Football Recaps: October 10
Oct. 10, 2009
Northwestern 16, Miami (Ohio) 6: Quarterback Mike Kafka ran for two touchdowns and Northwestern's defense came up with four turnovers Saturday as the Wildcats beat winless Miami of Ohio 16-6. Northwestern (4-2) overcame a sluggish performance by its own offense, sacking Miami quarterback Zac Dysert seven times -- five in the first half -- and intercepting him three times.
Penn State 52, Eastern Illinois 3: Navorro Bowman almost tripped himself up on his 91-yard run to the end zone. The Penn State linebacker picked up a fumble at his own 9, then started chugging full speed down the sideline, nearly slipping up at the Eastern Illinois 25 before righting himself and crossing the goal line for a touchdown.
Michigan State 24, Illinois 14: Keith Nichol threw for 179 yards in his first start to lead Michigan State to a 24-14 win over Illinois on Saturday. Larry Caper rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown for Michigan State (3-3, 2-1). Glenn Winston ran for 69 yards and a score in the first half before leaving with a knee injury.
Minnesota 35, Purdue 20: Lee Campbell intercepted a pass and blocked a field goal to set up touchdowns for Minnesota in a 35-20 victory over mistake-prone Purdue on Saturday. Kevin Whaley rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Gophers (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who forced three turnovers in their first victory at home since beating Air Force on Sept. 12.
Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 13: Unconventional scores saved No. 9 Ohio State. Kurt Coleman and Jermale Hines returned interceptions for touchdowns and Ray Small brought a kickoff back 96 yards on Saturday to lead the Buckeyes past Wisconsin 31-13, dealing the self-destructive Badgers their first loss of the season.
Iowa 30, Michigan 28: Ricky Stanzi threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns and No. 12 Iowa survived yet another close call, beating Michigan 30-28 Saturday night for its best start since 1985. Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez pulled quarterback Tate Forcier in the fourth quarter. Fellow freshman Denard Robinson led a touchdown drive capped by his own 3-yard run, and Michigan got the ball back with 1:30 left. But Robinson was intercepted by Brett Greenwood with 46 seconds left, keeping the Hawkeyes (6-0, 2-0), the only unbeaten team left in the Big Ten.
Virginia 47, Indiana 7: Mikell Simpson ran for four touchdowns and Virginia's much-maligned offense erupted for its biggest output in five years as the Cavaliers rolled to a 47-7 victory over Indiana. Virginia (2-3) entered the game tied for 117th in the 120-member Football Bowl Series in total offense, averaging more than 272 yards per game. The Cavaliers easily eclipsed that by halftime, with Jameel Sewell's passing accounting for 248 yards of Virginia's 337-yard total. Virginia finished with more than 500 yards (536) for the first time since 2004.