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  • Notre Dame pulls away from Purdue in 2nd half Sep 13, 2014 11:22 PM
    Everett Golson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as No. 11 Notre Dame scored the final 20 points Saturday night and beat Purdue 30-14. The Irish are 3-0 for the second time in three years. Purdue (1-2) has lost seven straight in this series, which has been played every year since 1946. The two teams will not meet again until 2020.

  • Maryland rally ends in 40-37 loss to West Virginia Sep 14, 2014 12:52 AM
    C.J. Brown got hit so hard, the helmet flew off his head. It was one of many punishing blows the Maryland quarterback absorbed in a physical duel against West Virginia. He walked off the field with several welts and bruises, none of which would have been nearly as painful if the Terrapins hadn’t lost 40-37 on Saturday.

  • Rutgers does everything but win in Big 10 debut Sep 14, 2014 12:40 AM
    Rutgers did everything in its Big Ten Conference debut against Penn State but win. They competed. They led the lead most of the game. They played great defense. They just didn’t finish in the final minutes. Bill Belton scored on a 5-yard run with 1:13 to play and Penn State rallied from a 10-point deficit to post a 13-10 victory Saturday night, depriving the Scarlet Knights of what might have been one of their biggest wins in school history.

  • Washington crushes Illini 44-19 Sep 13, 2014 7:04 PM
    Linebacker Shaq Thompson returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown, picked up a fumble and rumbled 52 yards for another score, and Washington routed Illinois 44-19 on Saturday. Wes Lunt threw for 230 yards for the Fighting Illini (2-1) but was unable to take advantage of Washington’s depleted secondary.

  • Green leads Michigan over Miami (Ohio) Sep 13, 2014 8:12 PM
    In front of Michigan’s smallest home crowd in almost two decades, Derrick Green gave Wolverines fans something to feel good about. Green ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and Michigan overcame three first-half turnovers to beat Miami (Ohio) 34-10 on Saturday.

  • Barrett throws 6 TDs as Ohio St. routs Kent St. Sep 13, 2014 2:46 PM
    J.T. Barrett matched a school record with six touchdown passes — five in the first half — to lead No. 22 Ohio State, rebounding from a loss to Virginia Tech, to a 66-0 victory over Kent State on Saturday. The win was the 39th in a row over an in-state opponent for the Buckeyes (2-1), who haven’t lost since a 7-6 setback to Oberlin in 1921.

  • Bowling Green shocks Indiana 45-42 Sep 13, 2014 3:42 PM
    Bowling Green’s James Knapke threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Roger Lewis with 9 seconds to play in the game as the Falcons knocked off Indiana, 45-42 Saturday. Knapke, a redshirt sophomore making his second career start, set school records for attempts (73) and completed passes (46) as he threw for 395 yards and three touchdowns.

  • Iowa State rallies past Iowa Sep 13, 2014 7:05 PM
    Cole Netten hit a 42-yard field goal with two seconds left as Iowa State rallied to beat Iowa 20-17 on Saturday, picking up its first win of the season.

  • TCU tops Minnesota 30-7 Sep 13, 2014 7:01 PM
    Receiver Josh Doctson caught two first-half touchdown receptions and TCU’s defense smothered Minnesota’s run-oriented attack for a 30-7 win Saturday.

  • Illinois loses point guard Abrams to ACL tear Sep 11, 2014 4:59 PM
    Illinois starting point guard Tracy Abrams is out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament tear, coach Jon Groce confirmed Thursday. Abrams tore the ACL in his right knee during preseason practice. Surgery hasn’t yet been scheduled on the senior. “Tracy worked hard in the offseason to put himself in great position heading into his senior year, so he’s obviously disappointed and we are for him as well,” Groce said. “But Tracy personifies toughness; he has the heart of a champion and I know that he will only come back stronger from this experience when he returns to the court next year.”

  • After tough weekend, Big Ten teams pivot forward Sep 9, 2014 7:37 PM
    There are a couple of tough nonconference tests on the Big Ten schedule this week and rivalry games, too, but this week is more about recovery. The proud brand took a hit with decisive defeats by Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan to high-profile opponents, and the Spartans have this Saturday off to recuperate from a decent performance at Oregon that got out of hand at the end.

  • NCAA lifts Penn State’s postseason ban Sep 8, 2014 4:23 PM
    Penn State is back in the bowl business. The NCAA on Monday lifted the on-the-field sanctions placed on the Penn State football team for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including immediately eliminating the postseason ban that had two more seasons left and restoring scholarships next season. Penn State was halfway through a four-year postseason ban handed down during the summer of 2012. The NCAA rescinded some of the scholarship sanctions last year. In a news release, the NCAA said that in addition to the postseason ban being lifted, Penn State will be allowed to have the full complement of football scholarships in 2015. The school still must pay a $60 million fine, 111 wins under Joe Paterno plus one under Tom Bradley remain vacated and the school will remain under monitoring. The decision by the NCAA’s Executive Committee followed a recommendation by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, whose second annual report as Penn State’s athletics integrity monitor concluded the university was in compliance with a 2012 agreement and consent decree. “Senator Mitchell’s report and recommendations, along with the actions taken by the NCAA today, are a recognition of the hard work of many over the past two years to make Penn State a stronger institution,” said Penn State President Eric Barron. “This is welcome news for the university community, particularly for our current and future student-athletes.” Mitchell said the school had made progress toward implementing a new human resources system, “fostering an ethical culture” and improving security at its sports facilities. “While each of these projects will require sustained effort, the work remains on track, and Penn State’s commitment to completing these projects is apparent,” wrote Mitchell. He said his own five-year oversight role, scheduled to continue to 2017, may end earlier as a result of the progress that has been made. Mitchell said his recommendation was focused on aspects of the penalties that affect student-athletes, many of whom stayed at Penn State despite the ability to transfer without penalty. “Many Penn State football players demonstrated loyalty by remaining at their university for two years without the prospect of playing in a postseason game,” Mitchell wrote. “In light of Penn State’s responsiveness to its obligations and the many improvements it has instituted, I believe these student-athletes should have the opportunity to play in the post-season should they earn it on the field this year.” His 58-page report said incidents involving the football team this year included two student-athletes who allegedly refused to leave a fraternity party when asked, alleged harassment of a parking officer who ticketed illegally parked mopeds, and the son of a team official practicing at a school facility in violation of university rules. “Penn State’s commitment to the integrity of its athletics department and its progress toward meeting the requirements of the Consent Decree are clear,” said Northern Arizona President Rita Hartung Cheng, who chaired Monday’s Executive Committee meeting. “We thank Senator Mitchell for his meticulous and exhaustive work over the past two years.” The penalties against Penn State were unprecedented in many ways and not well-received by many in college sports because of that. While the NCAA cited lack of institutional control, Penn State’s missteps had nothing to do with competition and the areas that usually fall under the NCAA’s jurisdiction. “The biggest problem I had was the effect on the student athletes in the program,” said former Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, who worked in NCAA enforcement during the 1980s, including on the SMU football case that led to the program being given the death penalty. “They (Penn State’s players) weren’t involved in a program that was cheating against their rivals and now all of sudden they’re not able to participate in postseason. That to me was the most challenging part of it.” The NCAA cutting the penalties down is also unusual. Beebe and Mike Gillerano, who worked in NCAA enforcement during the 1970s and ‘80s, said they were concerned the latest move would set another precedent. “So what happens now when one of your old schools,” Gillerano said, referring to Beebe’s time in the Big 12, “gets wacked? ‘OK, we’ll take that penalty with the understanding that we will be model citizens and we will expect the treatment that Penn State got.”’ On Friday, the NCAA said in a Pennsylvania state court filing that it is willing to let the state government control the $60 million fine Penn State is paying under the consent decree. The NCAA wants the judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the state treasurer and the state senator who represents the State College area, seeking to enforce a 2013 state law that requires the money remain in the state. If the judge agrees, the NCAA said it also will move to end a federal lawsuit against Gov. Tom Corbett and others that challenges that same law. In that case, the judge is waiting for the parties to update her after putting the matter on hold for a month so they can work on a possible settlement. Penn State went 15-9 during the first two seasons of the sanctions under coach Bill O’Brien, who was hired to replace the late Paterno, who was fired not long after Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator, was charged with multiple counts of child sexual abuse. Paterno died in 2012. O’Brien left for the Houston Texans of the NFL after last season and James Franklin was hired away from Vanderbilt to take his place. Penn State is 2-0 this season. If the Nittany Lions win the East division, they will be eligible to play in the Big Ten championship game. “We are very appreciative of the opportunities the NCAA and Big Ten have provided with today’s announcement,” Franklin said. “This team plays for each other. We play for Penn State, our families, the former players, our students, alumni, fans and the community. We are so proud to represent Penn State and the Big Ten Conference and are working hard to prepare for our Big Ten opener at Rutgers.”

  • Virginia Tech stuns No. 8 OSU, 35-21 Sep 6, 2014 11:58 PM
    Michael Brewer passed for two touchdowns and Virginia Tech’s defense stood tough at the end and the Hokies stunned No. 8 Ohio State 35-21 on Saturday night. Keyshoen Jarrett had two interceptions and Donovan Riley returned another 63 yards for a TD in the final minute before a record crowd of 107,517 at enlarged Ohio Stadium.

  • No. 3 Oregon downs No. 7 Michigan State 46-27 Sep 6, 2014 9:19 PM
    Marcus Mariota threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair to speedy redshirt freshman Devon Allen, and the No. 3 Oregon Ducks’ blur offense prevailed over No. 7 Michigan State’s stout defense 46-27 on Saturday night.

  • Rozner: Young Huskies prevail in Battle of Illinois Sep 6, 2014 10:21 PM
    NIU might have found its new quarterback as the Huskies put together a strong second half to defeat Northwestern in Evanston.

  • Parting shot: Notre Dame pounds Michigan, 31-0 Sep 6, 2014 11:56 PM
    Everett Golson and Notre Dame said so long to Michigan with a devastating parting shot. When it was over, the Fighting Irish celebrated their most-lopsided victory in the history of series — and the only thing playing in the stadium was the alma mater and the fight song by the band.

  • Central Michigan stuns Purdue 38-17 Sep 6, 2014 4:26 PM
    Purdue coach Darrell Hazell stood there incredulously with what he had just witnessed. Too many penalties, too many turnovers, not enough execution. It was a recipe for disaster. Cooper Rush threw two touchdown passes, Thomas Rawls ran for two more TDs and Brandon Greer returned an interception 57 yards for a score as Central Michigan stunned the Boilermakers 38-17, their second win over a Big Ten opponent in three seasons.

  • Abdullah’s late TD averts diaster for Nebraska Sep 6, 2014 5:02 PM
    Desperation brought out the best in Ameer Abdullah. With No. 19 Nebraska and McNeese State of the second-tier FCS tied Saturday, Abdullah turned a short pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr. into a jaw-dropping 58-yard touchdown with 20 seconds left for a 31-24 victory. Abdullah broke five tackles on his way to the end zone on what may end up as the signature play of his career. As far as Abdullah was concerned, the game shouldn’t have come down to that against an opponent from a lower division.

  • Spellman’s Scorecard: My math says 10-6 for Bears Sep 4, 2014 10:18 PM
    If my math doesn't fail me, and it hasn't in more than three days, the Bears will go 10-6 and be playoff-bound.

  • Michigan power running game looks like glory days Sep 2, 2014 1:55 PM
    Michigan might have a running attack again. One game isn’t enough to make anything official, especially against an Appalachian State team that is a shadow of the 2007 Mountaineers who stunned the Wolverines at the Big House. Still, there are promising signs that coach Brady Hoke might have found a tailback combination that is going to give Michigan the sort of power rushing game that was a staple under Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr.

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