Nov. 5, 2005
Northwestern 28, Iowa 27
Northwestern has lived on the edge all season. So it was no surprise that another one of the Wildcats' games came down to the end. This time, Ross Lane caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Brett Basanez with 42 seconds remaining to give Northwestern another wild victory, a 28-27 comeback win over Iowa on Saturday.
"We made plays at the right time and came through," Basanez said. "It just speaks to the character of the offense. The older guys were keeping everybody else (relaxed), saying, 'Calm down.' ... It speaks to the young guys. They played like veterans." Full Story...
Minnesota 42, Indiana 21
Gary Russell ran for 188 yards and three touchdowns, and Laurence Maroney moved into second place on Minnesota's career rushing list as the Golden Gophers overpowered Indiana 42-21 Saturday.
Minnesota (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) snapped a two-game losing streak and ended a 20-year drought in Bloomington. The Gophers had lost seven straight here since 1985.
But Indiana's fourth straight loss may prove the most costly. The Hoosiers (4-5, 1-5) needed two wins in their last three games to become bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 and now must visit No. 22 Michigan, where they haven't won since 1967, and host Purdue, which they've beaten once since 1996. Full Story...
Ohio State 40, Illinois 2
Troy Smith threw three touchdown passes and Antonio Pittman ran for two scores to lead No. 12 Ohio State to a 40-2 victory over Illinois on Saturday. Ohio State's fourth win in a row allowed the Buckeyes (7-2, 5-1) to keep pace with first-place Penn State in the Big Ten with two league games left - against Northwestern and at Michigan.
Illinois (2-7, 0-6) lost its seventh game in a row. The Buckeyes piled up 526 yards while holding the Illini to 160. It was the third game in a row the Buckeyes have scored at least 40 points, the first time Ohio State has done that since a four-game streak in 1995. Full Story...
Penn State 35, Wisconsin 14
Michael Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for 125 yards, and linebacker Tamba Hali led a ferocious defense as No. 10 Penn State beat No. 14 Wisconsin 35-14 on Saturday.
Hali had four sacks to help the Nittany Lions shut down the Badgers' high-scoring attack and tailback Brian Calhoun, who finished with just 38 yards on 20 carries - well below his 135-yard average.
Tony Hunt added 151 yards and two scores for Penn State (9-1, 6-1), which inched closer to claiming the Big Ten's BCS bid. Penn State can guarantee a trip to a BCS bowl if it wins its final regular-season game, at Michigan State on Nov. 19. Full Story...