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Ball, Badgers Drill Nits, Off to Indy

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Penn State at Wisconsin - Football Highlights

(AP) Montee Ball scored four more touchdowns in his pursuit of an NCAA record, powering No. 15 Wisconsin to a 45-7 rout of No. 20 Penn State and a spot in next week’s Big Ten championship game. Ball has scored 34 touchdowns this season for the Badgers (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten), the second-most in a single season in NCAA history. Barry Sanders holds the record, scoring 39 for Oklahoma State in 11 games in the 1988 season. With the win, Wisconsin will play Big Ten Legends division winner Michigan State in Indianapolis next Saturday. The Nittany Lions (9-3, 6-2) took an early 7-0 lead but quickly unraveled, falling behind 28-7 by halftime. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Minnesota takes down reeling Illinois

(AP) MarQueis Gray rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score, guiding Minnesota past backsliding Illinois 27-7 on Saturday in the season finale and sending the Fighting Illini to their sixth straight defeat. Gray took off 27 times to break the single-season rushing record for a Golden Gophers quarterback, giving him 966 yards. Billy Cockerham had 831 yards rushing in 1999. Troy Pollard‘s 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the only highlight for the Illini (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten), who wasted their best start in 60 years and put coach Ron Zook’s job in obvious danger. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Purdue tops Indiana, takes back Bucket

(AP) Ralph Bolden scored one touchdown, Caleb TerBush threw for another and Carson Wiggs made four field goals Saturday to lead Purdue past Indiana 33-25 for the Old Oaken Bucket. The victory makes Purdue (6-6, 4-4 Big Ten) bowl-eligible for the first time under coach Danny Hope. But the Boilermakers are not guaranteed a bowl spot because 10 Big Ten teams are eligible for the league’s eight bowl berths. The milestone victory also was tarnished by a third-quarter injury to Bolden, who appeared to injure his right knee and did not finish the game. Indiana (1-10, 0-8) finished the season on a nine-game losing streak and is the only BCS conference team not to beat a Football Bowl Subdivision foe. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Streak Snappers: Michigan Tops Ohio State

Michigan's Taylor Lewan

Ohio State at Michigan - Football Highlights

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(AP) Denard Robinson accounted for five touchdowns, helping No. 17 Michigan beat Ohio State 40-34 on Saturday and snap a school-record, seven-game losing streak in the rivalry. The Wolverines (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten) were forced to settle for a six-point lead with 1:59 left on Brendan Gibbons‘ career-long 43-yard field goal after two apparent TDs were negated by a video review and then penalties. The Buckeyes (6-6, 3-5) had a chance to win the game on their final drive, but freshman Braxton Miller sailed a pass over Deviser Posey’s head on what could’ve been a 76-yard TD and threw a loss-sealing interception to Courtney Avery. Read the AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Cousins, Michigan State Down NU, 31-17

Michigan State's Kirk Cousins

Michigan State at Northwestern - Football Highlights

(AP) Keshawn Martin returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown just before halftime and Kirk Cousins threw two TD passes to B.J. Cunningham as No. 11 Michigan State warmed up for next week’s Big Ten championship game by beating Northwestern 31-17 on Saturday. Cousins threw a 33-yarder to Cunningham in the third quarter and hit him again on a juggling 29-yarder with 5:17 left to complete a 93-yard drive. It was the 62nd career TD pass for Cousins, breaking the school record held by Jeff Smoker (61). The Spartans will play the winner of the Penn State-Wisconsin game in the title game. Read the AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.

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All-Conference Special airs Monday at 7:30 p.m.

BTN will present the exclusive, live announcement of several Big Ten football awards during the All-Conference Selection Special at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday. For the fifth straight year, Dave Revsine will host the show, alongside analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Select award winners will be interviewed during the 60-minute program.

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