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Snap Reactions: Huskers have steely nerve

Every Saturday, senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his thoughts on every Big Ten game. Get Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Nebraska’s comeback victory over Penn State and Minnesota’s bowl-clinching win at Illinois in this post. Nebraska 32, Penn State 23 1. That’s four wins in a row for Nebraska since giving up 63 points in a loss at Ohio State. The 32-23 win today allows the Huskers to maintain control of the Legends Division with games left vs. Minnesota and at Iowa. You have to like the chances of the Cornhuskers to win the division. 2. The Cornhuskers are hard

Kirkwood, Gophers top Illini, get bowl eligible

It wasn’t pretty, but Minnesota was good enough in a 17-3 win over Illinois on Saturday. In a battle of sluggish offenses, Minnesota running back Donnell Kirkwood did most of the work, rushing for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Kirkwood’s 3-yard run in the third quarter broke a 3-3 tie. He scored on a 12-yard run late in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory, giving his team its fourth straight win at Illinois. Minnesota (6-4, 2-4 Big Ten) became bowl eligible for the first time since 2009, and won for the second time in three tries. Illinois (2-8, -6)

3rd quarter recap: Minnesota 10, Illinois 3

Minnesota held Illinois to three total yards during the third quarter and the Golden Gophers now lead 10-3. Minnesota held the Fighting Illini to one yard on the ground during the quarter. A nine-play, 49-yard scoring drive by the Golden Gophers snapped the 3-3 standstill, as Donnell Kirkwood turned a handoff into a three-yard touchdown. Marcus Jones’ punt return set Minnesota up to start the drive. Pass plays were an afterthought for the Golden Gophers, as Minnesota threw just two passes on that drive. The Golden Gophers’ Kirkwood hit 100 yards rushing for the game in the quarter, part of

2nd quarter recap: Illinois 3, Minnesota 3

Minnesota’s Donnell Kirkwood ran for 73 yards in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 3-3 at the end of the second. The Golden Gophers tied things up at three when a 10-play, 75-yard drive ended after Jordan Wettstein made a 20-yard field goal. Minnesota’s drive was keyed by Kirkwood’s 48-yard run. Despite driving to Illinois’ three-yard line, the Golden Gophers had to settle for a field goal. Minnesota kept the ball on the ground during the drive, throwing only one pass. The Fighting Illini will start the second half with the ball. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX

1st quarter recap: Illinois 3, Minnesota 0

Fans were treated to more punts than points in the first quarter, and Illinois leads 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. The teams’ stale offenses boomed a total of four punts in the quarter. The Fighting Illini scored when Nick Immekus kicked a 19-yard field goal to cap a nine-play, 89-yard drive, giving Illinois the game’s first lead. The Fighting Illini used Nathan Scheelhaase’s 49-yard pass to fuel the drive. Illinois’ drive stalled at Minnesota’s one-yard line and the Fighting Illini settled for a field goal. Illinois has possession on its own 21-yard line to start the second

Week 11 Previews: Here comes PSU vs. Nebraska

It’s time to get ready for Week 11 of the Big Ten season. And it shapes up to be interesting on many fronts. Can Nebraska make it four wins in a row and knock off Penn State? Wisconsin’s game at Indiana in some ways will be a de facto Leaders Division championship game. Meanwhile, Northwestern plays at Michigan in a “Survivor” contest in the Legends Division. Read about those games and more in my weekly game rankings and previews. [RELATED: Week 11 predictions | Week 11 Mailbag | Top Questions for Week 11 ] As a backdrop, let’s take a

Revsine: Our expert crunches Week 11 numbers

It’s November, and, just as we all predicted at the outset of the season, the most intriguing game in the conference in Week 11 pits Indiana against Wisconsin. Ok, no one actually predicted that. In fact, even though it’s now a reality, not everyone is actually admitting it. Said Indiana coach Kevin Wilson, “This isn’t a big game. If it was, we wouldn’t be 4-5 and we wouldn’t be playing at 12 o’clock.” Wait, don’t Michigan and Ohio State play at 12 o’clock? Whether Wilson wants to acknowledge it or not, it’s a big game. A Hoosiers win would genuinely

Week 11: We predict all five Big Ten games

Every week,’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After 10 weeks, it’s Dienhart and fans tied for the top spot, three games ahead of Yarina. See our Week 11 predictions and choose your winners in this post. [RELATED: Week 11 Power Rankings | Week 11 Player Rankings | Week 11 Bowl Projections] SEASON RECORDS Tom: 59-20; .747 fans: 59-20; .747 Brent: 56-23; .709 Purdue (3-6, 0-5) at Iowa (4-5, 2-3)

Week 11 questions: How will Badger O look sans Stave?

Like the November rain, the questions never stop coming. Each week I pose a key one for each Big Ten squad. There are some vexing queries this week. Chief among them: How will the Wisconsin offense look without injured quarterback Joel Stave? See what other questions I have as we head toward Week 11 of the Big Ten season. [RELATED: Week 11 Power Rankings | Week 11 Player Rankings | Week 11 Bowl Projections] Illinois Will the offense find any consistency with Minnesota coming to Champaign? The Fighting Illini rank last in the Big Ten in scoring (18.4 ppg); last