Week 7 Football Recaps

Oct. 14, 2017

Rutgers 35, Illinois 24: Gus Edwards rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns as Rutgers ended a 16-game losing streak in the Big Ten with a 35-24 win over Illinois on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights (2-4, 1-2) led wire to wire for their first conference victory since 2015 at Indiana. Rutgers rushed for a season-high 274 yards. Edwards, Raheem Blackshear and Josh Hicks all scored touchdowns. Blackshear provided the most exciting run - a 19-yard gain up the middle on the Scarlet Knights' second possession that he finished by running over defensive back Jalen Dunlap at the goal line. FULL RECAP

Michigan 27, Indianan 20 (OT): Karan Higdon ran 25 yards for a touchdown on the first play of overtime for Michigan and Tyree Kinnel intercepted a fourth-down pass in the end zone on the final play as the Wolverines held off Indiana 27-20 on Saturday. Higdon finished with 200 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries, providing most the offense for Michigan (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten). His 59-yard touchdown run with 10:25 remaining in the fourth quarter put Michigan up 20-10. Griffin Oakes tied it for Indiana (3-3, 0-3) with a 46-yard field goal as regulation time expired. FULL RECAP

Northwestern 37, Maryland 21: Justin Jackson scored two touchdowns and ran for 171 yards to become Northwestern's career rushing leader, and the Wildcats beat Maryland 37-21 Saturday for their first Big Ten victory. Jackson has 4,639 yards on the ground over four seasons at Northwestern. He moved past Damien Anderson (4,485) to the top of the school list and also supplanted Anderson as Northwestern's career leader in all-purpose yards with 5,350. Clayton Thorson completed 27 of 49 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown. FULL RECAP

Wisconsin 17, Purdue 9: Jonathan Taylor ran for 219 yards on 30 carries, including a 67-yard touchdown, and Wisconsin relied on its stifling defense to overcome a three-turnover afternoon and beat Purdue 17-9 on Saturday. Alex Hornibrook was 13 of 18 for 199 yards and a score but threw two interceptions for the Badgers, who held on to beat another division foe and take a commanding lead in the Big Ten West. Defense saved the game for Wisconsin (6-0, 3-0). Purdue (3-3, 1-2) drove from its 39 to the Wisconsin 10 before linebacker Leon Jacobs stepped in front of a sideline pass to Jackson Winthrop, staying inbounds for an interception with 8:14 left in the game. FULL RECAP

Ohio State 56, Nebraska 14: J.T. Barrett passed for five touchdowns and ran for two others, and Ohio State scored on its first eight possessions on its way to a 56-14 victory over Nebraska on Saturday night. The Buckeyes (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) continued their dominant surge since their loss to Oklahoma last month, tying their school record with a fourth straight game of scoring 50-plus points, and now get a week off before their East Division showdown with Penn State. They rolled up 633 total yards and had 41 first downs while scoring the most points by a Nebraska conference opponent in Lincoln and most overall since Minnesota won 61-7 in 1945. FULL RECAP

Michigan State 30, Minnesota 27: L.J. Scott returned from an injury to rush for a career-high 194 yards and two touchdowns , helping Michigan State hang on for a 30-27 victory over Minnesota on a soggy Saturday night after kickoff was delayed 34 minutes by lightning strikes. Madre London pitched in 74 yards rushing and a score, Matt Coghlin made three field goals and the Spartans (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) maintained the momentum created by beating Michigan on the strength of a dominant performance by their offensive line. Demry Croft connected with Tyler Johnson for three Minnesota touchdown passes in the fourth. FULL RECAP