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Courtney Osborne

Snap Reactions: Huskers are on a roll

As he does every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his immediate thoughts from the latest Big Ten games. See Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Nebraska’s impressive victory over Minnesota and Purdue’s narrow win at Illinois in this post. Nebraska 38, Minnesota 14 1. Nebraska has now won five games in a row since losing at Ohio State. More important: The Cornhuskers remain in control of the Legends Division and berth in the Big Ten title game. Taylor Martinez had another great effort, hitting 21-of-29 passes for 308 yards with two touchdowns. This team

Kawann Short

Purdue edges Illinois, moves closer to bowl game

Akeem Hunt turned a short pass into a 63-yard touchdown, and Purdue took another step toward a second consecutive bowl berth with a 20-17 victory at Illinois on Saturday. Hunt’s big play gave the Boilermakers (5-6, 2-5 Big Ten) a 13-3 lead in the third quarter. After Illinois pulled within 13-10 on a 16-yard touchdown run by Dami Ayoola, Ralph Bolden‘s 63-yard run set up Akeem Shavers‘ 6-yard TD scamper for a 20-10 Purdue lead. [RELATED: Tom Dienhart: Marve continues to amaze] With their first back-to-back Big Ten road wins since 2009, the Boilermakers stayed alive in its chase for

O.J. Ross

3rd quarter recap: Purdue 20, Illinois 10

The offense led Purdue to 14 third-quarter points, and the Boilermakers now lead 20-10. Purdue threw for 75 yards and ran for 97 yards in the quarter. The Boilermakers expanded their lead to 13-3 thanks to a one-play, 63-yard drive that ended when Robert Marve tossed a 63-yard touchdown to Akeem Hunt. Illinois made the score 13-10 after Dami Ayoola pounded in a 16-yard touchdown run to finish off a 69-yard drive. Purdue opened up the lead, 20-10, after Akeem Shavers ran six yards to paydirt to end a three-play, 78-yard drive. The key play on the Boilermakers’ drive was

Robert Marve

2nd quarter recap: Purdue 6, Illinois 3

Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase led the offense in the second quarter. He threw for 18 yards and ran for 33 yards, but the Fighting Illini now trail 6-3. Purdue’s Sam McCartney booted two field goals in the quarter. The Boilermakers struck first when McCartney drilled a 31-yard field goal, the final play of a 12-play, 78-yard drive. Illinois tied things up at three when a seven-play, 39-yard drive ended after Taylor Zalewski made a 54-yard field goal. Purdue broke the 3-3 standoff when McCartney kicked a 29-yard field goal to polish off an 11-play, 62-yard scoring drive. The Boilermakers will have

1st quarter recap: Purdue 0, Illinois 0

The teams combined for no points and two turnovers in an ugly first quarter and the game is tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. Illinois will start the second quarter with the ball on its own 32-yard line. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER | WATCH ON BTN2GO ] More on this game from BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart: Player on the spot: Purdue QB Robert Marve. The guy is remarkable, starting the last two games for an ineffective Caleb TerBush despite having a torn ACL. Marve led the Boilermakers to a 27-24 win

Purdue's Robert Marve

Dienhart: Battered Marve aims for bowl bid

You can’t help but notice the clunky brace on Robert Marve’s left knee. It wasn’t there way back in 2007, when Marve was one of the nation’s hottest shots, a can’t-miss prospect from Plant High School in Tampa, Fla. Name a school, any school, and Marve could have gone to it. Now, six years later, Marve is finishing out his college career in relative obscurity and far from the national spotlight. A Heisman contender? An All-American? A first-team All-Big Ten choice? Nope. Nope. Nope. There are a number of reasons why Marve’s career never fulfilled expectations. The biggest is because

Braxton Miller

Week 12 Previews: Will Buckeyes move to 11-0?

The focus this week is on Madison, where Ohio State will try to move to 11-0. Wisconsin has a spot in the Big Ten title game sewn up but would like to win a share of the league title. To have a shot, the Badgers must down the Buckeyes. Nebraska looks to remain in control Legends with a home win over Minnesota. Michigan will try to keep pace with the Huskers by beating Iowa. And Purdue (at Illinois), Michigan State (Northwestern), Indiana (at Penn State) and Iowa look to stay alive in the push for bowl eligibility. Check out my

Dave Revsine Headshot

Revsine: Check out these Week 12 Football Numbers

The Leaders representative in Indy has been decided. Now, over the next two weeks, Nebraska and Michigan will battle it out to see who represents the Legends. It’s been a different Wolverines team on offense the last two weeks – as the play of Devin Gardner has made them far more difficult to defend. While I’m certainly not suggesting that Denard Robinson shouldn’t play somewhere if he’s healthy, the numbers certainly suggest that Michigan has been better on offense with Gardner at QB. 10, 0: Michigan’s offense has tallied 10 touchdowns over its last two outings. The Wolverines had 0

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Week 12: We predict all six Big Ten games

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 11 weeks, it’s Dienhart and BTN.com fans tied for the top spot, four games ahead of Yarina. See our Week 12 predictions and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS Tom: 63-21; .750 BTN.com fans: 63-21; .750 Brent: 59-25; .702 [RELATED: Week 12 Power Rankings | Week 12 Player Rankings | Week 12 Bowl Projections] Indiana (4-6, 2-4) at Penn State (6-4, 4-2)

Curt Phillips

Dienhart: Week 12 Big Ten questions

Week 12 is upon us, and the questions persist for each school. Chief among them this week centers around Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips and his ability to pass the football against Ohio State. If Phillips can’t chuck it effectively, the Badgers may have a difficult time beating the Buckeyes. He certainly didn’t need to throw much last week at Indiana. But he likely will vs. Ohio State. Here are my key questions for each team this week. Illinois Will the offense find life? This seems like a terminal question for an attack that’s last in the Big Ten in scoring