B1G MOMENTS IN ROSE BOWL HISTORY - Jan. 1, 1947 - Illinois 45, UCLA 14:
The 1947 Rose Bowl Game marked the first of 55 consecutive meetings between Big Ten and Pac-12 programs in Pasadena. Julius Rykovich and Claude "Buddy" Young combined for 206 yards rushing and three touchdowns in sharing player of the game accolades, helping Illinois to the first of its three straight Rose Bowl wins.
BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT - Wisconsin's Pat Richter: A three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball, Pat Richter earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1963 . . .
The Week That Was: For the third consecutive season, Big Ten squads combined for 10 victories during the opening weekend of play . . .
Where We Rank, Find Out Tuesday: With the opening weekend of the 2013 college football season surrounding the Labor Day holiday, the second installment of the Associated Press (AP) and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls will be revealed on Tuesday. In the preseason rankings, five conference teams appeared in the top 25 with two other squads receiving votes.
Making A Habit of Opening Day Wins: Eight programs have won consecutive season openers, including Nebraska, which has won a national-leading 28 straight season debuts . . .
You Can Put it on the Board: Big Ten offenses had no problems working through the rust of Week 1, averaging 39.5 points per game . . .
By Any Means Necessary: Throughout the opening weekend, Big Ten defenses and special teams impacted the scoreboard in their respective games. In total, 11 touchdowns were scored by units other than the offense, including three by Minnesota and two each by Michigan State and Northwestern . . .
Game Changer: Northwestern linebacker Collin Ellis left his mark in the Wildcats' season opening victory over California last Saturday. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the second half, the first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) player to do that since Sept. 15, 2012, helping Northwestern to a 44-30 road victory . . . He is the first Wildcat, the first Big Ten player since at least 1996 and just the sixth linebacker in FBS history to accomplish the feat.
Eclipsing 2,000: Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller rushed for 77 yards on Saturday, which put him over the 2,000-yard rushing mark in his career. He becomes the eighth Big Ten quarterback to rush for more than 2,000 career yards . . .