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                 ***** Big Ten Conference News and Notes *****
 Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
 ILLINOIS: The Fighting Illini were stymied at nearly every turn in Saturday's
 conference opener at Nebraska, falling to the Cornhuskers in a 39-19 final to
 drop to 3-2 on the season. Illinois entered the fray averaging 40 ppg, but
 didn't score its first touchdown until the 5:54 mark of the third quarter.
 Josh Ferguson led the Illini offense with 114 yards and a TD on 19 carries,
 and another 82 yards on eight receptions, while Donovonn Young tallied 61
 yards and a score on 15 totes. Nathan Scheelhaase went just 13-of-26 for 135
 yards with no TDs and an INT. He was sacked three times. Meanwhile, the UI
 defense was gouged for 335 yards on the ground, 521 yards in all, came up with
 only one turnover and failed to record a sack. Jonathan Brown was a man
 possessed however, logging 13 tackles, four of which were in the Nebraska
 backfield, while Earnest Thomas III also finished in double figures with 11
 stops. The Illini are idle this week, next taking the field at home against
 Wisconsin on Oct. 19.
 INDIANA: The Hoosiers took a little while to get going, but once they did they
 piled up the yards and the points in Saturday's conference opener against
 visiting Penn State, claiming a 44-24 victory. It was Indiana's first win over
 the Nittany Lions in 17 all-time meetings, and it was also its first in a Big
 Ten lid lifter since topping Iowa back in 2000. IU gained 486 yards of total
 offense (336 passing, 150 rushing), and the team is averaging 535 yards per
 contest for the season. Cody Latimer was the star on offense, finishing with
 career highs in catches (nine) and yards (140), while Tevin Coleman (20
 carries, 92 yards, one TD) and Tre Roberson (two TDs) who led the way on the
 ground. Nate Sudfeld went 23-of-38 for 321 yards, two TDs and an INT. For the
 IU defense, Mark Murphy logged 10 tackles. The Hoosiers hit the road for the
 first time this season when they play at Michigan State on Saturday.
 IOWA: The Hawkeyes saw their four-game win streak come to an end over the
 weekend, as they dropped a 26-14 decision at home to Michigan State. The
 setback evened the team's Big Ten ledger at 1-1 and its overall record now
 stands at 4-2. Iowa led 14-10 at halftime, but the Spartans scored 16
 unanswered points over the final 30 minutes to prevail. The UI offense
 generated just 264 total yards, only 23 of which came on the ground. Jake
 Rudock finished the day 26-of-46 for 241 yards, two TDs and two INTs, hitting
 Tevaun Smith six times for 59 yards and Damon Bullock five times for 71 yards
 and a score -- both guys setting new career-highs in the process. Kevonte
 Martin-Manley, Iowa's leading receiver on the year, missed most of the game
 with a leg injury. The defense, which was on the field for more than 37
 minutes, actually played well in holding its fifth straight opponent scoreless
 in the opening quarter, and allowing only two TDs to the Spartans all told.
 The Hawkeyes are idle this week, and will face another tough test on Oct. 19
 when they challenge the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus.
 MICHIGAN: The Little Brown Jug is staying in Ann Arbor for another year, as
 the Wolverines blasted the visiting Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday,
 42-13. The win was Michigan's fifth on the year, eighth straight in a
 conference opener, and its 18th consecutive at home -- the longest active
 streak among BCS conference teams. Devin Gardner was an efficient 13-of-17 for
 235 yards against the Gophers, hitting Devin Funchess seven times for a
 career-high 151 yards and a TD. The Michigan run game saw Fitzgerald Toussaint
 rumble his way to 78 yards and a pair of scores. As for the defense, it was
 paced by Desmond Morgan and his 10 tackles, while James Ross III was close
 behind with nine. Blake Countess picked off a pass in the waning moments of
 the contest and took it back 72 yards for a TD. In all, Michigan gained 348
 yards to only 281 for the Gophers. Next up for the Maize and Blue is this
 Saturday's trip to Penn State.
 MICHIGAN STATE: Trailing at the break, the Spartans rallied in the second half
 to knock off the host Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, 26-14. The Michigan State
 defense stood tall against the run, allowing a net of only 23 yards, Darqueze
 Dennard was the unit's star, logging eight tackles while also coming up with a
 pair of interceptions. Kicker Michael Geiger booted four field goals, the
 longest being from 49 yards out in the fourth quarter. Connor Cook set new
 career highs by going 25-of-44 for 277 yards, two TDs and an INT, with both
 Bennie Fowler (career-best 92 yards, one TD) and Macgarrett Kings (career-high
 94 yards, one TD) enjoying solid days down field for the Spartans. MSU held a
 significant edge in time of possession (37:16 to 22:47), and the team will
 again try to put another tally in the win column when it welcomes the Indiana
 Hoosiers to East Lansing this Saturday.
 MINNESOTA: With head coach Jerry Kill out of commission following yet another
 seizure, the Golden Gophers were no match for the Michigan Wolverines in Ann
 Arbor over the weekend, falling in a 42-13 final in the annual battle for the
 Little Brown Jug. The loss was the second straight for a Minnesota team which
 had begun the year with four straight wins. Mitch Leidner completed 14-of-21
 passes for 145 yards and a TD, but was picked off late which resulted in a
 Michigan TD. Maxx Williams was Leidner's favorite target, hauling in five
 balls for 54 yards a score, while the quarterback also paced the rushing
 effort with 66 yards on 18 carries. As for the Minnesota defense, it got eight
 tackles from Damien Wilson, but gave up 348 yards to the Wolverines, 235 of
 which came through the air, and allowed the home team to convert nearly all of
 its third-down opportunities (10-of-13). The Gophers have the week off, next
 returning to action at Northwestern on Oct. 19.
 NEBRASKA: Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 225 yards and two TDs to help
 power the Cornhuskers past visiting Illinois on Saturday, 39-19. In addition
 to the effort put forth by the offense, the Nebraska defense showed vast
 improvement from its previous efforts as it held the Fighting Illini well
 below their season average. Tommy Armstrong, starting his second straight game
 in place of the injured Taylor Martinez, led the Huskers to scores on his
 first three series and wound up going 8-of-13 for 135 yards with a pair of
 TDs. Quincy Enunwa caught four balls for 80 yards and a score, while Kenny
 Bell turned his four grabs into 65 yards, and he too found the end zone. With
 Abduallh leading the way, Nebraska churned out 335 yards and three TDs on the
 ground, averaging 6.7 ypc. The Cornhuskers will try to win their third
 straight game when they play at Purdue this Saturday.
 NORTHWESTERN: With the passing attack firing on all cylinders, the Wildcats
 came close to upsetting the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday night,
 but fell short in a 40-30 final. The loss was Northwestern's first of the
 season, and the 'Cats haven't beaten a top-five team since opening the 1959
 season with wins over No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 5 Iowa. The QB tandem of Trevor
 Siemian and Kain Colter completed 25-of-31 passes for 343 yards, two TDs and
 an INT against the Buckeyes, with Rashad Lawrence hauling in eight balls for
 149 yards. Venric Mark carried the ball 17 times for 60 yards, but the 'Cats
 averaged just 2.2 ypc and converted only 5-of-14 third-down chances. They did
 however, come away with points on all six trips to the red zone, although only
 three were TDs. Damien Proby and Collin Ellis both posted double-digit tackles
 with 12 and 10, respectively, and the Wildcats came up with three takeaways,
 but only one sack. NU will try to get back in the win column when it plays at
 Wisconsin this Saturday.
 OHIO STATE: Carlos Hyde ran for a career-high 168 yards and three TDs to
 propel the Buckeyes to a 40-30 win at Northwestern on Saturday night. Ohio
 State trailed in the fourth quarter, but scored the final 13 points to earn
 its 18th straight win, and keep coach Urban Meyer perfect during his tenure at
 the school. It was also the 29th time in the last 30 meetings that the
 Buckeyes beat the Wildcats. Corey Brown caught six passes for 127 yards,
 helping Braxton Miller amass 203 yards on 15-of-26 passing. Miller did not
 throw a TD pass and was picked off once, instead the Buckeyes relied on a
 rushing attack that averaged 5.2 ypc, while the Ohio State defense held the
 Wildcats to only 94 yards on the ground. The Buckeyes were torched for 343
 yards through the air, but recorded five sacks, two of which were credited to
 Joey Bosa, who also recovered a fumble in the end zone for a TD as time
 expired. Bradley Roby scored on a blocked punt recovery near the end of the
 opening quarter. Three defensive players tallied double-digit tackles, with
 C.J. Barnett leading the way with 11 stops. Ohio State gets a well-deserved
 week off before returning to the field on Oct. 19 to tangle with the visiting
 Iowa Hawkeyes.
 PENN STATE: Despite a monster effort from Allen Robinson, the Nittany Lions
 dropped their Big Ten opener at Indiana over the weekend, 44-24. It was
 Indiana's first win over Penn State in 17 all-time meetings. Robinson caught a
 career-high 12 balls for 173 yards and two TDs, helping freshman Christian
 Hackenberg go 30-of-55 for 340 yards and three scores -- his attempts setting
 a new school record. Kyle Carter caught six passes for 79 yards. The Penn
 State run game accounted for only 70 net yards, with Zach Zwinak carrying the
 ball 17 times for 72 yards. Unfortunately, the Lions had a difficult time
 trying to curtail the Indiana offense, which gained 486 yards and scored the
 most points against the Lions since Wisconsin put up 45 back in 2011. Glenn
 Carson and Mike Hull led the Lions with 10 tackles apiece, and the defense was
 credited with seven TFL, four sacks, but only one turnover. PSU returns home
 to battle Michigan this Saturday.
 PURDUE: The Boilermakers were idle this past weekend, and they will try to put
 the brakes on a three-game slide and earn their first victory over an opponent
 from the Football Bowl Subdivision when they play host to the Nebraska
 Cornhuskers this Saturday.
 WISCONSIN: The Badgers got a breather over the weekend, and they will take
 their 3-2 record into this Saturday's home clash versus the Northwestern
 Wildcats. Wisconsin is 3-0 at home this season, and it has split its first two
 Big Ten bouts.
 10/07 11:28:26 ET

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