Week 13 Football Recaps


SATURDAY, NOV. 25

Ohio State 31, Michigan 20: Dwayne Haskins replaced injured star J.T. Barrett in the third quarter and led No. 9 (CFP) Ohio State from behind to beat Michigan 31-20 Saturday for the Buckeyes' sixth straight win in the storied rivalry. The Buckeyes (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) head to the Big Ten Football Championship Game presented by Discover next week to face No. 5 (CFP) Wisconsin, with hopes of making the College Football Playoff. The Wolverines (8-4, 5-4) have lost 13 of 14 to Ohio State, including the last three with coach Jim Harbaugh. Michigan was relegated to starting John O'Korn because Brandon Peters wasn't cleared to play after having a concussion and Wilton Speight is still out with cracked vertebrae. The fifth-year senior O'Korn simply didn't make the most of the opportunity, completing fewer than half of his passes. He was picked off with about two minutes left and the Buckeyes ahead 24-20. Mike Weber sealed it for Ohio State with a 25-yard touchdown run with 1:44 left. FULL RECAP

Purdue 31, Indiana 24: 
Jackson Anthrop ran for two scores, Elijah Sindelar threw for two more and Markell Jones rushed for a career-high 217 yards Saturday, leading Purdue past Indiana 31-24 and into its first bowl game in five years. The Boilermakers (6-6, 4-5 Big Ten) won three of their last four to reclaim the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time since 2012. Jeff Brohm became the first Purdue coach to reach the postseason in his first year since the late Joe Tiller in 1997. Indiana (5-7, 2-7) had a two-game winning streak snapped and now must wait for other results to see if it might sneak into the bowl picture based on its Academic Progress Rate. Some teams with 5-7 records were taken each of the past two seasons because all of the bowl slots could not be filled by six-win teams. FULL RECAP

Wisconsin 31, Minnesota 0: Alex Hornibrook threw three touchdown passes without an interception for Wisconsin, and the Badgers easily remained unbeaten by overwhelming rival Minnesota 31-0 on Saturday for their 14th straight victory over the Gophers. Jonathan Taylor rushed for 149 yards on 20 carries, including a 53-yard scoring sprint on the first play of the fourth quarter that gave the Badgers (12-0, 9-0) their largest winning margin in a Big Ten game this season. The only other time Wisconsin completed the conference slate without a loss was in 1912, when there were only five contests on the schedule. FULL RECAP

Penn State 66, Maryland 3: Penn State finished its regular season with a third straight blowout and the satisfying feeling that comes with playing exceptionally well before bowl bids are announced. Trace McSorley threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score to cap an outstanding regular season and carry Penn State (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) to its third straight victory. The streak began after successive losses at Ohio State and Michigan State by a combined four points. Instead of lamenting what might have been, Franklin preferred to target what's happening now, which is getting his team ready to play in a major bowl game coming off three wins in a row by a combined 157-53 score. FULL RECAP

Michigan State 40, Rutgers 7: Brian Lewerke threw for a touchdown and ran for another and Michigan State held the ball for more than 47 minutes in defeating Rutgers 40-7 on Saturday to cap a terrific turnaround season. Redshirt freshman Matt Coghlin kicked a career-best four field goals and Gerald Holmes ran 2 yards for a touchdown as Michigan State (9-3, 7-2 Big Ten) flipped its overall record from a year ago. This was a dominant performance by Mark Dantonio's team. Michigan State had the ball for 47:50, had a 431-112 advantage in total yards and limited Scarlet Knights' running game to a season-low 14 yards in sending Rutgers (4-8, 3-6) to its third straight loss. FULL RECAP

Northwestern 42, Illinois 7: When Northwestern defensive end Samdup Miller stretched out his hands to push the football into Illinois' end zone in the third quarter Saturday night, fellow defensive end Joe Gaziano danced wildly across the field, fists pumping. Gaziano's sack had just forced the ball out of Illinois quarterback Cam Thomas' hands. Miller's score pushed Northwestern to a 21-7 lead that even early in the third quarter felt like too much for the Illini to overcome. It was, and the Wildcats (9-3, 7-2 Big Ten) went on to defeat Illinois, 42-7, winning their seventh straight. FULL RECAP


FRIDAY, NOV. 24

Iowa 56, Nebraska 14: Akrum Wadley ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns and Iowa scored 28 points in less than a 7-minute span over the halves on its way to a 56-14 win over Nebraska on Friday in what could have been coach Mike Riley's last game with the Cornhuskers. Tight end Noah Fant returned to his home state and caught three passes for a career-high 116 yards and two touchdowns, and Iowa (7-5, 4-5 Big Ten) won for the first time in three games since its upset of Ohio State on Nov. 4. FULL RECAP