The Illini built a 14-3 lead in the second quarter but couldn't hold it in a 27-17 loss to visiting Michigan. Illinois managed just 116 passing yards. Illinois, which has lost two in a row after breaking into the top 25, had four sacks.
Next: Saturday, vs. Ball State.
The Hoosiers lost four fumbles in the second half on the way to a 36-31 loss to visiting Penn State. Kellen Lewis threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns, but also was sacked six times. James Hardy had 14 catches for 142 yards and two TDs; he now has a school-record 31 touchdown receptions.
Next: Saturday, at Wisconsin.
The Hawkeyes were just 3-for-16 on third-down conversions and fell 31-6 to Purdue. The Hawkeyes finished with 254 total yards and were outscored 17-3 in the second half. QB Jake Christensen was sacked five times. Iowa allowed 315 passing yards.
Next: Saturday, vs. Michigan State.
Mike Hart didn't play, but Carlos Brown filled the void by rushing for 113 yards as the Wolverines downed host Illinois 27-17. Michigan has won six in a row. Mario Manningham had nine catches for 109 yards and two TDs. The Wolverines rallied from a 14-3 second-quarter deficit.
Next: Saturday, vs. Minnesota.
The Spartans' offense didn't do much ? finishing with 185 total yards ? but two touchdowns by the defense late in the third quarter made things close in a 24-17 loss at Ohio State. Otis Wiley returned an interception 54 yards for a score, and SirDarean Adams scored on a 25-yard fumble return. Michigan State managed just 59 rushing yards and had just nine first downs.
Next: Saturday, at Iowa.
The Golden Gophers allowed 585 total yards in falling 27-21 to North Dakota State, a team transitioning from Division II to Division I-AA. The Bison ran for 394 yards against Minnesota. The loss ensures Minnesota of a losing record, and the Gophers will miss a bowl for the first time since 2001.
Next: Saturday, at Michigan.
C.J. Bacher passed and ran for touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the Wildcats escape an upset bid with a 26-14 victory over Eastern Michigan in Detroit. Bacher threw for 361 yards but managed just the one touchdown pass. The Wildcats forced three turnovers inside their 10 and also held EMU on downs at the 4.
Next: Saturday, at Purdue.
Sophomore TB Chris Wells ran 31 times for 221 yards and a TD to carry the host Buckeyes past Michigan State 24-17. The Spartans scored two defensive touchdowns late in the third quarter to make things interesting. Todd Boeckman threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns. He completed his first 10 passes, but was just 5-for-13 after that.
Next: Saturday, at Penn State.
The visiting Nittany Lions improved to 11-0 all-time against Indiana with a 36-31 victory. Penn State forced four second-half turnovers. Anthony Morelli threw two TD passes and the Nittany Lions ran for 192 yards. Kevin Kelly also kicked three field goals, giving him a school-record 52. Maurice Evans had 3.5 of Penn State's six sacks.
Next: Saturday, vs. Ohio State.
Curtis Painter passed for 315 yards and three TDs as the Boilermakers snapped a two-game losing streak by pasting visiting Iowa 31-6. Dorien Bryant had nine catches for 167 yards and two TDs. Purdue had 431 yards of total offense against a defense that had been allowing just 301.9 yards per game. It was the fewest points scored by Iowa against Purdue since 1976.
Next: Saturday, vs. Northwestern.
The Badgers snapped a two-game losing streak by bulling their way past Northern Illinois 44-3. P.J. Hill ran for 184 yards and two TDs as Wisconsin rolled to its 12th consecutive victory at home. The Badgers scored on their first possession and cruised from there.
Next: Saturday, vs. Indiana.