Big Ten Football Season in Review
January 11, 2013Richmond High School
Big Ten Polling Place: With bowl season complete, six Big Ten schools received votes
in the final Associated Press (AP) or USA Today coaches polls, while four teams
appeared among the top 25. The Big Ten and SEC were the only conferences to feature
four or more top-25 teams in the final polls . . .
Northwestern Records First Bowl Win Since 1949: Northwestern set a bowl record with
four interceptions on the way to a 34-20 victory over Mississippi State in the
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, the Wildcats first bowl triumph since the 1949 Rose Bowl
Game . . .
Michigan State Claims Second Straight Bowl Triumph: Michigan State won back-to-back
bowl games for the first time since the 2001 season as senior kicker Dan Conroy hit
a 47-yard field goal with just over a minute left for a 17-16 victory over TCU in
the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl . . .
O'Brien Named National Coach of Year: Penn State's Bill O'Brien was named the
Maxwell Football Club (MFC) Collegiate Coach of the Year, the second straight year a
Big Ten coach has been honored . . .
Big Ten Players Earn National Honors: Multiple Big Ten standouts were honored with
national awards this season . . .
* Wisconsin's Montee Ball (Doak Walker Award)
* Penn State's Matt McGloin (Burlsworth Trophy)
* Michigan's Patrick Omameh and Nebraska's Rex Burkhead (AFCA Good Works Team)
* Nebraska's Rex Burkhead and Northwestern's Patrick Ward (National
* Penn State senior class (Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award)
Making a Name for Themselves: Ten Big Ten performers earned All-America honors from
various publications . . .
* Michigan's Taylor Lewan
* Nebraska's Spencer Long
* Northwestern's Venric Mark
* Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins
* Ohio State's Bradley Roby
* Ohio State's John Simon
* Penn State's Michael Mauti
* Purdue's Kawann Short
* Wisconsin's Montee Ball
* Wisconsin's Rick Wagner
Students of the Game: The Big Ten led all conferences with nine student-athletes
named to the Capital One Academic All-America first or second teams in football as
announced by CoSIDA. The Big Ten has now led all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)
conferences in Academic All-Americans for eight straight seasons . . .
* Indiana's Adam Replogle
* Michigan State's Max Bullough
* Michigan State's Mike Sadler
* Nebraska's Rex Burkhead
* Nebraska's Sean Fisher
* Northwestern's Brian Arnfelt
* Northwestern's Patrick Ward
* Penn State's Pete Massaro
* Penn State's John Urschel
NCAA Record Breakers: Michigan's Denard Robinson (rushing yards by quarterback),
Minnesota's Troy Stoudermire (kickoff returns, kickoff return yards) and Wisconsin's
Montee Ball (points, total touchdowns, rushing touchdowns) each ended their careers
with NCAA records . . .
Packing the House: The 2012 season featured the second-highest season attendance
for all games and conference games only in Big Ten history . . .
Nation's Best Fans: Big Ten schools filled three of the top five spots in the NCAA
rankings for average attendance while seven conference programs rated among the top
21 in the country overall . . .
Welcome to the Club: The Big Ten will welcome a pair of new head coaches to the
sidelines for the 2013 campaign in Purdue's Darrell Hazell and Wisconsin's Gary