ESPN Classic is reliving the incredible 2005 college football season with an Instant Classic marathon featuring 11 games. To honor the amazing season in the Big Ten, the marathon kicks off with a string of seven Big Ten classics. The action starts at 9 am ET on Saturday, Dec. 17 and spans 33 hours until Sunday, Dec. 18 at 7 pm ET.
Sat. Dec. 17 - 9 am ET: Ohio State at Penn State
Michael Robinson and Derrick Williams ran for touchdowns less than three minutes apart in the second quarter and Paul Posluszny and the Nittany Lions' defense did the rest in a 17-10 victory over No. 6 Ohio State. Win No. 349 for Joe Paterno was the type of victory some thought was only in the past for the second-winningest coach in major college football. The 16th-ranked Nittany Lions (6-0, 3-0) hadn't beaten a team so highly ranked since knocking off No. 4 Arizona to start the 1999 season.
Sat. Dec. 17 - 12 pm ET: Penn State at Northwestern
Michael Robinson connected with freshman Derrick Williams on a 36-yard touchdown pass with 51 seconds left and lift Penn State to a wild 34-29 victory over Northwestern. The lead changed three times in the closing minutes and the Nittany Lions overcame four turnovers and a 16-point deficit to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 1999. "That drive was all about heart," said Robinson, who passed for three TDs and ran for another.
Sat. Dec. 17 - 3 pm ET: Ohio State at Michigan
Troy Smith threw for a career-high 300 yards and a touchdown and scored
once on the ground, leading No. 9 Ohio State to a 25-21 win over No. 17 Michigan and a share of the conference title. Antonio Pittman's 3-yard run with 24 seconds left capped an 88-yard drive that included a series of spectacular plays by Smith.
Sat. Dec. 17 - 6 pm ET: Texas at Ohio State
Vince Young did what star quarterbacks do, passing his team to a victory and making the Texas Longhorns look as if this could be the season they come up big in the biggest of games. Best known for his highlight-reel runs, Young threw a 24-yard go-ahead touchdown to Limas Sweed with 2:37 left and No. 2 Texas defeated No. 4 Ohio State 25-22 in the much-anticipated first meeting between two of college football's most storied programs.
Sat. Dec. 17 - 9 pm ET: Penn State at Michigan
The Penn State Nittany Lions are no longer perfect as they suffer a heartbreaking loss the the Michigan Wolverines. Chad Henne threw his second touchdown pass to Mario Manningham from 10 yards out with no time left to lift Michigan to a thrilling 27-25 victory over No. 8 Penn State. "That's as wild a game as I've ever been in -- just unbelievable," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.
Sun. Dec. 18 - 12 am ET: Michigan at Michigan State
Mike Hart's return and Garrett Rivas' redemption gave Michigan a win it desperately needed. Hart ran for 218 yards and a touchdown in his first game back from an injury, and Rivas made up for missing a field goal in the final minute of regulation by kicking a 35-yarder in overtime to give the Wolverines a 34-31 win over No. 11 Michigan State.
Sun. Dec. 18 - 3 am ET: Wisconsin at Minnesota
The battle for the axe. Jonathan Casillas blocked a punt and Ben Strickland recovered it in the end zone with 30 seconds left to complete a stunning rally and lift No. 23 Wisconsin to a 38-34 victory over No. 22 Minnesota. "When you think you've seen it all, you haven't seen it all," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said.
Sun. Dec. 18 - 7 am ET: Arizona State at LSU
LSU came a long way to start its season, and JaMarcus Russell made the trip worthwhile. Russell passed 39 yards to Early Doucet for a climactic touchdown that handed the No. 5 Tigers a 35-31 victory over No. 15 Arizona State, giving coach Les Miles a victory in his hurricane-delayed LSU debut. "We've been practicing for so long, and this is our first game," Russell said. "Not taking anything from the other guys, but we just had it in our heart that we were ready."
Sun. Dec. 18 - 10 am ET: Louisville at West Virginia
West Virginia running back Steve Slaton scored a school-record six touchdowns, but it was backup quarterback Pat White who converted a two-point pass in the third overtime to defeat No. 19 Louisville, 46-44. Louisville had a chance to send the game to a fourth extra session, but West Virginia's defense stopped Cardinals quarterback Brian Brohm at the 3 on the two-point try. Slaton finished with 188 rushing yards, upstaging Michael Bush who had four rushing TDs for Louisville.
Sun. Dec. 18 - 1 pm ET: Tennessee at LSU
Rick Clausen returned to LSU and refused to let Tennessee be part of the Tigers' feel-good story. The LSU transfer led the Vols back from a three-touchdown deficit and Gerald Riggs Jr. pushed into the end zone from a yard out in overtime to give Tennessee a 30-27 win in LSU's long-awaited, hurricane-delayed home opener.
Sun. Dec. 18 - 4 pm ET: Notre Dame at Stanford
The Irish needed every last yard from Brady Quinn and Darius Walker to become eligible for their first BCS appearance in five years. Walker ran 6 yards for the winning touchdown with 55 seconds remaining and then took a direct snap in for the two-point conversion as the sixth-ranked Fighting Irish all but assured themselves of playing in one the four marquee bowl games with a 38-31 victory over Stanford.