The offense led Purdue to 14 third-quarter points, and the Boilermakers now lead 20-10. Purdue threw for 75 yards and ran for 97 yards in the quarter. The Boilermakers expanded their lead to 13-3 thanks to a one-play, 63-yard drive that ended when Robert Marve tossed a 63-yard touchdown to Akeem Hunt.
The third quarter was so slow, the teams combined for more punts than points, and the margin is still seven, as Ohio State leads 14-7. Both teams saw their defenses make stands, forcing three punts in the quarter.
Nebraska stifled Minnesota’s offense, giving up just six total yards in the second quarter, and the Cornhuskers now lead 24-0. Nebraska held the Golden Gophers to negative rushing yardage (-3 yards) in the quarter.
Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase led the offense in the second quarter. He threw for 18 yards and ran for 33 yards, but the Fighting Illini now trail 6-3. Purdue’s Sam McCartney booted two field goals in the quarter.
Montee Ball had a productive quarter for Wisconsin. He ran for 71 yards and one touchdown, but the margin is still seven, as the Badgers trail 14-7. Ball’s touchdown, the 78th of his career, tied the FBS record, held by Travis Prentice.
Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the action and offers his immediate thoughts from every game. Read Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern’s wins over Iowa, Indiana and Michigan State, respectively, in this post.
Devin Gardner accounted for six touchdowns to help No. 23 Michigan rout Iowa 42-17 Saturday. The Wolverines (8-3, 6-1 Big Ten) weren’t stopped on offense by the hapless Hawkeyes (4-7, 2-5) until Gardner threw an interception early in the fourth quarter.