Michigan 63, Indiana 47
Devin Gardner set school records with 584 yards of offense and 503 yards passing and matched a Michigan mark with five touchdowns to help the Wolverines outscore Indiana at home.
Michigan (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) lost two fumbles in the second half that gave the Hoosiers (3-4, 1-2) a chance to win in Ann Arbor for the first time since 1967.
Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson ran for a 15-yard score that pulled the Hoosiers within two points early in the second quarter.
But after Gardner fumbled at the Indiana 2 on the ensuing drive, Nate Sudfeld gave the ball back with an interception that was thrown well short of a teammate who had gotten past Michigan’s secondary.
Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon had a Big Ten-record 369 yards receiving and two touchdowns on 14 receptions. Fitzgerald Toussaint had 151 yards rushing and scored for a fourth time with 1:12 left in the shootout.
The Wolverines set a school record with 711 yards of offense, and gave up 572 on defense.
Gardner completed 21-of-29 passes for two touchdowns and avoided throwing an interception for the second time in three weeks. He ran 15 times for 81 yards and three scores.
Through three quarters, Gallon had 343 yards and was within reach of the major college record set in 1998 by Louisiana Tech’s Troy Edwards with 405 yards receiving.
Minnesota 20, Northwestern 17
Ailing coach Jerry Kill watched from the coaches box as Minnesota turned two second-half turnovers into scores en route to a road victory over Northwestern.
The Gophers (5-2, 1-2) snapped a two-game losing streak as James Manuel broke a 7-7 tie with a 24-yard third quarter interception return and Chris Hawthorne turned another Wildcat turnover into a 34-yard field goal in the fourth.
Host Northwestern (4-3, 0-3) dropped its third in a row.
Kill, on indefinite leave after a series of epileptic seizures, watched Manuel pick off Wildcat quarterback Trevor Siemian with 1:22 left for a go-ahead score. The Gophers made it 17-7 just 87 seconds later on Hawthorne’s field goal after recovering a Wildcat fumble.
Hawthorne’s 38-yard field goal with 5:24 remaining made it 20-10. Northwestern cut the deficit to 20-17 on a 10-yard touchdown strike from Siemian to Tony Jones with 2:07 remaining.
Gopher quarterback Philip Nelson was 8-of-11 for 112 yards, including a touchdown strike to Derrick Engel. Running back David Cobb rushed 20 times for 103 yards.
Siemian completed 25-of-46 passes for 234 yards but was picked off twice and fumbled once. Jones had eight catches for 84 yards.
Tracy Claeys has served as coach in Kill’s absence.
Michigan State 14, Purdue 0
Denicos Allen returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown, and Michigan State’s offense finally added an insurance score in the fourth quarter of a home win over Purdue.
The Spartans didn’t make it past the Purdue 32-yard line until the fourth, when receiver Tony Lippett threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Gleichert on a trick play.
Michigan State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) remains atop the Legends Division but clearly has work to do with the toughest part of its schedule still to come. Purdue (1-6, 0-3) kept it close after being routed by Wisconsin and Nebraska in its first two conference games, but Paul Griggs missed two field goals.
The Spartans entered with the nation’s top-ranked defense, and Allen opened the scoring in the second quarter with Michigan State’s fifth defensive touchdown of the season. Max Bullough hit quarterback Danny Etling, the ball popped free, and Allen was able to scoop it up and score easily.
No. 25 Wisconsin 56, Illinois 32
Melvin Gordon rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 25 Wisconsin to a road rout of Illinois.
Gordon has already topped 1,000 yards this season for Wisconsin (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten).
Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase led Illinois (3-3, 0-2) with 249 yards passing.