Week Eight of Big Ten Football Complete
Oct. 18, 2008
Iowa 38, Wisconsin 16: Shonn Greene just keeps getting better -- and the resurgent Hawkeyes are following his lead. Greene rushed for a career-high 217 yards and four touchdowns and Iowa pounded reeling Wisconsin 38-16 on Saturday, sending the Badgers to their first 0-4 start in the Big Ten since 1996.
Northwestern 48, Purdue 26: Northwestern rebounded from its only loss with a convincing victory. The Wildcats put last week's defeat to Michigan State behind them, forced five turnovers and used three TD passes from C.J. Bacher to beat Purdue 48-26 Saturday.
Ohio State 45, Michigan State 7: Terrelle Pryor became the first player to tell Ohio State coach Jim Tressel to bench him if he didn't produce. Then, the Buckeyes' quarterback made the request moot against Michigan State. Pryor turned some of his potential into production, running for a score and throwing for another in the first quarter to help the 12th-ranked Buckeyes build a four-touchdown lead en route to a 45-7 win Saturday over the 20th-ranked Spartans.
Penn State 46, Michigan 17: Behind the running of Evan Royster and a few momentum-shifting plays by the defense and special teams, the Nittany Lions withstood the Wolverines' early flurry and snapped a nine-game losing streak to their Big Ten rivals, 46-17 Saturday.
Illinois 55, Indiana 13: Jason Ford rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns to lead Illinois to a 55-13 win over Indiana. The Illini (4-3, 2-2) led 28-7 at the half and handed Indiana (2-5, 0-4) its fifth straight loss.