Big Ten Football: Upset in Lincoln leads to Big Ten tumult

Rebecca Friedman

Ohio State 34, Indiana 20

Quarterback Braxton Miller led Ohio State to a victory over Indiana with two rushing touchdowns, including a career-high 81-yard run. After falling behind 10-0 early, the Buckeyes (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten) bounced back and stretched their win streak to three. Neck and neck with Indiana throughout the second and third quarters, Ohio State scored the only touchdown in the fourth quarter to take a comfortable 14-point lead that it wouldn’t relinquish. Up only seven with 4:07 left, the Buckeyes picked off Indiana quarterback Tre Robinson and capitalized on the turnover with a Carlos Hyde rushing touchdown with 2:44 remaining on the clock. The Hoosiers (1-9, 0-6) have yet to win a Big Ten game.

No. 15 Michigan State 31, Minnesota 24

The Golden Gophers (2-7, 1-4 Big Ten) have ascended recently, and they certainly gave the No. 15 Spartans a scare in East Lansing, obtaining a lead on four separate occasions. Quarterback MarQueis Gray tossed three touchdown passes and the Minnesota offense compiled 415 total yards. However, Michigan State (7-2, 4-1) refused to fall for the second straight week. Quarterback Kirk Cousins tossed two touchdown passes and the Spartans took over in the fourth quarter with 10 unanswered points. With the win, Michigan State sits alone atop the Legends division with a one-game lead over Iowa.

Iowa 24, No. 13 Michigan 16

Michigan (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) fell just short of a spectacular fourth-quarter comeback, driving 79 yards on its final drive to Iowa’s three-yard line. However, quarterback Denard Robinson couldn’t finish the drive for the Wolverines, as he was unable to complete a pass into the end zone despite four chances. A couple of controversial calls within the final minutes of the game also hurt the Wolverines’ chances at a comeback. The loss puts Michigan in a three-way tie for second place with Iowa (6-3, 3-2) and Nebraska in the Legends Division and greatly hurts its Big Ten title game hopes. Iowa running back Marcus Coker ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.

No. 19 Wisconsin 62, Purdue 17

Despite a brief 7-7 tie two minutes in, the Boilermakers (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) never stood a chance Saturday, as the Badgers (7-3, 2-2) dominated both sides of the ball. Wisconsin tallied 605 total yards of offense to Purdue’s 284. Badgers running back Montee Ball ran for 223 total yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns. The win served as a confidence boost for the Badgers, after they lost heartbreakers to Michigan State and Ohio State in consecutive weeks, damaging their national and Big Ten title chances. Wisconsin is now tied for second place with Ohio State in the Leaders Division. Both teams sit two games behind Penn State, a team the Badgers will face in the final week of the season.

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