BIG TEN Perry carries Wolverines to 27-20 win
Chris Perry was a workhorse as Michigan knocked off its in-state rival.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Chris Perry ran for 219 yards on a school-record 51 carries and John Navarre threw three touchdown passes as No. 11 Michigan beat No. 9 Michigan State 27-20 on Saturday.
The Wolverines (8-2, 5-1) moved into first place alone in the Big Ten after earning just the second win on the road in the rivalry in 12 years. The Spartans (7-2, 4-1) had won five straight games this season and were off to their best start since 1966.
Just when it appeared Michigan would add to its 14-point lead and put the game away, Robert Flagg sacked Navarre and forced a fumble that Clifford Dukes returned 65 yards for a TD with 6:03 remaining.
Michigan drove into Michigan State territory on the next drive, but punted into the end zone with 1:06 to go.
With no timeouts, Michigan State drove to midfield. The game ended on Jeff Smoker's desperation heave that was intercepted by Scott McClintock in the end zone.
Perry surpassed the Michigan rushing-attempt record of 42 set by Ron Johnson in 1967 and matched by Anthony Thomas in 1999.
Navarre was 17-of-31 for 223 yards with three TDs and one interception. Braylon Edwards caught seven passes for 103 yards and two scores.
Smoker was 21-of-40 for 254 yards with a TD and an interception. Agim Shabaj caught four passes for 106 yards and a TD.
No. 13 Iowa 41, Illinois 10
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fred Russell ran for two touchdowns while topping 1,000 yards for the season and Bob Sanders scored on a fumble return.
Iowa (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) also got a touchdown pass from Nathan Chandler and Nate Kaeding kicked two field goals.
Illinois (1-9, 0-6), which has been hit by a slew of injuries, lost for the eighth straight time. The one positive for the Illini: they scored twice in the fourth quarter to avoid being shut out by Iowa for the first time since 1985.
Russell scored on runs of 2 and 14 yards and finished with 94 yards on 23 carries, raising his season total to 1,010.
Chandler finished 14-of-23 for a season-high 243 yards and no interceptions.
No. 18 Purdue 34,Northwestern 14
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- John Standeford Standeford had four catches for 88 yards to break the Big Ten record for career receiving yards.
Jerod Void ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns and Purdue (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) took advantage of four Northwestern fumbles.
Standeford broke the record with a 31-yard catch in the fourth quarter. He has 3,418 yards for his career, surpassing Illinois' David Williams, who had 3,392 yards from 1983-85.
Purdue took advantage of some uncharacteristic miscues by Northwestern (4-5, 2-3) to take a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
Quarterback Brett Basanez fumbled on consecutive possessions in the first quarter, leading to two Purdue touchdowns.
Gilbert Gardner recovered Basanez's first fumble at the Northwestern 45. That set up quarterback Kyle Orton's 3-yard keeper seven plays later.
On the next possession, Basanez fumbled while being sacked by Shaun Phillips. Ray Edwards recovered the ball for Purdue at the Northwestern 12.
Orton was 14-of-24 for 212 yards for Purdue. Basanez completed 12 of 20 passes for 142 yards.
No. 24 Minnesota 55, Indiana 7
MINNEAPOLIS -- Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber III each gained more than 100 yards and scored a touchdown to lead Minnesota.
Maroney led the way with 164 yards, while Barber had 107 and fullback Thomas Tapeh added 65 yards and two touchdowns.
Minnesota (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) totaled 435 yards rushing in sending Indiana (1-8, 0-5) to its 11th straight league loss and 12th overall on the road.
Asad Abdul-Khaliq, the Big Ten leader in pass efficiency, threw for 66 yards and a touchdown.