BIG TEN FOOTBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - WEEK 8 2
HONORING LEGENDS. BUILDING LEADERS.
Big Ten universies provide over $141 million in direct nancial aid to more than 8,200 student-athletesplaying on more than 300 teams in 42 dierent sports.
In he Division:
Two divisional matchups arepart of the conference’s five-game slate thisweekend, include one contest within each divi-sion. In the Legends Division, Northwesternhosts Minnesota in each team’s third confer-ence matchup. It will be the Wildcats’ openinggame within the division and first of five straightdivision contests, while it will be the third of four consecutive Legends Division matchups for
the Gophers. In the Leaders Division, Illinois
welcomes Wisconsin in what will be the fourthconference and third divisional contest for theBadgers and the second Big Ten contest andfirst division matchup for the Illini.
: The four winning Big Ten programs
last Saturday averaged 41 points in their respec
tive victories as each squad scored at least 35points. Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn Stateeach finished with 40 or more points, with the
Huskers leading all conference teams in scoring
last weekend with 44 points. It is the first time
this season every winning conference programhas scored 30 or more points on the sameSaturday.
Spreding he Offense:
Now at the halfwaypoint of the 2013 regular season, Big Ten pro-grams are scoring at a higher rate than a seasonago. Through seven weeks of the 2012 cam-
paign, conference programs averaged 29.3points per game, totaling 2,257 points in 77
games. Through the seventh week of the 2013
season, conference teams are averaging 34.7points per game, combining for 2,465 pointsthrough 71 games, an increase of more than
five points per game from 2012. In addition, the
34.7 points per game is second among all
Football Bowl Subdivision conferences, behind
the Pac-12’s average of 36.7 points per contest.
Defense Doesn’ Res:
While Big Ten offensesare scoring at an increased rate, conferencedefenses are continuing to maintain their stingy
ways. Six conference programs rank among the
nation’s top 20 in total defense, seven rankamong the top 30 in rushing defense and four
are among the top 25 in scoring defense.
Michigan State leads the country in rushing
defense at 58.0 yards per game, one of five con
-ference teams among the top 10 in the catego-ry. The Spartans also top the nation in totaldefense, while Wisconsin is fifth in the countryin scoring defense. A complete list of where BigTen teams and student-athletes rank among the
NCAA leaders can be found on Page 3.
Last Saturday’s Michigan-Penn
State showdown in State College was one for theBig Ten record books. The four-overtime thrillerwas the longest game in conference history, sur-passing the multiple conference games that weredecided in triple overtime, most recently inMinnesota’s season-opening road victory against
UNLV on Aug. 30, 2012. The last Big Ten matchup
that was decided in three overtimes was on Nov.
6, 2010, when Michigan and Illinois combined for
the most points in a single game in conference
history, resulting in a 67-65 Wolverine win.
Kicking Around Records:
Michigan State punterMike Sadler established a new Big Ten all gamesrecord last Saturday en route to claiming confer-
ence Special Teams Player of the Week honors.Sadler averaged 59.3 yards per punt, totaling237 yards on just four attempts in MSU’s winover Indiana. The Spartan junior broke the pergame average of 57.3 yards per punt set byOhio State’s Fred Morrison in 1949. A returning
first-team All-Big Ten performer from a season
ago, Sadler ranks 25th in the nation in punting
average and leads all conference punters in thecategory.
Geing Afer he Qurerbck:
Three defen-sive standouts recorded two or more sacks lastSaturday, including two such efforts in the
Michigan-Penn State showdown. Penn State’sC.J. Olaniyan finished with 2.5 sacks, the most
by a Big Ten player this season, against theWolverines en route to winning Big Ten
Defensive Player of the Week honors.Michigan’s Frank Clark and Nebraska’s RandyGregory each recorded 2.0 sacks, both careerhighs, against Penn State and Purdue, respec
-tively. The last time three Big Ten players
achieved that feat was on Sept. 8, 2012, whenMinnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman, Penn State’sDeion Barnes and Purdue’s Kawann Short each
had two sacks.
Coch, School Creer (Yrs) A School (Yrs) Big Ten Only
Kirk Ferentz, IOWA 116-97 (18th) 104-76 (15th) 60-54Brady Hoke, MICH 71-58 (11th) 24-8 (3rd) 13-5Mark Dantonio, MSU 74-46 (10th) 56-29 (7th) 32-18Jerry Kill, MINN 140-91 (20th) 13-18 (3rd) 4-14Bo Pelini, NEB 54-21 (6th) 54-21 (6th) 14-4Pat Fitzgerald, NU 54-41 (8th) 54-41 (8th) 26-32
Tim Beckman, ILL 26-28 (5th) 5-12 (2nd) 0-9Kevin Wilson, IND 8-22 (3rd) 8-22 (3rd) 3-15Urban Meyer, OSU 122-23 (12th) 18-0 (2nd) 10-0Bill O’Brien, PSU 12-6 (2nd) 12-6 (2nd) 7-3Darrell Hazell, PUR 17-15 (3rd) 1-5 (1st) 0-2Gary Andersen, WIS 34-33 (6th) 4-2 (1st) 2-1
BIG TEN COACHING RECORDSBIG TEN. BIG NEWS.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Oensive Plyer of he WeekJeremy Lngford, Michign SeJr., RB, Wyne, Mich./John Glenn
• Accounted for four touchdowns, three rushing and onereceiving, in Michigan State’s 42-28 victory over Indiana• Recorded his rst career 100-yard rushing game, totaling109 yards on 23 carries, scoring on runs of two, ve and
• Scored on an 11-yard screen pass in the second quarter,
adding to his career-best 120 all-purpose yardage in thegame
• Wins his rst Oensive Player of the Week accolade• Last Michigan State Oensive Player of the Week:Le’Veon Bell (Nov. 26, 2012)
Defensive Plyer of he WeekC.J. Olniyn, Penn SeJr., DE, Wrren, Mich./Wrren Mo
• Recorded eight tackles, including a career best 2.5 sacks,two pass breakups and a forced fumble in Penn State’squadruple-overme win over naonally ranked Michigan• Forced his rst career fumble on a second-quarter sack,
one of three Michigan turnovers
• Was part of the Penn State defensive eort that
accounted for 11 tackles for loss and held the Wolverines
to two eld goals in four overme periods• Claims his rst Defensive Player of the Week honor• Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week:Jordan Hill (Nov. 26, 2012)
Specil Tems Plyer of he WeekMike Sdler, Michign SeJr., P, Grnd Rpids, Mich./Fores Hills Norhern
• Posted a Big Ten record for all games of 59.3 yards perpunt, totaling 237 yards on four aempts in Michigan
State’s win over Indiana
• Recorded a season-long 69-yarder in the fourth quarter,while also boong punts of 44, 56 and 68 yards• Placed one kick inside the 20, pinning Indiana at its own
• Wins his third Special Teams Player of the Week honoroverall and rst this season• Last Michigan State Special Teams Player of the Week:Mike Sadler (Nov. 5, 2012)
Freshmn of he WeekChrisn Hckenberg, Penn SeQB, Plmyr, V./Fork Union Miliry Acdemy
• Threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns and rushedfor the game-tying score with 27 seconds remaining inthe fourth quarter against naonally ranked Michigan• Guided Penn State on an 80-yard touchdown drive withno meouts and 50 seconds le in the fourth quarter,compleng three passes for 79 yards and scoring on aone-yard run to force overme• Posted his third 300-yard passing game, leaving him three
games shy of the program career record
• Wins his third Freshman of the Week accolade• Last Penn State Freshman of the Week:Chrisan Hackenberg (Sept. 16, 2013)