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HONORING LEGENDS. BUILDING LEADERS.
BIG TEN FOOTBALL
WEEKLY RELEASE - NOVEMBER 12, 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
• Wisconsin punches cket back to Big Ten FootballChampionship Game.• Ohio State clinches share of Leaders Division tle;wins outright tle with one win in nal two games• Michigan, Nebraska remain in the hunt to representLegends Division in championship game.• Minnesota reaches bowl eligibility; four otherswithin two victories of standard.• Nineteen student-athletes garner Academic All-District honors.
TOP STORIES
WEEK 11 RESULTS
SATURDAY, NOV. 10
Michigan def. #-/21/24 Northwestern, 38-31 (OT)*Wisconsin def. Indiana, 62-14*Purdue def. Iowa, 27-24#18/16/16 Nebraska def. Penn State, 32-23Minnesota def. Illinois, 17-3Byes: Michigan State, #5/-/- Ohio State
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. Nebraska 5-1 .833 3-0 2-1 3-0 W4 8-2 .800 6-0 2-2 0-0 2-1 W4Michigan 5-1 .833 3-0 2-1 3-1 W2 7-3 .700 5-0 2-2 0-1 1-2 W23. Northwestern 3-3 .500 2-1 1-2 2-2 L1 7-3 .700 5-1 2-2 0-0 0-0 L14. Minnesota 2-4 .333 1-2 1-2 0-3 W1 6-4 .600 4-2 2-2 0-0 0-0 W1Michigan State 2-4 .333 0-3 2-1 0-3 L1 5-5 .500 2-4 3-1 0-0 2-4 L1Iowa 2-4 .333 1-2 1-2 2-1 L4 4-6 .400 2-4 1-2 1-0 0-0 L4 
Conference Games All GamesW-L PCT H A Div. Strk W-L PCT H A N Top 25^ Strk
1. Ohio State*! 6-0 1.000 3-0 3-0 4-0 W6 10-0 1.000 7-0 3-0 0-0 2-0 W102. Wisconsin& 4-2 .667 2-1 2-1 3-0 W1 7-3 .700 5-1 2-2 0-0 0-1 W1Penn State* 4-2 .667 1-1 3-1 2-1 L1 6-4 .600 3-2 3-2 0-0 1-2 L14. Indiana 2-4 .333 1-3 1-1 1-2 L1 4-6 .400 2-4 2-2 0-0 0-1 L15. Purdue 1-5 .167 0-3 1-2 0-3 W1 4-6 .400 3-3 1-3 0-0 0-2 W16. Illinois 0-6 .000 0-3 0-3 0-4 L6 2-8 .200 2-4 0-4 0-0 0-2 L7
^ AP or USA Today * Ineligible for postseason play 
! Clinched share of division tle & Clinched Big Ten Championship Game berth
WEEK 12 SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, NOV. 17
Iowa at #23/23/24 Michigan*Noon ET - ESPNNorthwestern at Michigan State*Noon ET - ESPN2Indiana at Penn State*Noon ET - BTN#6/-/- Ohio State at Wisconsin*3:30 p.m. ET - ABC (regional), ESPN2 (outer market)Minnesota at 16/14/14 Nebraska*3:30 p.m. ET - BTNPurdue at Illinois*3:30 p.m. ET - BTN
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
Legends DivisionTeam Home/Away Opp. Record Big Ten Games Remaining
NEB (5-1) 1/1 4-8 MINN, @ IOWAMICH (5-1) 1/1 8-4 IOWA, @OSUNU (3-3) 1/1 2-10 @MSU, ILL
Leaders DivisionTeam Home/Away Opp. Record Big Ten Games Remaining
OSU (6-0) 1/1 9-3 @WIS, MICHPSU (4-2) 2/0 6-6 IND, WISWIS (4-2) 1/1 10-2 OSU, @PSU
Wisconsin Heading Back toIndianapolis:
With a victoryat Indiana on Saturday, Wis-
consin punched its cket to
Indianapolis to take part in thesecond annual Big Ten Football
Championship Game. The
Badgers will serve as the Lead-
ers Division representave for
the second straight seasonand will face either Michiganor Nebraska from the Legends
Division. The Big Ten FootballChampionship Game will beplayed on Saturday, Dec. 1, at
Lucas Oil Stadium with the winner earning the AmosAlonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to
play in the Rose Bowl Game. The Badgers took part inthe inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game lastyear and earned a 42-39 victory over Michigan Stateto earn a second straight conference tle and trip to
Pasadena.
Undefeated Ohio State Earns Share of LeadersDivision Title:
Despite having a bye last Saturday,
Ohio State collected at least a share of the Leaders
Division tle aer Nebraska defeated Penn State. The
undefeated Buckeyes boast a 6-0 record in conferenceplay and hold a two-game advantage over both PennState and Wisconsin with two games to play. Ohio State
returns to acon on Saturday with a road test against
the Badgers before concluding the season with a homematchup with Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State is 10-0
overall this season, the fourth me in the last 11 yearsthe school has reeled o 10 wins to start the season.
Down the Stretch They Come:
Three teams remain
in the running for the Legends Division tle withMichigan and Nebraska ed for rst at 5-1 and North
-western two games back at 3-3 with two games toplay. However, only the Wolverines and Cornhuskerscan earn a trip to Indianapolis, as even if the Wildcats
end the year ed in rst at 5-3, Nebraska would winthe three-team ebreaker based on their 2-0 record
amongst the group. If Michigan or Nebraska wins onSaturday, Northwestern will be eliminated from the
division tle race. If Michigan wins and Nebraska los
-es, Michigan will clinch at least a share of the division
tle but not a tle game berth since the Cornhuskerscan sll e for the division tle and hold the head-to-head ebreaker with the Wolverines. If Nebraska
wins and Michigan loses, Nebraska will secure at least
a share of the division tle and a championship gamespot. If both teams win or lose, the division tle and
championship game berth will be determined by each
program’s regular season nale.
The Race for Division Championships
 
HONORING LEGENDS. BUILDING LEADERS.
BIG TEN FOOTBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - WEEK 12 2
Coach, School Career (Yrs) At School (Yrs) Big Ten OnlyLEGENDS DIVISION
Kirk Ferentz, IOWA 112-93 (17th) 100-72 (14th) 60-51
Brady Hoke, MICH 65-55 (10th) 18-5 (2nd) 11-3
Mark Dantonio, MSU 67-44 (9th) 49-27 (6th) 29-17Jerry Kill, MINN 136-86 (19th) 9-13 (2nd) 4-10
Bo Pelini, NEB 47-18 (5th) 47-18 (5th) 10-4
Pat Fitzgerald, NU 47-39 (7th) 47-39 (7th) 24-30
LEADERS DIVISION
Tim Beckman, ILL 23-24 (4th) 2-8 (1st) 0-6
Kevin Wilson, IND 5-17 (2nd) 5-17 (2nd) 2-12Urban Meyer, OSU 114-23 (11th) 10-0 (1st) 6-0Bill O’Brien, PSU 6-4 (1st) 6-4 (1st) 4-2Danny Hope, PUR 55-49 (9th) 20-27 (4th) 11-19
Bret Bielema, WIS 67-22 (7th) 67-22 (7th) 37-17
BIG TEN COACHING RECORDSBIG TEN. BIG NEWS.
BIG TENPLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Oensive Co-Players of the WeekDevin Gardner, MichiganJr., QB, Detroit, Mich./Inkster
Accounted for four touchdowns, two through the air andtwo on the ground, to help Michigan to a 38-31 overme
victory over Northwestern on Saturday
Threw for 286 yards on 16 compleons, including a53-yarder with under 10 seconds in regulaon to set up agame-tying eld goalThrew touchdown passes of eight and 28 yards, and
scored on runs of one and eight yards, with the former
serving as the game-winner in overmeWins his rst Big Ten Player of the Week honorLast Michigan Oensive Player of the Week:Denard Robinson (Oct. 8, 2012)
Montee Ball, WisconsinSr., RB, Wentzville, Mo./Timberland
Rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns against
Indiana on Saturday, moving into second place on the
NCAA all-me touchdown list with 77Now has 71 career rushing touchdowns, ed with formerBadger Ron Dayne for the most in Big Ten historyPart of a Wisconsin running aack that amassed 564
rushing yards against the Hoosiers, which ranks as thesixth-most in a single game in Big Ten history
Wins the sixth Big Ten Oensive Player of the Weekhonor of his career, which is ed for fourth in conference
history, and his second this season
Last Wisconsin Oensive Player of the Week:
Montee Ball (Oct. 15, 2012)
Defensive Player of the WeekKawann Short, PurdueSr., DT, East Chicago, Ind./East Chicago Central
Posted six tackles, including a career-best four tackles for
loss, as Purdue defeated Iowa 27-24 on Saturday
Finished with ve solo tackles, including a third-quarter
sack for a 10-yard loss, to help Purdue win in Iowa City
for the rst me since 1992Part of a Purdue defense that held Iowa to just 74 yardsrushing aer entering the game averaging more than 125
yards per contest
Takes home his third career Defensive Player of the Weeklaurel and rst this seasonLast Purdue Defensive Player of the Week:
Kawann Short (Nov. 14, 2011)
Special Teams Player of the WeekBre Maher, NebraskaSr., P/K, Kearney, Neb./Kearney
Accounted for 12 points and averaged 41 yards per punt
in Nebraska’s 32-23 victory over Penn State on Saturday
Was a perfect three-for-three on eld goal tries,converng from 27, 32 and 33 yards, his fourth gamewith three or more eld goals this seasonHad 205 punng yards, including a 69-yarder in thefourth quarter, pinning the Niany Lions on their own
two-yard line to set up a Nebraska safety
Wins his sixth Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week
award, the most in Big Ten history, and third this season
Last Nebraska Special Teams Player of the Week:Bre Maher (Oct. 29, 2012)
Freshman of the WeekMason Monheim, IllinoisLB, Orrville, Ohio/Orrville
Totaled a career- and game-high 15 tackles against
Minnesota on Saturday
Finished with 1.5 tackles for loss and one-half sack, and
ranks in the top 10 in the Big Ten in tackles per gameduring Big Ten play
Wins his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week awardLast Illinois Freshman of the Week:
Mason Monheim (Oct. 1, 2012)
In the Hunt for the Leaders Division Crown:
Penn State and Wisconsin each sll have an op
-
portunity to earn a share of the Leaders Division crown, needing two Buckeye losses in the lasttwo weeks, but only one can potenally nished ed with Ohio State at the top of the standings.
Wisconsin hosts Ohio State on Saturday, where a Buckeyes’ victory would give them the outright
division tle. A Wisconsin win brings the Badgers to within one game of the division leader. Penn
State welcomes Indiana on Saturday, needing a win to maintain its hopes of sharing the divisionalcrown. Should both teams win this weekend, Penn State would host Wisconsin on Nov. 24, with
only one potenally able to share the division crown.
A Full Slate of Division Matchups:
This weekend, all six conference contests will be divisional
matchups featuring three Legends Division and three Leaders Division games. Legends Division
co-leaders Michigan and Nebraska each are at home on Saturday as the Wolverines host Iowa and
the Huskers welcome Minnesota, and Michigan State takes on Northwestern. In the Leaders Divi
-sion, undefeated Ohio State travels to Wisconsin, Penn State welcomes Indiana and Illinois hosts
Purdue. As part of divisional play, the Big Ten has instuted a ebreaker to determine the Big TenFootball Championship Game parcipants, if necessary. Aer head-to-head matchups, the nextebreaker is records within the division, which makes winning divisional games an important partof the Big Ten tle chase. See Page 11 of this release for the full ebreaker.
Running Into the Top 10:
The Wisconsin rushing aack completed one of the most successful eorts in a
single game in conference history, rushing for 564 yards against Indiana on Saturday. That total is the sixth
most in a game in Big Ten history, and the most by a conference team since 1994, when the Hoosiers alsonished with 564 rushing yards in a non-conference game against Kentucky. It is the fourth-highest total inconference games only, and the most since Michigan rushed for 573 yards against Northwestern in 1975.Three Wisconsin players rushed for more than 95 yards in the game, with Montee Ball rushing for 198yards, James White totaling 161yards and Melvin Gordon nishing with 96 yards
Nearing the Record:
Adding three more touchdowns to his career total following Wisconsin’s con-
test against Indiana on Saturday, Montee Ball connues his climb up the Big Ten and NCAA recordcharts. He is ed with former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne for the most rushing scores inBig Ten history, now with 71. In addion, Ball now has 77 total touchdowns in his career, which isone away from the all-me NCAA record held by Travis Prence of Miami (Ohio). With 198 yardson the ground against the Hoosiers, Ball also rose into the top 10 all-me in Big Ten history inrushing yards with 4,536, which ranks eighth all-me.
Minnesota Becomes Fih Bowl Eligible Squad:
With its victory at Illinois on Saturday, Minnesota won
its sixth game of the season to become the h Big Ten squad to earn bowl eligibility. The Gophers areeligible to appear in their rst postseason game since 2009, when they appeared in the Insight Bowl.Minnesota, which eyes its 15th overall appearance in program history, joins Michigan, Nebraska, North
-
western and Wisconsin as the Big Ten’s bowl eligible squads this season. Four other Big Ten teams are
within two games of the six-win standard. Michigan State needs one victory, while Indiana, Iowa and
Purdue need two wins in the nal two weekends of the season to reach bowl eligibility.
More Than a Win at Stake:
In a conference with 16 tradional rivalry trophies, one travelingkeepsake will be up for grabs this week. Illinois hosts Purdue on Saturday, the 61st meeng be
-tween the teams with the Purdue Cannon at stake. The Boilermakers hold a 31-27-2 advantage in
the series, but the Illini enjoy a 42-39-6 overall advantage.
Classroom Performers:
Big Ten student-athletes connue to excel both on the eld and in theclassroom, as 19 standouts were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Football
Teams. The conference’s honorees are Indiana’s Mark Murphy and Adam Replogle, Iowa’s SteveBigach, James Morris and James Vandenberg, Michigan State’s Max Bullough and Mike Sadler,Minnesota’s John Rabe, Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead, Sean Fisher, Jake Long and Spencer Long,Northwestern’s Brian Arnfelt and Patrick Ward, Penn State’s Brad Bars, Ben Kline, Pete Massaro
and John Urschel and Wisconsin’s Michael Troer. To be eligible for the award, a player must be inat least his second year of athlec eligibility, be a rst-team or key performer and carry a cumula
-
ve 3.30 grade point average. First-team selecons will be added to the naonal ballot and areeligible for Academic All-America honors to be announced on December 6.
 
HONORING LEGENDS. BUILDING LEADERS.
BIG TEN FOOTBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - WEEK 12 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 1-0
UAB 1-0UTEP 1-0
Great West (1) 1-0
South Dakota 1-0
Independent (5) 1-4
Navy (2) 1-1
Notre 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 1-0
UNLV 1-0
Ohio Valley (1) 1-0
Eastern Kentucky 1-0
Pac-12 (4) 1-3
Arizona State 0-1California 1-0Oregon State 0-1
UCLA 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 0-1
Utah State 1-0
Combined non-conference record: 34-14
NON-CONFERENCESCHEDULE
BIG TEN IN THE NCAA TOP 30
according to NCAA national database as of Nov. 11
Rk Player, School StascTOTAL OFFENSE
22. Braxton Miller, OSU 291.9026. Taylor Marnez, NEB 288.2028. Denard Robinson, MICH 283.13
RUSHING YARDS PER GAME
9. Le’Veon Bell, MSU 124.9011. Montee Ball, WIS 122.6913. Denard Robinson, MICH 118.2514. Venric Mark, NU 118.1015. Braxton Miller, OSU 116.60
PASS EFFICIENCY
29. Taylor Marnez, NEB 147.21
ALL-PURPOSE YARDS
6. Venric Mark, NU 191.70
13. Ameer Abdullah, NEB 158.50
23. Le’Veon Bell, MSU 145.80
SCORING PER GAME
12. Carlos Hyde, OSU 10.5017. Montee Ball, WIS 9.6023. Bre Maher, NEB 9.00
TACKLES PER GAME
4. Anthony Hitchens, IOWA 11.40
25. Ryan Shazier, OSU 9.8029. James Morris, IOWA 9.6030. Mike Taylor, WIS 9.50Damien Proby, NU 9.50
Rk Player, School StascSACKS PER GAME
25. Eric Marn, NEB 0.75D.L. Wilhite, MINN 0.75
TACKLES FOR LOSS PER GAME
27. Kawann Short, PUR 1.30
INTERCEPTIONS PER GAME
15. Landon Feichter, PUR 0.40Travis Howard, OSU 0.40
KICK RETURN AVERAGE
16. Jordan Coon, IOWA 27.93
PUNT RETURN AVERAGE
1. Vencric Mark, NU 21.6213. Ameer Abdullah, NEB 13.93
PUNTING AVERAGE
21. Mike Sadler, MSU 43.30
FIELD GOALS PER GAME
6. Dan Conroy, MSU 1.70
12. Mike Meyer, IOWA 1.60
17. Bre Maher, NEB 1.5026. Brendan Gibbons, MICH 1.40
Rk School StascSCORING OFFENSE
12. Ohio State 39.90
23. Nebraska 37.40
TOTAL OFFENSE
17. Nebraska 482.40
Rk School StascPASSING OFFENSE
26. Indiana 293.20
RUSHING OFFENSE
7. Nebraska 269.30
8. Ohio State 256.1014. Northwestern 237.5617. Wisconsin 218.80
TOTAL DEFENSE
7. Michigan State 288.00
11. Michigan 302.9015. Wisconsin 309.60
25. Minnesota 336.8028. Nebraska 344.30
30. Penn State 344.90
PASS DEFENSE
1. Michigan 149.20
2. Nebraska 164.407. Minnesota 168.8013. Michigan State 174.6028. Indiana 201.80
29. Illinois 202.10
RUSH DEFENSE
16. Ohio State 107.90
13. Wisconsin 103.4020. Michigan State 113.4024. Northwestern 122.50
SCORING DEFENSE
11. Michigan State 16.3012. Wisconsin 17.2017. Michigan 18.2020. Penn State 18.60
29. Iowa 21.44
30. Minnesota 22.30
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, Nebraska
11:30 a.m. - Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
11:40 a.m. - Kirk Ferentz, Iowa11:50 a.m. - Jerry Kill, Minnesota
LEADERS DIVISION COACHES
12:00 p.m. - Tim Beckman, Illinois
12:10 p.m. - Danny Hope, Purdue
12:20 p.m. - Bill O’Brien, Penn State12:30 p.m. - Bret Bielema, Wisconsin
12:40 p.m. - Urban Meyer, Ohio State
12:50 p.m. - Kevin Wilson, Indiana
TEAM LEADERSTEAM LEADERS, cont.

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