Michigan State 16, Wisconsin 13 (OT)
Andrew Maxwell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler in overtime, giving Michigan State a road victory and snapping Wisconsin’s 21-game home winning streak Saturday.
The Spartans (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten) have won four of their last six against Wisconsin, though this was their first win at Camp Randall since 2001. Only LSU, with 22 straight victories, had a longer home winning streak than Wisconsin (6-3, 3-2).
After rushing for 804 yards in its last two games, Wisconsin managed a measly 19 yards rushing, its fewest in five years. Montee Ball, who had averaged better than 125 yards rushing in his last three games, was held to 46 and didn’t get close to the end zone. James White added 16.
Joel Stave was 9-of-11 for 127 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Pedersen that gave Wisconsin a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter. But Stave injured his left shoulder when he was sacked on the opening play of the second half and did not return.
Michigan State won the toss in overtime and deferred. The Badgers scored on a 43-yard field goal after Isaiah Lewis broke up Danny O’Brien’s pass to Pedersen on third-and-long.
The Spartans kept it simple, handing the ball to Bell repeatedly before Maxwell found him for the winning score.
Nebraska 23, No. 20 Michigan 9
Ameer Abdullah ran for 101 yards and a touchdown and Nebraska took control of the Big Ten Legends Division with a home victory over Michigan.
Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson left the game late in the first half with a right elbow injury. Robinson, who spent the second half on the sideline in an overcoat, watched as freshman backup Russell Bellomy threw three interceptions.
The Huskers (6-2, 3-1) moved into a first-place tie with Michigan in the Legends but own the tiebreaker.
Michigan (5-3, 3-1) generated a season-low 188 yards during its first visit to Memorial Stadium since 1911. It was the second straight game Michigan failed to score a touchdown.
Taylor Martinez was 14-of-24 for 166 yards, with an interception. Bellomy was 3-of-16 for 38 yards.
Northwestern 28, Iowa 17
Kain Colter scored three rushing touchdowns and threw for another score as Northwestern defeated Iowa.
The Wildcats (7-2, 3-2) have been struggling with their passing game, but had success running the ball. Colter rushed for 166 yards and Venric Mark ran for 162 yards. Mark became Northwestern’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Tyrell Sutton in 2006.
Running back Mark Weisman exited late in the second quarter with an injury and rushed for just 21 yards.
Iowa cut the lead to 28-17 with 6:37 remaining on quarterback James Vandenberg’s 1-yard run to cap an 84-yard drive after the Hawkeyes recovered a fumble.
Iowa drove to the Northwestern 24 with 1:44 left, but Vandenberg threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-2 to end the threat. Vandenberg went 24-for-38 for 214 yards and ran for two touchdowns.
Minnesota 44, Purdue 28
Freshman Philip Nelson threw three touchdown passes in the first half of his second college start for Minnesota, and the Gophers breezed to their first Big Ten victory of the season by beating Purdue at home.
Nelson led Minnesota (5-3, 1-3) to touchdowns on four consecutive possessions while the Gophers averaged almost 10 yards per play.
He completed 12 straight passes in one stretch and had all 246 of his yards in the first half on the way to a 34-7 lead, more points than Minnesota had in 2011.
Indiana 31, Illinois 17
Nate Sudfeld came off Indiana’s bench to throw for two touchdowns and the Hoosiers’ defense throttled Illinois.
The road win ended a five-game losing streak for the Hoosiers (3-5, 1-3) that included tight losses to Ohio State, Navy and Michigan State. It also ended an 11-game Big Ten drought that dated to 2010.
Sudfeld took over after starting quarterback Cameron Coffman was benched following a first-quarter interception.