April 13, 2012
Big Ten spring football practices have concluded for all 12 teams. See below for links to recaps for every conference squad.
Saturday, April 28
Michigan State spring game recap
The White defeated the Green, 14-2, in Michigan State's spring game Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. Playing for both teams, quarterback Connor Cook completed 20-of-45 passes for 294 yards. He led a nine-play, 97-yard drive in just 1:15 at the end of the second quarter for the White, capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass to Andre Sims with seven seconds remaining in the half. Click this link for more information.
Wisconsin spring game recap
Melvin Gordon made the most of his opportunity Saturday. With Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball held out and watching from the sidelines, Gordon took the reins as the Badgers' top participating running back and carried his Cardinal team to a 21-10 win over the White squad in the 2012 Wisconsin Football Spring Game. That wasn't all Gordon carried, as he toted the ball 30 times on the day en route to racking up 159 yards and one of the Cardinal's two touchdowns. Click this link for more information.
Saturday, April 21
Minnesota spring game recap
Fans of defensive football were all smiles Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium as Minnesota wrapped up its 2012 spring with the annual Maroon and Gold game. A lone 21-yard field goal from Chris Hawthorne proved to be the difference as the Maroon eked out 3-0 win in a shortened spring game that featured a running clock and just two 25-minute halves. Click this link for more information.
Ohio State spring game recap
Ohio State's Scarlet team defeated the Gray team, 20-14, Saturday on a nippy, gray afternoon at Ohio Stadium in the 2012 LiFE Sports Spring Game. Braxton Miller threw for 258 yards and Rod Smith capped his 47-yard rushing day with a winning touchdown run from seven yards out. Click this link for more information.
Penn State spring game recap
In a battle of offense versus defense, the blue-clad defensive squad posted a 77-65 win over offensive unit wearing the white uniforms in the Beaver Stadium debut of head coach Bill O'Brien in front of an estimated 60,000 fans at the annual Blue-White Game presented by AAA. Click this link for more information.
Saturday, April 14
Illinois spring game recap
Freshman running back Josh Ferguson rushed for 150 yards on 20 carries to lead the Blue team to a 13-12 victory in the annual Orange and Blue Spring Game Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. A 47-yard field goal by sophomore Nick Immekus with 1:22 remaining proved to be the deciding points for the Blue. Orange had one last chance to win the game, but defensive end Justin Staples' sack of Orange QB Nathan Scheelhaase in the final minutes sealed the win for the Blue. Click this link for more information.
Indiana spring game recap
The Cream withstood a late rally and defeated the Crimson, 19-16, in Indiana's annual Cream & Crimson Spring Game on Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers hosted Pigskins & Pancakes for the second straight year and welcomed back 17 former players for a Kids Clinic before kicking off at noon. After playing one quarter in Memorial Stadium, inclement weather forced the teams and fans into Mellencamp Pavilion for the remaining three quarters. Click this link for more information.
Iowa controlled scrimmage recap
It might not have been a cohesive group on display Saturday inside Kinnick Stadium, but for having a new defensive coordinator and a new offensive coordinator, the University of Iowa football team performed well during an open-to-the-public 12th practice of the spring. There were thousands of eyes on the workout, and surprisingly, when it ended nearly two hours later, everyone was still warm and dry. Click this link for more information.
Michigan spring game recap
The University of Michigan football team played its annual Mott Spring Game Presented by PNC on Saturday (April 14) before a crowd of 25,000 inside Michigan Stadium. The game -- which helped raise money for Mott Children's Hospital for the third consecutive year -- was played between Michigan's offense, wearing the traditional blue home uniforms, and the defense, who sported the away whites, with the offense prevailing, 17-0. Click this link for more information.
Nebraska spring game canceled due to weather
Due to inclement weather and potentially severe weather throughout Eastern Nebraska and the Lincoln area, Nebraska's Red-White Spring Game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium was canceled. Nebraska officials announced Saturday afternoon that the game will not be rescheduled. Click this link for more information.
Northwestern spring game recap
The scoreboard said that, under the funky scoring system created by Pat Fitzgerald, the 'Cat defense escaped with a 47-43 win over the offense in their annual spring exhibition. The naked-eye test said that the defense's dominance was even greater than that Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field. Click this link for more information.
Purdue spring game canceled due to weather
Due to heavy rains in the West Lafayette area, Saturday's Black and Gold football game, as well as accompanying autograph session, was cancelled. The team held a closed practice session in the Mollenkopf Athletic Facility instead. Click this link for more information.