The fourth-ranked Penn State women’s soccer team clinched the 2012 Big Ten Championship after earning a 1-1 draw against Michigan on Sunday. The title marks Penn State’s 15th straight Big Ten crown, the most consecutive titles by a Big Ten women’s program in any sport. The win also clinched the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which will be held Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 in Bloomington, Ind.
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Ohio State is a resilient and resourceful squad, I tell you. The way the Buckeyes rallied and stayed perfect despite losing star quarterback Braxton Miller late to what looked like a serious injury was nothing short of remarkable. Backup Kenny Guiton deserves much of the credit. What a performance in the clutch. Find out what else I learned in Week 8 in this post.
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BTN.com’s Brent Yarina is in the middle of unveiling his 2012-13 preseason Big Ten Player Rankings one by one. The countdown goes in reverse order, of course, and each installment includes player stats and one video highlight from last season. Once the season starts, Yarina will release a weekly Player Rankings every Monday. Up next: Ohio State’s Aaron Craft.
Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com 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 8? Find out in this post.
Indiana held its “Hoosier Hysteria” on Saturday night at Assembly Hall. Always a big draw, the event was even more anticipated this year as the Hoosiers, fresh off an impressive Sweet 16 season, are ranked No. 1 in several preseason national polls. The exciting Hoosiers did not disappoint the rabid Indiana faithful Saturday. Watch their scrimmage now and see the rest of the night’s highlights in this post.Victor Oladipo dunk over seven people now and see the rest of the highlights in this post.
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Bill Belton ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns and surging Penn State throttled Iowa 38-14 on Saturday night for its fifth straight win. Matt McGloin threw for 289 yards and a pair of TDs for the Nittany Lions, who beat the Hawkeyes in Iowa City for the first time in 13 years.