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ILLINOIS: Despite career days by the pass-catch duo of Nathan Scheelhaase and Steve Hull, the Fighting Illini dropped a 52-35 decision at Indiana over the weekend. It was the fifth straight loss, all against Big Ten foes, for an Illinois club that had won three of its first four to open the campaign. Scheelhaase completed 38-of-57 passes for 450 yards and two TDs, both of which went to Hull, who caught nine balls for 224 yards. Scheelhaase also scored on the ground, tallying 45 yards on 55 carries, while Josh Ferguson led the Illinois rushing attack with 90 yards and a TD on 16 totes. The Hoosiers used a bruising ground attack (371 yards, four TDs) to keep the Illini defense back on its heels. Overall, Illinois came up with a pair of turnovers and logged three sacks, with Earnest Thomas III leading the way with nine tackles (eight solo) and a forced fumble. Corey Lewis pounced on a loose ball in the end zone to bring the Illini to within three points (38-35) early in the fourth quarter, but Indiana scored the final 17 points to put the game away. Illinois, which has lost a staggering 19 consecutive Big Ten bouts, plays host to undefeated Ohio State this Saturday.
INDIANA: The Hoosiers had a couple of career performances of their own in the 52-35 win over visiting Illinois on Saturday, as Cody Latimer caught 11 passes for 189 yards and three TDs, and Tevin Coleman ran for 215 yards on only 15 carries. Coleman's effort was the best for an Indiana running back in a decade. The two teams combined for more than 1,200 yards, with the Hoosiers amassing 371 on the ground and 279 through the air. Illinois did the bulk of its damage with the pass (450 yards). Stephen Houston complemented Coleman's afternoon by churning out 150 yards and scoring twice on 17 attempts, marking the second straight week and the third time this season that both rushed for more than 100 yards in the same game. Nate Sudfeld went 20-of-27 with the three scores, but he was sacked three times and picked off once. Clyde Newton posted a career-high 11 tackles, nine of which were unassisted, while David Cooper recorded eight solo stops, nine in all. With their recent three-game losing streak snapped, the Hoosiers will try once again to secure consecutive victories for the first time this season when they play at Wisconsin this Saturday.
IOWA: The Hawkeyes rushed for a season-high 318 yards and three TDs as they pounded the Purdue Boilermakers into submission over the weekend, winning in West Lafayette, 38-14. It was the sixth victory of the season for Iowa, making the team eligible for a bowl game, and evening its league ledger at 3-3. Jordan Canzeri ran for a career-high 165 yards and a TD, and Damon Bullock added 85 yards on only 10 totes for an Iowa offense that also got 191 yards and two passing scores from QB Jake Rudock. Don Shumpert turned his two catches into 69 yards. Iowa finished with 509 yards of total offense, compared to only 266 for the Boilermakers, who lost for the seventh straight time and have yet to record a win over another member of the FBS this season. Christian Kirksey led the Iowa defense with eight tackles, seven of which were solo efforts, and the Hawkeyes were credited with nine TFL. Drew Ott had 1.5 of the team's two sacks. Iowa is idle this week, next returning to action on Nov. 23 at home against Michigan.
MICHIGAN: The Wolverines couldn't make a fourth-quarter lead stand up, as they fell at home to the Nebraska Cornhuskers over the weekend, 17-13. It was the second straight setback, and third in the last four games for a Michigan squad that had won its first five games of the season. The loss also snapped the Wolverines' 19-game home winning streak and saddled them with their third loss in five Big Ten bouts. Devin Gardner threw for 196 yards and a TD, but was sacked seven times for a loss of 43 yards, leaving the UM offense with -21 net rushing yards, and only 175 total yards on the day. Receivers Devin Funchess and Jeremy Gallon combined for 11 catches, 115 yards and a score. The Wolverines played well defensively, limiting the Cornhuskers to 273 yards, while coming up with a pair of fumble recoveries. Cameron Gordon and James Ross III paced the unit with eight tackles apiece, while Jibreel Black made all three of his stops behind the line of scrimmage. Michigan will try to right the ship this Saturday when it plays at Northwestern.
MICHIGAN STATE: The Spartans were idle over the weekend, giving them additional time to prepare for this Saturday's Big Ten Legends Division showdown with Nebraska. Michigan State is 8-1 on the year, and 5-0 in conference -- a game ahead of the second-place Cornhuskers.
MINNESOTA: The Golden Gophers picked up their fourth straight win over the weekend by taking care of visiting Penn State, 24-10. At 8-2 overall and 4-2 in conference, Minnesota is already eligible for a bowl game, and has more victories than any Gopher squad since the 2003 team went 10-3. Against the Nittany Lions, Philip Nelson threw for 186 yards and a TD, while David Cobb ran for 139 yards and a score. The Gophers defense gave up some yards (353), but stood tall in permitting only a single TD while holding the Lions to 1- of-9 success on third down, and 1-of-3 on fourth down -- all while being on the field for only 24:32. Eric Murray and Antonio Johnson paced the unit with nine tackles apiece, the former logging eight solo stops to go with a TFL and a fumble recovery. Minnesota is idle this week, and will close out the regular season with a pair of games at home versus Wisconsin on Nov. 23, and on the road against Michigan State on Nov. 30.
NEBRASKA: The Cornhuskers trailed by three points in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game at Michigan, but rallied to snap the Wolverines' 19-game home winning streak in what turned out to be a 17-13 victory. Nebraska improved to 7-2 overall, 4-1 in conference, and is within a game of Legends Division leader Michigan State. The Huskers host the Spartans this Saturday. Nebraska took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter against Michigan, but allowed the Maize and Blue to score the next 13 points before Ameer Abdullah plunged in from five yards out with just over two minutes remaining in regulation to give Nebraska the win. Abdullah ran for 105 yards and a TD, and he also caught a scoring pass from Tommy Armstrong, Jr., who finished the day 11-of-19 for 139 yards. Quincy Enunwa led the receiving corps with seven grabs for 69 yards. As for the Nebraska defense, it was brilliant in allowing only 175 yards to Michigan, and by logging seven sacks, held the Wolverines to -21 net rushing yards on 36 totes. Michael Rose paced the Huskers with eight tackles, while Randy Gregory tallied three sacks, and Zaire Anderson had a pair. In all, the NU defense was credited with 15 TFL, but did not record a takeaway, although it did stop the Wolverines on two of their three fourth-down conversion attempts.
NORTHWESTERN: Mired in a five-game losing streak, the Wildcats got a much- needed break over the weekend. Northwestern will try once again to secure its first conference win of the season when it plays host to the Michigan Wolverines this Saturday.
OHIO STATE: The undefeated Buckeyes had the weekend off, and they'll put the wraps on the 2013 regular season with games in three consecutive weeks, beginning this Saturday at Illinois.
PENN STATE: Zach Zwinak rushed for a season-high 150 yards, but his effort went for naught as the Nittany Lions dropped a 24-10 decision at Minnesota over the weekend. Since opening the season 2-0, Penn State has alternated losses and wins over last seven games, and it will try to continue that trend when it welcomes the struggling Purdue Boilermakers to Happy Valley this Saturday. The Lions tallied 353 yards of total offense against the Golden Gophers, with Christian Hackenberg accounting for 163 yards on only 14 completions. Allen Robinson caught seven balls for 63 yards, breaking Bobby Engram's 18-year-old school record for receiving yards in a season, now at 1,106. The PSU defense surrendered 381 yards to the home team, with 195 coming on the ground and 186 through the air. Mike Hull led the unit with nine tackles, seven being solo efforts, while C.J. Olaniyan was credited with 2.5 TFL. The Lions converted only 1-of-9 third-down opportunities, and held possession of the ball for only 24:32. One of the positives for coach Bill O'Brien's squad is that it only committed one penalty. Malcolm Wills finished with eight stops, one PBU and a fumble recovery.
PURDUE: The Boilermakers suffered their seventh straight loss over the weekend, falling in a 38-14 final to the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes. Danny Etling completed only 15-of-28 passes for 145 yards, hitting Akeem Hunt seven times for 63 yards, and Danny Anthrop four times for 82 yards and a TD. As for the Purdue rushing attack, it accounted for a mere 53 yards on 28 attempts (1.9 ypc). Brandon Cotton tallied 28 yards on 12 carries. The Purdue defense was gashed for 318 yards on the ground, 509 in all, but got seven solo tackles from Collin Link, and six total stops each from Anthony Brown, Taylor Richards and Frankie Williams. The Boilermakers have only one win on the season, and that came against an FCS foe in Indiana State back in week two. They will play at Penn State this Saturday.
WISCONSIN: The Badgers took a break from conference play over the weekend to tangle with the visiting BYU Cougars, and the home team prevailed in a 27-17 final. James White was the offensive star for Wisconsin, accounting for three TDs (two rushing, one receiving), and he finished with 150 yards on the ground. Melvin Gordon had an off day by his standards, rushing for 86 yards on 19 carries. Joel Stave went 23-of-32 for 196 yards with a TD and an INT, hitting Jared Abbrederis eight times for 67 yards, and Jacob Pedersen and White six times each. Chris Borland paced the UW defense with 13 tackles, which included a pair of sacks. Michael Caputo added a dozen stops, and was instrumental in helping limit the Cougars to 370 yards and 17 points -- well below their season averages of 32 points and 511 yards per game. The Badgers get back to Big Ten action this Saturday with a home game against Indiana.