdown and Antavian Edison had nine catches for 93 yards and a score for the Boilermakers (3-6, 0-5), who have lost five straight and now will need to win out to become bowl eligible. The pressure
Penn State put up 14 points in the third, and the Nittany Lions now lead 34-3. Penn State threw for 93 yards and ran for 61 yards in the quarter. The Nittany Lions opened up the lead, 27-3, after marching down the field for a seven-play, 80-yard drive that ended when Matt McGloin found Jesse James open for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Penn State added to its advantage when McGloin tossed a 41-yard touchdown to Brandon Moseby-Felder, the finishing touch on a six-play, 75-yard drive to give the Nittany Lions the lead, 34-3. Penn State’s Moseby-Felder hauled in two catches
Penn State put on a defensive clinic in the second, as Purdue finished with negative rushing yardage (-13 yards), and the Nittany Lions now lead 20-3. Penn State opened up the lead, 13-3, after marching down the field for an eight-play, 65-yard drive that ended when Sam Ficken made a 24-yard field goal. The Nittany Lions used Matt McGloin’s 35-yard pass to Jesse James to fuel the drive. Penn State expanded its lead to 20-3 thanks to a five-play, 55-yard drive that ended when Michael Zordich ran five yards to paydirt. The Nittany Lions will have possession to start the
Penn State’s secondary stifled the passing game, allowing just 31 yards through the air to Purdue in the first quarter and the Nittany Lions lead 10-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Boilermakers took the game’s first lead after Sam McCartney made a 20-yard field goal on the last play of a seven-play, 49-yard drive. Purdue’s drive was keyed by Akeem Shavers’ 37-yard run. The Boilermakers had to settle for a field goal after failing to reach the endzone from Penn State’s three-yard line. The Nittany Lions got even after Sam Ficken kicked a 27-yard field goal to
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… In an odd scheduling quirk, there is just one game in the early window on Saturday – as Minnesota and Michigan battle for the Little Brown Jug in a game you can see on BTN/BTN2Go. Obviously, much of the focus will be on the health of Michigan’s Denard Robinson, after he left the Nebraska game Saturday with an elbow injury. Without him, the Wolverines offense
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. Let the games begin! [RELATED: Week 10 predictions | Week 10 Questions | Week 10 Mailbag ] 1. Nebraska at Michigan State | Full scoreboard & TV info Why you should watch: With consecutive wins over Northwestern and Michigan, the Cornhuskers are in control of the Legends Division in the program’s quest for its first
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 nine weeks, it’s Dienhart on top, one game ahead of BTN.com fans and three ahead of Yarina. See our Week 10 predictions and choose your winners in this post. [RELATED: Week 10 Power Rankings | Week 10 Player Rankings | Week 10 Bowl Projections] SEASON RECORDS Tom: 54-20; .730 BTN.com fans: 54-20; .730 Brent: 51-23; .690 Michigan (5-3, 3-1) at Minnesota (5-3, 1-3)
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. [RELATED: Week 10 Power Rankings | Week 10 Player Rankings | Week 10 Bowl Projections] Illinois Will the Illini keep it close at Ohio State? The Illini are arguably the worst team in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes arguably are the best. Illinois