ILLINOIS: The Fighting Illini came out on the short end of the highest scoring games in Big Ten Conference history, as they fell in triple-overtime at Michigan on Saturday, 67-65. Illinois was penalized 10 times for a loss of 83 yards, and watched almost helplessly as the Wolverines piled up 676 yards of total offense. QB Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 211 yards and three TDs, while RB Mikel LeShoure accounted for five scores (three rushing, two receiving) and combined with his signal-caller to rush for 221 yards. Jarred Fayson was the team's leading receiver with five grabs for 79 yards. The UI defense, despite being torched throughout the contest, came up with five turnovers and got double-digit tackle efforts from Martez Wilson (11) and Nate Bussey (10). Illinois, which had a modest two-game win streak snapped with the loss, will try once again to gain bowl eligibility when it entertains the Minnesota Golden Gophers this Saturday.
INDIANA: The Hoosiers battled hard in their recent outing at home against Iowa, but in the end fell just short of the upset bid in an 18-13 final. QB Ben Chappell threw for 222 yards, but failed to throw a TD pass and was picked off once. He hit Damarlo Belcher and Tandon Doss seven times apiece, but 4.5 yards per offensive play compared to 7.2 ypp by Iowa proved too much to overcome. Indiana finished the day with just 91 net rushing yards and 313 yards of total offense, while the Hawkeyes rolled up 445 yards despite committing nine penalties. Mitchell Evans was a man possessed on the IU defense, logging a game-high 13 tackles. The Hoosiers, who have lost several close games this season, will try to put the brakes on a three-game skid when they visit Wisconsin this Saturday.
IOWA: It wasn't exactly how coach Kirk Ferentz drew it up, but the Hawkeyes kept their Big Ten title hopes alive as they slipped past Indiana on the road on Saturday, 18-13. The win was the 100th for Ferentz, who is in his 15th season as a collegiate head coach. Iowa trailed late in the fourth quarter, but rallied for the win behind QB Ricky Stanzi, who finished the game 22-of-33 for 290 yards with a TD and an INT. Marvin McNutt was on the receiving end of six of Stanzi's passes, taking them for 126 yards and a score, while the UI rushing attack was led by Marcus Coker and his 129 yards. In all, the Hawkeyes generated 445 yards of total offense, averaging 7.2 yards per play. Nine penalties for a loss of 65 yards was a negative, as was the fact that Iowa logged just one sack and came away with only one takeaway. Micah Hyde and Shaun Prater were both credited with 10 tackles in the game, with nine of Hyde's being solo efforts. The Hawkeyes shoot for their third straight win and sixth in the last seven games when they play at Northwestern this Saturday.
MICHIGAN: It was the highest scoring game in the 131-year history of Michigan football, as the Wolverines had to go to three overtimes to defeat the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday, 67-65. As a result, the Maize and Blue put the brakes on a three-game slide and became bowl eligible for the first time in head coach Rich Rodriguez's three seasons at the helm. QB Denard Robinson threw for a career-high 305 yards with three TDs and two INTs, and he ran for a season-low 62 yards as well. Backup QB Tate Forcier added 114 passing yards and a pair of scores with a pick. WR Roy Roundtree finished with a school-record 246 receiving yards and two TDs, while fellow wideout Junior Hemingway had 104 yards and two scores. Vincent Smith led UM ground attack with 73 yards on 13 carries, while Michael Shaw scored three rushing TDs. In all, the Michigan offense rolled up 676 total yards, while Illinois churned out 561. The Wolverines were victorious despite five turnovers and a near 10- minute deficit in the time of possession battle. Rodriguez will hope for another successful effort this week as Michigan visits Purdue.
MICHIGAN STATE: Edwin Baker ran for 179 yards and a career-best four TDs to power the Spartans to a 31-8 win over Minnesota on Saturday. It was a nice bounce-back effort by Michigan State, which had suffered its first loss of the season the week prior at Iowa. For the second straight week, Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins had a sub par outing, although with Baker running wild the signal-caller wasn't asked to do much. Cousins, who was picked off three times by the Hawkeyes, finished 9-of-20 for 131 yards with an INT against the Gophers, and he has his school-record-tying streak of 16 consecutive games with at least one TD pass snapped. MSU held UM to just 267 total yards, of which only 76 came on the ground. Greg Jones and Eric Gordon each had nine tackles for the Spartans, who will be idle this weekend. They continue their quest for the Big Ten title when they play host to the Purdue Boilermakers on November 20th.
MINNESOTA: The Golden Gophers suffered their ninth straight loss over the weekend, falling at Michigan State in a 31-8 final. The Spartans used a bruising rushing attack to pummel the Gophers into submission, riding Edwin Baker's 179-yard, four-TD effort to victory. Minnesota finished with just 267 total yards, only 76 of which came on the ground. QB Adam Weber, like most of his teammates, had a lackluster day as he threw for 167 yards with a TD and an INT, hitting Duane Bennett a game-high seven times for 57 yards. Da'Jon McKnight and Eric Lair also finished with more than 50 receiving yards. McKnight has now caught at least one pass in 15 consecutive games, while Lair has a grab in every contest this season. The Minnesota defense was credited with six TFLs on the day, but recorded just one sack and only one takeaway. The Gophers' miserable season continues this week at Illinois.
NORTHWESTERN: QB Dan Persa did his best to get the Wildcats into the win column against Penn State over the weekend, but in the end the Nittany Lions weren't going to be denied giving legendary coach Joe Paterno his 400th career win as they battled from behind to claim the 35-21 victory. With Persa leading the way, Northwestern jumped out to a 21-0 lead, but 35 unanswered points by the home team saddled the 'Cats with their third loss in the last four games. The setback also snapped NU's six-game road winning streak. Persa threw for 201 yards and a TD, and ran for a career-high 109 yards and two scores, but he simply couldn't do it all himself as the NU defense allowed 528 total yards to Penn State (260 rushing, 268 passing) while coming up with just one turnover. WR Jeremy Ebert finished with six catches for 111 yards, giving him three 100-yard receiving games for the season. Northwestern faces another big test this week, as it plays host to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday.
OHIO STATE: The 8-1 Buckeyes were idle this past weekend, giving them ample time to prepare for this Saturday's conference showdown with Penn State. The Nittany Lions come in having recently given coach Joe Paterno his historic 400th career win, while Ohio State continues its quest for yet another Big Ten title and begins a tough stretch of games, as in addition to this contest, coach Jim Tressel's club with play at Iowa on November 20th and then wrap up the regular season at home against bitter rival Michigan on November 27th.
PENN STATE: Joe Paterno became the first major college coach to reach 400 career wins, as his Nittany Lions came roaring back from a 21-point deficit to put away the visiting Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, 35-21. QB Matt McGloin threw for 225 yards and four TDs, all to different receivers, to lead Penn State to 35 unanswered points, while RBs Evan Royster and Silas Redd both went over 100 yards with 134 and 131, respectively. Redd had a rushing TD. Joe Suhey was the Lions' leading pass catcher, logging six grabs for 67 yards, while Derek Moye took his five receptions and turned them into 85 yards and a score. Royster did have a receiving TD. In all, the Lions rolled up 528 yards on the day. After a rough start, the PSU defense stood tall and got double- digit tackles from both Michael Mauti and Chris Colasanti, with 11 apiece. Mauti, who had 10 solo stops, had three TFLs and a sack. The bowl-eligible Nittany Lions take aim at their fourth straight win when they head to Columbus for this Saturday's showdown with Ohio State.
PURDUE: Freshman Sean Robinson became the third different QB to start for the Boilermakers this season, but it didn't matter as they lost at home to Wisconsin on Saturday, 34-13. Robinson threw for 141 yards and a TD, but three INTs, four turnovers in all, cost Purdue dearly. WR Antavian Edison surpassed his career high with six catches for 73 yards and a TD, while TE Kyle Adams also had six grabs, and now has a streak of 16 consecutive games with at least one reception. RB Dan Dierking ran for 55 yards, helping the Boilermakers finish with 162 rushing yards on 37 carries (4.4 ypc). The PU defense was credited with eight TFLs, three of which belonged to Gerald Gooden. Next up for coach Danny Hope's Boilermakers is this Saturday's visit from the Michigan Wolverines.
WISCONSIN: Montee Ball ran for a career-high 127 yards and two TDs to lead the Badgers to a 34-13 win at Purdue on Saturday. It was a good thing Ball was on top of his game, as star RB John Clay picked up just 42 yards on 12 carries. QB Scott Tolzien threw for 130 yards with a TD and an INT, but it was clear that Wisconsin was going to ride Ball for as long as it could. Nick Toon led all UW pass catchers with five grabs for 62 yards. The Badgers gained as many yards as they allowed (303), but the Boilermakers committed four costly turnovers. Antonio Fenelus led the UW defense with nine tackles, all of which were unassisted, and he also added a fumble recovery and an INT return for a TD to his impressive stat line. The Badgers had logged just seven turnovers in their first eight games, so the four recorded against Purdue was significant. Wisconsin has won four straight and eight of nine on the year, and coach Bret Bielema's squad welcomes the Indiana Hoosiers to town this Saturday.