SATURDAY’S OTHER BIG TEN COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES
No. 6 Wisconsin 38, No. 25 Iowa 14
Receiver Kendric Pryor scored twice, and No. 6 Wisconsin relied on stifling defense to overcome four turnovers and Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson’s two touchdowns in a win over the Hawkeyes. The win allowed the Badgers to clinch a trip to the league conference title game as West champions. Leon Jacobs recovered two fumbles — one returned for a score — and fellow linebacker T.J. Edwards had an interception for the Badgers, who shut down an Iowa offense that had overwhelmed Ohio State last week. The Hawkeyes were held to 66 total yards and five first downs, including just 15 yards and one first down in the first half. Jackson accounted for all their points. The junior scored on interception returns of 43 and 52 yards, the latter coming with 11:18 left in the third quarter to get the Hawkeyes within 17-14. League-leading rusher Jonathan Taylor had 157 yards on 29 carries, but fumbled twice, losing one. Alex Hornibrook was 11 of 18 for 135 yards with two touchdowns and the three interceptions.
No. 16 Penn State 35, Rutgers 6
STATE COLLEGE, PA.
Trace McSorley accounted for 258 total yards and three touchdowns as No. 16 Penn State beat Rutgers. McSorley became Penn State’s all-time touchdown leader with 68, overtaking Daryll Clark’s record of 65 with one rushing and two passing scores, and the Nittany Lions scored 35 unanswered points after going down 6-0 in the first quarter. Saquon Barkley ran for two touchdowns and DaeSean Hamilton and Mike Gesicki each caught one for Penn State. Barkley, a Heisman Trophy candidate, ran for just 35 yards on 14 carries. Robert Martin led Rutgers with 71 yards on 11 carries. Giovanni Rescigno completed 7 of 20 passes for 43 yards for the Scarlet Knights.
No. 21 Michigan 35, Maryland 10
COLLEGE PARK, MD.
Brandon Peters threw two touchdown passes, Chris Evans ran for two scores and No. 21 Michigan dominated Maryland in the first half in a victory. Peters threw touchdown passes of 33 yards to Zach Gentry and 3 yards to Sean McKeon. Henry Poggi and Evans ran for scores. Evans, who scored from a yard out in the second quarter, added a 17-yard run late in the fourth quarter. The Terrapins started their fourth quarterback of the season, Myles Brand, but unlike the previous three, couldn’t come close to engineering a win. Brand was 16 for 35 for 136 yards.
No. 25 Northwestern 23, Purdue 13
Clayton Thorson had a pair of touchdowns, Charlie Kuhbander hit all three of his second-half field goal attempts and Northwestern won its fifth straight with a victory over Purdue. Thorson was 26 of 46 for 296 yards. He had an 11-yard TD pass to Bennett Skowronek and rushed for a 4-yard score. It was the 18th rushing touchdown of Thorson’s career, tying him with Brett Basanez for third place for most by a quarterback in school history. Skowronek had seven receptions for 117 yards. Justin Jackson was held to 46 yards on 25 carries for the Wildcats. Elijah Sindelar was 37 of 60 for 376 yards with two TDs and an interception for Purdue.
Indiana 24, Illinois 14
Richard Lagow threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns, leading Indiana to a victory over Illinois. The Hoosiers racked up 428 yards offense and used a balanced attack to earn their first Big Ten win of the season. Coming into the matchup, Indiana was ranked last in the conference in rushing yards per game at 114.6. But on Saturday, Indiana had 139 rushing yards led by Cole Gest who ran for 82 on 17 carries. Morgan Ellison broke the scoreless tie on a 2-yard plunge with just under three minutes left in the first half. Illinois didn’t give up another rushing touchdown, but Lagow got the job done threw the air. He completed 32 of 48 attempts to 10 receivers with Ian Thomas and Simmie Cobbs Jr. both scoring. On the first play of Illinois’ eighth drive, Jeff George Jr. threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Louis Dorsey. Dorsey finished with three catches for 107 yards. Caleb Reams also caught a touchdown pass from George — the first of Reams’ career — early in the fourth quarter. It brought the Illini within three. George threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns, but lost a fumble and threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter.
Minnesota 54, Nebraska 21
Quarterback Demry Croft ran for 183 yards and three touchdowns, Rodney Smith added 134 yards rushing and a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Minnesota ran over Nebraska. Kobe McCrary had 93 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Minnesota, which finished with season highs of 408 yards rushing and 515 yards of total offense. Croft’s big day included an untouched, 73-yard touchdown run up the middle for a 20-7 lead at the start of the second quarter as he set a school record for rushing yards in a game by a quarterback. The Gophers held Nebraska to 69 yards rushing on 33 attempts. Sophomore quarterback Tanner Lee was 13-of-18 passing for 174 yards and a touchdown for the Cornhuskers, but Lee was held out the second half while dealing with an illness. Redshirt freshman Patrick O’Brien replaced him and was 12 of 18 for 137 yards passing. Minnesota native and the son of Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, JD Spielman caught nine passes for 141 yards for Nebraska.