Football Recaps: October 23

Oct. 23, 2010

Michigan State 35, Northwestern 27: Kirk Cousins threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 8 Michigan State rallied to beat Northwestern 35-27 and remain unbeaten on Saturday.

B.J. Cunningham made an acrobatic grab for the go-ahead touchdown with two minutes left. Edwin Baker added a 25-yard scoring run and Eric Gordon intercepted Dan Persa to seal a wild win.

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Illinois 43, Indiana 13: Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase passed for two touchdowns and the Fighting Illini returned interceptions for two more Saturday in a 43-13 rout of Indiana.

Illinois (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten) led 27-10 at the half and held on through a sloppy, mostly defensive second half.

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Penn State 33, Minnesota 21: Matt McGloin threw two touchdown passes to Derek Moye for Penn State in relief of injured starter Rob Bolden, and the Nittany Lions used struggling Minnesota to get their first Big Ten win, 33-21 on Saturday.

After a rough homecoming loss two weeks ago to Illinois, Penn State (4-3, 1-2) got its sputtering offense going and built a healthy lead even after losing its freshman quarterback.

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Ohio State 49, Purdue 0: Terrelle Pryor threw for three scores, Dan Herron ran for two and No. 11 Ohio State showed it was over its Wisconsin hangover with a 49-0 victory over Purdue on Saturday.

The beat-up Buckeyes (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) also got redemption for a stunning 26-18 upset a year ago at Purdue, along with last week's 31-18 defeat in Madison that toppled them from No. 1.

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Wisconsin 31, Iowa 30: Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has a Hawkeyes tattoo on his leg and, apparently, a trick up his sleeve.

The former Iowa player and assistant coach stunned his alma mater with a fake punt midway through the fourth quarter, and Montee Ball ran 8 yards for a touchdown with 1:06 left as the 10th-ranked Badgers rallied to beat the No. 13 Hawkeyes 31-30 on Saturday.

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