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Jake Rudock throws six TDs as Michigan beats Hoosiers in double OT

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Jake Rudock throws six TDs as Michigan beats Hoosiers in double OT

With the game on the goal line, Michigan's defense is making a habit of coming up big.

Facing fourth and goal in double overtime, the Wolverines broke up a pass from Indiana's Nate Sudfeld, hanging on to beat the Hoosiers, 48-41, on Saturday night in Bloomington.

The goal-line stand of a win comes two weeks after Michigan had to do almost the same thing to hold on for victory against Minnesota.

Jordan Howard was sensational for Indiana, rushing 35 times for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Jake Rudock had a terrific day against Indiana's always-exploitable pass defense, throwing for 440 yards and six touchdowns.

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Howard opened the first overtime with a 16-yard pickup down inside the 10. Not long after, Howard leaped in for a touchdown to give the Hoosiers a 41-34 lead.

On Michigan's second play of overtime, Rudock hit Jake Butt for a 21-yard touchdown to force a second overtime.

The first play of double overtime was a 25-yard deep ball from Rudock to a wide-open Amara Darboh, who corralled it for the go-ahead touchdown.

Howard took the ball inside the 10 again on the Hoosiers' first play of double overtime. Sudfeld kept the ball on the option and reached the two-yard line, bringing up fourth and goal, but the next pass was broken up on the goal line, giving Michigan the win.

Michigan led, 21-9, having allowed just a trio of field goals up until the final minute of the first half. But with less than a minute till the break, Howard scored Indiana's first touchdown of the game. The Wolverines responded with a field goal to make it 24-16 at the half.

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Indiana came roaring back in the third quarter, keeping Michigan off the board and getting a 51-yard punt-return touchdown from Mitchell Paige plus a field goal to take a 26-24 lead.

Michigan was stonewalled and forced to kick a go-ahead field goal halfway through the fourth quarter. But Howard's 24-yard touchdown run and successful two-point conversion made it a one-touchdown lead inside of three minutes to play. The Wolverines took the ball down to the goal line, and with six seconds left, Rudock hit Jehu Chesson, who made a great jumping catch for a game-tying touchdown to force overtime.

As typically is the case in a game featuring Indiana, the offensive numbers were gigantic. Michigan gained 581 total yards, and Indiana gained 527 total yards.

The Wolverines improved to 8-2 with the win, and they still have a chance to win the Big Ten East and advance to the Big Ten title game.

The Hoosiers dropped to 4-6 with the loss and are still without a Big Ten win after starting the season 4-0.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

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Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.

Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football. 

"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.

"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.

"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline." 

Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."

"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.

"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."

Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

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Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.