BIG TEN FOOTBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - WEEK 13 2HONORING LEGENDS. BUILDING LEADERS.
Big Ten schools have produced more than 1,450 Academic All-Americans, more than any other conference, including 46 in the last academic year.
Ohio State tied a program record with its 22nd consecutive victory last Saturday, which is tied for the fifth longest streak in Big Ten history. The Buckeyes hold the nation’s longest active-winning streak and the longest winning streak by a conference team in more than 40 years. Ohio State is among a group of six unde-
feated teams in the nation and one of just four
squads in the country with a 10-0 mark. In addi-tion, Buckeye coach Urban Meyer’s 22 straight vic-tories are the fifth-most by a coach to begin his tenure at a school, behind Pop Warner’s 30 at Pittsburgh, Fielding Yost’s 29 at Michigan, Walter Camp’s 28 at Yale and Larry Coker’s 24 at Miami.
Four in he BCS:
Four Big Ten teams appear in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings, with three teams moving up in the poll and Minnesota making its first appearance since the 2008 season. Ohio State held steady at No. 3 in the BCS rankings, the Buckeyes’ high-est placement since ending the 2007 campaign at No. 1 overall. Michigan State rose three spots to No. 13 in the BCS poll, the Spartans’ highest ranking since being slotted at No. 13 on Nov. 27, 2011. Wisconsin also climbed three slots to No. 19 in the BCS standings, the Badgers’ first top-20 rating since ending the 2011 season at No. 10 overall. Minnesota moved into the BCS poll at No. 25, the Gophers first appearance since being ranked No. 17 on Oct. 26, 2008.
Saturday features a full slate
of conference matchups, which includes four intra-division contests. In the Leaders Division, Purdue welcomes Illinois and Ohio State takes on Indiana, while Iowa hosts Michigan and Northwestern entertains Michigan State in Legends Division games. As part of divisional play, the Big Ten has instituted a tiebreaker to determine the Big Ten Football Championship Game participants, if nec-essary. After head-to-head matchups, the next tie-breaker is records within the division, which makes winning divisional games an important part
of the Big Ten title chase. See Page 11 of this
release for the full tiebreaker.
Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde had a career day against Illinois on Saturday, rushing for 246 yards and combining for five touchdowns in the Buckeye win. Hyde rushed for
four touchdowns and was on the receiving end
of another to become the first conference player to score five touchdowns in a game since Illinois’ Mikel Leshoure achieved the feat on Nov. 6, 2010. Meanwhile, his 246 rushing yards are the
most in the conference this season.
The month of November has been highlighted by superb rushing performances as six of the season’s top eight single-game efforts have come in the last three weeks. Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde ran for a Big Ten-best 246 yards and Wisconsin’s James White finished with 205 yards last Saturday, two of the five 200-yard efforts by conference performers this season. In addition, Wisconsin rushed for a conference-high 554 yards against Indiana last Saturday, which ranks eighth in Big Ten single-game history. Indiana’s Tevin Coleman (215) and Bill Belton (201) also surpassed the 200-yard marker in November games, while Minnesota’s David Cobb and Ohio State’s Braxton Miller rushed for 188 and 184 yards, respectively, to rank among the conference’s top eight single-game efforts of 2013.
Two more annual trophy games will be contested this week as Wisconsin and Minnesota battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, while Illinois and Purdue compete for the Purdue Cannon. The nation’s longest-running series is renewed Saturday as the Badgers and Gophers battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, with Wisconsin holding a 39-23-3 advantage with the keepsake on the line. After a 1948 Gopher victory, the Wisconsin lettermen’s group presented Minnesota with the axe which has been award-
ed to the winner of each game since. The
Boilermakers hold a 32-27-2 advantage in the series for the Cannon, which began in 1943. A group of Purdue students brought the Cannon to the game in 1905, but it did not reappear at the annual contest until 1943. The Cannon was last fired in 2001, and has since been replaced with a replica trophy.
Thnks o he Fns:
For the ninth consecutive year and the 11th time overall, the Big Ten sur
-passed the five-million mark in total attendance
among all games. After welcoming better than
350,000 fans to five contests last Saturday, the conference has seen more than 5.2 million patrons attend its games this year. In 74 games
this season, Big Ten stadiums are welcoming an
average of 70,615 fans per game, which is on pace to rank sixth in conference annals.
Coch, School Creer (Yrs) A School (Yrs) Big Ten Only
Kirk Ferentz, IOWA 118-99 (18th) 106-78 (15th) 62-56Brady Hoke, MICH 73-60 (11th) 26-10 (3rd) 15-7Mark Dantonio, MSU 78-46 (10th) 60-29 (7th) 36-18Jerry Kill, MINN 144-91 (20th) 17-18 (3rd) 8-14Bo Pelini, NEB 56-23 (6th) 56-23 (6th) 16-6Pat Fitzgerald, NU 54-45 (8th) 54-45 (8th) 26-36
Tim Beckman, ILL 26-33 (5th) 5-17 (2nd) 0-14Kevin Wilson, IND 9-25 (3rd) 9-25 (3rd) 4-18Urban Meyer, OSU 126-23 (12th) 22-0 (2nd) 14-0Bill O’Brien, PSU 14-8 (2nd) 14-8 (2nd) 9-5Darrell Hazell, PUR 17-19 (3rd) 1-9 (1st) 0-6Gary Andersen, WIS 38-33 (6th) 8-2 (1st) 5-1
BIG TEN COACHING RECORDS
BIG TEN. BIG NEWS.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Oensive Plyer of he WeekCrlos Hyde, Ohio SeSr., RB, Nples, Fl./Nples
• Rushed for a career-high 246 yards, the fourth-most in Ohio State history, and scored ve total touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ road victory over Illinois, becoming the rst Big Ten player since 2010 to score ve mes in a game• Averaged 10.3 yards per carry and rushed for four touchdowns, including runs of one, eight, 51 and 55 yards• Also had an 18-yard touchdown recepon and totaled 272 all-purpose yards in the game• Records the third Oensive Player of the Week award of
his career and second this season
• Last Ohio State Oensive Player of the Week: Braxton Miller (Oct. 28, 2013)
Defensive Plyer of he WeekRyn Shzier, Ohio SeJr., LB, For Luderdle, Fl./Plnon
• Recorded a career-high 16 tackles that included 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss in the Buckeyes’ road win at Illinois• Forced a fumble on a third-quarter sack, which led to an Illinois safety to give the Buckeyes a 37-21 advantage• Leads the conference and ranks among the top 15 in the naon with 1.45 tackles per loss a contest• Claims his fourth career Defensive Player of the Week
honor and second this season
• Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Ryan Shazier (Sept. 16, 2013)
Specil Tems Plyer of he WeekBrendn Gibbons, MichignSr., K, Wes Plm Bech, Fl./Crdinl Newmn
• Was perfect on his kicking aempts in a road win against Northwestern, including a 44-yarder as me expired to force overme• Also converted on aempts from 25, 28 and 29 yards to match his career best of four eld goals in a game• Made two fourth-quarter eld goals and added another in the second overme• Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor• Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Brendan Gibbons (Oct. 22, 2012)
Freshmn of he WeekCorey Clemen, WisconsinRB, Glssboro, N.J./Glssboro
• Averaged nearly 10 yards per carry, nishing with 108
yards on 11 totes, and scored two touchdowns in
Wisconsin’s win over Indiana• Rushed for more than 100 yards for the third me this season and ed a career high with two scores• Was one of three Badgers to rush for more than 100 yards in the game as they ran for 554 yards, which ranks eighth in Big Ten single-game history• Wins his second Freshman of the Week award• Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Corey Clement (Sept. 9, 2013)