The Northwestern Wildcats (8-4) will look for the upset this weekend when they face Ohio State (10-1) in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. For Northwestern, the game is their first visit to the conference championship game and they would earn an automatic Rose Bowl berth with a victory. The Wildcats last won the Big Ten title in 2000, prior to the annual championship game.
Senior Clayton Thorson will be under center for Northwestern and has started more games than any quarterback in Big Ten history. Asheville High School‘s all-time sack leader, Andrew Leota (53, above), is a freshman defensive lineman for the Wildcats. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast live by Fox Sports.
College Basketball – UNCA’s Senora Dengokl was named the Big South’s player of the week last week after averaging 17 points per game in wins over Davidson and Wofford. It was the first such honor for Dengokl, who is shooting 50% from the field and 72% from the free-throw line through five games this season.
The Bulldogs are 3-2 overall. Records for area women’s teams this season to date include:
- Furman (NCAA DI) (2-3)
- WCU (NCAA DI) (1-7)
- Brevard (NCAA DIII) (2-1)
- Lees-McRae (NCAA DII) (3-3)
- Montreat (NAIA) (4-4)
- Mars Hill (NCAA DII) (1-2)
- Warren Wilson (USCAA) (1-7)
College Soccer – Closing out fall soccer coverage, Brevard seniors Ashley Hughes and Caroline David earned NCCSIA All-State honors. Hughes set the Tornados’ NCAA-era single-season goals record with 19 this fall and totaled 41 points, another Brevard NCAA-era record. David set records for single-season and career assists.