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
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
Oensive Player of the WeekTaylor Marnez, NebraskaJr., QB, Corona, Calif./Centennial
• Accounted for 407 yards of total oense and four
touchdowns to help Nebraska to a 29-28 road victoryagainst Northwestern on Saturday
• Engineered two fourth-quarter scoring drives, erasinga 12-point decit and tying the largest fourth-quarter
comeback in school history
• Threw for 342 yards, the second-most of his career, andthree touchdowns on 27 compleons, adding 65 yards on
the ground and a score
• Wins his fourth career Big Ten Oensive Player of the
Week award and third this season
• Last Nebraska Oensive Player of the Week:Taylor Marnez (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 aemptsagainst Michigan State, boong the game-winning eldgoal with ve seconds remaining• Converted on aempts from 21, 24 and 38 yards, thelaer of which clinched the 12-10 victory to help
Michigan reclaim the Paul Bunyan Trophy
• Has made seven consecuve eld goal aempts andranks eighth all-me in school history with 24 eld goals• Wins his rst Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week
• 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 State• All six catches came in the rst half, helping the PennState oense score 24 unanswered points to begin
• Wins his rst Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade• Last Penn State Freshman of the Week:
Deion Barnes (Sept. 17, 2012)