Wisconsin RB Montee Ball broke the Big Ten record with his 72nd career touchdown in a 38-14 win over Purdue on Saturday.(US Presswire)
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Ohio State 52, Indiana 49: It wasn't until an onsides kick recovery with 1:05 left in the game that the Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0) finally ensured their 17th consecutive victory over the Hoosiers (2-4, 0-3). Ohio State struggled to close out Indiana, which scored 33 second-half points and recovered their first onsides kick attempt with 1:40 remaining. Braxton Miller accounted for 211 passing yards and 149 rushing yards for the Buckeyes. Untimely drops from WR Devin Smith, injuries at pivotal positions and special teams breakdowns kept Indiana within striking distance all night. (For more on the game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
Michigan 45, Illinois 0: The Wolverines (4-2, 2-0) dismantled the Fighting Illini on Saturday afternoon, racking up 506 yards of offense, including 287 total yards from Denard Robinson. Illinois starting QB Nathan Scheelhaase was injured on a 23-yard scramble to the right side in the second quarter and didn't return. It’s the first time the Fighting Illini (2-5, 0-3) have been shutout since Sept. 26, 2009 against Ohio State. The Michigan defense, led by LB Jake Ryan (11 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble), held Illinois to 134 total yards. (For more on the game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
Wisconsin 38, Purdue 14: Remember when the Boilermakers (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) were the dark horse to win the Leaders Division? Neither do we. Wisconsin (5-2, 2-1) amassed 645 yards of offense, including 467 yards rushing, and dominated after yielding an early touchdown. RB Montee Ball set the Big Ten’s all-time touchdown mark when he scored for the 72nd time in his career in the fourth quarter. Ball had 247 yards and three touchdowns, giving him eight in the past three games.
Northwestern 21, Minnesota 13: All-purpose star QB Kain Colter was perfect a week after not attempting a pass, going 10 of 10 for 63 yards and rushing for 26 yards and a score on 10 attempts. He also caught a 4-yard pass for the Wildcats (6-1, 2-1). Minnesota (4-2, 0-2) turned the ball over three times. Gopher coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure in the coaches' locker room following his team's loss and was rushed to a nearby hospital. "He is currently alert and resting comfortably," the athletic department said in a statement.
Iowa 19, Michigan State 16 (2OT): The Hawkeyes (4-2, 2-0) took control of the Legends Division behind the grinding attack of RB Mark Weisman, who had 116 yards on 26 carries and tied the game with 55 seconds remaining on a 5-yard touchdown run. The Spartans (4-3, 1-2) struggled to find a rhythm behind QB Andrew Maxwell, who was 12 of 31 for 179 yards and threw a game-ending interception in the second extra period.
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Play of the day: Michigan QB Robinson showed no signs of being hampered by a right wrist injury in the third quarter against Illinois when he dazzled the crowd in Ann Arbor with a 49-yard touchdown run. Robinson broke right behind a lead blocker before shedding two tacklers, reversing field behind two offensive lineman and outracing defenders down the sideline and into the end zone.
He said what? "It’s fourth down on the 40-yard line and you’re getting booed for not going for it? I mean, get real.” -- Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio
RapidReports defensive star of the day: Iowa DB Greg Castillo sealed the win over Michigan State when he intercepted a tipped pass from Maxwell to end the game. Maxwell tried to find WR Keith Mumphery, but his pass was high and deflected off his receiver's hands. Castillo calmly tracked the ball and snared it with both hands before sliding onto the turf to end the game. The Hawkeyes made a 42-yard field goal earlier in the second overtime.
RapidReports offensive star of the day: Northwestern RB Venric Mark. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound junior set a career high with 182 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries to go with two kickoff returns for 32 yards. Mark entered the game seventh in the country in all-purpose yardage with 180.5 per game.
His seat is getting uncomfortable: Mark Dantonio. The Spartans were undefeated at home in 2010 and 2011 but have already lost for a third time in East Lansing this season after blowing a late lead against the Hawkeyes. The game was littered with conservative play calling and baffling decisions, like challenging the spot of a ball by a yard, which wouldn’t have even resulted in a first down. The team was also disorganized in the final seconds of the first half, and it cost the Spartans a chance at a long field goal.
A possible spot on the bench for: Minnesota QBs Max Shortell and MarQueis Gray. Both players were injured in Saturday's loss to Iowa but Shortell, who hurt his left hand late in the first quarter, returned in the third quarter after Gray injured his ankle. Gray, Minnesota's starter to open the season, was returning from an previous ankle injury that kept him out the past four weeks. Neither played particularly well, combining to go 18 of 30 for 169 yards and an interception.
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Why you care about these three stats:
- Northwestern was successful on 1 of 9 third-down conversions. The lone conversion came via a pass interference call on the Golden Gophers that gave the Wildats an automatic first down. Northwestern had been successful on 51 percent of third-down conversions coming into the game.
- Michigan's defense has allowed two touchdowns (one to Purdue, one to Notre Dame) in its last 14 quarters. The Wolverines' defense had given up nine touchdowns in the previous 10 quarters this season.
- Andrew Maxwell's double-overtime interception that sealed the Spartans' loss to Iowa was the first interception he's thrown in six games. The first-year starter hadn't thrown an interception since three turnovers against Boise State on Aug. 31 in his first career start.
Key number: 6. Career blocked field goals for Purdue DT Kawann Short after getting his paw on a Badgers’ kick Saturday. It's a school record.
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