Behind its punishing defense, and Pat Fitzgerald's guidance, Northwestern recorded the fourth double-digit win total in school history on Saturday.
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Justin Jackson rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown as No. 16 Northwestern beat Illinois 24-14 on Saturday.
Jackson doubles Northwestern's lead
The 16th-ranked Wildcats are up 21-7 on Illinois on ESPNU, after this 3-yard TD run by Justin Jackson.
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Since 1900, Northwestern has won nine or more games six times, five of which Pat Fitzgerald has been a part. Fitzgerald has coached the Wildcats to three such seasons (2008, 2012, 2015) and was a player on the 1995 and 1996 teams that won or shared the Big Ten title. Live on ESPNU/WatchESPN
Illinois' decision to keep Bill Cubit for two more seasons isn't really much of a decision at all. It's more like kicking the can down the road.
Illinois gives Bill Cubit 2-year agreement
Cubit was named interim head coach Aug. 28 after coach Tim Beckman was let go. Cubit has led the Fighting Illini to a 5-6 record with a win needed over Northwestern today to become bowl eligible. The extension will keep the length of his contract at two years and pay Cubit $1.2M per year.
Illinois announced Saturday that interim coach Bill Cubit and the school have agreed to a two-year agreement, giving him the full-time job.
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Comment from interim Illinois AD Paul Kowalczyk with announcement of Bill Cubit's two-year deal to remain head coach.
Typical afternoon in the Windy City
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Illini consider hiring Cubit permanently
Illinois is exploring the idea of making interim football coach Bill Cubit the permanent coach and giving him a two-year deal, according to the Chicago Tribune. Interim athletic director Paul Kowalczyk said a decision would be announced Sunday.
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It's fitting that the top-heavy East Division wouldn't be settled until the final weekend.
We break down the Big Ten's top quarterbacks versus the blitz. Hint: Ohio State's two lead the pack.
The playoff picture and division races will come into focus this weekend in the Big Ten.
The Big Ten East race was flipped to Michigan State with their upset of Ohio State, which hadn't lost a Big Ten regular-season game since 2011.
A look at how all the teams in the Big Ten stack up after Week 12 of the college football season.
Shannon Brooks rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns, including a 75-yard romp into the end zone with 1:25 remaining for Minnesota to seal a 32-23 victory over Illinois on Saturday.
Brooks breaks off another TD
Minnesota RB Shannon Brooks busted loose for a 75-yard touchdown run, his third score of the game. Illinois trails 32-23 late in the fourth quarter.
Fighting Illini open with a TD
Illinois QB Wes Lunt found Andrew Davis for a 6-yard touchdown on its opening drive of the second half. It capped off a 14-play, 75-yard drive.
Golden Gophers score before half
With five seconds remaining in the second quarter, Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner found Rashad Still for a 1-yard TD. Illinois trails 21-13 at halftime.
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