Jackson's Big Ten report: Spartans looking good

Jackson's Big Ten report: Spartans looking good




Ohio State    7    0    11    0

Wisconsin    6    1    9    2

Penn State    3    4    6    5

Indiana    2    5    4    7

Illinois    1    6    4    7

Purdue    0    7    1    10


Michigan State    7    0    10    1

Nebraska    5    2    8    3

Minnesota    4    3    8    3

Iowa    4    3    7    4

Michigan    3    4    7    4

Northwestern    0    7    4    7


Illinois 20, Purdue 16

Iowa 24, Michigan 21

Michigan St. 30, N’western 6

Nebraska 23,  Penn St. 20, OT

Wisconsin 20, Minnesota 7

Ohio State 42,  Indiana 14


Iowa at Nebraska


Northwestern at Illinois

Purdue at Indiana

Minnesota at Michigan State

Ohio State at Michigan

Penn State  at Wisconsin


Carlos Hyde, Ohio State. The Buckeyes running back, who ran wild against the Illini last week, rushed for 117 in the romp against Indiana to become the first running back in Urban Meyer’s 12 years as a head coach to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

Paul Bunyan’s Axe, Wisconsin. Madison is one of the top destination spots in the Big Ten, and the Wisconsin-Minnesota rivalry trophy has been spending a lot of time in Barry Alvarez’s neighborhood. With Saturday’s win, the Badgers have beaten the Gophers in 10 straight games, the longest streak by either team since the series began in 1890.

Spectators, Iowa. There were 65,708 of them packed inside Kinnick Stadium on Senior Day, and their toughness — kickoff temperature of 18 degrees and a wind chill of zero in what Iowa officials believe to be the coldest game in the 84-year history of the stadium — was rewarded.

Streakers, Ohio State. The Buckeyes won their 23rd consecutive game, eclipsing the school record of 22 set from 1967 to ’69 when hard-hitting Jack Tatum was terrorizing Big Ten ball carriers. It currently stands as the longest win streak in the nation.

Offense, Indiana. It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Hoosiers, but despite being limited to 17 total points in back-to-back losses to Wisconsin and Ohio State, Kevin Wilson’s squad continues to set records. Indiana’s 5,410 yards, 30 passing touchdowns and 54 total touchdowns are program records.

■ “The Year ‘13 is over here in a week, and good riddance. There’s something about that number I don’t like.” — Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, after his team’s seventh straight loss dropped it from bowl contention.


Looking good: Michigan State. We’ve long known the Spartans were going bowling. But Saturday’s win at Northwestern clinched the Legends Division title, setting up a date with Ohio State in the Big Ten title game. Win in Indianapolis and Mark Dantonio can send Sparty to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1987 season.

Looking bad: Indiana. The Hoosiers were up against it entering Saturday, needing a win on the road against No. 4 Ohio State and another in the season finale against rival Purdue to reach bowl eligibility. Wilson’s squad will have plenty of free time over the holidays, leaving the 2007 Insight Bowl appearance as the program’s lone postseason game in the last 20 years.

With 276 yards, Nathan Scheelhaase became the 10th player in Big Ten history — and second Illini — to amass 10,000 yards of total offense in a career.

Illini, Years    Yards

Juice Williams, 2006-09    10,594

Nathan Scheelhaase, 2010-13    10,272

Kurt Kittner, 1998-2001    8,880

Jack Trudeau, 1981-85    8,640

Jason Verduzco, 1989-92    7,256

Tony Eason, 1981-82    7,002

Johnny Johnson, 1992-94    5,358

Jon Beutjer, 2002-04    5,158

Jeff George, 1988-89    4,767

Robert Holcombe, 1994-97    4,105

Aug. 31    UI 42, Southern Illinois 34

Sept. 7    UI 45, Cincinnati 17

Sept. 14    Washington 34, UI 24

Sept. 28    UI 50, Miami (Ohio) 14

Oct. 5    Nebraska 39, UI 19

Oct. 19     Wisconsin 56, UI 32

Oct. 26     Michigan State 42, UI 3

Nov. 2     Penn State 24, UI 17 (OT)

Nov. 9     Indiana 52, UI 35

Nov. 16     Ohio State 60, UI 35

Nov. 23    UI 20, Purdue 16

Nov. 30     vs. Northwestern, 2:30 p.m.



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