BIG 10 RELEASE

THIS WEEK IN THE BIG 10

[ONE // six football teams pick up wins in big ten opener]

Six Big Ten football teams picked up winsin their respective conference openers this past week, including Penn State on Friday and Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin on Saturday.  Penn State scored 35 points in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 63-24 victory over Illinois on Friday night.  Freshman Anthony McFarland ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns to help the Terrapins past previously unbeaten Minnesota, 42-13. Karan Higdon ran for 136 yards and a touchdown in the first half to help Michigan build a lead and post a 56-10 win over Nebraska.  Brian Lewerke threw two touchdown passes, had his first career catch and made the perfect pitch to kicker Matt Coghlin for a 6-yard scoring run in Michigan State’s 35-21 victory over Indiana.  Alex Hornibrook threw a 17-yard TD pass to A.J. Taylor with 57 seconds left and Wisconsin bounced back from last week’s loss by rallying past Iowa, 28-17. Elsewhere in non-conference play, Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw for 304 yards and five touchdowns in the first half as Ohio State routed Tulane, 49-6, while Rondale Moore caught two touchdown passes and Purdue picked off four passes to beat Boston College, 30-13.  Also in action, Rutgers fell to unbeaten Buffalo.

 

[TWO // illinois tied for volleyball lead; remains unbeaten overall]

No. 8 Illinois had to go the distance at Indiana on Sunday but scored the 3-2 victory for its 13th-straight win of the volleyball season, which leaves the Fighting Illini atop the Big Ten standingsat 2-0 with Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.  The Illini did not have the only thriller on Sundayas Ohio State stunned No. 4 Penn State 3-1 in Columbus.  It was the second straight loss for the Nittany Lions as they dropped their Big Ten opener to No. 7 Minnesota 3-0 on Wednesday.  The Golden Gophers went on to blank Maryland on Saturday to get to 2-0 in league play, while Nebraska topped No. 18 Michigan 3-1 on Friday and Michigan State 3-1 on Sunday.  No. 6 Wisconsin shut out Ohio State on Wednesday and followed with a 3-1 result over Rutgers on Friday.     

 

[THREE // penn state goes distance with michigan in ann arbor]

With just five contests on the docket in Big Ten men’s soccer action this past week, Penn State garnered the headlines with a 1-1 tie at No. 21/14 Michigan on Friday.  The Nittany Lions jumped on the board early with a Christian Sload goal that came just 2:10 into the contest.  Jack Hallahan found the back of the next for the equalizer in the 70thminute to eventually extend Michigan’s unbeaten streak to six games.  Both teams currently sit atop the Big Ten standingsat 1-0-1 and with four points each.  Elsewhere, No. 5/7 Michigan State stopped Rutgers 2-1, Northwestern and Ohio State played to a scoreless draw, and Wisconsin defeated Maryland, 2-1.  In the lone non-conference contest, No. 2/2 Indiana scored a 5-0 shutout at Evansville.

 

[FOUR // four men’s soccer standouts named to senior class candidates list]

The 2018 Senior CLASS Award candidates for men’s soccer featured four Big Ten playersin Indiana’s Jeremiah Gutjahr, Michigan’s Ivo Cerda and Robbie Mertz and Michigan State’s DeJuan Jones.  The Senior CLASS Award highlights one student that excels both on the field on the and off the field. To be chosen as one of the 30 candidates a student must be a NCAA Division I senior and have noticeable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.  The list of 30 will be narrowed down to 10 candidates midway through the season, and those names will be placed on ballet voted on by media, coaches and fans. The recipient will be announced at the NCAA College Cup in December.

 

[FIVE // nebraska nabs lead in women’s soccer standings]

With a 4-3 overtime shootout win over Indiana on Friday and a 1-0 blanking of Purdue on Sunday, Nebraska successfully defended its home turf over the weekend and owns sole possession of first placein the Big Ten women’s soccer standings with 10 points.  Minnesota, Rutgers and Wisconsin all sit second with seven points. The No. 17/20 Badgers suffered a 2-0 setback at Michigan on Thursday, while the Golden Gophers played to a scoreless draw at Michigan State.  In Rutgers’ lone contest of the week, the Scarlet Knights scored a 2-1 victory at Maryland on Sunday.  Elsewhere in the conference, No. 21 Northwestern topped No. 20/18 Penn State 1-0 in Evanston on Thursday, and the Nittany Lions needed two overtimes on Saturday to earn a road win at Illinois, 2-1. Grabbing the headlines on Sunday was Ohio State scoring a 1-0 stunner in Evanston against the 21st-ranked Wildcats.  

 

[SIX // women’s soccer duo named senior class award candidates]

Two Big Ten Conference women’s soccer students — Penn State’s Emily Ogle and Rutgers’ Madison Pogarch — are among 30 candidates for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award, it was announced Wednesday. The award is presented annually to one women’s soccer senior student who has made notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.  The group of 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male and one female recipient.  The 2018 Senior CLASS Award honoree will be announced during the NCAA Women’s College Cup® in December.

 

[SEVEN // terps hold down field hockey lead]

With a 1-0 shutout of Ohio State on Friday and a 2-1 victory over Michigan on Sunday, Maryland sits in first place in the Big Ten field hockey standingsat nine points with a 3-0-0 record.  Michigan, Northwestern and Penn State trail with six points each, while the Wildcats are the lone team in the trio to have yet to drop a league contest. Northwestern scored a 2-0 blanking of Iowa on Friday and then picked up a 2-0 shutout over California in non-conference action on Sunday.  Prior to the Maryland loss, Michigan won 1-0 at Penn State on Friday, while the Nittany Lions rebounded with an 8-0 shutout over Michigan State on Sunday.

 

[EIGHT // btn tailgate returns to campus]

As football season has kicked into high gear, the first six sites for BTN Tailgate, the network’s travelling Saturday studio show, were confirmed this past week. BTN Tailgate originates from a different Big Ten campus each week during conference play, and begins at 10 a.m. ET leading into the first games of the day at noon ET.  The popular show was live at Iowa this past Saturday prior to the Hawkeyes matchup against Wisconsin.  BTN Tailgate will be at Nebraska on Sept. 29, Ohio State on Oct. 6, Penn State on Oct. 13, Wisconsin on Oct. 20 and Northwestern on Oct. 27. For more information, check out BTN’s press release here.  

 

[NINE // msu men’s golf shining at windon memorial]

Five Big Ten men’s golf teams opened action Sunday with the first two rounds of the Windon Memorialin Lake Forest, Illinois.  Michigan State stormed out of the gates with a 9-under-par 567 (281-286) to hold a seven-stroke advantage over second-place UCLA after the first day.  Northwestern (289-293—582) is sixth, Michigan (292-293—585) is 10th, and Indiana (289-301—590) and Purdue (294-296—590) are both tied for 11thin the 16-team field.  Elsewhere this past week, Iowa junior Alex Schaake paced the Hawkeyes to a runner-up finish at 11-under 565 in the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Monday. Minnesota placed 12that the Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Scottsdale, Arizona, following a 54-hole score of 843.  Maryland and Penn State were scheduled to compete in the Janney Invitational in Richmond, Virginia, but severe weather ultimately led to the cancellation of the tournament.

 

[TEN // nittany lions rally to win their own tournament; michigan, ohio state and wisconsin play wit heavy hearts]

Finally this week, a number of Big Ten women’s golf programs were in action.  Penn State captured the Nittany Lion Classic in dramatic fashion Sunday as it rallied from 11 strokes with just five holes to play to stun No. 16 Washington with a 9-under-par final round 279 to secure its 22ndtournament title. Rutgers finished third at 15-over (879).  Also on Sunday, the final round of the Mason Rudolph Championship was cancelled due to heavy rain in in Franklin, Tennessee, leaving Michigan State tied for 11that 596 (294-302). Nebraska capped a strong opening tournament with a final-round 293 to finish in third place at the 13-team Colonel Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic in Fort Collins, Colo., on Wednesday. Northwestern senior Stephanie Lau continued, firing a bogey-free 70 in Wednesday’s final round to earn a T9 finish in the elite ANNIKA Intercollegiate at Royal Golf Club.  The Wildcats finished 10that 8-over 872 (297-282-293), while Minnesota placed 12that 894 (301-296-297).  Behind top-15 efforts from newcomers Kornkamol Sukaree and Crystal Wang, the Fighting Illini tied for third with Charlotte at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship hosted by Tennessee. Illinois shot 876 (302-290-284) after a final round 284, which was the second lowest round of the day.  Maryland (292-296-303—891) placed tied for ninth, while Iowa (318-306-315—939) was 17th.  And at the East & West Match Play Challenge, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin played with heavy heartsas Iowa State withdrew prior to the final round following the tragic death of former Cyclone Celia Barquin Arozamena.  The host Wolverines and the rest of the six teams in the field wore special ribbons throughout the final round, which was dedicated in Celia’s honor.