Week 9 Football Recaps
Oct. 28, 2017


Michigan 35, Rutgers 14: Brandon Peters helped Michigan score touchdowns on his first three drives, allowing the Wolverines to pull away and beat Rutgers 35-14 Saturday. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh put Peters in and the redshirt freshman took full advantage of his first opportunity to play extensively, completing 10 of 14 passes for 124 yards with a TD. With Peters under center, Karan Higdon's first of two touchdowns broke a tie late in the second quarter. Higdon also had a 49-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter and finished with 158 yards rushing on 18 carries. FULL RECAP

Wisconsin 24, Illinois 10: Alec Ingold and Garrett Groshek scored on short runs in the first half, offensive lineman Michael Deiter added another touchdown on a trick play late in the game, and Wisconsin beat Illinois 24-10 on Saturday to remain unbeaten. Alex Hornibrook made enough throws to get the team's eighth win. None was better than on the trick play that freed Deiter for his first career touchdown. Hornibrook dropped back on third-and-goal from the 4 and rushed right before throwing a backward pass to Deiter on the other side. Deiter caught it and hustled his 328-pound frame in for the score. FULL RECAP

Maryland 42, Indiana 39: Max Bortenschlager threw two touchdown passes, Jake Funk ran for a pair of fourth-quarter scores and Maryland outlasted Indiana 42-39 Saturday to keep the Hoosiers winless in the Big Ten. The Terrapins (4-4, 2-3) trailed 33-28 before rallying to snap a three-game losing streak. The comeback began with an 82-yard kickoff return by Javon Leake, and Funk put the Terrapins in front for good with a 1-yard touchdown with 14:56 remaining. Funk scored again from the 1 with 10:14 left after Bortenschlager connected with DJ Moore for a 44-yard completion to the Indiana 17. FULL RECAP

Ohio State 39, Penn State 38: J.T. Barrett hit Marcus Baugh with a 16-yard touchdown pass with 1:48 left in the fourth quarter and Ohio State rallied from 11 down in the final five minutes to hand Penn State its first loss, 39-38 on Saturday. Barrett played one of the best games of his decorated career, going 33 for 39 for 328 yards and four touchdown passes, three in the fourth quarter after the Buckeyes (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) were down 35-20. Penn State led 38-27 with 5:42 left and it looked as if the Nittany Lions (7-1, 4-1) were going to knock the Buckeyes out of the College Football Playoff race and put a firm grip on the Big Ten East. Saquon Barkley scored two long touchdowns for Penn State, but it was Barrett who surged into the Heisman Trophy race in what was billed as the Big Ten game of the year and lived up to the hype. FULL RECAP

Northwestern 39, Michigan State 31 (3OT): Clayton Thorson threw a 22-yard touchdown to Flynn Nagel in the third overtime, Nate Hall intercepted Brian Lewerke and Northwestern beat Michigan State 39-31 on Saturday. The Wildcats had a third down at the 22 when Thorson hit Nagel on a slant for the go-ahead TD. Cameron Green caught the two-point conversion to make it an eight-point game, and two big plays by the defense preserved the victory. Lineman Joe Gaziano stripped Brian Lewerke as he dropped back. Lewerke picked up the loose ball and fired toward the goal line, where Hall intercepted a pass intended for Matt Sokol. FULL RECAP

Iowa 17, Minnesota 10: Nate Stanley threw for 190 yards in Iowa's 17-10 win over Minnesota Saturday night, its eighth-straight in Iowa City over the Gophers. After missing one game, linebacker Josey Jewell returned to lead the Iowa defense with 11 tackles, six of them solo. Rodney Smith led the way on offense for Minnesota, rushing for 82 yards on 15 attempts, although his efforts did not prove enough to push the Gophers to their first win at Kinnick Stadium since 1999 - Kirk Ferentz's first year at the helm for the Hawkeyes. FULL RECAP

Nebraska 25, Purdue 24: Tanner Lee threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Stanley Morgan Jr. with 14 seconds left Saturday night to rally Nebraska for a 25-24 victory at Purdue. Lee capped the best night of his career with two TD passes in the final 11 1/2 minutes to erase a 12-point deficit. The win snapped a two-game losing streak. The Cornhuskers (4-4, 3-2 Big Ten) took over at their 30 with 1:22 left and no timeouts. But Lee masterfully marched the Cornhuskers down field by taking advantage of the sideline and clock stoppages on first down plays, leaving just enough time to pull off the win. FULL RECAP