The No. 9 Golden Gophers controlled the first set against the No. 3 Fighting Illini, but Illinois ended up winning the match 3-2 (20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 15-10).
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Michigan football coach Brady Hoke talked with Eric Collins from Ann Arbor about where Michigan stands right now. Watch the BTN interview now and jump inside for our preview of the game, which airs on BTN at noon ET. And Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema doesn’t want to overlook South Dakota one bit.
Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa talked to The Big Ten Pulse crew on Friday and told the guys he’s feeling good about playing next week against Illinois. Persa, who continues his recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon, benefits from the Wildcats’ bye this weekend. As the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday, Persa said, “At this point, I’m ready to go and don’t consider myself injured anymore. ” The quarterback added, ‘‘I have the same percentage of getting injured as anybody else because I’m [medically] cleared, and the more I think like that, the better off I’ll be.’’
In the final tuneup before Big Ten play kicks off next week, the Big Ten compiled an 8-2 record Saturday. Check out all of the game recaps here: North Dakota State at Minnesota, Indiana at North Texas and Nebraska at Wyoming, Louisiana-Monroe at Iowa, San Diego State at Michigan, Central Michigan at Michigan State, Eastern Michigan at Penn State, Western Michigan at Illinois, Colorado at Ohio State, and South Dakota at Wisconsin. Catch up on all the Week 4 stats on our Big Ten scoreboard. Also, watch all Week 4 highlights.
As a standout wide receiver for Indiana, Duwyce Wilson has become accustomed to the roar of the crowd at Memorial Stadium. The redshirt sophomore led the Hoosiers with an average of 15.2 yards per reception last year and is off to a strong start this season, tallying 11 receptions and two touchdowns in Indiana’s first three games. This is in sharp contrast to what Wilson refers to as his “quiet home.”
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Tonight on The Big Ten Pulse at 6:30 p.m. ET with Rick Pizzo, Brandon Williams and Tim Doyle, we discuss the new QB in Columbus. How will Braxton Miller fare in his first start? Also, Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa claims he’s #PersaStrong enough to play against Illinois on Oct. 1 and he joins us for an interview. And we roll out a feature called “The B1G Screen” where we ask the question: What if three of this weekend’s games were movies?