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Hoosiers defense finding its footing as season progresses

Oct. 14, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

Tom Allen came to Indiana to build a rock solid defense. Four seasons later, the progression continues. Allen was exuberant Saturday after the Hoosiers pitched their second shutout in five games, scored one touchdown and held Rutgers to one yard passing and only 75 total yards in a milestone performance that...

No. 16 Michigan starts closing stretch at No. 7 Penn State

Oct. 14, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan linebacker Josh Uche recalls being excited when he saw the second half of this season's schedule. The 16th-ranked Wolverines (5-1, 3-1 Big Ten) kick off a tough closing stretch of games at No. 7 Penn State (6-0, 3-0) on Saturday night. They host No. 8 Notre Dame next week...

Purdue's youth provides preview of potentially bright future

Oct. 14, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

Purdue's promising future can be seen all over the field. Coach Jeff Brohm senses starting quarterback Jack Plummer, a redshirt freshman, is growing more comfortable each week. He's watched running back King Doerue and receiver David Bell, true freshmen, emerge as consistent playmakers. And the decision to move...

Nebraska, Illinois will open 2021 football season in Ireland

Oct. 14, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

Nebraska will play Illinois in Dublin, Ireland, to open the 2021 season, the second game in a five-game series of college football games on the Emerald Isle. Athletic directors Bill Moos of Nebraska and Josh Whitman of Illinois announced the game Monday. It's set for Aug. 28 at 51,700-seat Aviva Stadium. Illinois...

STAT WATCH: Midseason leaders a mix of familiar, new names

Oct. 14, 2019 2:49 AM EDT

A review of college football statistics at midseason shows a lot of familiar names at or near the top of the charts, and a few surprises, too. Oklahoma is on track to lead the nation in offense for a third straight year. Then there's LSU, which has ranked in the top 50 in offense only three other seasons since...

Outgoing NU President Hank Bounds gets $250K consulting deal

Oct. 13, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska has hired its former president as a consultant for $250,000 a year to help raise money to build a new $155 million football and operations complex. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Hank Bounds will be paid with money from private donors for up to three...

Rodney Smith, unbeaten Gophers run over Huskers 34-7

Oct. 13, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — All week long at Minnesota's practice facility, players were doused with frigid water as they took the field. The thermostat was turned down to the max in the mid-50s. Fans were on full blast. Quarterbacks and receivers stuck their hands in ice buckets between drills. Footballs were...

No. 10 Penn State holds off No. 17 Iowa 17-12

Oct. 13, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — On the road against one of the best defenses in America, 10th-ranked Penn State won the turnover battle and converted on third downs to survive yet another tough trip to Iowa. Noah Cain ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 5:17 left and Penn State held off the 17th-ranked Hawkeyes 17-12...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Georgia becomes 1st major upset victim

Oct. 13, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

A college football season truly starts with the first big upset. Game on. No. 3 Georgia became the highest-ranked team to lose to an unranked team this season. The Bulldogs were popped 20-17 in double overtime by 24-point underdog South Carolina, which had to play its backup quarterback after halftime — on...

Penn State players asked to remove message-based T-shirts

Oct. 12, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Penn State players were asked by team staff to remove T-shirts reading "Chains, Tattoos, Dreads, & WE ARE" before their game Saturday at No. 17 Iowa. The handful of Nittany Lions who displayed the shirts in pregame warmups was responding to a letter that safety Jonathan...