Rashard Mendenhall ran for 214 yards and scored twice as the Illini downed Indiana 27-14. Illinois had seven sacks, forced four turnovers and blocked a punt in moving to 3-1. The Illini hadn't won their Big Ten opener since 1993. Next: Saturday, vs. Penn State.
The Hoosiers' rushing offense was shut down and the team committed four turnovers in losing 27-14 to Illinois. Indiana came in averaging 258.7 rushing yards per game, but was held to 134 by an inspired Illini defense. Indiana trailed 20-7 at halftime. Next: Saturday, at Iowa.
The Hawkeyes dropped their second in a row, falling 17-13 at Wisconsin. Iowa led 10-7 going into the fourth quarter. QB Jake Christensen struggled at times against the Badgers' experienced secondary, going 17 of 37 for 169 yards and a TD. Iowa's receiving corps was shorthanded; WR Dominique Douglas was suspended, and TE Tony Moeaki and WR Andy Brodell left with injuries in the first quarter. Next: Saturday, vs. Indiana.
Senior TB Mike Hart carried a career-high 44 times for 153 yards to lead the Wolverines to a 14-9 victory over Penn State. It was the Wolverines' ninth consecutive victory over the Nittany Lions. It was the 23rd 100-yard game for Hart, breaking a school record held by Anthony Thomas.
Next: Saturday, at Northwestern.
Brian Hoyer threw four TD passes as the Spartans pounded Notre Dame 31-14. Hoyer completed just 11 passes. Michigan State rushed for 219 yards, with Javon Ringer running for 144 of them. Mark Dantonio is the first Michigan State coach in history to win his first four games with the Spartans.
Next: Saturday, at Wisconsin.
The Golden Gophers committed four turnovers in the first half and fell 45-31 to Purdue. Minnesota trailed 24-3 at halftime; it was their third 21-point halftime deficit of the season. Adam Weber threw for 237 yards and a TD and also rushed for a score. Minnesota kept things interesting by scoring TDs on its first four possessions of the second half. Next: Saturday, vs. Ohio State.
The Wildcats were held to 120 yards and committed three turnovers in getting pounded 58-7 by Ohio State. The Wildcats rushed 33 times for zero yards. The Wildcats fell behind 28-0 in the first quarter. Next: Saturday, vs. Michigan.
The Buckeyes won their 15th in a row at home by blasting Northwestern 58-7. Ohio State built a 45-0 first-half lead, thanks to three TD passes from Todd Boeckman to Brian Robiskie. Boeckman finished 11-of-14 for 179 yards and four TDs. The Buckeyes allowed just 120 total yards, including zero rushing yards. It was Ohio State's 500th game in Ohio Stadium; the Buckeyes are 376-104-20 there.
Next: Saturday, at Minnesota.
The Nittany Lions lost for the ninth consecutive time to Michigan, falling 14-9. "It's always frustrating when you lose," coach Joe Paterno said. "I don't necessarily think it matters that it's Michigan." Penn State was held to 270 total yards, lost two fumbles and got all its points on field goals. Next: Saturday, at Illlinois.
Curtis Painter threw for 338 yards and three TDs in a 45-31 victory at Minnesota. Desmond Tardy returned the opening kickoff for a TD. Purdue led 24-3 at halftime and scored on its first three possessions of the second half. The Boilermakers' defense allowed Minnesota to score on its first four possessions of the second half, which kept things interesting. Next: Saturday, vs. Notre Dame.
The Badgers won their 13th in a row, extending the longest such streak in I-A, by edging Iowa 17-13. The Badgers leaned on TB P.J. Hill and he delivered. In the go-ahead drive that began just before the end of the third quarter, he carried 10 times for 43 yards. Hill finished the drive with a 2-yard TD run for a 14-10 lead. Next: Saturday, vs. Michigan State.