No. 1 Ohio State Wins 2006 Big Ten Championship

Nov. 18, 2006

No. 1 Ohio State 42, No. 2 Michigan 39: Troy Smith and Ohio State did it all, overwhelming Michigan with offense, winning the Big Ten title and streaking into the national title game. The Wolverines may have another shot at the Buckeyes though - they, too, can still make it to the BCS title game in Arizona.

Smith and the top-ranked Buckeyes put their dazzling speed on display with a barrage of big plays, and they needed every one of them to beat an inspired Michigan team, 42-39 on Saturday. The Game of the Century, the first 1 vs. 2 matchup in this storied rivalry, was played a day after Michigan lost one of its legends in Bo Schembechler.

The feisty and revered former Michigan coach died Friday, and the top two teams in the nation couldn't have honored his memory with a better game - though it wasn't the type of football that Bo and Woody Hayes played when they were coaching. Full Story

No. 12 Wisconsin 35, Buffalo 3: Wisconsin snapped out of what looked like a senior slump on Senior Day, scoring two touchdowns just before halftime to pull away from a surprisingly pesky Buffalo team. After the Badgers' defense turned the Bulls away with a goal-line stand late in the second quarter, P.J. Hill ran for a score and Tyler Donovan threw a touchdown pass in the last 2 minutes of the half to help spur No. 12 Wisconsin to a 35-3 victory at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. Full Story

Penn State 17, Michigan State 13: From his perch in the press box, Joe Paterno looked pensive, even a little nervous at times. Anthony Morelli threw for two touchdowns and the defense clamped down after halftime as the Nittany Lions overcame four first-half fumbles to defeat Michigan State, 17-13 on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

It wasn't until Tim Shaw's sack of Spartans quarterback Brian Hoyer with less than 3 minutes left in the game that Paterno and his Nittany Lions (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) could breathe easy. It was Paterno's first game back at the stadium since the 79-year-old coach broke his left leg on Nov. 4. Full Story

Purdue 28, Indiana 19: Curtis Painter passed for 260 yards and a touchdown and overcame four interceptions to lead Purdue to a 28-19 win over Indiana on Saturday in the Old Oaken Bucket game. Purdue's victory eliminated Indiana from bowl contention.

Greg Orton caught six passes for 112 yards and Dorien Bryant caught five passes for 74 yards and ran for a score for Purdue (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten). The Boilermakers finished in a tie for fourth place in the conference. Full Story

Minnesota 34, Iowa 24:
Amir Pinnix carried 23 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns, and Minnesota forced five turnovers in a 34-24 victory Saturday over fading Iowa to take back the Floyd of Rosedale trophy.

Pinnix gave the Gophers (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten) a 1,000-yard rusher for the eighth straight year. They won their third straight game and ended a five-game losing streak to the Hawkeyes (6-6, 2-6), who lost their final five conference games after being ranked as high as 15th in October.  

Northwestern 27, Illinois 16: Tyrell Sutton ran for 110 yards and Northwestern closed its season with a 27-16 victory over Illinois on Saturday to avoid finishing last in the Big Ten. Sutton finished with 1,000 yards after rushing for 1,474 as a freshman last season. He carried 34 times and scored on a 2-yard run early in the third quarter that extended the lead to 24-16. Full Story