Saturday’s other big ten games
Iowa 19, Michigan State 16
EAST LANSING, MICH.
Kirk Ferentz would have been celebrating this win even if there wasn’t a milestone at stake. Ferentz won his 100th game as Iowa’s coach when the Hawkeyes outlasted Michigan State in double overtime. Mark Weisman ran for 116 yards and scored a tying touchdown in the final minute of regulation, and Mike Meyer kicked four field goals for Iowa. “Whether it was 100th or 10th, this was a game I’ll remember for a while, just because of the way the guys battled and stuck with it,” said Ferentz, who has 112 victories overall. Meyer kicked field goals in both overtimes, including a 42-yarder in the second that gave the Hawkeyes (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) their first lead of the game. Iowa then won it when Andrew Maxwell’s deflected pass was intercepted by Greg Castillo. Le’Veon Bell ran for 140 yards and a touchdown for Michigan State, but the Spartans (4-3, 1-2) couldn’t hold on late. Iowa drove 68 yards in nine plays and tied it at 13 on Weisman’s 5-yard scoring run with 55 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Hawkeyes appeared to be in trouble late in the fourth when they faced second-and-26 from their own 16, but James Vandenberg found Keenan Davis single covered along the right sideline for a 35-yard gain.“It was just an up route. Vandy threw a great ball,” Davis said. “It was a play we had to make. Luckily we made it and it gave us a spark.” Weisman’s 37-yard run on third-and-6 gave Iowa the ball at the Michigan State 8 and set up the tying TD, which also came on third down.
Wisconsin 38, Purdue 14
WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.
Montee Ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Wisconsin. James White added 124 yards rushing for the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who outgained Purdue 645 yards to 252. The Badgers pounded out 467 yards rushing in the rain. Ball moved past Texas Tech’s Taurean Henderson and now is alone in third place in NCAA history with 72 total career touchdowns. Akeem Hunt ran for 85 yards and a touchdown for Purdue. The Boilermakers (3-3, 0-2), who were coming off a 44-13 loss to Michigan, travel to Ohio State next week. The win gives Wisconsin a favorable position in the Big Ten’s Leaders Division, especially since Ohio State and Penn State cannot qualify for the conference title game because of NCAA rules violations.
No. 25 Michigan 45, Illinois 0
ANN ARBOR, MICH.
Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores. The Wolverines (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) got a scare when Robinson left the game with an undisclosed injury late in the first quarter. He missed just one-plus possessions, though, and returned to score on a 6-yard run to put Michigan up 17-0 late in the first half. Robinson ran for a 49-yard score — giving him 10,000-plus career yards of offense — on the Wolverines’ first drive of the second half and tossed an 8-yard TD pass to Devin Funchess on their next possession to make it 31-0.
Northwestern 21, Minnesota 13
Venric Mark rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns to carry Northwestern. Mark wasn’t touched on scoring runs of 26 and 48 yards and the Wildcats (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) overcame 11 penalties to become bowl eligible and spoil Minnesota’s homecoming celebration. MarQueis Gray rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown after missing the previous two games with knee and ankle injuries. But he also threw an interception and was injured again late in the third quarter for the Golden Gophers (4-2, 0-2). The Gophers had a chance for a tying touchdown late, but Northwestern’s defense stiffened at the 6-yard line to keep them out of the end zone. Cornerback Nick VanHoose made the key play on the stand, batting a pass away from A.J. Barker in the end zone to save a touchdown.