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Dayne concluded his career with 7,125 career rushing yards, becoming the first player to reach the 7,000-yard mark in FBS history in his 1999 Heisman Trophy campaign. Dayne led the Badgers to back-to-back Rose Bowl titles in 1999 and 2000, and was the Big Ten's first three-time rushing champion in league history. Dayne becomes the eighth Badger to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Frazier guided Nebraska to back-to-back perfect national championship seasons in 1994 and 1995. A consensus first-team All-American in 1995, Frazier led Nebraska to four consecutive bowl appearances in his career, and set a conference record with a 33-3 overall career mark as a starter. Frazier becomes the 16th Cornhusker to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
Pace was a two-time unanimous First-Team All-American (1995, 1996), and the first player in history to repeat as the Lombardi Trophy winner. Pace did not allow a sack during his final two seasons, being named the 1996 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. Pace was chosen with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, and becomes the 24th Buckeye to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Snow was the first player in college football history to win the Butkus and Lombardi trophies in the same season, leading the Spartans' "Gang Green" defense in tackles for three consecutive seasons. Snow helped the Spartans to the 1987 Big Ten title and a 1988 Rose Bowl victory. The Spartans' linebacker becomes the seventh in team history to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
The spring football season wrapped up on Saturday with two final spring games, as Iowa and Minnesota were the last two Big Ten schools to conclude spring practice. Recaps for both schools appear below:
University of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz likened Saturday's Spring Scrimmage inside Kinnick Stadium to arena football based on the final 61-37 victory by the Hawkeye offense. The spring scrimmage was the culmination of 15 spring practices. All three quarterbacks -- Jake Rudock, Cody Sokol and C.J. Beathard -- split the game action. Ferentz says the trio has progressed this spring and the competition will carry over into fall camp. RECAP
With the weather finally cooperating, the Gopher football team took the field at TCF Bank Stadium on a beautiful Saturday afternoon for the 2013 spring game. The Maroon team beat their White team counterparts by a final score of 24-17. The Maroon dominated offensively, outgaining the White Team in passing, rushing and total yards. The Philip Nelson-led Maroon team started out the scrimmage, which drew an announced 8,400 spectators, with a long drive from the 35-yard line that included two fourth down conversions, culminating in a one-yard Donnell Kirkwood touchdown. RECAP
Three Big Ten football teams wrapped up spring practice on Saturday, including spring games for Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin. Recaps for all three schools appear below:
The White defeated the Green, 24-17, in the annual spring game at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon. AJ Troup's 46-yard touchdown reception from Andrew Maxwell with 4:32 left in the game proved to be the difference in a back-and-forth game that featured three lead changes. The Green compiled 325 yards of total offense, led by sophomore quarterback Connor Cook, who completed 10-of-26 passes for 217 yards including a 22-yard touchdown pass to DeAnthony Arnett. RECAP
The Blue-White game scoring system again added an intriguing dimension to the culmination of spring practice, as the Blue (defense) knocked off the White (offense), 67-47, before an estimated 28,000 fans on a Saturday that featured snow, rain, wind and sunshine in Beaver Stadium. Redshirt freshman Akeel Lynch plunged into the south end zone on the White team's opening drive to put the offense on top by a score of 15-4. However, the defense answered with a big finish to the first quarter and a strong second frame en route to a 47-30 lead at halftime. RECAP
The offense's successes were easy to see, but it was a series of small victories that made it the defense's day. The Cardinal team, composed of Wisconsin's defensive unit, forced their offensive counterparts on the White squad to go three-and-out on three straight possessions around halftime, a swing that -- given the game's unique scoring system -- proved to be the difference in a 61-47 win in front of 12,050 fans Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. RECAP
Five Big Ten football teams wrapped up spring practice on Saturday, including spring games or final practices for Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue. Recaps for all five schools appear below:
The Cream jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and closed out Indiana's spring with a 21-7 victory in the Cream & Crimson Spring Game on Saturday afternoon. Junior Shane Wynn led the Cream with 22- and 16-yard touchdowns, both from junior Cameron Coffman. Wynn finished the game with six catches for 97 yards. The quarterbacks rotated and played for both teams. Coffman finished the afternoon 17-of-23 for 174 yards, while sophomore Nate Sudfeld went 14-of-16 for 181 yards and a 37-yard score to junior Cody Latimer, which accounted for the Crimson's lone score. RECAP
The University of Michigan football team took the field for the annual Mott Spring Game presented by PNC Bank on Saturday in front of nearly 18,000 fans who braved the cold and snow and packed into the Big House to get an early glimpse of Team 134. For the fourth consecutive year, the game raised money for U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. The offense sported the home blue jerseys, and the defense played in Michigan's road white uniforms, while the quarterbacks wore orange non-contact jerseys. The event raised nearly $90,000 for the hospital. RECAP
The Wildcats officially ended their spring's work Saturday at Lakeside Field, the home of their school's seven-time national championship lacrosse team. They drilled for 47 minutes and then, for the next 35, held a controlled scrimmage that revealed very little. Redshirt freshmen running backs Malin Jones and Stephen Buckley showed some promise, and the junior cornerback C.J. Bryant picked off Trevor Siemian. But both Siemian and Colter played sparingly; running back Venric Mark and any number of starting defenders played not at all; and the personnel on both sides of the ball often changed with each snap. RECAP
Braxton Miller threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Scarlet to a 31-14 victory over the Gray before 37,643 scarlet-clad fans. The junior was the Big Ten's offensive player of the year last season as the Buckeyes surprised many with a 12-0 season in Urban Meyer's first year as head coach. Miller, who was 16 of 25 passing for 217 yards, threw scoring passes of 20 yards to Devin Smith and 3 yards to Corey Brown, and also rushed for a 3-yard score. RECAP
Akeem Hunt scored on a 15-yard rush and Rob Henry connected with Shane Mikesky on a touchdown reception for Team Black in a 14-0 shutout of Team Gold in the spring game at Ross Ade Stadium. Hunt, who finished the game with 134 yards rushing on 19 carries, capped off an eight-play drive to open the scoring as time expired in the first quarter to stake Team Black to a 7-0 lead. Henry then found Mikesky from eight yards out with 7:20 left in the second quarter. RECAP
Taylor Martinez and Tommy Armstrong Jr. joined forces to complete 13-of-17 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns to rally the Reds to 32-25 victory in Nebraska's annual spring game on Saturday. Playing in front of 60,174 Big Red fans at Memorial Stadium and a Big Ten Network national television audience, Martinez completed 8-of-10 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in the first half. RECAP
Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Atlanta Falcons (Iowa) - Recorded four tackles, including three solo, in the Falcons' 28-24 loss to the 49ers.
NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tallied four tackles, including two solo, and one pass deflection in San Francisco's 28-24 win against Atlanta.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 320 yards and a touchdown on 29-of-54 passing in New England's 28-13 loss to Baltimore.
Marquice Cole, CB, New England Patriots (Northwestern) - Tallied five tackles, including three solo, in New England's 28-13 loss to Baltimore.
Sean Considine, S, Baltimore Ravens (Iowa) - Recorded three tackles, including two solo, in the Ravens' 28-13 win over the Patriots.
Alfonzo Dennard, CB, New England Patriots (Nebraska) - Tallied two solo tackles in the Patriots' 28-13 loss to the Ravens.
Sam Koch, P, Baltimore Ravens (Nebraska) - Averaged 44.7 yards on seven punts, including a long of 59 yards, in Baltimore's 28-13 win over New England.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots (Illinois) - Caught seven passes for 70 yards in New England's 28-13 loss to Baltimore.
Zoltan Mesko, P, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Averaged 35.8 yards on five punts, pinning four inside the 20-yard line, in the Patriots' 28-13 loss to the Ravens.
Rob Ninkovich, DL, New England Patriots (Purdue) - Recorded eight tackles, including four solo and two sacks in the Patriots' 28-13 loss to the Ravens.
Bernard Pollard, S, Baltimore Ravens (Purdue) - Recorded nine tackles, including four solo, and a pass deflection in the Ravens' 28-13 win over the Patriots.
Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State) - Recorded two solo tackles in the 49ers' 28-24 win over the Falcons.