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Miracle completion gives Nebraska last-second win

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Nebraska 27, Northwestern 24

Jordan Westerkamp caught Ron Kellogg III’s tipped desperation heave to the end zone with no time left, giving Nebraska a home victory over Northwestern.

The Cornhuskers looked like they were finished after Northwestern took a three-point lead with 1:20 left. They started their final drive at their 17 with no timeouts.

Ameer Abdullah caught a short pass and stretched to convert a fourth-and-15. Then with four seconds on the clock, Kellogg dropped back for a final play.

The strong-armed Kellogg let fly a ball that was tipped by Northwestern’s Anthony Walker in the end zone. Westerkamp was there to snatch it, bringing the entire Nebraska bench running onto the field in celebration. The play was confirmed on video review.

Nebraska’s winning play was perhaps its most dramatic since Matt Davison’s “Miracle at Missouri” catch that kept alive the Huskers’ national championship season in 1997.

Kellogg, who came into the season as the third-string quarterback, was backing up Tommy Armstrong Jr. in the absence of injured starter Taylor Martinez.

The Huskers (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) continue to control their own destiny in the Big Ten Legends Division.

The Wildcats (4-5, 0-5) lost their fifth in a row.

Treyvon Green ran for 149 yards and a career-high three touchdowns for the Wildcats.

Minnesota 42, Indiana 39

Linebacker Aaron Hill recovered a fumble by Indiana’s Tevin Coleman with 25 seconds remaining, and surging Minnesota held on to beat Indiana on the road.

Minnesota (7-2, 3-2) led 35-13 midway through the third quarter before the Hoosiers stormed back for a 39-35 lead on Nate Sudfeld’s 30-yard touchdown pass to Cody Latimer with 5:33 remaining. But Philip Nelson found Maxx Williams for a 50-yard scoring pass on Minnesota’s ensuing possession.

Indiana (3-5, 1-3) then drove down to the Gophers’ 9-yard line before Sudfeld threw a lateral on second-and-goal that Coleman juggled. Hill scooped up the bouncing football to secure Minnesota’s third consecutive victory under acting coach Tracy Claeys.

Nelson was 16-of-23 for 298 yards and four touchdowns. David Cobb rushed 29 times for 188 yards and a score for Minnesota.

Coleman ran 14 times for 108 yards and a touchdown for Indiana before his fateful mistake.

No. 22 Wisconsin 28, Iowa 9

James White ran for 132 yards and a pair of late TDs as Wisconsin beat Iowa on the road for its third straight win.

Joel Stave added two touchdown passes for the Badgers (6-2, 4-1), who are bowl eligible for the 12th year in a row.

Wisconsin’s Pat Muldoon intercepted Iowa backup C.J. Beathard at the Hawkeyes’ 25-yard line with 7:43 left, setting up an 11-yard TD run by White. Stave also found Jared Abbrederis for a 20-yard touchdown after Jake Rudock was intercepted in the third quarter.

White added a 2-yard touchdown with 1:35 left for the Badgers, who won despite a season-low 62 yards rushing from Melvin Gordon.

Rudock had 109 yards passing for the Hawkeyes (5-4, 2-3) before leaving the game in the third quarter with what coach Kirk Ferentz said was a sprained left knee.

Penn State 24, Illinois 17 (OT)

Christian Hackenberg hit Kyle Carter with a 15-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Ryan Keiser sealed the win with an end zone interception, lifting Penn State over Illinois at home.

Bill Belton rushed for 201 yards, the first Nittany Lion (5-3, 2-2) to hit the 200-yard mark since Larry Johnson in 2002.

Penn State’s Sam Ficken kicked a 35-yard field goal with 41 seconds left in regulation, sending the game into overtime.

Hackenberg, who threw for 240 yards, zipped a perfect pass over the middle to Carter for the winner.

Nathan Scheelhaase’s first pass of overtime was picked off by Keiser.

With a strong second half, Scheelhaase rallied the Illini (3-5, 0-4) back from a 14-0 first-half hole to give them the lead.


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