Football Recaps: September 26
Sept. 26, 2009
Minnesota 35, Northwestern 24: Duane Bennett ran for three touchdowns and Adam Weber passed for two scores to lead Minnesota to a 35-24 victory over Northwestern on Saturday. The Golden Gophers (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) finally held on against Northwestern (2-2, 0-1) after losing to the Wildcats in the final seconds the two previous years.
Wisconsin 38, Michigan State 30: Scott Tolzien threw for 243 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, leading Wisconsin past Michigan State 38-30 on Saturday. Garrett Graham caught three touchdown passes for the Badgers (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who avenged a last-second loss to the Spartans last season.
Michigan 38, Indiana 35: Tate Forcier led another fourth-quarter scoring drive, connecting with Martavious Odoms with 2:29 left to give No. 23 Michigan a 36-33 win over Indiana. Donovan Warren's interception on the Hoosiers' next snap sealed the victory for the Wolverines (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who were outgained and avoided losing to Indiana (3-1, 0-1) in Ann Arbor for the first time in more than 40 years, since before Bo Schembechler coached the Wolverines.
Ohio State 30, Illinois 0: Dan Herron slogged through a downpour for two touchdowns on Saturday and No. 13 Ohio State collected a second straight shutout for the first time in 13 years, beating mistake-prone Illinois 30-0. The Buckeyes (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) and Terrelle Pryor had 0 yards passing in the first half and finished with just 82. He did throw a touchdown with 1:18 left.
Iowa 21, Penn State 10: Iowa slugged out an ugly win in soggy Happy Valley to upset Penn State for the second straight year. Adrian Clayborn returned a block punt for a touchdown and the Hawkeyes beat mistake-prone No. 5 Penn State 21-10 on Saturday night.
Notre Dame 24, Purdue 21: A hobbled Jimmy Clausen completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph with 24.8 seconds to play, and Notre Dame rallied for a 24-21 win over Purdue on Saturday night. Clausen, slowed by a turf toe injury on his right foot, split time with Dayne Crist but returned to the game when it got tight in the fourth quarter.