Football Recaps: October 2

Oct. 2, 2010

Ohio State 24, Illinois 13: Terrelle Pryor returned after an injury briefly knocked him from the game, then led No. 2 Ohio State on a clinching touchdown drive in the closing minutes of a 24-13 victory over Illinois on Saturday.

Pryor ran for 104 yards and was 9 of 16 for 76 yards and two touchdowns through the air, but he gave Ohio State fans a scare when he needed help off the field early in the third quarter. He spent a couple minutes in the locker room before returning to the game.

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Northwestern 29, Minnesota 28: Dan Persa passed for 309 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 99 yards to make up for two red-zone turnovers, leading Northwestern's rally past Minnesota Saturday for a 29-28 victory.

Persa lost a fumble at the Minnesota 6 in the first quarter and was intercepted in the third quarter at the 11, helping the Gophers (1-4, 0-1 Big Ten) stay in the game and grab an eight-point lead early in the fourth quarter on Eric Lair's second touchdown catch.

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Michigan State 34, Wisconsin 24: Kirk Cousins lofted a 1-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Cunningham on fourth down with 2:43 remaining, icing No. 24 Michigan State's second straight win without coach Mark Dantonio, 34-24 over No. 11 Wisconsin on Saturday.

Dantonio, who had a mild heart attack Sept. 19, planned to return for this game, but the Spartans (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) announced hours before kickoff that he had been hospitalized again Thursday because of a blood clot in his leg. School officials said his prognosis was excellent.

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Michigan 42, Indiana 35: Denard Robinson delivered another knockout punch. Michigan's sophomore quarterback tossed a 42-yard pass to get No. 19 Michigan into scoring position in the final minute Saturday, then scored on a 4-yard TD run with 17 seconds left to give the Wolverines a 42-35 victory against Indiana.



For Robinson, it was yet another remarkable chapter in an already amazing season.

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Iowa 24, Penn State 3: Ricky Stanzi threw for 227 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score, and No. 17 Iowa overwhelmed 22nd-ranked Penn State 24-3 for its third straight win over the Nittany Lions.

Adam Robinson added 95 yards rushing for the Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten), who recorded their biggest win ever over Penn State.

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