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Illinois downs Lewis, 79-47, in exhibition

]Illinois defeated Lewis, 79-47, in an exhibition game Saturday night at the Assembly Hall. The Illini jumped out to a 26-4 lead, draining six of their first eight 3-point attempts during the early spree. Illinois’ defense was equally as impressive early on, holding Lewis to 1-of-13 shooting. Eleven Illini entered the scoring column, with three in double figures: D.J. Richardson (12 points), Myke Henry (11) and Sam McLaurin (11). Proud of our guys' effort, attitude and unselfishness tonight! We definitely got better tonight!! — John Groce (@JohnGroce) October 28, 2012 [ Illini defeats Lewis, 79-47] Illinois returns to the court

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U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 9

Every Saturday night during the college football season, web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten Game Balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 9? Find out in this post. WEEK 9 GAME BALLS 1. Philip Nelson, QB, Minnesota: 15-22, 246 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT; 9 car., 37 yards – Making just his second career start, Nelson was nearly flawless in leading the Gophers’ offensive onslaught against Purdue. The freshman completed 14 of

Bo Pelini

Nebraska beats Michigan, injures Robinson

Ameer Abdullah ran for 101 yards and a touchdown and Nebraska took control of the Big Ten Legends Division with a 23-9 victory over No. 20 Michigan on Saturday night. Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson left the game late in the first half with a right elbow injury. Robinson, who spent the second half on the sideline in an overcoat, watched as freshman backup Russell Bellomy threw three interceptions. The Huskers (6-2, 3-1) moved into a first-place tie with Michigan in the Legends but own the tiebreaker. Michigan (5-3, 3-1) generated a season-low 188 yards during its first visit to Memorial

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3rd quarter recap: Nebraska 16, Michigan 9

Nebraska’s defense shut down Michigan, allowing only nine yards of offense in the third quarter and the Cornhuskers now lead 16-9. Nebraska held the Wolverines to negative rushing yardage (-3 yards) in the quarter. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has not returned since hurting his throwing arm late in the second quarter. Backup Russell Bellomy replaced the Michigan star and missed his first 10 attempts. The Cornhuskers made it 10-6 after turning P.J. Smith’s interception into a Brett Maher 19-yard field goal. The pick gave the Cornhuskers the ball at the four-yard line, but they could not punch it in for

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2nd quarter recap: Nebraska 7, Michigan 6

Nebraska sniffed out Michigan’s rushing attack in the second quarter, holding the Wolverines to 20 rush yards and the Cornhuskers now lead 7-6. Michigan’s Brendan Gibbons made two field goals in the quarter, including a 52-yarder. But the biggest news of the quarter was Denard Robinson’s injury that knocked him out of the game. The Michigan quarterback hurt his throwing arm late in the half and didn’t return before halftime. Nebraska took the game’s first lead after Taylor Martinez and Kenny Bell combined for a 32-yard touchdown on the last play of a six-play, 72-yard drive. The Cornhuskers ran just

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Snap Reactions: Give credit to Ohio State defense

Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, 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

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Perfect Ohio State cools off Penn State, 35-23

Braxton Miller was his usual self, running for 134 yards and accounting for three touchdowns, leading No. 9 Ohio State to a 35-23 victory against Penn State on Saturday. Ryan Shazier returned an interception 17 yards for a score early in the third quarter that gave the Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) the lead for good, and the Nittany Lions (5-3, 3-1) had their five-game winning streak snapped in a matchup of the bowl-banned perennial powers. Miller missed the fourth quarter against Purdue after a hard tackle sent him to the hospital with a case of whiplash. He declared himself

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3rd quarter recap: Ohio State 28, Penn State 10

Ohio State racked up 106 rushing yards in the third, and the Buckeyes now lead 28-10. Ohio State sniffed out Penn State’s rushing attack in the quarter, holding the Nittany Lions to one rush yard. The Buckeyes are currently on a 14-point run. Ohio State made the score 14-7 when Ryan Shazier intercepted a Matt McGloin pass and returned it for a touchdown. Penn State closed the gap to 14-10 when Sam Ficken drilled a 27-yard field goal to finish off a 72-yard drive. The Nittany Lions’ drive was keyed by McGloin’s 44-yard pass to Brandon Moseby-Felder. Despite driving to

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Snap Reactions: Spartans, Gophers help bowl hopes

Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the action and offers his Snap Reactions. See Dienhart’s immediate thoughts from Michigan State’s impressive rally and overtime victory at Wisconsin and Minnesota’s emphatic win over Purdue in this post. Michigan State 16, Wisconsin 13 OT 1. The Michigan State win kept the Spartans’ bowl hopes alive—and showed that the team has a lot of fight left after losing two in a row and three of four. All game long, Michigan State’s offense did little. But the attack came to life late to score a

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Nelson, Minnesota torch Purdue, 44-28

Freshman Philip Nelson threw three touchdown passes in the first half of his second college start for Minnesota, and the Gophers breezed to their first Big Ten victory of the season by beating Purdue 44-28 on Saturday afternoon. Nelson led Minnesota (5-3, 1-3 Big Ten) to touchdowns on four straight possessions while the Gophers averaged almost 10 yards per play. He completed 12 straight passes in one stretch and had all 246 of his yards in the first half on the way to a 34-7 lead, more points than Minnesota had in any game last year. Purdue’s Caleb TerBush was