The Illini improved to 3-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1990 with a 31-26 victory over visiting Wisconsin. Rashard Mendenhall ran for 160 yards (100 in the first half) and two TDs to spark Illinois. The Illini led 17-6 at halftime.
Next: Saturday, at Iowa.
The Hoosiers scored on seven of their first eight possessions in a 40-20 drubbing of Minnesota. Third-string TB Bryan Payton, playing because of injuries to others, ran for three TDs. The Hoosiers finished with 463 yards. WR James Hardy caught a TD pass for a school-record seventh consecutive game.
Next: Saturday, at Michigan State.
The offense again sputtered and the Hawkeyes lost 27-7 at Penn State. Iowa managed only 184 total yards and eight first downs. It was the Hawkeyes' eighth consecutive conference loss.
Next: Saturday, vs. Illinois.
Senior TB Mike Hart ran for 215 yards and matched a career-high with three TDs as the host Wolverines beat Eastern Michigan 33-22. Hart became Michigan's career rushing leader in the process; he has 4,655 yards, breaking the record held by Anthony Thomas (4,472). It was Hart's sixth consecutive 100-yard game, and it came in the Wolverines' fourth victory in a row.
Next: Saturday, vs. Purdue.
The Spartans dropped their second in a row after a 4-0 start, falling 48-41 to visiting Northwestern in overtime. The Spartans allowed 520 passing yards. Michigan State had 481 yards of offense, including 287 rushing yards. The Spartans also had five rushing touchdowns.
Next: Saturday, vs. Indiana.
The Golden Gophers kept pace early but couldn't keep up and fell 40-20 at Indiana. After Minnesota tied it at 14, it didn't score again until IU led 33-14. It was the Gophers' fourth consecutive loss. Adam Weber threw for 280 yards, with a TD and two interceptions.
Next: Saturday, at Northwestern.
C.J. Bacher threw for a school-record 520 yards and five TDs, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Wildcats outlasted host Michigan State 48-41. Northwestern missed two opportunities to win the game late in regulation. Amado Villarreal's 36-yard field-goal attempt as time expired sailed wide left. About three minutes earlier, the Wildcats botched the snap on a field-goal attempt, resulting in an incomplete pass. Northwestern was able to avenge a loss from last season, when Michigan State rallied from 35 points down to beat the Wildcats 41-38, the biggest comeback in Division I-A history.
Next: Saturday, vs. Minnesota.
The Buckeyes' defense dominated in a 23-7 victory at Purdue. The Boilermakers came in averaging 496 yards and 45 points, but were held to 272 total yards. Buckeyes QB Todd Boeckman passed for 200 yards and two TDs, and Ryan Pretorius kicked three field goals. It was the Buckeyes' 24th consecutive regular-season victory.
Next: Saturday, vs. Kent State.
The Nittany Lions snapped a five-game losing streak to Iowa with a 27-7 victory over the visiting Hawkeyes. Rodney Kinlaw ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns to boost Penn State, which had lost two in a row. Penn State had 489 total yards and 28 first downs against what had been a stout Iowa defense.
Next: Saturday, vs. Wisconsin.
The offense was shut down in a 23-7 loss to visiting Ohio State. Purdue managed just 272 total yards, including just 4 on the ground. Jared Armstrong tied a school record with 12 punts. Purdue allowed TDs on Ohio State's first two drives and never was able to mount a serious threat.
Next: Saturday, at Michigan.
The Badgers' 14-game winning streak came to an end in a 31-26 loss at Illinois. Tyler Donovan threw for 392 yards and two TDs, but also threw two picks in Illinois territory. Travis Beckum had 11 receptions for 160 yards. The Badgers rushed for 127 yards but allowed 289 rushing yards.
Next: Saturday, at Penn State.