BIG 10 RELEASE
[ONE // gophers golden against georgia tech’s ground game in quick lane bowl]
Mohamed Ibrahim ran for career-high 224 yards and two touchdowns to lead Minnesota to a 34-10 victory over Georgia Tech on Wednesday night in the Quick Lane Bowl. The Golden Gophers (7-6) won three of their last four games, and Ibrahim had a lot to do with that. The redshirt freshman running back had 121 yards rushing in a win at Wisconsin that made Minnesota bowl eligible and ran for 155 yards last month in a victory over Purdue. Meanwhile, the Gophers limited Georgia Tech to 206 yards on the ground after it led the nation with 335 yards rushing per game.
[TWO // badgers boast historic bowl win in historic stadium]
Jonathan Taylor ran for 205 yards and a touchdown and topped the 2,000-yard season mark to help Wisconsin rout Miami 35-3 in a chilly Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday night. Sensational at historic Yankee Stadium, Taylor ripped off runs of 39 and 41 yards and combined with a defense that forced five turnovers to help Wisconsin (8-5) claim its fifth straight bowl victory. Wisconsin is the first school to win five consecutive bowl games as a member of the Big Ten. Current league members Nebraska (1971-74) and Penn State (1979-83) did so prior to their membership in the league. The Badgers improved to 16-14 all-time in bowl games. The loss had to seem like a rerun for Miami (7-6): Taylor ran for 130 yards in Wisconsin’s 34-24 win over the Hurricanes last season in the Orange Bowl.
[THREE // boilers beat by auburn in music city bowl]
Quarterback David Blough threw for 184 yards, 94 of which went to freshman standout Rondale Moore, but Purdue could not bounce back after a fast start by Auburn, falling 63-14 in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Friday. After opening the season 0-3, the Boilermakers rallied to go 6-3 to close the season and reach a bowl game for the second season in a row.
[FOUR // gators get past michigan in peach bowl]
No. 10-ranked Florida ran for 257 yards to spoil No. 8-ranked Michigan’s first Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl appearance in a 41-15 final Saturday afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Shea Patterson completed 22 of 36 passes for 236 yards, and Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins led the receivers with eight and five catches, respectively. Josh Ross paced the defense with a career-best 10 tackles, while the Wolverines blocked two punts in the loss.
[FIVE // five big ten bowl games remain]
Five Big Ten football bowl games remain on the docket for the upcoming week and BigTen.org has previews available for all of them. Michigan State (7-5, 5-4 B1G) will meet Oregon (8-4, 5-4 Pac-12) in the Redbox Bowl on Monday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. ET in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The game will be nationally televised on FOX. No. 22 Northwestern (8-5, 8-1 B1G) will take on No. 17 Utah (9-4, 6-3 Pac-12) in the 41st annual San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl on Monday, Dec. 31. This year’s game at SDCCU Stadium will kick off at 7 p.m. ET on FS1. Iowa (8-4, 5-4 B1G) is set to square off against No. 18 Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC) in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 in Tampa, Florida. Kickoff for the Hawkeyes and Bulldogs is noon ET live on ESPN2 from Raymond James Stadium. No. 12 Penn State (9-3, 6-3 B1G) will battle No. 14 Kentucky (9-3, 5-3 SEC) in the VRBO Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. (ET). The game will air on ABC. Also on New Year’s Day, No. 6 and Big Ten Champion Ohio State (12-1, 8-1 B1G) is set to do battle with No. 9 and Pac-12 Champion Washington (10-3, 7-2 Pac-12) in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. ET, with ESPN providing coverage from Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.
[SIX // men’s basketball wraps up non-conference play]
Big Ten men’s basketball programs wrapped up non-conference action this week with the league’s 14 teams compiling a 121-32 overall record for a 79.1 win percentage after going 11-2 to close out the slate. Thirteen of the 14 programs ended non-conference play having won more than half of their games, led by unbeaten Michigan at 13-0, which was a 74-52 victor over Binghamton on Sunday. The Wolverines are now just four undefeated teams in the country. Ohio State scored an 82-64 win on Saturday to move to 12-1 on the season, while Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Nebraska are 11-2, followed by Wisconsin at 10-3. The Hawkeyes’ two setbacks came in league play, which means their 72-67 win over Bryant on Saturday gave them their first undefeated non-conference schedule for the first time since the 1986-87 season.
[SEVEN // women’s basketball opens big ten play]
The 2018-19 Big Ten women’s basketball conference season tipped off this past week with 12 conference schools in action Friday (highlighted by a BTN tripleheader), while No. 16/16 Iowa and No. 21/22 Michigan State began conference play on Sunday afternoon with a nationally-televised game on ESPN2. The Spartans scored an 84-70 victory over the Hawkeyes in that Sunday matinee to join Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue and Rutgers with 1-0 starts. Despite the loss, Iowa’s Megan Gustafson scored 30 points and added 14 rebounds to pass former teammate Ally Disterhoft (2,102 points) as the program’s all-time scoring leader. She moved to No. 1 with her 892nd career field goal late in the first quarter. With a 45-41 win over Northwestern, Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer became the first Big Ten women’s basketball coach to record 200 victories in conference play. Also making headlines was Sharon Versyp, who became Purdue’s all-time coaching leader in Big Ten wins (121), and coupled with her nine wins at Indiana in 2005-06, moved to within six of former Ohio State coach Jim Foster (136) for fifth all-time.
[EIGHT // iowa grapplers claim midlands title]
With the help of two individual crowns, Iowa captured the team title at the 56thKen Kraft Midlands Championships on Sunday inside the Sears Centre Arena. The Hawkeyes scored 184 points to win their 28th Midlands title, 10 of which have been led by head coach Tom Brands. Northern Iowa followed the Hawkeyes with 119.5 points, host Northwestern came in third with 110 points, and Wisconsin followed in fourth with 97.5 points. At 125 pounds, Northwestern’s Sebastian Rivera, the No. 2 seed, defeated top-seeded Spencer Lee of Iowa in a 7-3 decision. Iowa’s Austin Desanto earned the 133-pound title as the No. 2 seed in a 15-5 major decision victory, while teammate Max Murin finished runner-up at 141. Top-seeded Ryan Deakin of Northwestern claimed the 157-poound title over Iowa’s Kaleb Young with a 6-2 decision. The Hawkeyes’ Alex Marinelli, the No. 2 seed, placed first at 165 with a 4-3 decision over top-seeded Evan Wick of Wisconsin. Iowa’s Cash Wilcke placed second overall as the two-seed at 184, as did No. 8 seed Conan Jennings of Northwestern at 285.
[NINE // minnesota wrestling goes unbeaten at south beach duals]
Minnesota finished off the South Beach Duals in historic fashion with a 51-0 rout over Kent State followed by a 36-6 victory over No. 22 Utah Valley on Sunday. The Gophers’ 51-0 victory was the program’s first time scoring over 50 points since a Nov. 29, 2008 dual against Portland State and the first time notching a shutout since Nov. 24, 2012 against Itasca Community College. On Saturday, the Gophers defeated No. 16 Lehigh 25-9 before finishing off No.12 North Carolina 29-1. Indiana also scored an upset over the Tarheels, defeating UNC 19-16 to mark the Hoosiers’ first win over a top-15 opponent since Feb. 25, 2008. Michigan State posted a 2-2 mark with wins over SIU Edwardsville and West Virginia, while Purdue also split at the South Beach Duals.
[TEN // buckeyes take two on the ice]
Finally this week, Ohio State picked up a pair of wins on the ice as its hockey team scored 3-1 and 5-4 victories over Mercyhurst. Minnesota split with a pair with Ferris State, capturing the first contest on Friday, 5-3, before dropping a 3-2 decision the following night. On Sunday, Michigan and Michigan State both dropped their respective openers at the Great Lakes Invitational.