Michigan 38, No. 24 Northwestern 31
Devin Gardner ran for a 1-yard touchdown in overtime and Michigan’s defense responded with a stop, giving the Wolverines a wild home win Saturday over Northwestern.
Trevor Siemian threw a 15-yard pass to Tony Jones with 3:59 left in regulation to give the Wildcats a 31-28 lead and Gardner threw an interception on the next snap. Northwestern couldn’t pick up enough first downs to run out the clock in regulation, and the Wolverines took advantage.
Gardner heaved a 53-yard pass to Roy Roundtree to set up Brendan Gibbons’ 26-yard field goal with two seconds left to force overtime.
The Wolverines (7-3, 5-1 Big Ten) barely prevented Northwestern (6-4, 4-2) from winning consecutive games in Ann Arbor for the first time since the 1934 and 1936 seasons. The comeback victory keeps Michigan’s hopes alive of winning a Big Ten title for the first time since 2004. Michigan still needs a team to knock off Nebraska.
The Cornhuskers would win a tiebreaker because of their win over the Wolverines two weeks ago when Denard Robinson left the game with nerve damage in his right elbow.
Gardner, making his second straight start in place of the injured Robinson, was 16-of-29 for 286 yards.
Wisconsin 62, Indiana 14
Montee Ball and James White put Wisconsin’s Big Ten title hopes back on track.
The two running backs ran for 359 yards and five touchdowns and Ball moved into second place on the career touchdown list, leading the Badgers (7-3, 4-2) to a rout at Indiana (4-6, 2-4) and back to the Big Ten title game. Wisconsin finished with a school-record 564 yards rushing.
Ball carried 27 times for 198 yards and scored three times, passing 1998 Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams for second on the Football Bowl Subdivision list with 77 career scores. Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio) is the all-time leader with 78. Williams had 75.
White had 14 carries for 161 yards and scored on a 69-yard run with 13 seconds left in the first half and a 50-yard run in the fourth quarter.
But the big reward for Wisconsin was clinching a spot in next month’s Big Ten title game and getting a chance to defend its title.
No. 18 Nebraska 32, Penn State 23
For the second straight week and fourth time this season, the Cornhuskers (8-2, 5-1) overcame a double-digit, second-half deficit to win.
This time, they came from 14 points down to beat Penn State (6-4, 4-2) at home, with Taylor Martinez throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner early in the fourth quarter for Nebraska’s first lead.
Ameer Abdullah ran for 116 yards on a career-high 31 carries, and Martinez finished with 104 rushing yards as the Huskers pounded away on the ground on a windy afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
Zach Zwinak led the Lions with 141 yards on 21 carries. Quarterback Matt McGloin was 18-of-37 passing for 240 yards, with one interception.
Martinez, just 6-of-14 for 56 yards in the first half, completed all six of his second-half passes and finished with 171 yards through the air.
Purdue 27, Iowa 24
Paul Griggs drilled a 46-yard field goal as time expired, and Purdue stunned Iowa on the road, snapping a five-game losing streak.
Robert Marve threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns for the Boilermakers (4-6, 1-5), who won for the first time in Iowa City in 20 years.
Purdue led 24-14 before Iowa (4-6, 2-4) rallied to tie the game with 3:32 left. But the Boilermakers stuffed the Hawkeyes on fourth down with 16 seconds left, and then drove 37 yards to set up the game-winning kick by Griggs.
Minnesota 17, Illinois 3
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill did it again.
After rebuilding programs earlier in his career, Kill has the Gophers bowl eligible for the first time since 2009 after defeating Illinois (0-6, 0-4) on the road.
The Gophers (6-4, 2-4) won for the second time in three games. Minnesota was content to keep the ball on the ground after completing only three passes in the first half and nine the entire game.
Donnell Kirkwood led Minnesota with 152 yards rushing and two touchdowns.