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HONORING LEGENDS. BUILDING LEADERS.
BIG TEN FOOTBALL
WEEKLY RELEASE - OCTOBER 22, 2012
Contact: Scott Chipman, Assistant Commissioner, Communications • Ofce: 847-696-1010 ext. 141 • E-mail: schipman@bigten.org • Cell: 630-936-6005 • Twitter: @B1Gfootball
• Fih week of Big Ten play features four intra-divisioncontests this weekend.• Ohio State improves to 8-0, the only team in thenaon with eight victories this season.• Michigan becomes rst program in NCAA history toreach 900 victories.• Wisconsin reaches bowl eligibility, Michigan andNebraska one victory away.• Several Big Ten standouts already appear on BigTen’s all-me single-season leaders lists.
TOP STORIES
WEEK 8 RESULTS
We’re Halfway There:
The Big Ten season willpass the midway point this weekend. Four teamsin the Legends Division are within two games of division leader Michigan, which boasts a 3-0 markin conference play and 1-0 record within the divi-sion. Nebraska and Iowa are tied for second inthe standings with 2-1 marks, while Northwesternholds a 2-2 record. Three teams within theLeaders Division have three or more conferencewins this season, including two with unblemishedrecords. Ohio State and Penn State are undefeat-ed this season, with the Buckeyes moving to 4-0and the Nittany Lions improving to 3-0 with winslast weekend, while Wisconsin is third in thestandings with a 3-1 mark.
Key Divisional Showdowns:
Four intra-divisionalmatchups this week will help shape the races forthe Legends and Leaders Division titles. In theLegends Division, Michigan travels to Nebraska in amatchup pitting two of the top teams in the divi-sion. The Wolverines and Huskers are each 1-0 inthe division, but Nebraska can pull even in thestandings with a victory. Also, Iowa travels toNorthwestern in a battle to keep pace in the racefor the division crown. In the Leaders Division, ashowdown of unbeaten conference teams will beone of the key matchups in the race for this year’sdivision championship when 4-0 Ohio State takeson 3-0 Penn State. A border battle betweenIndiana and Illinois rounds out the slate of division-al matchups on Saturday.
Booming Buckeyes:
Ohio State saw its recordimprove to 8-0 this season after rallying todefeat Purdue last Saturday in a 29-22 overtimethriller. The Buckeyes are the only team in thenation with eight victories on the season, andone of 11 teams in the country boasting anunblemished record in 2012. Head coach UrbanMeyer became the third coach in program histo-ry to win eight straight contests to begin his ten-ure. It marks just the fifth time since 1905 a BigTen coach has won eight more games to begin acoaching tenure. Ohio State’s Carol Widdoeswon 12 straight from 1944-45 and Buckeye men-tor Earle Bruce opened with an 11-0 mark in1979, equaling the start of Michigan’s BennieOosterbaan from 1948-49. Former Wisconsincoach William Juneau began his career with ninevictories from 1912-13.
Unparalleled Feat:
With Michigan’s victory overMichigan State on Saturday, the Wolverinesrecorded the 900th victory in program history.The all-time winningest program in NCAA history,Michigan is one of three Big Ten programs rankedamong the top five winningest programs in thecountry, with Nebraska fourth and Ohio Statefifth, and has 37 more victories than the nextclosest team.
SATURDAY, OCT. 20
Wisconsin def. Minnesota, 38-13#7/-/- Ohio State def. Purdue, 29-22 (OT)*#23/25/- Michigan def. Michigan State, 12-10*Navy def. Indiana, 31-30Nebraska def. Northwestern, 29-28*Penn State def. Iowa, 38-14Bye: Illinois
Rankings: AP/USA Today/Harris* Indicates Divisional Game
2012 CONFERENCE & OVERALL STANDINGS
LEGENDS DIVISIONLEADERS DIVISION
 
Conference Games All GamesW-L PCT H A Div. Strk W-L PCT H A N Top 25^ Strk
1. Michigan 3-0 1.000 2-0 1-0 1-0 W3 5-2 .714 4-0 1-1 0-1 0-2 W32. Nebraska 2-1 .667 1-0 1-1 1-0 W1 5-2 .714 4-0 1-2 0-0 1-1 W1Iowa 2-1 .667 1-1 1-0 2-0 L1 4-3 .571 2-3 1-0 1-0 0-0 L14. Northwestern 2-2 .500 1-1 1-1 1-1 L1 6-2 .750 4-1 2-1 0-0 0-0 L15. Michigan State 1-3 .250 0-2 1-1 0-2 L2 4-4 .500 2-3 2-1 0-0 1-3 L26. Minnesota 0-3 .000 0-1 0-2 0-2 L3 4-3 .571 3-1 1-2 0-0 0-0 L3 
Conference Games All GamesW-L PCT H A Div. Strk W-L PCT H A N Top 25^ Strk
1. Ohio State* 4-0 1.000 2-0 2-0 2-0 W4 8-0 1.000 6-0 2-0 0-0 2-0 W8Penn State* 3-0 1.000 1-0 2-0 1-0 W3 5-2 .714 3-1 2-1 0-0 1-0 W53. Wisconsin 3-1 .750 2-0 1-1 2-0 W3 6-2 .750 5-0 1-2 0-0 0-1 W34. Purdue 0-3 .000 0-2 0-1 0-2 L3 3-4 .429 3-2 0-2 0-0 0-2 L3Indiana 0-3 .000 0-2 0-1 0-1 L3 2-5 .286 1-3 1-2 0-0 0-1 L5Illinois 0-3 .000 0-1 0-2 0-2 L3 2-5 .286 2-2 0-3 0-0 0-1 L4
^ AP or USA Today * Ineligible for postseason play 
WEEK 9 SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, OCT. 27
Iowa at Northwestern*Noon ET - ESPN2Indiana at Illinois*Noon ET - BTNMichigan State at #-/25/- Wisconsin3:30 p.m. ET - ABC (regional), ESPN2 (outer market)Purdue at Minnesota3:30 p.m. - BTN#9/-/- Ohio State at Penn State*5:30 p.m. - ESPN#20/20/20 Michigan at Nebraska*8 p.m. ET - ESPN2
Rankings: AP/USA Today/Harris* Indicates Divisional Game
BIG TEN. BIG NEWS.
There are many ways to keep up with the latest Big Tenfootball news. The Big Ten football blog can be accesseddirectly at www.bigten.org/blog/football and will featuredaily notes. You can also keep track of Big Ten football in
real-me by following the conference on Twier @Big
-
TenConf and @B1Gfootball or become a fan of the Big Ten
Conference on Facebook and receive exclusive updates.
FOLLOW THE BIG TEN
 
HONORING LEGENDS. BUILDING LEADERS.
BIG TEN FOOTBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - WEEK 9 2
Stringing the Wins Together:
Penn State coach Bill O’Brien guided the Nittany Lions to their fifthconsecutive victory after defeating Iowa on Saturday, making him one of three Penn State coach-es in history to win five straight games in his first season. It marks the second time this season acoach has won at least five consecutive games in his debut season, as O’Brien matched the featby Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, who has guided the Buckeyes to an 8-0 start. Among current BigTen coaches, only two other mentors have won at least five straight contests in their debut sea-sons. Michigan’s Brady Hoke won six consecutive contests to begin his coaching tenure in AnnArbor in 2011, while Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema rattled off nine consecutive victories to end hisinaugural season in Madison in 2006.
We Are Going Bowling:
With its victory over Minnesota in the annual battle for Paul Bunyan’sAxe, Wisconsin earned its sixth victory of the season to become bowl eligible for the 11th consec-utive season. The Badgers eye their 24th overall postseason appearance, representing the Big Ten
in the last two Rose Bowl Games. Wisconsin is the second Big Ten team to earn its eligibility.Northwestern became bowl eligible for the sixth straight season after knocking off the Gophers
on Oct. 13.
Others Not Far Behind:
While Northwestern and Wisconsin have already clinched bowl eligibility,two other conference teams are within one victory from reaching the standard, while three oth-ers are two triumphs from achieving the feat. Victories on Saturday brought Michigan andNebraska one step closer to earning bowl eligibility. The Wolverines, who have advanced to 41bowls in program history, defeated in-state rival Michigan State to move within one triumph of the six-win mark. Nebraska rallied to defeat Northwestern, moving the Huskers, who haveadvanced to 48 postseason games in their history, to within one victory from becoming bowl eli-gible. Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota need two victories each to become bowl eligible.
Closing the Gap:
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball continues to climb the Big Ten careerrecords lists, while also closing in on the all-time NCAA record for total touchdowns. With twomore rushing touchdowns against Minnesota on Saturday, Ball climbed into a tie for second placeon the conference’s all-time rushing touchdowns list with former Indiana running back AnthonyThompson with 68 career rushing scores. The two touchdowns brought his career touchdowntotal to 74, just four off the NCAA record of 78, held by Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio).
Single-Season Milestone Tracker:
Midway through the Big Ten season, several conference stand-outs are already appearing among the conference’s all-time single-season statistical leaders. A pairof conference quarterbacks are closing in on 1,000 yards rushing as Ohio State’s Braxton Miller has959 and Michigan’s Denard Robinson has 900 yards, good for sixth and seventh, respectively. BigTen quarterbacks have rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season three times, with Robinsonachieving the feat in 2010 and 2011, while Indiana’s Antwaan Randle El did so in 2000. Nebraska’sTaylor Martinez appears in the top 10 in completion percentage and pass efficiency, having complet-ed 67 percent of this passes with a 162.8 efficiency rating this year. Northwestern’s Venric Mark isamong the all-time single-season leaders in punt return average at 25.1, ranking second only to
Ohio State’s Ted Ginn, Jr., who averaged 25.6 yards per return in 2004.
Packing The House:
Each Big Ten matchup last weekend was staged in front of a full house, as allfive conference tilts saw capacity crowds in attendance. In the annual battle for Paul Bunyan’sAxe, Camp Randall Stadium welcomed 80,587 fans for the Wisconsin-Minnesota rivalry game,while 105,290 fans flocked to Ohio Stadium for the overtime thriller between Ohio State andPurdue. The in-state showdown between Michigan and Michigan State saw 113,833 fans passthrough the Michigan Stadium turnstiles, while Ryan Field was packed to capacity as 47,330patrons were on hand for the Nebraska-Northwestern tilt. Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium was once againa sellout as 70,585 fans enjoyed the primetime contest between Iowa and Penn State.
Coach, School Career (Yrs) At School (Yrs) Big Ten OnlyLEGENDS DIVISION
Kirk Ferentz, IOWA 112-90 (17th) 100-69 (14th) 60-48Brady Hoke, MICH 63-54 (10th) 16-4 (2nd) 9-2Mark Dantonio, MSU 66-43 (9th) 48-26 (6th) 28-16Jerry Kill, MINN 134-85 (19th) 7-12 (2nd) 2-9Bo Pelini, NEB 44-18 (5th) 44-18 (5th) 7-4Pat Fitzgerald, NU 46-38 (7th) 46-38 (7th) 23-29
LEADERS DIVISION
Tim Beckman, ILL 23-21 (4th) 2-5 (1st) 0-3Kevin Wilson, IND 3-16 (2nd) 3-16 (2nd) 0-11Urban Meyer, OSU 112-23 (11th) 8-0 (1st) 4-0Bill O’Brien, PSU 5-2 (1st) 5-2 (1st) 3-0Danny Hope, PUR 54-47 (9th) 19-25 (4th) 10-17Bret Bielema, WIS 66-21 (7th) 66-21 (7th) 36-16
BIG TEN COACHING RECORDSBIG TEN. BIG NEWS.
BIG TENPLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Oensive Player of the WeekTaylor Marnez, NebraskaJr., QB, Corona, Calif./Centennial
Accounted for 407 yards of total oense and four
touchdowns to help Nebraska to a 29-28 road victoryagainst Northwestern on Saturday
Engineered two fourth-quarter scoring drives, erasinga 12-point decit and tying the largest fourth-quarter
comeback in school history
Threw for 342 yards, the second-most of his career, andthree touchdowns on 27 compleons, adding 65 yards on
the ground and a score
Wins his fourth career Big Ten Oensive Player of the
Week award and third this season
Last Nebraska Oensive Player of the Week:Taylor Marnez (Oct. 1, 2012)
Defensive Player of the WeekJordan Hill, Penn StateSr., DT, Steelton, Pa./Steelton-Highspire
Recorded a season-high nine tackles in Penn State’s 38-14
victory at Iowa on Saturday
Credited with two tackles for loss, including one sack,
and a quarterback hurry
Was part of the Penn State defense that held Iowa to 209
yards, including 20 yards on the ground and 2-for-12 onthird down
Wins the rst Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award
of his career
Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week:Gerald Hodges (Oct. 8, 2012)
Special Teams Player of the WeekBrendan Gibbons, MichiganJr., K, West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman
Was a perfect three-for-three in eld goal aemptsagainst Michigan State, boong the game-winning eldgoal with ve seconds remainingConverted on aempts from 21, 24 and 38 yards, thelaer of which clinched the 12-10 victory to help
Michigan reclaim the Paul Bunyan Trophy
Has made seven consecuve eld goal aempts andranks eighth all-me in school history with 24 eld goalsWins his rst Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week
award
Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week:
Zoltan Mesko (Oct. 11, 2009)
Freshman of the WeekKyle Carter, Penn StateTE, Bear, Del./William Penn
Hauled in six catches, tying his career high, for a career-best 85 yards in his rst start for Penn StateAll six catches came in the rst half, helping the PennState oense score 24 unanswered points to begin
the game
Wins his rst Big Ten Freshman of the Week accoladeLast Penn State Freshman of the Week:
Deion Barnes (Sept. 17, 2012)
 
HONORING LEGENDS. BUILDING LEADERS.
BIG TEN FOOTBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - WEEK 9 3
(Number in parenthesis indicates totaltimes a Big Ten team will face an opponentfrom this conference.) 
ACC (2) 1-1
Boston College 1-0Virginia 0-1
Big 12 (1) 0-1
Iowa State 0-1
Big East (3) 3-0
Syracuse (2) 2-0Temple 1-0
Big Sky (1) 1-0
Idaho State 1-0
Big South (1) 1-0
Charleston Southern 1-0
Colonial (1) 1-0
New Hampshire 1-0
Conference USA (5) 5-0
Central Florida 1-0Marshall 1-0Southern Miss 1-0UAB 1-0UTEP 1-0
Great West (1) 1-0
South Dakota 1-0
Independent (5) 1-4
Navy (2) 1-1Notre Dame (3) 0-3
MAC (12) 9-3
Ball State 0-1Central Michigan (2) 1-1Eastern Michigan (2) 2-0Massachusetts (2) 2-0Miami (Ohio) 1-0Northern Illinois 1-0Ohio 0-1Western Michigan (2) 2-0
Missouri Valley (3) 3-0
Indiana State 1-0Northern Iowa (2) 2-0
Mountain West (3) 3-0
Air Force 1-0Boise State 1-0UNLV 1-0
Ohio Valley (1) 1-0
Eastern Kentucky 1-0
Pac-12 (4) 1-3
Arizona State 0-1California 1-0Oregon State 0-1UCLA 0-1
SEC (2) 1-1
Alabama 0-1Vanderbilt 1-0
Sun Belt (1) 1-0
Arkansas State 1-0
WAC (2) 1-1
Louisiana Tech 0-1Utah State 1-0Combined non-conference record: 34-14
NON-CONFERENCESCHEDULE
BIG TEN IN THE NCAA TOP 30
according to NCAA national database as of Oct. 21
Rk Player, School StascTOTAL OFFENSE
14. Denard Robinson, MICH 309.1420. Braxton Miller, OSU 292.88
22. Taylor Marnez, NEB 288.29
RUSHING YARDS PER GAME
7. Denard Robinson, MICH 128.5711. Le’Veon Bell, MSU 123.0012. Montee Ball, WIS 122.7515. Braxton Miller, OSU 119.8818. Venric Mark, NU 114.38
PASS EFFICIENCY
15. Taylor Marnez, NEB 162.79
RECEPTIONS PER GAME
19. Allen Robinson, PSU 6.71
RECEIVING YARDS PER GAME
22. Jared Abbrederis, WIS 89.57
ALL-PURPOSE YARDS
5. Venric Mark, NU 183.758. Ameer Abdullah, NEB 174.7121. Le’Veon Bell, MSU 146.13
SCORING PER GAME
21. Carlos Hyde, OSU 10.0023. Montee Ball, WIS 9.75
TACKLES PER GAME
2. Anthony Hitchens, IOWA 12.2913. Mike Taylor, WIS 10.5015. James Morris, IOWA 10.29
Rk Player, School StascSACKS PER GAME
30. Eric Marn, NEB 0.79
D.L. Wilhite, MINN 0.79
INTERCEPTIONS PER GAME
6. Landon Feichter, PUR 0.57
22. Michael Mau, PSU 0.43
Josh Johnson, PUR 0.43
PUNT RETURN AVERAGE
1. Venric Mark, NU 25.1017. Ameer Abdullah, NEB 13.93
PUNTING AVERAGE
16. Mike Sadler, MSU 43.5017. Cody Webster, PUR 43.46
FIELD GOALS PER GAME
5. Mike Meyer, IOWA 2.008. Dan Conroy, MSU 1.88
24. Brendan Gibbons, MICH 1.43
Mitch Ewald, IND 1.43
Rk School StascSCORING OFFENSE
12. Nebraska 41.5721. Ohio State 39.00
TOTAL OFFENSE
12. Nebraska 512.4325. Indiana 465.00
PASSING OFFENSE
18. Indiana 303.14
Rk School StascRUSHING OFFENSE
6. Nebraska 279.0010. Ohio State 249.6317. Northwestern 223.6318. Michigan 222.57
TOTAL DEFENSE
5. Michigan State 277.1310. Michigan 286.0018. Wisconsin 315.6322. Penn State 322.7127. Minnesota 331.71
PASS DEFENSE
4. Michigan 143.006. Minnesota 154.4310. Nebraska 169.7116. Michigan State 176.88
RUSH DEFENSE
12. Michigan State 100.2521. Penn State 113.0023. Wisconsin 114.0029. Northwestern 121.2530. Ohio State 121.63
SCORING DEFENSE
11. Michigan State 15.2513. Penn State 15.7116. Michigan 16.4321. Wisconsin 17.7528. Iowa 20.14
TURNOVER MARGIN
14. Penn State 1.1418. Northwestern 1.0025. Iowa 0.86
INDIVIDUAL LEADERSLEGENDS DIVISIONSchool Does Not Play:
Iowa Illinois, Ohio State, WisconsinMichigan Indiana, Penn State, WisconsinMichigan State Illinois, Penn State, PurdueMinnesota Indiana, Ohio State, Penn StateNebraska Illinois, Indiana, PurdueNorthwestern Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin
LEADERS DIVISIONSchool Does Not Play:
Illinois Iowa, Michigan State, NebraskaIndiana Michigan, Minnesota, NebraskaOhio State Iowa, Minnesota, NorthwesternPenn State Michigan, Michigan State, MinnesotaPurdue Michigan State, Nebraska, NorthwesternWisconsin Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern
2012 NO PLAYSWEEKLY COACHES TELECONFERENCE
The Big Ten Conference football coaches weekly media teleconferences are held on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
CT and connue through November 20. The calls are available for playback roughly two hours following the con
-clusion of each call through Thursday of each week. They will also be archived online at www.bigten.org. Contact
the Big Ten Communicaons oce for the phone number and weekly passcode.The coaches order on each call is as follows. All mes are CT.
LEGENDS DIVISION COACHES
11:00 a.m. - Brady Hoke, Michigan11:10 a.m. - Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern11:20 a.m. - Bo Pelini, Nebraska11:30 a.m. - Mark Dantonio, Michigan State11:40 a.m. - Kirk Ferentz, Iowa11:50 a.m. - Jerry Kill, Minnesota
LEADERS DIVISION COACHES
12:00 p.m. - Tim Beckman, Illinois12:10 p.m. - Danny Hope, Purdue12:20 p.m. - Bill O’Brien, Penn State12:30 p.m. - Bret Bielema, Wisconsin12:40 p.m. - Urban Meyer, Ohio State12:50 p.m. - Kevin Wilson, Indiana
TEAM LEADERSTEAM LEADERS, cont.

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