Nine Big Ten schools wrapped up spring practice on Saturday, with Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin holding spring games or final practice sessions. See below for short recaps for each school, along with links to full stories.
ILLINOIS: The Blue team turned two turnovers by the Orange into 14 points and held the Orange to less than 200 yards of offense on the way to a 38-7 win in the 2014 Spring Game on a sun-drenched day. Reilly O'Toole threw for two first-quarter touchdowns and Peter Bonahoom caught a game-high seven passes for 95 yards, but the story of the day was defense for the Blue as they racked up 16 tackles for loss, five sacks and an 89-yard interception return for a touchdown. For the full recap, click this link.
INDIANA: In front of 9,231 fans on a picturesque Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, the Cream earned a 24-14 victory over the Crimson in Indiana's annual Spring Game. Shane Wynn, Flo Hardin, Collin Rahrig and Bobby Richardson captained the victorious team. For the full recap, click this link.
MINNESOTA: Football was on display again at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, as Minnesota held its annual spring game in front of a crowd of about 5,000 fans. The game, which featured the offense against the defense, wrapped up the Gophers' spring practice schedule when began on March 4. The offense, adorned in gold jerseys, scored 19 points, while the white-clad defense recorded four sacks, two pass breakups and one interception. For the full recap, click this link.
NEBRASKA: I-back Imani Cross rushed for 100 yards and two scores, while Nebraska's four quarterbacks combined for 356 yards and three touchdowns, as the Red team won the annual Red/White Spring Game with a 55-46 victory Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The game featured a modified scoring system with points for both offensive and defensive plays, as the top units faced off against each other during the contest played in front of 61,772 fans. For the full recap, click this link.
NORTHWESTERN: It's been an eventful spring season for Northwestern, both on the field and off, so it's only fitting to cap the spring with a catch-all post from NUsports.com Skip Myslenski to set the record as straight as possible in both realms. For the full recap, click this link.
OHIO STATE: Bri'onte Dunn and Warren Ball ran for touchdowns to lead the Gray past the Scarlet 17-7 Saturday in Ohio State's annual spring game before a crowd of 61,058 at sunny Ohio Stadium. For the full recap, click this link.
PENN STATE: Spring arrived in Happy Valley in full force for the annual Penn State Blue-White Game presented by AAA, as an estimated 72,000 fans watched the Blue squad defeat the White squad, 37-0, inside a sun-drenched Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The crowd of 72,000 was third-largest in Blue-White Game history, trailing only 76,500 in 2009 and 73,000 in 2008. The temperature hit 70 degrees as the huge crowd took in Coach James Franklin's first Blue-White Game. For the full recap, click this link.
PURDUE: Keyante Green scored on a 4-yard run with 2:41 remaining Saturday afternoon, leading the Gold to a 12-7 victory against the Black in the Purdue football team's annual spring game in Ross-Ade Stadium. Returning starter Danny Etling engineered the 59-yard, game-winning drive, mixing several short passes with some running plays. For the full recap, click this link.
WISCONSIN: Austin Ramesh rushed for 71 yards in two quarters, and Jack Russell kicked two field goals to give the Cardinal a 6-0 victory over the White squad in the 2014 Wisconsin Football Spring Game. After a three-month break following the Capital One Bowl, the Badgers returned to action at Camp Randall Stadium for their annual spring game. For the full recap, click this link.
Minnesota, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Hockey Championship, will
meet No. 1 seed Union Saturday evening in the championship game
of the Frozen Four at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. The Gophers are seeking their sixth national title and first since 2003.
NCAA Championship Schedule: Saturday, April 12
FROZEN FOUR (Philadelphia, Pa.)
No.1 MINNESOTA vs. No. 1 Union, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
All times Eastern
NCAA Individual Champions
At least 96 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have been crowned NCAA individual champions during their career, which includes athletes in the sports of men's and women's cross country, men's and women's fencing, men's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, men's and women's track & field and wrestling. Men's track & field and wrestling have both produced over 20 national champion Medal of Honor winners.
All 12 Big Ten softball teams will be in action on Saturday, with Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin serving as single-game hosts.
Saturday, April 12
Penn State at Indiana, 1 p.m.
#4/5 Michigan at Michigan State, 1 p.m.
Illinois at Wisconsin, 1 p.m.
#25/23 Northwestern at #14/14 Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Purdue at Ohio State, 2 p.m.
Iowa at #19/22 Nebraska, 5 p.m.
All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches
Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin posted wins on Friday's Big Ten softball slate.
Friday, April 11
Wisconsin 3, Illinois 2 (Game One)
Wisconsin 10, Illinois 3 (Game Two)
Penn State 4, Indiana 1
#19/22 Nebraska 5, Iowa 2
#19/22 Nebraska 9, Iowa 1 (6 innings)
#4/5 Michigan 9, Michigan State 1 (5 innings)
#25/23 Northwestern 13, #14/14 Minnesota 9
Purdue 1, Ohio State 0
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches
Illinois 1, Michigan 0
Starter Drasen Johnson and closer Tyler Jay combined for a 1-0 shutout against Michigan on Friday night at Illinois Field, extending Illinois' season-long winning streak to six and scoreless innings streak to 25. UI only needed one run to win for the second straight game, marking just the second time that has happened in school history. The Illini pitched back-to-back 1-0 shutouts for the first time since May 16, 1969, which was the only other time it has been done. Johnson shined on the mound by throwing seven scoreless frames with only four hits and one walk for the second start in a row. After matching a career-high 10 strikeouts in his last outing, he finished with three punch outs against the Wolverines, as he improved to 4-4 on the season. RECAP
Nebraska 8, Minnesota 6
The Nebraska baseball team (21-14, 5-2 Big Ten) jumped out to a 5-0 lead through two innings on Friday afternoon at Siebert Field, but needed a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to post a 8-6 win in its series opener against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (17-12, 5-5 Big Ten). The Huskers did their damage with two outs all afternoon, scoring all eight of their runs with two down. Nebraska's 13 hits on the day marked the 21st time in 35 games that the Huskers have notched double-digit hits, with 10 of the hits coming with two outs. RECAP
Purdue 5, Michigan State 3 (11)
Michael Mullen drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the 11th inning and Purdue baseball turned three inning-ending double plays to outlast Michigan State, 5-3, in the opener of a three-game Big Ten series Friday afternoon. The Boilermakers (7-22, 3-4 Big Ten) snapped a five-game losing streak in extra-inning affairs dating back to May of last season. It was Purdue's first extra-inning win since March 2013 at Penn State. Jordan Minch worked 7 1/3 innings of three-run ball, striking out five and issuing just one walk. He has pitched into the eighth inning in each of his first three Big Ten starts this season. RECAP
Northwestern 14, Iowa 13
Northwestern scored 11 unanswered runs from the seventh inning on, Friday afternoon, to claw all the way back from a 10-run deficit and topple the Iowa Hawkeyes at Rocky Miller Park in thrilling fashion, 14-13. The game featured a combined 27 runs on 36 hits, both high marks in Big Ten games this season. The top five hitters in head coach Paul Stevens' lineup combined to produce 11 of the team's 16 hits, batting .478 as a group on the day. Led by Dauch, the quintet also scored 10 of the squad's 14 runs. RECAP
Penn State 5, Ohio State 4
The Penn State Nittany Lions (17-14, 5-1 Big Ten) turned in a gritty performance to escape Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium on Friday night with a hard-fought 5-4 win over Ohio State (19-15, 2-8 Big Ten). The win improves Penn State's Big Ten record to 5-1 on the season, its best start since the program went 6-1 during the 2001 season to begin league play. The victory keeps the Blue and White undefeated in Big Ten series openers in 2014, as the squad is now 3-0 with wins over Northwestern, Purdue and now Ohio State. The win is also the program's first in Columbus since the team won 14-6 on April 25, 2010. For the second-straight game this week the Nittany Lions got production all through the batting order, as eight of the team's nine starters recorded at least one hit in the contest to combine for 12 base knocks. RECAP
Indiana 13, Morehead State 1
The Maryland offense excelled as the White Team edged the Red Team, 187-143, in the football team's annual Red-White Spring Game Friday evening in front of a crowd of 8,139 fans at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Red Team, which was comprised of defensive players, started the game with a 70-58 advantage. The pre-game points were based on a scoring system throughout this spring's practices. The White Team dug out of their deficit to get the win. The game's scoring system granted the offense six points for a touchdown, three points for a field goal or a first down, two points for a run of 15 or more yards or a pass of 20 or more yards and one or two points for a conversion. On the defensive end, the red team was awarded six points for a touchdown or a turnover, three points for a stop drive or a blocked field goal, two points for a sack or a tackle for loss and one or two points for a return conversion.
The evening started with individual and 7-on-7 drills, which gave fans an opportunity to see Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, who are not yet cleared for full contact. Both Diggs and Long had surgery last fall after suffering leg fractures in an Oct. 19 game at Wake Forest. In the scrimmage, the offense rushed for 314 net yards and passed for 275. In total, the White Team went 27-for-49 passing with three interceptions. The Red Team totaled 83 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions. C.J. Brown led the way for the quarterbacks going 16-for-24 and totaled 157 passing yards. He also rushed for 28 yards and recorded one passing and one rushing touchdown.
For a full recap of the Maryland spring game, click on this link.
John Urschel, the Penn State All-American guard who claimed the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy from the National Football Foundation (NFF) as college football's premier scholar-athlete, has been named the recipient of the 84th James E. Sullivan Award, presented by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to America's top amateur athlete. Urschel was announced as the winner of the prestigious award Friday night during an awards ceremony at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, Fla.
Urschel was selected from a pool of 19 semifinalists vying for the honor in 2014, and was joined by two other finalists, University of Florida track and field athlete Cory Ann McGee and University of Nebraska volleyball player Kelsey Robinson.
Urschel becomes Penn State's second winner of the Sullivan Award, joining Olympic track champion Horace Ashenfelter, the 1952 Sullivan recipient. For more information on Urschel's latest honor, click on this link.
Six Big Ten hockey standouts from three conference schools were named CCM Hockey All-Americans for the 2013-14 season tonight at the NCAA Men's Division I Frozen Four in Philadelphia, Pa. Minnesota led all Big Ten programs with three All-Americans followed by Wisconsin with two and Ohio State with one.
Three conference players earned spots on the first team, including Minnesota sophomore defenseman Mike Reilly, Ohio State junior forward Ryan Dzingel and Wisconsin junior defenseman Jake McCabe.
An additional three Big Ten players claimed spots on the second team, including Minnesota teammates Kyle Rau (junior, forward) and Adam Wilcox (sophomore, goalie) and Wisconsin senior forward Michael Mersch.
The full list of 25 honorees can be found here
Indiana at Ohio State - 1 p.m. ET
Purdue at Penn State - 3:30 p.m. ET
Iowa at Illinois - 12 p.m. CT
Minnesota at Michigan - 12 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Michigan State - 11 a.m. ET
Nebraska at Northwestern - 11 a.m. CT
Nebraska at Illinois - 12 p.m. CT
Indiana at Penn State - 11 a.m. ET
Iowa at Northwestern - 11 a.m. CT
Wisconsin at Michigan - 12 p.m. ET
Minnesota at Michigan State - 12 p.m. ET
Purdue at Ohio State - 12 p.m. ET