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Illinois Holds Off Western Michigan

(AP) Troy Pollard carried the ball for a career-high 133 yards and No. 24 needed all three of Derek Dimke‘s field goals Saturday to survive Western Michigan, 23-20. The Illini trailed at the half 13-10 and the game was tied 20-20 with less than nine minutes to play. Booing Illini fans recalled a 23-17 loss to the Broncos (2-2) the last time the teams met in 2008. Pollard’s 49-yard burst midway through the fourth quarter set up a 21-yard Dimke field goal that gave the Illini (4-0) the three-point lead they wouldn’t give up. Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder was 30 of 48 with two touchdowns, 306 yards and one interception. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Week 4 Screen Plays: Big Ten Fans on TV

It’s Week 4, and we’re on the lookout for great images from our TV broadcasts. We collect selected screen shots right off the TV in our Big Ten Screen Plays archive page. Did you spot someone you know? Or did you see something on one of the games that we just must include in our collection? Let us know in the comments section!

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Robinson, 'D' Help Michigan Down SDSU

(AP) Denard Robinson ran for three scores in the first half to give No. 22 Michigan a three-touchdown lead and finished with a season-high 200 yards rushing, helping the Wolverines beat San Diego State 28-7. The Wolverines (4-0) sputtered Saturday on offense after halftime because Robinson struggled in the passing game. Michigan was fortunate Ryan Lindley couldn’t hit open Aztecs. After Lindley missed a teammate on fourth down midway through the fourth quarter, Robinson’s 30-yard sprint set up Vincent Smith‘s 7-yard run to give Michigan a 28-7 lead. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Offense Fuels Iowa Past La.-Monroe

(AP) James Vandenberg threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns and Iowa cruised past Louisiana-Monroe 45-17 on Saturday. Marcus Coker added 113 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns for the Hawkeyes (3-1), who raced out to a 28-3 halftime lead on the strength of a revitalized passing attack in their final tuneup before the start of Big Ten play. Vandenberg threw for 198 yards in the opening half. His 1-yard TD plunge opened the scoring, and Vandenberg found Marvin McNutt for TD pass of 13 and 17 yards to put the Hawkeyes up by 25 late in the second quarter. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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McGloin, Penn State Thrash EMU, 34-6

(AP) Matt McGloin threw for three touchdowns and Penn State welcomed coach Joe Paterno back to the sideline with a 34-6 win Saturday over Eastern Michigan. Penn State (3-1) held the Eagles (2-2) to 68 on the ground – 221 below its season average – and forced three first-half turnovers. Nick Sukay‘s interception late in the half set up the second of McGloin’s scoring strikes, a 5-yarder to receiver Derek Moye for a 17-0 lead. It surely pleased the 84-year-old Paterno, who paced the sideline in the first half for the first time this season before returning to the press box after halftime with his team up comfortably. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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