Football Recaps: October 3

Oct. 3, 2009

Wisconsin 31, Minnesota 28: John Clay rushed for three touchdowns and gained 159 of his 184 yards in the second half, helping Wisconsin hang on for a 31-28 win over Minnesota on Saturday.

The Badgers (5-0 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) beat the Gophers for the sixth straight time, picking up Paul Bunyan's Axe and parading it around the stadium after Adam Weber lost a fumble at his own 24-yard line with 30 seconds left to kill Minnesota's last-chance drive.

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Northwestern 27, Purdue 21: Joey Elliott overthrew Aaron Valentin in the end zone on fourth-and-goal in the closing seconds, allowing Northwestern to hold on and beat Purdue 27-21 Saturday.

Purdue led 21-19 in the fourth quarter, but the Boilermakers committed their sixth turnover on a sack of Elliott with 6:28 to play.

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Michigan State 26, Michigan 20 (OT): Michigan State owns a two-game winning streak against Michigan for the first time since 1967.

Freshman Larry Caper ran for a 23-yard touchdown in overtime to give the Spartans a 26-20 victory over the No. 22 Wolverines on Saturday. Michigan State hadn't beaten Michigan twice in a row since winning three straight from 1965-67.

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Iowa 24, Arkansas State 21: The mystery of the 13th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes only deepened Saturday. What is indisputable, though, is that the Hawkeyes are off to their best start in 14 years -- no matter how ugly it's often been.

Ricky Stanzi threw for a season-high 296 yards and three touchdowns and Iowa slipped past Arkansas State 24-21 on Saturday to improve to 5-0 for the first time under coach Kirk Ferentz.

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Penn State 35, Illinois 17: Penn State used a crushing third quarter to bounce back from its loss to Iowa and extend Illinois' rough season with a 35-17 win Saturday.

The 15th-ranked Nittany Lions led 7-3 at halftime but scored twice in the third quarter, both on 1-yard runs by quarterback Daryll Clark. They outgained Illinois 208-8 in the period.

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Ohio State 33, Indiana 14: Terrelle Pryor threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another score, leading No. 9 Ohio State to a 33-14 victory over Indiana on Saturday night.

The Buckeyes (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) gave up their first points in nine quarters, but ran away with their 16th straight Big Ten road win.

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