A big second half propelled the host Illini past Ball State 28-17. Illinois led 7-3 at halftime, then fell behind 10-7 in the third quarter before pulling away late. Rashard Mendenhall ran for 189 yards and two TDs on 28 carries. He went over 1,000 yards for the season, finishing the day with 1,113. His second TD gave the Illini a 21-10 lead in the third quarter. QB Juice Williams also ran for two scores.
Next: at Minnesota.
The Hoosiers turned it over five times in losing 33-3 at Wisconsin, their third consecutive loss. Indiana allowed 279 rushing yards. The game started poorly for IU, which called timeout on its first offensive play because it had just 10 men on the field. It didn't get much better from there. Kellen Lewis threw two interceptions and also fumbled.
Next: vs. Ball State.
The host Hawkeyes rallied from a 17-3 halftime deficit to beat Michigan State 34-27 in double-overtime. Albert Young rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns, but third-string TB Jevon Pugh scored the game-winning TD in the second overtime. Iowa was outgained 468-283, and Jake Christensen passed for just 53 yards. But Young had 143 yards after halftime, including 99 yards in the third quarter.
Next: at Northwestern.
The Wolverines played without QB Chad Henne and TB Mike Hart, but it didn't matter as they breezed to a 34-10 victory over visiting Minnesota. The Wolverines trailed 10-0 early in the second quarter, then seized control. Junior WR Mario Manningham had five catches for a career-high 162 yards and a touchdown. Backup TBs Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown combined for 289 yards and three TDs. Minor had 21 carries for 157 yards and a TD; Brown went for 132 yards and two TDs.
Next: at Michigan State.
The Spartans fell 34-27 at Iowa in two overtimes despite outgaining the Hawkeyes by almost 200 yards. Michigan State led 17-3 at halftime, but didn't score in the second half until there were four seconds left in regulation, when Brett Swenson kicked a 29-yard field goal to send the game into overtime tied at 20. Michigan State outgained Iowa 468-283.
Next: vs. Michigan.
The Golden Gophers led 10-0 early, but couldn't hold on as host Michigan rolled to a 34-10 victory. TB Duane Bennett ran for 106 yards, becoming the first Gophers freshman to reach the plateau since Laurence Maroney in 2003. Minnesota is 1-8 for the first time in 15 seasons.
Next: vs. Illinois.
The Wildcats led 17-14 late in the third quarter, but host Purdue roared back in the final period to take a 35-17 victory. C.J. Bacher, who had thrown for at least 361 yards in three consecutive games, was held to 208 yards. He also threw three interceptions. The Wildcats committed four turnovers in the first half.
Next: vs. Iowa.
Todd Boeckman threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns as the Buckeyes rolled to a 37-17 victory at Penn State. Ohio State has won 19 consecutive Big Ten games, tying the mark set by Michigan in 1990-92. Ohio State scored on five of its first seven possessions, and finished with 453 yards of total offense.
Next: vs. Wisconsin.
The Nittany Lions' defense was shredded for 453 yards in a 37-17 loss to visiting Ohio State. The Buckeyes scored on five of their first seven possessions. The loss came in front of a crowd of 110,134, the second-largest in Beaver Stadium history.
Next: vs. Purdue.
The Boilermakers' offense carried the day in a 35-17 victory over visiting Northwestern. Jaycen Taylor ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns, Curtis Painter passed for 182 yards and two touchdowns and Dorien Bryant caught seven passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. A Taylor touchdown run early in the fourth quarter gave the Boilermakers the lead for good.
Next: at Penn State.
The Badgers won their 13th consecutive home game by blasting Indiana 33-3. P.J. Hill scored a touchdown and ran for 57 yards on 12 carries before leaving with a foot bruise late in the first quarter. TBs Lance Smith and Zach Brown combined for three touchdowns after Hill left. The Badgers forced five turnovers.
Next: at Ohio State.