[ONE // iowa wins big ten opener; league combines for 9-1 mark in non-conference play]

Nate Stanley threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns and Iowa rolled past Rutgers 30-0 on Saturday in its Big Ten opener.  In non-conference action, Big Ten teams combined for a 9-1 record, including impressive shutouts by Indiana (52-0 vs. Eastern Illinois), Ohio State (42-0 vs. Cincinnati), and Wisconsin (61-0 vs. Central Michigan).  Maryland, Michigan State, and Penn State were also big winners on the day as the Terrapins defeated Syracuse 63-20, the Spartans were a 51-17 victor over Western Michigan, and the Nittany Lions scored a 45-13 result over Buffalo. Elsewhere, Purdue topped Vanderbilt 42-24, Illinois won 31-23 at UConn, and Michigan survived a scare at home with a 24-21 double-overtime over Army.  Nebraska also needed overtime play, but the Huskers fell 34-31 to Colorado.  

 

[TWO // big ten volleyball closes out week two]

Big Ten volleyball closed out week two with an 18-17 record, highlighted by wins by No. 2 Nebraska in a 3-1 victory over Arizona, and No. 8 Minnesota with a 3-0 shutout over No. 7 Florida.  For a complete recap, click here.

 

[THREE // men’s soccer programs complete week two]

Big Ten men’s soccer programs took to the pitch for the second week of its young season, combing for a 7-7-2 record. Among the highlights, No. 2/7 Indiana outlasted Denver 2-1 in overtime on Friday, No. 3/13 Maryland edged UCLA 3-2, and Penn State fought to a 2-2 draw with No. 15/9 Central Florida.  For a complete look at this past week’s results, click here.

 

[FOUR // hawkeyes guide big ten women’s soccer to a competitive week]

This past week in Big Ten women’s soccer action, Iowa snagged the headlines with a 1-0 upset win at No. 14/19 NC State on Friday.  That same night, No. 8/7 Penn State and No. 22/17 West Virginia settled for a 1-1 tie in Morgantown.  All totaled, the league racked up a combined record of 12-11-4.  For a complete look at this past week’s results, click here.

 

[FIVE // field hockey closes out another week]

Big Ten field hockey programs combined for a 10-9 mark this past week, while Iowa, Maryland and Penn State sit atop the league standings with a 3-1 non-conference mark.  For a complete look at this past week’s results, click here.

 

[SIX // men’s cross country programs sweep six races]

It was a clean sweep for Big Ten men’s cross country teams as all six squads in competition scored a win in their respective races.  Penn State netted a perfect team score of 15 points at the Dolan Duals on Friday, led by Billy McDevitt’s winning 6,000-meter time of 18 minutes, 15.36 seconds. No. 8 Wisconsin kicked off its season with a home opener in thrilling fashion, as three Badgers crossed the finish line simultaneously, which aided in their win over DePaul.  Zack Snider, Andrew Schilling, and Conor Perreault finished the 8,000-meter race in an impressive 25:38.6. Minnesota split up the squads into two teams on at its four-team Oz Memorial, with Owen Hoeft leading the four-mile race with a time of 20:37.8 to push the Gold squad to a team win with 21 points.  Iowa defended its home turf with a win at the six-team Hawkeye Invitational, scoring 26 points, 25 points ahead of second-place Drake.  Nathan Mylenek led the Hawkeye men, placing second overall with a 6K time of 18:16.  Nebraska scored a victory in the 26-team Augustana Twilight in Sioux Falls, S.D., with a score of 69 points in the four-mile race.  Ryan Martins finished a team-high 10th 19:26.02.  Rutgers was the lone Big Ten team in action on Saturday, scoring a win in the 12-team Fordham Fiasco/Ed Joyce Memorial, led by a runner-up result by senior Cole Pschunder. 

 

[SEVEN // four women’s cross country programs net victories]

Four Big Ten women’s cross country teams scored victories on Friday, including No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 14 Penn State, No. 25 Minnesota and Iowa.  The Badgers opened the season in fashion, scoring a perfect team score to win the Badger Classic.  Freshman Alexa Westley was victorious in her first collegiate contest, crossing the line in 21 minutes, 58.2 seconds. At the Lock Haven Dolan Duals, the Nittany Lions were paced by Jordan Williams, who placed second with a 4K time of 14:30.03. Anastasia Korzenowski posted a winning 6K time of 21:40.3 to lead the Golden Gophers to a perfect team score at the three-team Oz Memorial.  The Hawkeyes placed four runners in the top 10, led by Megan Schott in fourth with a new personal best time of 14:14.  Elsewhere, Nebraska finished runner-up in the 25-team Augustana Twilight. The Huskers had two top-five finishes with Erika Freyhof placing third (17:01.13) and Judi Jones finishing fifth (17:34.35).

 

[EIGHT // start times and tv designations announced for men’s hoops schedule]

 The Big Ten announced the start times and television designations for the 2019-20 men’s basketball conference schedule on Thursday, which includes all 140 contests set to be broadcast nationally for the 13th consecutive season. The conference also revealed tip times and network assignments for select non-conference games.  The Big Ten schedule gets underway with all 14 teams playing one conference home and road game between Dec. 6 and Dec. 18. The conference season starts on Friday, Dec. 6 as Michigan will host Iowa on FS1 at 6:30 p.m. ET. The conference season will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2, and conclude on Sunday, March 8. 

 

[NINE // women’s basketball broadcast schedule released]

The Big Ten released the start times and television assignments for the 2019-20 women’s basketball conference schedule on Thursday afternoon, with all 126 games to be nationally produced and distributed for the sixth consecutive season. The conference also unveiled times and network designations for selected non-conference games hosted by Big Ten schools as part of Thursday’s announcement.  The Big Ten continues with an 18-game women’s basketball conference schedule this season, with each school facing five opponents twice in a home-and-away series, while playing the other eight schools once (five at home, five on the road). Conference play begins Dec. 28 and will lead up to the 27th Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, which takes place March 4-8, 2020, in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever and NBA’s Indiana Pacers.

 

[TEN // boilermakers dedicate student gate at football stadium to their biggest fan]

Finally this week, Purdue unveiled and dedicated the Tyler Trent Student Gate at Ross-Ade Stadium prior to the Boilermakers’ home-opening football game against Vanderbilt on Saturday.  The Tyler Trent Student Gate replaces Gate E on the east side of Ross-Ade. It features gold lettering and the moniker “T2,” Trent’s signature mark. Below, on Ross-Ade’s brick façade, two plaques will display Trent’s image and chronicle his remarkable story.  Trent was diagnosed with bone cancer at age 15 and died Jan. 1, 2019, at age 20.  Throughout his battle with cancer, Trent remained a Boilermaker super fan and was named an honorary football team captain. He predicted Purdue’s 49-20 upset over No. 2- ranked Ohio State on Oct. 20, 2018, sending the hashtag #TylerStrong soaring in popularity on social media. He received the Disney Spirit Award as college football’s most inspirational figure in December of 2018. The Trent family received the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award at the 2019 Sports Humanitarian Awards in July of 2019.  The date of the dedication would have been Trent’s 21st birthday.