Braxton Miller led No. 6 Ohio State in the quarter. He threw for 38 yards and ran for 31 yards, and the Buckeyes lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Ohio State made the score 7-0 when Corey Brown returned a punt for a touchdown.
Jeff Budzien kicked a 27-yard field goal with 7:30 remaining, and Northwestern was able to hold on to this fourth-quarter lead, beating Michigan State 23-20 on Saturday. Trevor Siemian threw for 165 yards, including a 41-yard pass to Dan Vitale that helped set up the winning kick.
Receiver Allen Robinson had three highlight-reel scoring catches and Matt McGlointhrew for four touchdowns to lead Penn State in a 45-22 win Saturday over Indiana. Zack Zwinak added 135 rushing yards, but the Nittany Lions (7-4, 5-2 Big Ten) did most of their damage through the air against the porous Hoosiers (4-7, 2-5).
The teams combined for no points and two turnovers in an ugly first quarter and the game is tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Stephen Houston had a productive quarter for Indiana. He caught two passes for 90 yards and one touchdown, but the Hoosiers still trail 42-22. Penn State got things going through the air in the quarter, passing for 144 yards. The Nittany Lions have scored the last 14 points.
Aaron Burbridge had a productive quarter for Michigan State. He caught three passes for 45 yards and one touchdown, but the Spartans still trail 20-13. Northwestern made the score 13-5 when David Nwabuisi intercepted Andrew Maxwell’s pass and returned it for a touchdown.
Michigan’s offense looked sharp in the third quarter, scoring 14 points, and the Wolverines now lead 42-10. Michigan finished with 110 yards through the air and 64 on the ground in the quarter. The Wolverines’ defense shut down Iowa, allowing only 11 yards of offense in the quarter.
Penn State’s offense looked sharp in the second quarter, scoring 21 points, and the Nittany Lions now lead 28-13. Penn State executed a balanced offensive attack in the quarter, finishing with 138 yards passing and 75 yards rushing. Four big plays, including Matt McGloin’s 53-yard pass, sparked the Nittany Lions in the quarter.
Keith Mumphery led Michigan State in the quarter, hauling in two passes for 33 yards, but the Spartans trail 6-5. Dan Conroy’s 35-yard field goal put Michigan State on top 5-3, the finishing touch on a 12-play, 37-yard drive.
Michigan got things going through the air, passing for 183 yards in the quarter, and the Wolverines now lead 28-10. Michigan has erupted for 14 straight points. The Wolverines broke the 7-7 deadlock when Devin Gardner found Roy Roundtree open for a 37-yard touchdown pass to finish off a six-play, 79-yard scoring drive. Denard Robinson’s 40-yard run from the 30-yard line pushed Michigan into enemy territory.
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Penn State’s Allen Robinson led the offense in the first quarter. He caught three passes for 32 yards and one touchdown, and the Nittany Lions lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Penn State took the game’s first lead after Matt McGloin and Robinson combined for a 26-yard touchdown on the last play of a seven-play, 91-yard drive.
In the first quarter, Dion Sims fought back for Michigan State. He caught one pass for 44 yards, but the Spartans trail 3-2 at the end of the first quarter. Michigan State made the score 3-0 when Northwestern failed to convert on fourth-and-5.
Iowa’s Henry Krieger-Coble caught two passes for 20 yards and one touchdown in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 7-7 at the end of the first. No. 24 Michigan struck first when Devin Gardner turned a quarterback sneak into a one-yard touchdown run, the final play of a 12-play, 70-yard drive.
Taylor Martinez threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner for Nebraska’s first lead, and the No. 18 Cornhuskers overcame a double-digit, second-half deficit for the fourth time this season in a 32-23 victory over Penn State on Saturday.
It wasn’t pretty, but Minnesota was good enough in a 17-3 win over Illinois on Saturday. In a battle of sluggish offenses, Minnesota running back Donnell Kirkwood did most of the work, rushing for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Kirkwood’s 3-yard run in the third quarter broke a 3-3 tie. He scored on a 12-yard run late in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory, giving his team its fourth straight win at Illinois.
Nebraska’s Imani Cross ran for two touchdowns in the third quarter, but the Cornhuskers still trail Penn State, 23-20, entering the fourth quarter. Late deficits are nothing new to Nebraska, though, as it has rallied for a win in the final 15 minutes an FBS record three times in Big Ten play.
Minnesota held Illinois to three total yards during the third quarter and the Golden Gophers now lead 10-3. Minnesota held the Fighting Illini to one yard on the ground during the quarter.
Sam Ficken drilled two field goals, and Penn State now leads 20-6. The Nittany Lions held Nebraska to 13 yards through the air during the quarter. Penn State is currently on a 13-point run. An 84-yard drive that ended when Brett Maher made a 27-yard field goal helped the Cornhuskers narrow the deficit to 7-6. Nebraska threw just one time during that march downfield.
Minnesota’s Donnell Kirkwood ran for 73 yards in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 3-3 at the end of the second. The Golden Gophers tied things up at three when a 10-play, 75-yard drive ended after Jordan Wettstein made a 20-yard field goal. Minnesota’s drive was keyed by Kirkwood’s 48-yard run.
Devin Gardner ran for a 1-yard touchdown in overtime and Michigan’s defense responded with a stop, giving the Wolverines a wild 38-31 win over Northwestern on Saturday. Trevor Siemian threw a 15-yard pass to Tony Jones with 3:59 left to give the Wildcats a 31-28 lead and Gardner threw an interception on the next snap.
Penn State’s passing attack has looked sharp over the first 15 minutes of action, with 90 yards, and the Nittany Lions lead 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Penn State’s Zach Zwinak ran for 59 yards and one touchdown in the quarter, although he did have a costly fumble in Nebraska territory.
Fans were treated to more punts than points in the first quarter, and Illinois leads 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. The teams’ stale offenses boomed a total of four punts in the quarter. The Fighting Illini scored when Nick Immekus kicked a 19-yard field goal to cap a nine-play, 89-yard drive, giving Illinois the game’s first lead.
Montee Ball ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns, James White scored on runs of 69 and 50 yards, and Wisconsin set a school rushing record Saturday with 564 yards in a 62-14 rout at Indiana. The Badgers (7-3, 4-2) will now have a chance to claim their third straight Big Ten crown after clinching a spot in the league’s title game.
Paul Griggs drilled a 46-yard field goal as time expired and Purdue stunned Iowa 27-24 Saturday, snapping a five-game losing streak. Robert Marve threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns for the Boilermakers (4-6, 1-5 Big Ten), who won for the first time in Iowa City in 20 years.
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Purdue ran it and thew it well in the third quarter, and it now leads Iowa, 24-21, entering the fourth quarter. Purdue racked up 78 passing yards and 78 rushing yards in the quarter. However, Iowa came up with the biggest play of the quarter, when Micah Hyde recovered a fumble and returned it for a score to make bring the Hawkeyes withing three points.