Football Recaps: October 31
Oct. 31, 2009
Iowa 42, Indiana 24: Ricky Stanzi overcame a career-high five interceptions to throw two long touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, helping No. 7 Iowa rally for a 42-24 victory over Indiana on Saturday. Brandon Wegher had a career-high 118 yards rushing and three TDs for the Hawkeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten), who scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to pull off yet another improbable win.
Wisconsin 37, Purdue 0: John Clay ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns and Wisconsin shut out a Big Ten opponent for the first time since 1999 to snap a two-game losing streak with a 37-0 victory over Purdue on Saturday. Freshman David Gilbert added a leaping blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown, putting an emphatic exclamation point on a dominant first half in the win that made the Badgers bowl-eligible for the eighth consecutive year.
Ohio State 45, New Mexico State 0: Dane Sanzenbacher caught two touchdown passes and Terrelle Pryor threw for one and ran for another in the No. 17 Buckeyes' 45-0 victory. The game was a respite for Ohio State (7-2), which closes the regular season with pivotal Big Ten games at Penn State, against Iowa and at Michigan.
Illinois 38, Michigan 13: Juice Williams broke loose against Michigan again and Illinois stopped the Wolverines on four plays from the 1 before the Fighting Illini ran all over the Wolverines for a 38-13 win Saturday. Mikel LeShoure ran 70 yards for a touchdown following the fourth-down stop, and Illinois (2-6, 1-5) rolled up 377 yards rushing.
Penn State 34, Northwestern 13: Evan Royster rushed for 118 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown during Penn State's fourth-quarter surge, and the 12th-ranked Nittany Lions blanked Northwestern in the second half of a 34-13 victory Saturday. Daryll Clark threw a 53-yard TD pass to Derek Moye before Royster broke loose for the third of three Penn State touchdowns during a span 3 minutes, 40 seconds of the fourth quarter that turned a tight game into a rout.
Minnesota 42, Michigan State 34: Adam Weber passed for 416 yards and five touchdowns, helping Minnesota hurdle a school-record 17 penalties and hang on to beat Michigan State 42-34 on Saturday night. Playing without injured star wide receiver Eric Decker for the first time, Weber stepped up for his struggling offense at the best possible time. Completing 19 of 31 passes for the career high in yardage, Weber had his first five-score game since his freshman year.