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Snap Reactions: Signs of life in 4 wins

Earlier,’s Tom Dienhart analyzed the first round of games. Now he tells us what he saw during the four afternoon Big Ten victories. Find every video highlight we got right over here. The afternoon wins: Iowa 27, Northern Iowa 16, Michigan 63, UMass 13, Northwestern 22, Boston College 13, Penn State 34, Navy 7. Northwestern 22, Boston College 13 1. The Wildcats defense may be legit. Last week against Vanderbilt, the Wildcats allowed 318 yards. And only 101 of those came on the ground. This week vs. Boston College, NU allowed 316 yards with only 25 coming on the

Northwestern tops BC to go 3-0

Mike Trumpy ran for 106 yards with a late touchdown, and Northwestern beat Boston College 22-13 on Saturday. Jeff Budzien tied a school record with five field goals and the Wildcats (3-0) made it three wins over three BCS teams to start the season even though they didn’t reach the end zone until the closing minutes. Read the full AP recap. FOURTH QUARTER: Mike Trumpy and Kain Colter teamed up to lead Northwestern to a 22-13 victory over Boston College on Saturday at Ryan Field. Colter passed for 144 yards, while Trumpy ran for 95 yards and one touchdown. The

3rd Quarter Recap: Northwestern 15, Boston College 10

Alex Amidon had a productive quarter for Boston College with four catches for 52 yards, but the Eagles still trail 15-10. Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien made a 20-yard field goal, the last of an 18-play, 93-yard drive to give the Wildcats the lead, 15-10. Boston College’s Chase Rettig reached the 200-yard passing mark for the game thanks to 77 in the quarter, and currently sits with 220 yards in all. The Eagles are poised to score with the ball on Northwestern’s 17-yard line to start the fourth quarter. [ ALL PREVIEWS | RECAP | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP |

2nd Quarter Recap: Northwestern 12, Boston College 10

Johnathan Coleman led Boston College in the quarter. He caught three passes for 61 yards and one touchdown, but the Eagles trail 12-10. Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien has kicked four field goals. The Wildcats made their lead 9-3 when Budzien made a 28-yard field goal on the last play of a 12-play, 67-yard drive. Chase Rettig’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Coleman gave Boston College the lead 10-9 after a six-play, 95-yard drive. Rettig’s 21-yard pass to Coleman took the Eagles from the 36 and across midfield to ignite the drive. Budzien’s 41-yard field goal gave Northwestern the lead, 12-10, and was

1st Quarter Recap: Northwestern 6, Boston College 3

Northwestern didn’t give up a single rushing yard in the quarter despite six attempts on the ground from Boston College, and the Wildcats lead 6-3 at the end of the first quarter. Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien booted two field goals in the quarter. The Wildcats got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a 10-play, 52-yard drive that ended in a score when Budzien made a 40-yard field goal. The Eagles tied things up at three when a 12-play, 61-yard drive ended after Nate Freese kicked a 21-yard field goal. Boston College had to settle for a field goal after failing to

Week 3 Previews: Spartans-Irish headline slate

Every week, I rank the Big Ten’s slate of games. Where does your team’s Week 3 game fall on my list? Find out in this post. Remember, on gameday, editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates from every game. And at the end of each game, I post my Saturday Snap Reactions. Bookmark your game now and come back to track it: Illinois vs. Charleston Southern; Indiana vs. Ball State; Iowa vs. Northern Iowa; Michigan vs. Massachusetts; Michigan State vs. Notre Dame; Minnesota vs. Western Michigan; Nebraska vs. Arkansas State; Northwestern vs. Boston College; Ohio State vs. California; Penn

Revsine's Numbers: Stats weren't too pretty

Wow. Last week didn’t go so well. It was a not a pretty scene, as we sat, mouths agape, in the BTN green room and watched the Big Ten Conference suffer through a difficult Saturday. And that wasn’t just because Gerry DiNardo was drooling. Sorry, too easy. Not true. Though he did pull out his ubiquitous hankie a few times. Anyway, I know that when we launched back in 2007 there was a fear that we might be the TV equivalent of Pravda circulating only the positive spin on the news out of the Kremlin. I hope we’ve shown over

Dienhart: 12 Big Ten questions for Week 3

Another Saturday looms. And, I still have questions. For example, can the Iowa offense finally get started? Here are my most pressing queries for each Big Ten team entering Week 3. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. Illinois Can the Fighting Illini win if Nathan Scheelhaase isn’t playing quarterback? The attack struggled in a loss at Arizona State with Reilly O’Toole and Miles Osei under center with Scheelhaase out with an ankle injury. O’Toole hit 10-of-14 passes for 54 yards with

Week 3: We predict all 12 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 two weeks, it’s Tom and fans on top, at 19-5, while Brent is in the cellar, at 17-7. See our Week 3 predictions and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS fans: 19-5; .792 Tom: 19-5; .792 Brent: 17-7; .708 Charleston Southern (0-2) vs. Illinois (1-1) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go Tom’s pick: Illinois, 33-7 – The Fighting Illini won’t need