Football Recaps: October 9
Oct. 9, 2010
Ohio State 38, Indiana 10: Terrelle Pryor is healthy, all right. A week after leaving a win at Illinois with a strained muscle in his left thigh, he threw for a career-best 334 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 2 Ohio State past surprisingly punchless Indiana 38-10 on Saturday.
The junior's big day gave coach Jim Tressel his 100th victory on the Buckeyes sideline.
Illinois 33, Penn State 13: Mikel Leshoure ran for 119 yards, Nate Bussey had a 16-yard interception return for a score and Illinois pounded injury-depleted Penn State in a 33-13 win on Saturday to spoil the Nittany Lions' homecoming in Happy Valley.
Derek Dimke added four field goals and the Illini overcame three fumbles on special teams by return man Jack Ramsey by pounding away at a short-handed defense. The bruising 6-foot Leshoure and quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase softened the Nittany Lions on the run, and Scheelhaase took advantage of soft coverage over the middle with an 18-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to A.J. Jenkins.
Wisconsin 41, Minnesota 23: John Clay ran for three touchdowns and freshman James White added two more to lead No. 20 Wisconsin to a 41-23 win over Minnesota on Saturday to keep Paul Bunyan's Axe for the seventh straight year.
Clay ran for 111 yards and White had 118 in another lopsided victory for Wisconsin (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) in the most played rivalry in Division I football, which dates to 1890.
Michigan State 34, Michigan 17: With coach Mark Dantonio back in the stadium, No. 17 Michigan State took advantage of three interceptions by Denard Robinson and scored 24 unanswered points to break open a close game and beat No. 17 Michigan 34-17 on Saturday.
The Spartans (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) trailed midway through the second quarter before their scoring binge, which allowed them to beat their rivals for the third straight time. It's their longest winning streak over the Wolverines since 1965-67.
Purdue 20, Northwestern 17: Dan Dierking scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 7-yard run and redshirt quarterback Rob Henry rushed for 132 yards in his first career start as Purdue rallied to beat Northwestern 20-17 on Saturday night.
Purdue (3-2, 1-0) opened Big Ten play with a victory despite Henry's struggles in the passing game. He was 6-of-18 for 47 yards.