Football Recaps - November 25 & 26
Nov. 25, 2011
Michigan State 31, Northwestern 17: Keshawn Martin returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown just before halftime and Kirk Cousins threw two TD passes to B.J. Cunningham as No. 11 Michigan State warmed up for next week's Big Ten championship game by beating Northwestern 31-17 on Saturday. Cousins threw a 33-yarder to Cunningham in the third quarter and hit him again on a juggling 29-yarder with 5:17 left to complete a 93-yard drive.
Michigan 40, Ohio State 34: Denard Robinson accounted for five touchdowns, helping No. 17 Michigan beat Ohio State 40-34 on Saturday and snap a school-record, seven-game losing streak in the rivalry.
Wisconsin 45, Penn State 7: Montee Ball scored four more touchdowns in his pursuit of an NCAA record, powering No. 15 Wisconsin to a 45-7 rout of No. 20 Penn State and a spot in next week's Big Ten championship game. Ball has scored 34 touchdowns this season for the Badgers (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten), the second-most in a single season in NCAA history.
Purdue 33, Indiana 25: Purdue beat Indiana 33-25 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium thanks to a tag-team effort from Antavian Edison and Ralph Bolden. Edison ran for 26 yards and one touchdown and caught three passes for 50 yards and one touchdown.
Minnesota 27, Illinois 7: MarQueis Gray rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score, guiding Minnesota past backsliding Illinois 27-7 on Saturday in the season finale and sending the Fighting Illini to their sixth straight defeat.
Nebraska 20, Iowa 7: No. 21 Nebraska beat Iowa 20-7 thanks to a tag-team effort from Rex Burkhead and Taylor Martinez on Friday at Memorial Stadium. Martinez racked up 163 yards through the air and Burkhead rumbled for 159 yards and one touchdown on the ground.