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Creepin' The B1G: Week 14 Recap

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A bittersweet victory for Ohio State, Wisconsin earns the right to face the Buckeyes in Indy next weekend, and a Big Ten coach not named Tim Beckman or Brady Hoke gets canned.

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And here we are, our final Creepin' post of 2014 (okay, there's probably going to be some kind of bowl game edition of this, so this isn't quite goodbye until next season, yet). It's been a pleasure, but all good things must come to an end. Congratulations are also in store to Ohio State and Wisconsin, who will be representing the Big Ten's East and West divisions, respectively in this upcoming weekend's conference championship game in Indianapolis.

Nebraska 37, Iowa 34 (OT)

The first half was a tight one, with Iowa taking a 10-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Hawkeyes then proceeded to blow the lead open to 24-7 midway through the third quarter before Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong Jr. lit up the Hawkeye defense through the air (Armstrong finished with 202 yards passing and 4 TD's/2 INTs) and De'Morany Pierson-El took a punt 80 yards to the house to give Nebraska a 28-24 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Iowa would respond, with Jake Rudock tossing a touchdown pass to Jordan Canzeri with 1:49 remaining to reclaim the lead, 31-28 but Nebraska's Drew Brown nailed a chip-shot 20 yard field goal to force overtime with eight seconds remaining. From there, the Huskers held Iowa to a field goal on its opening possession before Armstrong tossed the game-winning TD to Kenny Bell.

Naturally, such an incredible comeback like this spelled the last straw and caused a coach to be fired...I'm talking of course, about Bo Pelini's shit-canning. Kirk Ferentz of course, is still employed by Iowa, which is not sitting well with the Black Heart Gold Pants crew:

Illinois 47, Northwestern 33

This in-state rivalry game also severed as a bowl play-in game, given that both teams were rocking 5-6 records coming in. Reilly O'Toole got the starting nod for Illinois on the heels of leading the game-winning drive against Penn State last week and was in beast mode for this one, racking up 147 yards rushing and 147 yards passing along with throwing for a hat trick of touchdowns (3). Illini tailback Josh Ferguson also had 95 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns himself. The Illini defense took advantage of a Northwestern offense missing Trevor Siemian, forcing backup quarterback Zack Oliver into throwing a hat trick of interceptions and oh, look...Tim's (still) got a job!

Indiana 23, Purdue 16

Indiana's defense, which has been a punchline all season long, actually stepped up in a big way against their bitter rivals. Purdue quarterback Austin Appleby threw a hat trick of interceptions, part of four total turnovers that the Hoosiers forced upon them. Zander Diamont threw for a pedestrian 119 yards passing, but scored the game-winning touchdown on a one-yard run with 27 seconds left, allowing Indiana to keep the Old Oaken Bucket.

On that note: Have a cigar, Zander. You sure earned it.

Ohio State 42, Michigan 28

It was a bittersweet win for the Buckeyes. Yes, they beat their rivals for the ninth time in the last ten years, but J.T. Barrett suffered a season-ending injury and more importantly, there was the saga of missing player Kosta Karageorge (whose body has since been discovered - thoughts go out to his family). Also, Brady Hoke is still employed as of the time this post is being written and Bo Pelini is not. Football is weird, indeed.

Big Ten Powerhouse Rutgers 41, Maryland 38

In an epic Battle of the B1G Newcomers, Maryland jumped out to a commanding 35-10 lead with just a couple of minutes before halftime and by all means, looked as if they were going to roll in this one. BTPR however, had other plans as they gradually clawed their way back on the heels of Gary Nova, who was anything but Champagne Gary Nova, tossing 347 yards through the air and four touchdowns (and more importantly - zero picks). Kyle Federico nailed what ended up being the game-winning field goal, putting Rutgers ahead 41-38 with six minutes to play before the BTPR defense took care of the rest. Both teams ended up finishing 7-5 on the regular season in their inaugural B1G seasons, so I suppose they deserve a little kudos for that.

Wisconsin 34, Minnesota 24

In what was the de-facto B1G West championship game, Melvin Gordon outrushed Minnesota's David Cobb 151-118 and also broke former Badger Ron Dayne's B1G single-season rushing record of 2,109 yards. The Gophers actually held a 17-3 lead early in the second quarter, but gradually let it slip away as Minnesota's inability to pass (QB Mitch Leidner was held to just 5 of 18 passing for 95 yards) and Joel Stave's ability to do so otherwise (11 of 18, 215 yards, and 2 TD's) ended up making the difference in the end.