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Big Ten Players of the Week

The Big Ten office announced its players of the week Monday morning for the opening week of Big Ten action, which featured the conference’s first divisional games and Nebraska’s Big Ten debut. For the second time in a row, the conference went with Co-Offensive Players of the Week: A.J. Jenkins and Russell Wilson. Mike Taylor took home Defensive Player of the Week, Anthony Fera won Special Teams Player of the Week and Marcus Rush earned Freshman of the Week. Read the whole release at BigTen.org.

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Around the Big Ten on the Web

Saturday was a historical day for the Big Ten, with the conference holding its first divisional battles and Nebraska making its conference debut. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and with Brent Yarina’s Week 5 Recap. Also, relive Saturday’s best plays with our video highlights. The latest national polls are out, and Wisconsin has entered the top 5 in each. Where does your team land in our blogger’s power rankings? And in the Big Ten standings? There’s a new man atop the Big Ten receiving leaders after A.J. Jenkins‘ career day. Dive into all of our Big Ten stats.

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Iowa Shuts Down Michigan State

The University of Iowa women’s soccer team shut out Michigan State on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 final score at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The teams were No. 3 and 4 in the Big Ten standings entering the weekend. Iowa improved to 10-1-2 on the season and 2-1-2 in league play after handing Michigan State its first loss of the conference season.  Iowa’s goal keeper Emily Moran had nine saves in the shutout victory. Dive inside to watch Dan Wallace and coach Ron Rainey talk about the win.

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Penn State Shuts Out Minnesota for Win

No. 24 Penn State women’s soccer tallied a crucial 1-0 road win at Minnesota’s Robbie Stadium on Sunday. Sophomore striker Maya Hayes scored her nation leading 16th goal and sixth game-winner of the season in the 84th minute to push the Nittany Lions past the Golden Gophers. Penn State (11-3-0, 4-1-0 Big Ten) was struggling to find its scoring touch for over 83 minutes, but a quick combination pass between Carly Niness and Emily Hurd sent Hayes in alone on net as she snuck a ball under the out-stretched arms of Car Parkhill (three saves) for the game-winning goal.

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Tonight on BTN: Northwestern at Illinois

The votes are in, and Big Ten fans picked Illinois’ comeback win over instate rival Northwestern as the Big Ten Game of the Week. Watch the game again at 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN. The Illini, thanks in large part to quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, scored 21 fourth-quarter points to rally from an 11-point deficit and knock off the Wildcats, 38-35. Scheelhaase, who threw for a career-high 391 yards and three touchdowns, scored on a one-yard run with 13 seconds left to help Illinois move to 5-0. Catch up on all the Week 5 Big Ten action on our Rapid Recap game stories and with Brent Yarina’s Week 5 Recap. Check out our video archive to relive all of Saturday’s best plays.

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Best of the Best: Week 5 Recap

Every week during the fall, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina recaps the week that was in Big Ten football. Each recap includes Brent’s superlative winners and the best stats, quotes and tweets, among other things, from around the Big Ten that particular week. Have a worthy stat, quote or tweet that you think should make the recap? Tweet it to @BTNBrentYarina. Watch our interview with former Michigan quarterback John Navarre now and check out Brent’s Week 5 Recap in this post.

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