Football Focus 2014

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  • No. 8 Michigan St. holds off Purdue rally 45-31 Oct 11, 2014 7:03 PM
    Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes, Nick Hill ran for two scores and a late interception return for a touchdown allowed No. 8 Michigan State to hold off Purdue 45-31 Saturday. Purdue’s defense just couldn’t stop Michigan State, which amassed 532 total yards. It looked like the Spartans had taken control with a 38-17 lead with two TDs in the third quarter.

  • Iowa rolls past Indiana 45-29 Oct 11, 2014 5:56 PM
    Iowa began the day with a quarterback controversy. The Hawkeyes closed it with their biggest win of the season and, quite possibly, their starter for the foreseeable future. Jake Rudock threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns and Iowa rolled past Indiana 45-29 on Saturday for its third straight win.

  • Northwestern, Minnesota overcome shaky starts Oct 10, 2014 4:53 PM
    It’s not often for there to be a lot on the line when Northwestern and Minnesota meet on the football field. There will be on Saturday. The Wildcats have impressive victories at Penn State and home against Wisconsin to start out 2-0 in the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers are coming off a bye week that they entered on the high of a rare victory at Michigan.

  • QB an issue for both Illinois, Wisconsin Oct 10, 2014 4:50 PM
    Uncertainty at quarterback this late into the season can mean problems for an offense. Both Illinois and Wisconsin hope they can sort through their issues behind center on Saturday and prevent falling further behind in the Big Ten standings. The Illini (3-3, 0-2) need Riley O’Toole to step in for injured starter Wes Lunt when they visit Camp Randall Stadium.

  • Purdue hoping to stay on track vs No. 8 Spartans Oct 10, 2014 4:47 PM
    The Boilermakers used a solid ground game and stouter defense last weekend to produce their most complete game of coach Darrell Hazell’s tenure. This week, the study sessions have taken longer and required more attention to detail with No. 8 Michigan State coming to town on Saturday.

  • Imrem: Illini’s reverse relevance not good Oct 7, 2014 7:43 PM
    Illinois' football loss to Purdue elevated the Illini from a comfortable irrelevance into sort of a reverse relevance. Suddenly there's pressure to become the worst of the worst nationally.

  • Offense good, but defense still rules in Big Ten Oct 7, 2014 5:39 PM
    In a day when the spread offense seems to be in command and when it appears every game ends up 45-38, there are glimmers that defenses are holding their own in the Big Ten. Big Ten teams comprise six of the top 20 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total defense, five of the top 20 in scoring defense and five of the top 25 in stopping the run and also interceptions.

  • Rutgers’ Nova throws for career-best 404 yards, 3 TDs Oct 4, 2014 10:32 PM
    Gary Nova threw for a career-best 404 yards and three touchdowns and Rutgers added to slumping Michigan’s woes with a 26-24 victory on Saturday night. Nova found Andrew Turzilli on scoring passes of 80 and 14 yards and hit John Tsimis with a 7-yarder as the Scarlet Knights (5-1, 1-1) won their first Big Ten Conference game and sent Michigan (2-4, 0-1) to its third straight loss.

  • Indiana rebounds with 49-24 rout over North Texas Oct 4, 2014 6:14 PM
    Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld threw three touchdown passes and D’Angelo Roberts ran for two scores Saturday as the Hoosiers ran away from North Texas 49-24. Sudfeld was 23 of 29 for 230 yards. Tevin Coleman ran 17 times for 150 yards and one TD, producing his seventh straight 100-yard game and scoring in his 14th consecutive game — the longest active streaks in the Football Bowl Subdivision — to help Indiana (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten) rebound from last week’s conference-opening loss to Maryland.

  • No. 20 Ohio State drubs Maryland 52-24 Oct 4, 2014 4:26 PM
    Ohio State marched up and down a field it had never seen before as if it owned the place, scoring on one quick drive after another as the No. 20 Buckeyes piled up 533 yards Saturday and spoiled Maryland’s Big Ten home debut with a 52-24 win.

  • No. 10 Michigan St. holds off No. 19 Nebraska 27-22 Oct 4, 2014 11:43 PM
    Trae Waynes intercepted Tommy Armstrong’s pass with 30 seconds remaining, and No. 10 Michigan State held off a furious Nebraska rally, beating the No. 19 Cornhuskers 27-22 on Saturday night. The Spartans (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) led 27-3 heading into the fourth quarter before three Nebraska touchdowns set up a tense finish. A 43-yard pass to Alonzo Moore gave the Huskers the ball at the Michigan State 37 with just under a minute to play.

  • Jackson, Northwestern beat No. 17 Wisconsin 20-14 Oct 4, 2014 6:25 PM
    Godwin Igwebuike had three interceptions and Justin Jackson rushed for 162 yards, helping the resurgent Wildcats upset Melvin Gordon and No. 17 Wisconsin 20-14 on Saturday. Trevor Siemian threw for a touchdown and also had a key block on Miles Shuler’s 16-yard TD run as Northwestern (3-2, 2-0 Big Ten) earned its third consecutive win.

  • Badgers look to end skid at Northwestern Oct 3, 2014 10:29 PM
    The last time Wisconsin won at Northwestern, Ron Dayne was making his run for the Heisman Trophy and the Badgers were on the way to the Rose Bowl. Yes, it has been that long. The 17th-ranked Badgers bring a three-game winning streak into their Big Ten opener on Saturday at Northwestern, hoping for their first road win against the Wildcats since 1999.

  • Illinois hopes to extend Purdue’s struggles Oct 3, 2014 10:26 PM
    Illinois coach Tim Beckman was asked this week if Saturday’s game against Purdue is a must win. “Every game’s a must win,” Beckman said before quickly moving on. This one, though, may be more so than most for the Illini (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten). The Boilermakers (2-3, 0-1) are probably the most clearly beatable opponent still on the schedule for the Illini.

  • Big Ten still soaring high in volleyball Oct 3, 2014 7:37 PM
    Once again, the Big Ten is one of the best conferences in the country for volleyball. No. 16 Illinois is playing as well as any team right now, with four consecutive 3-0 sweeps on the books. The Illini welcome No. 6 Wisconsin into noisy Huff Hall on Saturday.

  • Michigan QB Gardner to start vs Rutgers Oct 1, 2014 5:34 PM
    After leaving sophomore quarterback Shane Morris on the field following a hit to the head last weekend, Michigan coach Brady Hoke took responsibility for the program’s breakdown in communication Wednesday and said Devin Gardner will start against Rutgers. Hoke did not elaborate on discrepancies between his news conference Monday and athletic director Dave Brandon’s statement on Morris’ injuries early Tuesday. Brandon said Morris suffered a high-ankle sprain and “probable, mild concussion.”

  • Big Ten West teams step up against East teams Oct 1, 2014 6:20 AM
    One of the prevailing notions heading into the season was that the Big Ten East could end up being a lot better than the West. It didn’t look that way last weekend. Though it was clearly a small sample size, Saturday’s performances were encouraging for a newly-created division fighting for respect.

  • Michigan State, Nebraska have gaudy offensive numbers Oct 1, 2014 6:28 AM
    No. 10 Michigan State is off to a historic start on offense and faces another high-scoring team in No. 19 Nebraska to open Big Ten play on Saturday night. Michigan State (3-1) has scored 201 points through four games, best in school history. The Cornhuskers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) are averaging 45.4 points per game.

  • Coaches use large network to watch for injury Sep 30, 2014 6:46 PM
    The sideline is often the worst place to watch a football game. Even for the head coach standing front and center, getting a good look at what is happening on the field can be difficult. Behind the coach can be 100 players and dozens of assistants and staffers packed into an area 50 yards long, all zipping from play to play. How is a coach supposed to look for injuries in all that activity, and still run his team? With plenty of help.

  • Mike North video: Busy sports weekend in Chicago Sep 29, 2014 10:44 AM
    Mike North caps off the weekend sports stories about Paul Konerko, the Bears loss, the NU victory, the Bulls, the Blackhawks and the Ryder cup.

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