Penn State 43, No. 18 Michigan 40 (4OT)
Bill Belton ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth overtime to lift Penn State past No. 18 Michigan in maybe the biggest win in coach Bill O’Brien’s two seasons with the Nittany Lions.
Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg was sensational in regulation on the tying drive, completing passes of 29 yards to Brandon Felder and 33 yards to Allen Robinson to bring the ball to the 1 with 29 seconds left.
The freshman quarterback sneaked in for the first rushing touchdown against Michigan in 2013, tying the game at 34-all.
Brendan Gibbons kicked two field goals and missed two — one was blocked — in overtime for the Wolverines (5-1, 1-1). Sam Ficken kicked two, and didn’t need to attempt a fourth, thanks to a fourth-and-1 conversion by Penn State on what proved to be the game’s final series.
The Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) stormed the field in wild celebration, sending more than 100,000 fans into a frenzy.
After throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble in the first half, Devin Gardner put the Wolverines ahead with touchdown passes in the third and fourth quarters to go up 34-24. Michigan just couldn’t hold onto the lead.
Wisconsin 35, No. 19 Northwestern 6
Melvin Gordon ran for a 71-yard touchdown and Chris Borland led a front seven that figured out the 19th-ranked Wildcats’ high-octane offense in a home win.
The Badgers (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) recorded seven sacks and otherwise spent much of the afternoon chasing down quarterbacks Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian. Jared Abbrederis burned the secondary for a 63-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter before leaving with a head injury.
Gordon had 22 carries for 172 yards and the long run that gave Wisconsin a three-possession lead before halftime.
Northwestern (4-2, 0-2), the league’s peskiest defense, grabbed three more turnovers to increase its season total to 17.
The Wildcats just couldn’t turn those mistakes into enough points.
Clobbered by the pass rush. Shut down in the running game — just 44 yards on 25 carries, the lowest total since getting zero yards in a loss to Ohio State in 2007.
The Wildcats also suffered a damaging blow to their chances of winning the Legends Division after a second straight loss. They fell to Ohio State 40-30 in prime time last week before falling flat in Madison.
The Badgers had huge edges in first downs (24-10) and total yards (527-241). They held Northwestern to 2-of-17 on third downs.
Nebraska 44, Purdue 7
Ameer Abdullah ran for 126 yards and a touchdown to help Nebraska defeat Purdue on the road.
Terrell Newby ran for 61 yards and Imani Cross added 56 yards and two touchdowns for the Cornhuskers (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten).
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez sat out with a turf toe injury. Tommy Armstrong Jr. started and completed just 6 of 18 passes for 43 yards with three interceptions. Ron Kellogg III stepped in and completed 10-of-13 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Nebraska held Purdue to 216 yards, and the Boilermakers didn’t score until the final minute of the game. Purdue ran for just 32 yards on 25 carries.
Danny Etling completed 14 of 35 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown in his first career start. DeAngelo Yancey caught five passes for 146 yards and a touchdown for the Boilermakers (1-5, 0-2).
Michigan State 42, Indiana 28
Jeremy Langford scored four touchdowns, and Michigan State recovered from an early defensive breakdown to beat Indiana at home.
The Spartans (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) prevailed in a matchup between their top-ranked defense and Indiana’s fast-paced offense. Tevin Coleman scored on a 64-yard run for the Hoosiers (3-3, 1-1) just 61 seconds into the game, but Michigan State took control shortly after halftime.
Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld went 14-of-30 for 137 yards, although backup Tre Roberson threw two touchdown passes.
Indiana came in ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten in total offense, but Michigan State had the nation’s top-ranked defense.