No. 13 Michigan State 30, Northwestern 6
Mark Dantonio and his players wore hats commemorating their division championship. They hope bigger prizes are coming.
Connor Cook threw for a career-high 293 yards, Jeremy Langford ran for 150, and No. 13 Michigan State clinched a spot in the Big Ten title game with a road victory over Northwestern.
Cook threw for two touchdowns. Langford ran for two scores, and the Spartans (10-1, 7-0) reached the conference championship game for the second time in three years.
Langford ran 20 yards untouched for the game’s first touchdown in the second quarter.
He sealed it with a 37-yard scoring run in the fourth after Kurtis Drummond picked off a pass by Trevor Siemian, sending the Spartans to their seventh straight win and the Wildcats (4-7, 0-7) to their seventh loss in a row.
Cook completed 16-of-24 passes on a bone-chilling and windy day, including an 87-yard touchdown to Bennie Fowler on a one-handed grab in the second quarter and a 15-yard scoring strike to Josiah Price in the third.
Drummond had two interceptions, and the Spartans closed in on 11 wins for the third time in four seasons. They’re also eyeing their first trip to the Rose Bowl in 26 years.
Before that, there’s a home game against Minnesota. Then, they head to Indianapolis for the conference championship game against No. 4 Ohio State.
Iowa 24, Michigan 21
Jake Rudock threw for 239 yards and two touchdown passes as Iowa rallied from 14 down to beat Michigan at home.
A fumble recovery by Anthony Hitchens with 2:12 left sealed it for the Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-3), who also clinched a winning season after going 4-8 in 2012.
Michigan used two Rudock interceptions to race out to a 21-7 halftime lead. But the Hawkeyes held the Wolverines (7-4, 3-4) to just 45 yards in the second half and jumped ahead on a 34-yard field goal by Mike Meyer with 6:02 left.
Mark Weisman added 88 yards rushing and a touchdown for Iowa, which has won three straight at home over Michigan.
No. 16 Wisconsin 20, Minnesota 7
James White rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and Wisconsin beat Minnesota for the 10th straight time in a road victory.
Jared Abbrederis had seven catches for 67 yards and a touchdown and Chris Borland recovered two fumbles and forced one to tie the NCAA record for career fumbles caused.
After the game, the Badgers (9-2, 6-1) hoisted Paul Bunyan’s Axe and used it to chop the Gophers’ goal post when the time ran out.
Aaron Hill returned an interception for a touchdown and David Cobb rushed for 68 yards for the Golden Gophers (8-3, 4-3).
However, Philip Nelson completed just 7-of-23 passes for 83 yards and the Gophers turned the ball over three times to snap a four-game winning streak.
Joel Stave was 16-for-26 for 127 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Wisconsin, which has won six in a row since a tough loss at Ohio State on Sept. 28.
Nebraska 23, Penn State 20 (OT)
Pat Smith kicked a 42-yard field goal on Nebraska’s first possession in overtime to lift the Cornhuskers to a road win over Penn State.
Smith’s 37-yarder was called back on a false start. Smith had no trouble with 5 extra yards, giving the Huskers (8-3, 5-2) their third win in four games.
Penn State’s Sam Ficken, who missed an extra point in regulation, missed a 37-yard field-goal attempt to open overtime.
The Nittany Lions (6-5, 3-4) lost for the first time in three home overtime games this season.
Illinois 20, Purdue 16
Steve Hull caught 10 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns to help Illinois defeat Purdue on the road.
Nathan Scheelhaase completed 24-of-30 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns and Josh Ferguson ran for a career-high 115 yards for the Fighting Illini (4-7, 1-6).
Akeem Hunt ran for a career-high 102 yards and a touchdown and Danny Etling completed 20-of-29 passes for 163 yards for Purdue (1-10, 0-7).