As BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart has done throughout the season, he offered his immediate thoughts to Saturday’s season finales. Get Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Penn State’s emotional overtime win over Wisconsin and Michigan State’s victory at Minnesota in this post. Penn State 24, Wisconsin 21 OT 1. Wearing the No. 42 on their helmet in honor of injured linebacker Michael Mauti, the Nittany Lions punctuated a surprisingly successful eight-win season with a gutty overtime win over Wisconsin. The Nittany Lions used a balanced offense, passing for 200 yards and running for 163. Just think if Penn State had not
Every Saturday throughout the Big Ten football action, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his immediate thoughts from every Big Ten game. Read Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Purdue and Norhtwestern’s convincing wins over Indiana and Illinois, respectively. Purdue 56, Indiana 35 1. The Boilermakers showed guts and guile in winning their last three games to become bowl eligible for a second season in a row for the first time since 2006-07. And this one was close, being tied 35-35 late before Purdue scored three touchdowns in a four-and-a-half minute span to seal the victory and win the Old Oaken Bucket
Here are three things I observed during Nebraska’s big win at Iowa on Friday. 1. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win. And Nebraska will take it. The Cornhuskers are headed to the Big Ten title game as the Legends Division representative. Now, Nebraska will take aim on its first league title since winning the Big 12 in 1999. The Huskers will meet Wisconsin for the championship. Earlier this season, Nebraska rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Badgers, 30-27, on Sept. 29. 2. It was nice to see Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead back. He has been sidelined for
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
Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the action and offers his immediate thoughts from every game. Read Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern’s wins over Iowa, Indiana and Michigan State, respectively, in this post. Michigan 42, Iowa 17 1. Devin Gardner continues to excel since taking over at quarterback the last three games. Without a doubt, the Michigan offense is better with Gardner under center. Today, he hit 18-of-23 passes for 314 yards with three touchdowns and a pick. He also ran for 37 yards and three scores.
Every Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his thoughts on every Big Ten game. Get Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Nebraska’s comeback victory over Penn State and Minnesota’s bowl-clinching win at Illinois in this post. Nebraska 32, Penn State 23 1. That’s four wins in a row for Nebraska since giving up 63 points in a loss at Ohio State. The 32-23 win today allows the Huskers to maintain control of the Legends Division with games left vs. Minnesota and at Iowa. You have to like the chances of the Cornhuskers to win the division. 2. The Cornhuskers are hard
Every Saturday throughout the fall, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the Big Ten games and offers his immediate thoughts. Get Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Michigan and Purdue’s last-game heroics that led to exciting wins over Northwestern and Iowa, respectively, in this post. Michigan 38, Northwestern 31 (OT) 1. It wasn’t pretty, but Michigan remains in the Legends Division chase. The big takeaway for the Wolverines is the fact they showed they can deliver clutch plays in crunch time and can respond to adversity. At one point in the third quarter, Northwestern led, 24-14. But Michigan outscored Northwestern, 24-7,
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.
Every Saturday throughout the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the action and offers his Snap Reactions. See Dienhart’s immediate thoughts from Michigan’s 35-13 victory at Minnesota in this post. Michigan 35, Minnesota 13 1. How good did Devin Gardner look? He hit 12-of-18 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and a pick, playing for the injured Denard Robinson. Gardner also ran for 21 yards and a score. I just wonder if Michigan would have won at Nebraska if Gardner had been prepared to play. Oh, well. 2. The Michigan defense continues to impress.
Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the action and offers his Snap Reactions. Dienhart was very impressed by Ohio State, and on both sides of the ball, in its 35-23 victory over Penn State. Check out his impressions in this post. Ohio State 35, Penn State 23 1. Ohio State imposed its will in the trenches to slowly take over the game. The Buckeye defensive line played especially well. And Braxton Miller bounced back from a neck injury to run 25 times for 134 yards and two scores and pass for