1. #2 Ohio State 30, #8 Wisconsin 23 (OT): In a rare battle of top-10 teams within the conference, the Buckeyes survived a horrible first half (6 points scored, 16 points allowed, 313 yards allowed, 8.0 yards per play allowed) and did just enough in the second half to force overtime. In the extra frame, the Buckeye offense scored a touchdown and the defense forced a turnover on downs. J.T. Barrett led Ohio State with 318 total yards (92 rushing, 226 passing) and 3 total TDs (2 rushing, 1 passing), while the Wisconsin offense had a number of season-best performances: running back Corey Clement (25 rushes, 164 yards); wide receiver Jazz Peavy (146 all-purpose yards, TD); and tight end Troy Fumagalli (7 receptions, 84 yards, including season long receptions of 28 and 30 yards).
2. Minnesota 31, Maryland 10: After beginning the season with four straight wins and outscoring their opponents 173 to 58 (43.3 to 14.5 on a per game basis), the Maryland Terrapins have dropped their last two contests by by a combined score of 69 to 24. The Terps were plagued by turnovers last season, and yesterday they had four miscues (2 fumbles, 2 interceptions). One of those interceptions was returned 82 yards for a touchdown by Minnesota DB Antoine Winfield, Jr. The Golden Gophers also had a 70-yard scoring run from Rodney Smith.
3. Iowa 49, Purdue 35: In a very un-B1G-like performance, the two teams combined for 84 points and 1,024 yards of offense. Purdue was led by quarterback David Blough, who completed 30 of 60 passes for 458 yards and 5 TDs but one very costly interception (a 40-yard pick six by Iowa's Desmond King in the fourth quarter). The Hawkeyes actually had a 35-7 lead at halftime before Purdue got its passing attack rolling in the third quarter. While Purdue moved the ball through the air, Iowa relied on the ground game (52 rushes, 367 yards, 4 TDs, including runs of 45, 67, and 75 yards).
4. #10 Nebraska 27, Indiana 22: The Indiana Hoosiers are not quite a good team, but they have played tough against top-10 opponents in back-to-back weeks. Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong, Jr. had the kind of game that drives Husker fans nuts: 10 of 26 passing (38.5%) for 208 yards, 2 interceptions, but also a key 72-yard touchdown pass to Stanley Morgan, Jr. in the fourth quarter. The Hoosiers were led by the diminutive duo of Mitchell Paige (10 receptions, 101 yards) and Ricky Jones (6 receptions, 76 yards).
5. Northwestern 54, Michigan State 40: In another unusual Big Ten offensive explosion, the Wildcats and Spartans combined for 94 points and 965 total yards. Michigan State actually had an early 14-0 lead on a 15-yard TD reception by Josiah Price and a 43-yard pick six by Justin Layne. Northwestern then went on a 33 to 3 scoring run before Michigan State closed the gap to 33-31 on a pair of huge touchdown receptions by R.J. Shelton (59 and 86 yards). The Wildcats immediately responded with a 95-yard kick-off return for a touchdown by Solomon Vault. The Northwestern offense was led by Justin Jackson (34 rushes, 188 yards, 2 TDs) and Austin Carr (11 receptions, 130 yards, 2 TDs).
6. Illinois 24, Rutgers 7: And now we have our Big Ten Suckfest of the Week. The two teams combined for 31 points, which five other Big Ten teams equalled or exceeded all by themselves. They also combined for 274 yards passing, which is exactly half of what Purdue's David Blough was able to accomplish in his game this week. Illinois did not exactly play a great game, but no matter how sucky you are it is hard to lose when your opponent commits five turnovers (four fumbles, 78-yard pick six by Illini DB Darius Mosely). With a fourth-quarter touchdown, Rutgers did end its eleven quarter scoring drought. In their last four games, the Scarlet Knights have been outscored 174 to 14.
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