Big Ten: team wraps 011514

Season wrap: Illinois

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The program hasn’t returned to respectability yet in the Big Ten, but at least Illinois was able to get back in the win column before the season was over.

There were some signs outside of conference play that the rebuilding job might be ahead of schedule for the Illini, but once they got back inside the league, there wasn’t much to feel good about until a late victory over Purdue ended an ugly 20-game losing streak in the Big Ten.

The good news for Illinois is that skid is over. The bad news moving forward is it must replace do-it-all quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase as it closes the book on 2013 and tries to get back into a bowl game in 2014.

Offensive MVP: QB Nathan Scheelhaase. Through all the rough patches and the piles of defeats, the Illini did know they could always rely on Scheelhaase to provide some entertainment and plenty of production leading the attack. With a final 300-yard passing outing to close the season, Scheelhaase broke the school record for total offense previously held by Juice Williams, another indicator of just how much he’s given the program over the last few years.

Defensive MVP: LB Jonathan Brown. Wherever the football was, Brown was a safe bet to be nearby as he did everything he could to help the Illini turn things around defensively. He led the team in total tackles (119), tackles for loss (15) and sacks (5), and for good measure the senior added a forced fumble and an interception as another veteran at least went out on a personal high note for Illinois.

Best moment: The future looked mighty bright after two games, particularly on the heels of a 45-17 throttling of a Cincinnati team that would eventually go on to win nine games. Scheelhaase produced four touchdowns as the offense exploded, Mason Monheim paced an aggressive defensive performance with a pair of tackles for loss and everything appeared to be trending in the right direction. The buzz was short lived, and it would never be that positive again for the Illini.

Worst moment: The gap between the Big Ten’s elite programs was never likely to shrink that much this season, so blowout scores against division champions like Michigan State and Ohio State weren’t much of a surprise. But the struggles against the rest of the pack were troubling, most notably a 37-34 loss at home to end the season against Northwestern. The Wildcats had been ravaged by injuries and hadn’t won a conference game all year, and dropping that decision a week after ending the epic losing streak wasn’t a strong way to capitalize on any momentum the Illini might have had heading into the offseason.

Season wrap: Indiana

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Indiana's high hopes for 2013 took a hit with a Sept. 7 loss to Navy, but dreams of a second bowl appearance in 20 years -- and first since 2007 -- were bolstered by a 44-24 victory over Penn State to open Big Ten play. Despite scoring 114 points in the next three games, coach Kevin Wilson's team lost all three.

That was the story of the year for Indiana -- a breathtakingly bad defense that cost coordinator Doug Mallory his job. The Hoosiers ranked 121st nationally in total defense and 11th or 12th in the Big Ten in every major defensive category. On the bright side, Indiana scored 38.4 points per game and averaged more than 500 yards of offense.

Offensive MVP: Sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld. Splitting time with Tre Roberson, Sudfeld earned eight starts and completed more than 60 percent of his passes for 2,523 yards and 21 touchdowns. The Hoosiers hummed offensively for much of the season behind the 6-foot-5 Californian, though things got ugly late as he struggled against Wisconsin and Ohio State.

Defensive MVP: Junior cornerback Tim Bennett. A bright spot in a dark season defensively, Bennett led the Hoosiers and ranked No. 1 nationally, according to IU, with 20 pass breakups. He provided solid tackling as an anchor in the Indiana secondary with a team-high 61 solo stops. And he showed well against top opponents, creating turnovers in Indiana's losses to Missouri and Michigan State.

Best moment: The Hoosiers' Oct. 5 win over Penn State in Bloomington, Ind., marked the first victory by IU in 17 games in the series. It also was the first victory to open a Big Ten season for Indiana since 2000. So you can understand the enthusiasm that accompanied this performance. Sudfeld threw for 321 yards against the Nittany Lions.

Worst moment: The Hoosiers' shot at a bowl game was essentially extinguished on Nov. 2 as Minnesota beat IU 42-39 on homecoming weekend at Memorial Stadium. Indiana stormed back from 22-point deficit to lead by four with five minutes left. The Hoosiers then lost the lead, but drove to the 9-yard line before Sudfeld's errant second-down throw to Tevin Coleman was ruled a lateral and recovered by the Gophers.

Season wrap: Iowa

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Kirk Ferentz was coming off his worst season (4-8) in more than a decade, so questions swirled around the coach and his Hawkeyes entering this season. He needed a strong 2013 to silence the doubts that hung over the program.

Well, he certainly got that.

Iowa's offense did enough to complement a strong defense as the Hawkeyes doubled their win total from 2012 and finished 8-5. It was a crucial step forward for the Hawkeyes and showed that they're back on track.

Offensive MVP: QB Jake Rudock. The 2012 backup took over the reins this past season and helped lead a below-average offense to an above-average season. Rudock's stats weren't exactly eye-popping -- 2,383 yards, 18 TDs, 13 INTs -- but he was a balanced player who came up big when the Hawkeyes needed him.

Defensive MVP: LB James Morris. The Hawkeyes boasted one of the more experienced linebacker corps in the Big Ten, and Morris was clearly the unit's best player. He could stop the run or defend the pass, and that versatility was huge. He finished with team highs in tackles for loss (17), sacks (7) and interceptions (4).

Best moment: A comeback win against Michigan. In a lot of ways, this was a must-win. The Hawkeyes had dropped three of their last five and trailed at halftime against the Wolverines, 21-7. But they bounced back as the offense rallied to score 17 unanswered points. The real story was the defense's stand, however. Michigan never crossed the Iowa 35 in the second half and went scoreless.

Worst moment: Fourth quarter against Wisconsin. Iowa trailed 14-9 heading into the final quarter and a win could've sent the Hawkeyes to a better bowl game. But C.J. Beathard -- taking over for an injured Rudock -- threw an interception on his own 22 that led to a quick TD for the Badgers. It snowballed from there. Iowa ended up losing 28-9 after another fourth-quarter TD.

Season wrap: Michigan

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The Wolverines put together one of the more confusing seasons in college football, looking completely impressive at times and impressively incomplete at others.

Michigan culminated its season with a disappointing 7-6 record and a loss in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl to Kansas State. The biggest story of the season was the inconsistency displayed on both sides of the ball. Devin Gardner struggled early in the season, drawing much criticism, but played his best football in November, throwing for nearly 1,000 yards in the final four games of the season.

The defense also struggled with consistency as it didn’t live up to the expectations that coordinator Greg Mattison set this season. The Wolverines' defense allowed 42 completions of 20 yards or longer and 64 rushes of 10 yards or longer.

Offensive MVP: Senior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon set the Big Ten record for receiving yards in a game (369), set a Michigan program record for receiving yards in a season (1,373) and set a program record for recording a reception in 39 consecutive games. Gallon was Gardner’s security blanket all season and opposing defenses struggled to cover him consistently as he had a tremendous senior season.

Defensive MVP: Junior defensive lineman Frank Clark made major strides and improvements over the season and showed major flashes of the potential to be a talented pass-rusher. He finished the year with a team-leading seven quarterback hurries and a team-leading 12 tackles for a loss, including 4.5 sacks.

Best moment: The quick-change field goal to force overtime at Northwestern. Brendan Gibbons made a 44-yard field goal as time expired to get the Wolverines into overtime, allowing Michigan to pick up its third (and final) Big Ten victory of the season. However, it showed how coordinated and together the entire team was in such a clutch moment, while also providing what became known as the #DileoPowerSlide.

Worst moment: The failed two-point conversion against Ohio State. Most agreed that it showed faith in his team that Brady Hoke chose to go for two and the win against Ohio State rather than settling for the extra point and tie with just more than 30 seconds remaining. Later, it was discovered that Gardner had injured his foot earlier in the game, which both affected the play call and was a factor in why the Wolverines went for two. The failed conversion gave Michigan its second home loss of the season and its second loss to the Buckeyes under Hoke.

Season wrap: Michigan State

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Rarely have there been better times to be a Michigan State football fan than right now.

The Spartans finished 13-1, won a Big Ten championship and captured their first Rose Bowl berth and victory since 1988. Mark Dantonio's team ended up at No. 3 in the major polls and established itself as a national power. Gone are the "Same Old Spartans" jabs. By giving a big raise to Dantonio and (it appears) keeping star defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi on board, Michigan State has set itself up for continued success, as well. Right now, it's easy being green.

Offensive MVP: Connor Cook and Jeremy Langford (tie). Cook gave the team what it lacked during a series of close losses in 2012: a legitimate passing threat. He threw for 2,755 yards and 22 touchdowns and just six interceptions and was at his best when it mattered most, turning in 300-yard passing days to win MVP honors at both the Big Ten championship game and the Rose Bowl. But we also can't overlook what Langford did in running for 1,422 yards and 18 touchdowns. He carried the offense early and made sure the Spartans had a true balanced attack.

Defensive MVP: There were so many standouts on one of the top defenses in school history. But the star of stars was senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard, who won the Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back. He coined the "No-Fly Zone" for the Spartans' secondary and ensured it would stick by shutting down his side of the field most of the time.

Best moment: Kyler Elsworth's fourth-down tackle against Stanford to clinch the Rose Bowl. It was a poetic moment, since Elsworth was filling in for the shockingly suspended Max Bullough, and it symbolized how the Spartans found the extra inches this year after failing to do so in the recent past. In 2013, they almost always discovered some "Type of Way" to win, as Rich Homie Quan would say.

Worst moment: The 17-13 loss at Notre Dame on Sept. 21 was all that stopped Michigan State from playing for the BCS national title. The "No-Fly Zone" was foiled by some hanky panky as officials called several questionable penalties against the aggressive Spartans defensive backs. Dantonio pulled Cook at the end for Andrew Maxwell, endangering his young quarterback's confidence. But good things came out of that moment, as the coaches decided to stick with Cook after that.

Season wrap: Minnesota

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The Gophers rallied behind coach Jerry Kill, who took a leave of absence to focus on his epilepsy treatment, and turned their season around, finishing the year 8-5.

The season might have ended with a disappointing loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl, but the crowning achievement was a 4-4 record in Big Ten play. It’s far from where the Gophers want to be as a team, but it’s the best conference record in Kill’s tenure and the Gophers managed wins at Northwestern and over a ranked Nebraska squad. Their four wins in 2013 matched the total number of Big Ten wins under Kill during the 2011 and 2012 seasons combined.

Offensive MVP: Junior running back David Cobb. He led Minnesota with 1,202 rushing yards, becoming the first 1,000-yard rusher for the Gophers since 2006. He accounted for seven touchdowns and six 100-yard games, including five conference games with 100 yards (the first Minnesota running back to do so since Marion Barber III had five in 2003). Cobb was also third on the team in receptions (17) for 174 yards.

Defensive MVP: Senior defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman. He led the team with 13 tackles for a loss and was a force demanding double-teams on the defensive line all season for the Gophers. He registered two sacks, one interception, eight pass breakups, two blocked kicks and 38 tackles during his final season for the Gophers.

Best moment: The Gophers’ 34-23 win over No. 24 Nebraska. It was Minnesota’s first win over the Cornhuskers since the 1960 season, and Nebraska had dominated the series, taking care of Minnesota by an average score of 40-9 over their previous 16 meetings. It marked a huge momentum swing for the Gophers, who would go on to win their next two conference games. It was also the Gophers’ sixth win of the season, making them bowl eligible. “The way Coach Kill runs his programs, we knew that we were going to have success, and it was just a matter of time before we really started rolling,” quarterback Philip Nelson said after the game.

Worst moment: Minnesota’s 20-7 loss to No. 19 Wisconsin. The Gophers were riding a four-game win streak with a ton of momentum, but the loss to their rival was a brutal reality check that they’re still far from where they want to be. Offensively, the Gophers struggled, and Minnesota's only score came on an interception return. Defensively, Minnesota allowed the Badgers to rack up 324 yards of total offense.

Season wrap: Nebraska

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All paths lead back to the same place for Nebraska -- or so it seems after a sixth consecutive season under coach Bo Pelini with nine or 10 wins and four losses. This season, the Huskers finished 9-4, but the ride was anything but mundane as Nebraska lost starting QB Taylor Martinez for all but one game of Big Ten play.

It needed late-game heroics to escape at home against Northwestern and to win at Michigan and Penn State, an impressive double even in a down year for the traditional league powers. Freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong emerged. The defense showed solid improvement. And a TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl win over Georgia sent the Huskers into the offseason with a warm, fuzzy feeling.

Offensive MVP: I-back Ameer Abdullah. He stepped into a leadership role in Martinez's absence and at times carried the Huskers. Abdullah set an example with his work ethic. He rushed for 1,690 yards, the top total in the Big Ten this season and fourth on Nebraska’s single-season charts. And he’s coming back as a senior.

Defensive MVP: Defensive end Randy Gregory. The sophomore newcomer arrived in Lincoln only a month before the season opener but needed little time to acclimate. He was a force from the start off the edge as a pass-rusher, accumulating 10 sacks. Gregory, despite playing underweight most of the season, posed huge problems for opponents because of his athleticism.

Best moment: A 49-yard Hail Mary pass from senior quarterback Ron Kellogg III to freshman Jordan Westerkamp provided the winning points in Nebraska’s 27-24 defeat of Northwestern on Nov. 2 at Memorial Stadium. Things appeared decided in the waning minutes before Kellogg, a former walk-on, engineered an 83-yard drive. Only its final play, though, will live in Husker history.

Worst moment: Just a week before the miraculous finish against Northwestern, the Huskers lost 34-23 at Minnesota, marking the Golden Gophers’ first win in 17 tries against Nebraska, dating to 1960. More disheartening than the outcome, though, was the method through which Minnesota won: The Gophers pounded the Huskers, piling up 271 rushing yards against the Blackshirts.

Season wrap: Northwestern

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When Northwestern opened Big Ten play Oct. 5, it had a perfect record, a top-20 ranking, ESPN "College GameDay" on campus and Ohio State on the ropes. When the Wildcats concluded their home schedule Nov. 23, they did so in a largely empty stadium and watched Michigan State celebrate a Legends Division title. Things fell apart quickly and dramatically for Pat Fitzgerald's crew, which missed a bowl game for the first time since 2007 and endured a losing regular season (5-7) for the first time since 2006, Fitzgerald's first season as head coach.

A combination of poor play, injuries and extremely lousy luck doomed Northwestern, which lost two games in overtime and a third on a Hail Mary as time expired at Nebraska. Star running back/returner Venric Mark missed almost the entire season, and the offense never found a steady rhythm in league play. The defense held up decently but left too many plays on the field. Fitzgerald often uses the phrase "flush it" when asked about bad plays or games. Northwestern certainly should flush the 2013 season.

Offensive MVP: Quarterback Kain Colter. He played through pain for much of the season but continued to produce, rushing for 489 yards and five touchdowns and completing 78.8 percent of his passes despite limited opportunities. Colter put Northwestern in position to beat both Iowa and Nebraska, but mistakes elsewhere doomed the team. He also caught a touchdown pass against Ohio State. Running back Treyvon Green merits a mention here.

Defensive MVP: Defensive end Tyler Scott. Scott finished a solid career by triggering Northwestern's pass rush with six sacks, 10 tackles for loss and five quarterback hurries. He also had two forced fumbles, a blocked kick and a fumble recovery. Safety Ibraheim Campbell and linebackers Collin Ellis and Chi Chi Ariguzo were solid.

Best moment: It came in the opener against Cal, as Northwestern overcame the absences of both Colter and Mark to rally for a 44-30 win. Ellis recorded pick-sixes of 56 and 40 yards in the second half en route to earning national defensive player of the week honors. The win sparked Northwestern to a 4-0 start, but things went downhill from there.

Worst moment: The Nebraska Hail Mary encapsulated a season of what-ifs. The Wildcats jumped ahead 21-7, blew the lead, couldn't punch in a late touchdown but still led by three with four seconds left. After Northwestern called a timeout (that some questioned), Nebraska's Jordan Westerkamp somehow slipped behind the defense and caught a deflected pass for the game winner as time expired.

Season wrap: Ohio State

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The vast majority of teams in the country would have gladly traded places with Ohio State, but the season still qualified as a disappointment, given the combination of high expectations and a pair of postseason stumbles.

Everything before those final two games went just about perfectly to plan, with coach Urban Meyer guiding the Buckeyes to another perfect record behind a prolific offense and a defense that typically offered enough support to keep everything pointed to a championship. But Michigan State was able to pick apart Ohio State through the air and had a talented enough defense to slow down quarterback Braxton Miller, and Clemson staged a late rally to pull out a victory in the Discover Orange Bowl that dropped Meyer’s record to 24-2 overall with the Buckeyes.

Offensive MVP: QB Braxton Miller. The junior had issues at the end of the season throwing the football, but his athleticism, competitive fire and plenty of eye-popping numbers made him the player the Buckeyes could never truly survive without for long. Kenny Guiton filled in admirably during Miller’s September injury, and running Carlos Hyde ended his career with an epic tear through the Big Ten. But Miller is the engine, and he still has one more year of development to tap into his potential as a passer.

Defensive MVP: LB Ryan Shazier. Few players in the nation gave more to their unit than Shazier did for the Buckeyes, stuffing the stat sheet from all angles while building himself into a potential high-round draft pick and declaring for the NFL draft a year early. The junior was at times a one-man wrecking crew, flying around the corner as a blitzer, making tackles anywhere between the sidelines and stabilizing a front seven that had six new starters lined up next to him.

Best moment: A perfect record in the regular season was on the line, along with the hopes of a national title and the invaluable bragging rights that come with a rivalry win. And it all boiled down to one make-or-break play as Michigan scored a late touchdown and rolled the dice on a game-deciding 2-point conversion. Tyvis Powell’s interception didn’t end up saving a national championship season, but it did clinch another pair of gold pants and give the Buckeyes plenty to celebrate at the time.

Worst moment: After flying so high the week before, the Buckeyes finally crashed to earth in the Big Ten title game, dropping their first game under Meyer and out of the national championship race at the same time. Michigan State had a fantastic game plan to slow down Miller, and it picked apart Ohio State’s struggling defense, but the Buckeyes still had a fourth-quarter lead, which slipped away in a sobering 34-24 defeat.

Season wrap: Penn State

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Three overtime games, a huge upset win, a bigger loss, surprise, disappointment: In a lot of ways, the Nittany Lions' 2013 season had it all.

Penn State defied the odds by finishing with a winning, 7-5 season. But the Nittany Lions also fell to Indiana for the first time in school history and watched as the Buckeyes pounded them in a 63-14 decision. Christian Hackenberg lived up to expectations and won the Big Ten freshman of the year award, while last year's winner -- PSU's own DE Deion Barnes -- failed to live up to expectations.

It was a very yin-and-yang year for the Lions. They played a classic, four-OT thriller against Michigan and later watched as special teams errors cost them an overtime win against Nebraska. Overall, though, this season has to be considered a success -- and it certainly reinforced that you can never quite count out these Nittany Lions.

Offensive MVP: WR Allen Robinson. Not only did he break Penn State's single-season records for catches (97) and receiving yards (1,432), but he was the only consistent threat in the passing game. He boasted more receiving yards than Hackenberg's next five targets -- combined -- as he accounted for about 46 percent of the Nittany Lions' yards through the air. He's one of the best wideouts in school history.

Defensive MVP: DT DaQuan Jones. He had big shoes to fill with the graduation of Jordan Hill, but he more than lived up to expectations. He led the team in tackles for loss (11.5) and finished fifth on the team with 56 tackles, more than any other player on the line. The 318-pound DT made sure opposing ball carriers struggled to gain yards up the middle.

Best moment: Hanging on to upset Wisconsin in the finale. Penn State came in as a 24-point underdog. It came in facing the nation's top pair of running backs. But it left Camp Randall with a monumental upset and its first road win over a ranked foe -- Wisconsin was No. 15 at the time -- since beating Ohio State in 2008. Hackenberg paced his team, and the run defense held strong.

Worst moment: A 63-14 loss to Ohio State. That score will be etched in the minds of alumni for a while, as it was the program's worst loss in 114 years. Nothing went right for Penn State. Ohio State averaged 8 yards a carry, built up a 42-7 halftime lead and finished with 408 rushing yards. Imagine a worst-case scenario playing out on the field; that's exactly what happened. Hackenberg finished with a QBR of 12.1.

Season wrap: Purdue

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The hiring of Darrell Hazell created optimism for Purdue fans who were sick of the mediocrity under previous coach Danny Hope. By the end of Hazell's first season, however, that mediocrity sounded pretty good.

The bloom isn't already off the Hazell rose because he has had just one year in West Lafayette. But the start of his tenure couldn't have gone much worse, as the Boilermakers went 1-11, ranked among the worst FBS teams in most major categories and lost by at least 14 points nine times. They were, frankly, one of the worst Big Ten teams of recent memory, although they did play a challenging schedule. Some freshmen provided bright spots, but this might be a bigger rebuilding project than anyone expected, and Hazell will soon have to prove he's the man for the job.

Offensive MVP: There aren't many candidates to choose from on a team that averaged fewer than 15 points per game this season. But true freshman quarterback Danny Etling at least gave the offense a spark when he assumed the job midway through the Northern Illinois game. He threw for 1,690 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games and gave Purdue some offseason hope with his 485-yard, four-touchdown performance against Indiana in the finale.

Defensive MVP: Senior cornerback Ricardo Allen tied for the Big Ten lead with six interceptions and also had a forced fumble and four tackles for loss. He holds the Purdue record for interceptions returned for touchdowns. If you consider a punter part of the defense, this award would have gone to Ray Guy finalist Cody Webster. He was probably the team's best player, which tells you something about the Boilers' season.

Best moment: In the third quarter of a prime-time home game against Notre Dame in Week 3, Rob Henry found B.J. Knauf for an 18-yard touchdown pass to give Purdue a 17-10 lead. At that point, the future seemed pretty bright. Unfortunately, the Boilermakers went on to lose by seven points, which was the start of a 10-game losing streak. Henry would move to defense a few weeks later, and Knauf earned a midseason suspension.

Worst moment: A 56-0 loss at home to Ohio State on Nov. 2. The Boilers had played the Buckeyes very tough the past couple of years, including an overtime loss in 2012 in Columbus. But Ohio State, which led 42-0 at halftime before calling off the dogs in the second half, could have named its score this year. The 56-point loss matched the worst defeat in school history.

Season wrap: Wisconsin

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Wisconsin had a new coach, the same group of core players and a similar, close-but-no-glory result in 2013. The start of the Gary Andersen era was marked by three things: an officiating debacle at the end of a game at Arizona State, an impressive midseason surge and a poor finish with losses to Penn State and South Carolina.

The coaching transition went smoothly, and the Badgers displayed many of their signature traits, such as a dynamic run offense with two premier backs in Melvin Gordon and James White. Senior linebacker Chris Borland led a defense that ran a complex, pressuring scheme under coordinator Dave Aranda. After a 3-2 start, the Badgers won six consecutive games by double digits and rose to No. 15 in the BCS standings, but poor performances in their final two games put a damper on the season. The kicking game and quarterback play continued to be inconsistent.

Offensive MVP: Running back James White. Gordon had bigger numbers and flashier plays, but White proved to be the more reliable option during the meat of the Big Ten season. He rushed for 808 yards and nine touchdowns and added 18 receptions during Wisconsin's six-game winning streak.

Defensive MVP: Linebacker Chris Borland. An easy choice here, Borland won Big Ten defensive player of the year honors after capping a brilliant career with a superb senior season. He had 112 tackles, nearly double the total of any other Badgers player, and recorded 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and six 6 hurries. He set a Big Ten record with 15 career forced fumbles.

Best moment: It nearly became an ugly moment at TCF Bank Stadium, but Wisconsin beat rival Minnesota for a record 10th consecutive time Nov. 23 in a matchup of ranked teams on a frigid day in Minneapolis. Borland triggered a stifling defensive performance with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, and White had another 100-yard rushing performance as Wisconsin retained Paul Bunyan's Axe.

Worst moment: Few will forget the desert debacle on Sept. 14 in Tempe, Ariz. Trailing Arizona State 32-30, Wisconsin drove downfield for the possible game-winning score, but after an awkward (but legal) kneel-down by quarterback Joel Stave, Pac-12 officials failed to remove an Arizona State defender from the ball and spot it in time so Stave could spike it and set up a field-goal attempt. The clock ran out, Wisconsin coaches and players went ballistic and the Badgers suffered their first loss.

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