(AP) Boom Herron, who hadn’t played since the Sugar Bowl in January because of NCAA suspensions, ran for 114 yards and a touchdown in his return Saturday to lead Ohio State past No. 16 Illinois, 17-7. With true freshman Braxton Miller at quarterback, the struggling offense of Ohio State (4-3, 2-1 Big Ten) counted on Herron against Illinois (6-1, 2-1). The Buckeyes didn’t complete a pass until Miller hit Jake Stoneburner for a fourth-quarter touchdown and a 17-0 lead. The Buckeyes’ defense forced three turnovers and turned two of them into their only touchdowns. Herron’s 12-yard touchdown run followed an interception by Bradley Roby and put Ohio State up 10-0 in the third quarter. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.
(AP) Quarterback Russell Wilson added a new chapter to his brief-but-growing legend, making a touchdown catch on a trick play as No. 4 Wisconsin routed Indiana 59-7 on Saturday. Wilson, who is being touted as a Heisman Trophy candidate by Wisconsin (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten), added another memorable moment to his resume when he caught a 25-yard score from running back Montee Ball in the second quarter. Ball had a huge day, rushing for three touchdowns. Wilson threw for 166 yards and a touchdown with 42 yards rushing. He was rested in the fourth quarter. Wisconsin was playing without top wide receiver Nick Toon, who sat out with a left foot injury. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out the Big Ten scoreboard.
(AP) Silas Redd ran for 131 yards and a touchdown and Penn State took advantage of Purdue’s special teams miscues to hold on Saturday for a 23-18 win. Akeem Shavers had a 1-yard touchdown run with 8:08 left but Purdue was stopped on a 2-point conversion attempt to keep the deficit at 20-18. A missed field goal and extra-point attempt earlier in the game also haunted Purdue (3-3, 1-1 Big Ten) on a windy afternoon. Nate Stupar’s interception of a tipped pass at the Purdue 19 with 1:59 left finally sealed the game for Penn State. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out the Big Ten scoreboard.
(AP) Keshawn Martin scored twice in the third quarter on similar lunges to the end zone, and No. 23 Michigan State held off Denard Robinson and No. 11 Michigan 28-14 on Saturday for its fourth straight victory over the Wolverines. The Spartans (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) equaled their longest winning streak over their in-state rivals. Michigan (6-1, 2-1) lost for the first time under coach Brady Hoke. The Wolverines had a chance to tie it, but Robinson was sacked on fourth-and-1 from the Michigan State 9-yard line with 6:16 to play. Robinson later threw an interception, and Isaiah Lewis returned it for a score with 4:31 left to make it 28-14. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.
Saturday was Homecoming in Happy Valley, and a familiar face served as Penn State’s Homecoming Grand Marshal: Adam Taliaferro. Taliaferro, of course, was paralyzed during a game in the 2000 season. The former Nittany Lion defensive back has made a full recovery and has a good life, he told our Lisa Byington during a sideline interview Saturday. On the injury: “The injury was bad,” Taliaferro said. “But everything that has happened afterward has been a blessing.” Watch our entire interview with Taliaferro now.
The “fullback dive” now carries a whole new meaning in Happy Valley. Even while working in the murkiest of waters, hundreds of feet below sea level, P.J. Byers, a 26-year-old walk-on, never lost sight of his dream to play football for the Nittany Lions. At 10:30 a.m. ET this Saturday on BTN’s pregame show, viewers get the chance to learn of Byers’ remarkable journey, as well as learn about the memento from his father, Pat Byers, that foreshadowed his success.