RECAPS OF SATURDAY’S OTHER BIG TEN CONFERENCE GAMES
No. 4 Penn State 31, Northwestern 7
Trace McSorley threw for 245 yards and a touchdown, Saquon Barkley ran for two scores in the second half for Penn State. McSorley completed 25 of 34 passes. He threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to backup quarterback Tommy Stevens in the second quarter and added a 5-yard scoring run in the fourth. Barkley scored on a 1-yard leap and 53-yard dash in the third quarter to make it 24-0. He finished with 75 yards rushing after being held to minus-1 in the first half. Shaka Toney had two sacks, and the Nittany Lions (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) came away with an easy victory. Clayton Thorson threw for 142 yards and two interceptions while getting sacked four times in another rough outing for Northwestern (2-3, 0-2).
Michigan State 14, No. 7 Michigan 10
ANN ARBOR, MICH.
Brian Lewerke ran for a touchdown and threw for a score in the first half and Michigan State held on to beat No. 7 Michigan. The Wolverines had the ball with a chance to drive for a go-ahead TD, but a heave from the Spartans 37 as time expired hit the turf near the goal line. The Spartans (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) have beaten Michigan eight times in a 10-year stretch for the first time in a series that dates to 1898. John O’Korn, replacing injured starter Wilton Speight, threw three interceptions in the second half.
Iowa 45, Illinois 16
IOWA CITY, IOWA
Nate Stanley threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns and Iowa rolled past Illinois, snapping a two-game losing streak. Safety Brandon Snyder added an 89-yard interception return for a score in his first game back from a knee injury for the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten), who outscored Illinois (2-3, 0-2) 28-3 in the second half.
Indiana 27, Charleston Southern 0
Peyton Ramsey’s college starting baptism of fire was too hot for Charleston Southern. The Indiana freshman quarterback, making his first start since replacing senior Richard Lagow, completed 10 of his first 11 passes, including a touchdown pass to Taysir Mack, and finished 32 of 41 for a career-high 321 yards passing as the Hoosiers won. Ramsey added 54 rushing yards. Ramsey’s alertness resulted in a second-quarter touchdown and a 17-0 lead when he recovered tailback Devonte Williams’ fumble in the end zone.
Purdue 31, Minnesota 17
WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.
Markell Jones scored on a 12-yard run with 1:17 left and Elijah Sindelar rallied Purdue twice — once before a heavy storm delayed Saturday’s game and once after — to beat Minnesota. Sindelar replaced David Blough in the first half and had the best game of his career. He finished 19 of 26 with a career-high 248 yards and one touchdown and he helped make Jeff Brohm’s first Big Ten win with the Boilermakers (3-2, 1-1) a memorable one. The game was delayed for 1 hour, 28 minutes after rain and lightning moved into the area — just moments after Purdue made a 19-yard field goal to take a 16-14 lead with 9:58 left in the fourth quarter. When play resumed, the Golden Gophers (3-2, 0-2) took more than 7 1/2 minutes off the clock and took a 17-16 lead on Emmit Carpenter’s 38-yard field goal. It didn’t last long. Four plays after D.J. Knox’s 44-yard kickoff return, Jones faked out a defender on a run around the right side, cut inside and jogged in for the go-ahead score. Ja’Whaun Bentley sealed it with a 76-yard interception return with 11 seconds left.
No. 9 Wisconsin 38, Nebraska 17
Freshman Johnathan Taylor rushed for a season-high 249 yards and two touchdowns to lead a punishing ground game that helped ninth-ranked Wisconsin wear down Nebraska in the second half. The Badgers (5-0, 2-0) beat the Huskers (3-3, 2-1) for the fifth straight time and took sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West. The Badgers went to the run almost exclusively on three straight scoring drives after Nebraska’s Aaron Williams returned an interception to tie it 17-all early in the third quarter. The Badgers ended Nebraska’s 20-game win streak in home night games since 2008.