Mark Weisman ran for 177 yards, 155 in the first half, to lead Iowa to a 31-13 win over Minnesota on Saturday and give the Hawkeyes possession of the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy. Christian Kirksey‘s 68-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the win for Iowa (3-2), which bounced back from last week’s disappointing 32-31 loss to Central Michigan to win the Big Ten opener for both schools.
Penn State’s defensive line went crazy in the third, penetrating Illinois’ backfield so often that the Fighting Illini finished with negative rushing yardage, at -4 yards, and the margin is still 21, as the Nittany Lions lead 28-7.
Northwestern’s offense looked sharp in the third quarter, scoring 17 points, and the Wildcats now lead 37-21. Northwestern threw for 126 yards and ran for 132 yards in the quarter. The Wildcats’ four big plays, including Trevor Siemian’s 36-yard pass to Tony Jones, sparked the offense in the quarter.
In the third quarter, Isaac Fruechte fought back for Minnesota. He caught two passes for 26 yards and one touchdown, as the Golden Gophers now trail, 24-7. Minnesota finally got on the scoreboard when Max Shortell and Fruechte hooked up for a nine-yard touchdown to polish off a 79-yard drive.
Matt Lehman led Penn State in the quarter. He caught a 21-yard touchdown pass, and the Nittany Lions now lead 21-0. Penn State opened up the lead, 21-0, after marching down the field for a seven-play, 72-yard drive that ended when. The Nittany Lions threw just one time during that march downfield.
Iowa’s offense scored 21 points thanks to four long plays and the Hawkeyes now lead 24-0. Iowa made its lead 10-0 when Mark Weisman turned a handoff into an eight-yard touchdown on the last play of a six-play, 84-yard drive. The key play on the Hawkeyes’ drive was Weisman’s 44-yard run. Iowa threw just one time on that drive.
Northwestern scored 13 points in the quarter, and the Wildcats now lead 20-0. Northwestern threw for 119 yards and ran for 80 yards in the quarter. The Wildcats expanded their lead to 10-0 thanks to a 12-play, 61-yard drive that ended when Jeff Budzien kicked a 44-yard field goal.