Upsets Abound In Week Three of Conference Play


Northwestern 51, Wisconsin 48
Tyrell Sutton was looking over his shoulder, worried he'd be tackled him from behind. It was wasted energy.

The freshman broke a tackle at the line and didn't stop until he reached the end zone 62 yards later with what proved to be the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter Saturday as Northwestern beat No. 14 Wisconsin 51-48 and handed the Badgers their first loss. Full Story...

Indiana 36, Illinois 13
Indiana's Blake Powers threw four touchdown passes, while receiver James Hardy and running back Chris Taylor each topped 100 yards to lead the Hoosiers past Illinois 36-13 on Saturday.

The Hoosiers (4-1, 1-1) won their third straight home game, while the Fighting Illini (2-4, 0-3) have lost four in a row overall and 10 straight Big Ten road games.

Powers, a sophomore, was 22-of-35 for 198 yards and broke Antwaan Randle El's single-season school record of 17 TD passes late in the game. Powers has thrown 18 touchdowns in five games and also extended his school record to four straight games with at least three TD passes.  Full Story...

Minnesota 23, Michigan 20
The Minnesota Golden Gophers planted their flag in the middle of the field and stormed Michigan's sideline looking for the Little Brown Jug. They definitely earned it.

Jason Giannini kicked a 30-yard field goal with a second left, lifting Minnesota to a 23-20 win over the 21st-ranked Wolverines on Saturday for the Gophers' first win in the series since 1986. On third-and-10 from the Minnesota 26, Gary Russell ran 61 yards to set up the game-winning kick for the Gophers (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten). Full Story...

Iowa 34, Purdue 17
Drew Tate passed for a career-high 357 yards and tossed three touchdown passes to lead Iowa to a 34-17 win over Purdue. Clinton Solomon added five receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns, and Albert Young rushed for 165 yards on 36 carries.

Purdue's Brandon Kirsch threw for a career-high 353 yards, but he made a costly mistake that ended the Boilermakers' momentum in the fourth quarter. Purdue, trailing 23-17 early in the final period, drove to the Iowa 11 before Edmond Miles bobbled, then intercepted a pass Kirsch forced into the end zone. Full Story...

Penn State 17, Ohio State 10
Go ahead and say it: Penn State is back. Back on top of the Big Ten and back in the hunt for a national title.

Michael Robinson and Derrick Williams ran for touchdowns less than three minutes apart in the second quarter, and Paul Posluszny and the Nittany Lions' defense did the rest in a 17-10 victory over No. 6 Ohio State on Saturday night.

Win No. 349 for Joe Paterno was the type of victory some thought was only in the past for the 78-year-old coach. The 16th-ranked Nittany Lions (6-0, 3-0) hadn't beaten a team so highly ranked since knocking off No. 4 Arizona to start the 1999 season. Full Story...