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.
Penn State is in the driver’s seat as it leads Iowa 31-0 after the third quarter. The Nittany Lions threw for 76 yards during the quarter. Penn State opened up the lead, 31-0, after Bill Belton pounded in a three-yard touchdown run to end a two-play, 45-yard drive. The key play on the Nittany Lions’ drive was Matt McGloin’s 42-yard pass.
Penn State’s defensive line went crazy in the second, penetrating Iowa’s backfield so often that the Hawkeyes finished with negative rushing yardage, at minus-13 yards, and the Nittany Lions now lead 24-0. Penn State made its lead 17-0 when Sam Ficken kicked a 33-yard field goal on the last play of a 12-play, 64-yard drive.
It’s an overstatement to say this was the most important game of the Bo Pelini era. But it certainly was the biggest of this season.