BIG 10 RELEASE
THIS WEEK IN THE BIG 10
[ONE // Buckeyes beat Nittany Lions in top-ten thriller in front of record-breaking crowd]
Five Big Ten football games were on the docket this past week, with the featured matchup being Ohio State at Penn State. The No. 4 Buckeyes rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the ninth-ranked Nittany Lions in front of a record-breaking crowd of 110,889 at Beaver Stadium. Karan Higdon ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns, Shea Patterson threw 196 yards and Michigan overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Northwestern, 20-17. David Blough threw for 328 yards and accounted for two touchdowns, D.J. Knox scored twice on short runs and Purdue beat Nebraska, 42-28. Peyton Ramsey ran for a touchdown and threw another and Indiana scored on its first four possessions in beating Rutgers, 24-17. Elsewhere in the league, Brian Lewerke ran for two touchdowns in the first half as Michigan State beat Central Michigan, 31-20.
[TWO // Eleven football students named Campbell trophy watch list]
Eleven Big Ten students are among the 179 semifinalists for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy, it was announced Wednesday by the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Football Hall of Fame. Now in its 29th year, the Campbell Trophy is presented annually to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. Representing the Big Ten as this year’s Campbell Trophy semifinalists are Illinois’ Nick Allegretti, Indiana’s Wes Martin, Iowa’s Parker Hesse, Michigan’s Noah Furbush, Michigan State’s Khari Willis, Minnesota’s Jared Weyler, Nebraska’s Mick Stoltenberg, Penn State’s Trace McSorley, Purdue’s David Blough, Rutgers’ Zack Heeman and Wisconsin’s D’Cota Dixon.
[THREE // Ready to talk hoops]
The Big Ten announced the 36 men’s basketball standouts, including 18 seniors, tentatively scheduled to attend Big Ten Men’s Basketball Media Day on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. The list of students scheduled to attend features 17 returning All-Big Ten selections from the 2017-18 season, including first-team All-Big Ten honorees James Palmer Jr. of Nebraska, Carsen Edwards of Purdue, Ethan Happ of Wisconsin along with second-team selections Juwan Morgan of Indiana and Jordan Murphy of Minnesota. Additional 2017-18 All-Big Ten selections making the trip to Chicago include: Illinois’ Trent Frazier, Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook, Maryland’s Anthony Cowan Jr., Michigan State’s Nick Ward and Cassius Winston, Nebraska’s Isaac Copeland Jr., Northwestern’s Dererk Pardon and Penn State’s Lamar Stevens. Three members of the 2017-18 All-Freshman team will be represented: Frazier, Maryland’s Bruno Fernando and Wisconsin’s Brad Davison. All-Defensive Team selections from 2017-18 include Cowan and Penn State’s Josh Reaves. Six attendees earned 2017-18 Academic All-Big Ten honors: Illinois’ Aaron Jordan, Indiana’s Zach McRoberts, Iowa’s Nicholas Baer, Michigan’s Charles Matthews, Northwestern’s Vic Law and Purdue’s Grady Eifert. All 14 conference coaches will also be in attendance.
[FOUR // Huskers, gophers tied atop volleyball standings]
No. 3 Nebraska gave No. 7 Illinois its first loss of the volleyball season on Saturday with a 3-1 victory in Champaign, and now sits tied atop the Big Ten standing sat 4-0. The Huskers, who blanked Northwestern earlier in the week, are tied with No. 6 Minnesota for first place as the Gophers shut out No. 5 Wisconsin on Wednesday and then swept Indiana on Friday. Illinois and Wisconsin are now tied for second in the league at 3-1. No. 5 Wisconsin responded after the Minnesota loss with a 3-0 win over No. 16 Purdue. In the only other top-20 contest this past week, No. 9 Penn State shut out No. 7 Michigan on Sunday.
[FIVE // Minnesota’s Samedy named AVCA national player of the week]
Minnesota’s sophomore right side hitter Stephanie Samedy was named this past Tuesday the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week, announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). This is the ninth Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week in program history, and the first since Sarah Wilhite on November 29, 2016.
[SIX // Upsets headline Sunday’s action in the men’s soccer]
The Wisconsin men’s soccer program netted the stunner of the week with a 1-0 victory over No. 5/6 Michigan State in East Lansing on Sunday. In non-conference action Sunday, Maryland stunned No. 18 Coastal Carolina on Sunday, 3-1. Following a 2-0 blanking of Northwestern on Saturday, No. 19/14 Michigan sits atop the Big Ten men’s soccer standings with 10 points, while No. 2/2 Indiana is second overall. The Hoosiers scored a 2-0 shut-out of Penn State on Sunday to bring them to nine points total on the Big Ten season. In other action this past week, Rutgers scored a 3-2 victory over Ohio State.
[SEVEN // Nebraska holding down women’s soccer standings]
With a 1-0 upset victory over No. 24 Penn State on Thursday, followed by a 1-1 tie at Ohio State on Sunday, the Nebraska women’s soccer team is in first place in the league standing sat 14 points. Rutgers sits second in the standings with 11 points. The Scarlet Knights battled No. 22 Wisconsin to a scoreless draw on Friday and knocked off Minnesota 2-1 in double overtime on Sunday. The Golden Gophers are now tied Ohio State for third with 10 points.
[EIGHT // Soccer tournaments heading back to grand park]
The Big Ten men’s and women’s soccer tournament semifinal and championship games will return to Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, for the 2018 season, the conference announced Thursday. As the tournaments return to Grand Park, it serves as the third year for a neutral-site tournament for the men and the second year for the women. The women’s tournament is slated to begin Oct. 28 with the top four seeds hosting the quarterfinal games on campus. The tournament will move to Grand Park for the two semifinal games on Friday, Nov. 2 and the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 4.
[NINE // Hockey announces preseason honors and season changes]
Ohio State was tabbed the favorite in the 2018-19 Big Ten hockey preseason coaches’ poll, the conference announced this past Monday. The coaches also selected a 15-member Preseason Watch List, including six unanimous honorees. In addition, the Big Ten also announced overtime changesand television distinctions.
[TEN // Big Ten announces four staff additions]
Finally this week, the Big Ten is pleased to announce the hiring of four new staff members. Cori Daizovi will serve as Administrative Assistant for Officiating Services, Andy Homa assumes the role of Officiating Services Intern, Leigh McGuirk has been named the Bob Hammel Communications Intern, and Mariah Turner has been selected as the C.D. Henry Intern.