This Week in the Big Ten

Oct. 12, 2008

[ONE // week seven wrap-up]
Another week of Big Ten football is complete. Penn State remained perfect on the season with a convincing 48-7 win at Wisconsin.  Other teams picking up road wins on Saturday were Iowa, a 45-9 victor at Indiana, Minnesota, with a 27-20 decision at Illinois, and Michigan State, which captured a 37-20 outcome at Northwestern.  Ohio State defended its home turf with a 16-3 win against Purdue, while Michigan fell at home to Toledo, 13-10.

[TWO // news and notes from the gridiron]
Indiana fans knew Iowa running back Shonn Greene was going to present a problem on Saturday, but freshman Jewel Hampton also stung the Hoosiers with an effective running game.  Greene managed to eclipse 100 yards rushing for the seventh straight game, but when he hurt his ankle, Hampton stepped in and ran for 114 yards and three touchdowns.  Minnesota's defensive line was key in the Gophers' win over Illinois, sacking Juice Williams five times on the day.  Ohio State used defense and special teams in its win, highlighted by Malcolm Jenkins blocking a punt and having Etienne Sabino return it for a 20-yard score.  Javon Ringer rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns in Michigan State's win, while Northwestern's Tyrell Sutton carried 23 times for 139 yards and added six receptions for 44 yards in the loss.  PSU senior QB Daryll Clark threw for a career-high 244 yards, completed 16-of-25 passing for one touchdown and an interception, and also scored two TDs on the ground in the win.  Teammate Derrick Williams delivered his third kick return for a touchdown this season with his 63-yard TD return in the second quarter as well.

[THREE // golden gopher earns national honor]
In more football news, congratulations to Minnesota's Willie VanDeSteeg on being named the Bowl Subdivision National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Sunday.  The senior defensive end had five tackles, three quarterback sacks, a forced fumble, and a pass breakup that led to an interception in the Gophers' win at Illinois.  For more information on VanDeSteeg's honor and the weekly accolade, click here.

[FOUR // big ten legends among college cup's finest]
Eight men's soccer standouts affiliated with Big Ten schools are among the 38 nominees for the NCAA Men's College Cup 50th Anniversary team.  The national office announced this past Monday that former Indiana head coach Jerry Yeagley (1973-2003) and players Armando Betancourt (1979-81), Angelo DiBernardo (1976-78), Dema Kovalenko (1996-98), Brian Maisonneuve (1991-94), Pat Noonan (1999-2002) and Ken Snow (1987-90), along with Penn State's Jim Stamatis (1975-79), were nominated for the team.  The NCAA is asking the public to vote online for the top 11 student-athletes and one coach until noon ET on Wednesday, October 15.  The team will be announced at the 2008 NCAA Men's College Cup, December 12-14, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

[FIVE // speaking of men's soccer honors...]
Congratulations to Michigan senior midfielder Jake Stacy, who was named the NSCAA Men's National Player of the Week this past Wednesday.  Stacy was the first Big Ten athlete to receive the national honor this season.  The Wolverine standout scored the game-winning goals in a pair of victories over ranked opponents last week, including No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 20 Indiana.

[SIX // stacy helps wolverines open new soccer complex]
In addition to Jake Stacy's national honor, it was a big week for the Michigan men's soccer team.  The Wolverines moved into the new U-M Soccer Complex and did so in style with a 5-1 victory over Western Michigan on Sunday. Junior Peri Marosevic might have made a bid for another conference or national accolade as he netted a hat trick in the win.  Stacy helped his teammate along with two assists in the game.  

[SEVEN // gophers and spartans team up for women's soccer upsets]
Staying on the soccer pitch, congratulations to both the Minnesota and Michigan State women's soccer teams for key wins this past weekend.  On Sunday, the Golden Gophers moved to 14-1-0 on the season with a 1-0 home victory over No. 16 Illinois.  The win marked the team's first against a ranked opponent this year and gave the Gophers their program-record 12th shutout.  Michigan State defeated No. 23 Penn State 3-1 on Sunday in East Lansing, which gave the Spartans their first win over the Nittany Lions since 1995. The Spartans scored all three goals in a 12-minute span over two halves for the victory.

[EIGHT // illini open basketball season early...and in style]
This past Saturday, the Illinois men's and women's basketball teams got an early start to the 2008-09 season as both squads took part in the season's first practice during halftime and following the Illini's 27-20 loss to Minnesota.  But the practice wasn't held in Assembly Hall.  It was held just outside the south end zone of Memorial Stadium on a temporary court in front of 60,000 people.  Dubbed the World's Biggest Basketball Practice, the event featured a shooting contest with both teams and a 10-minute intrasquad scrimmage with the men's team.  Be sure to check out the event's photo gallery by following the link here.

[NINE // buckeyes go nuts over katie smith]
Last week we highlighted the accomplishments of former Ohio State basketball player Katie Smith, and this week, the Buckeyes honored her on the football field.  The two-time All-American, who was recently named the Most Valuable Player of the WNBA Finals, was honored at halftime of OSU's football contest against Purdue.  This past August she earned her third Olympic gold medal with Team USA in Beijing. Smith still holds eight Ohio State career records, is a seven-time WNBA All-Star, and is the all-time leading scorer in the history of U.S. women's professional basketball with more than 6,600 points.

[TEN // indiana golfers on the national scene]
This past Friday on Golfweek's online "Off Campus" show, college golf expert Lance Ringler named Indiana senior golfer Jorge Campillo as the nation's best collegiate golfer. Campillo finished runner-up in last year's NCAA Championships and is coming off a final-round 63 to win the Windon Memorial individual title earlier in the week.  The Illinois men's golf team was also highlighted in this week's video for its performance this fall season.  In addition, congratulations to former Hoosier golfer Jeff Overton, who just captured his second straight top-10 finish on the PGA Tour this past week.  After tying for 10th last week at the Turning Stone Resort Championship, Overton placed fifth Sunday at the Valero Texas Open.  Overton finished at 15-under-par 265 (69-64-67-65), four shots out of the lead.

[ELEVEN // tickets are in the bag]
Finally this week, the Big Ten announced a marketing agreement Wednesday that made the conference's official secondary ticket market. offers fans access to thousands of tickets to Big Ten games, as well as other sporting events, concerts and shows across the country.  Read more about the fan-friendly agreement by clicking here.