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NIU struggles but prevails

Penn State beats Michigan in quadruple-overtime thriller

Despite struggling on offense, Northern Illinois still found a way to win.

The 23rd-ranked Huskies used their defense and kicking game to beat Akron 27-20 on Saturday night after the offense went 1 for 15 on third down conversions.

The Huskies defense shut down two Akron drives in the final 3:52 to secure the victory.

The offense, meanwhile, had enough to engineer five scores as the Northern Illinois extended its home winning streak to 23 straight, the nation's longest current run.

Jordan Lynch threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Northern Illinois extended the nation's longest current home winning streak to 23 games.

Lynch was 16 of 35 for 220 yards passing and ran for 83 more, Camerson Stingily rushed 21 times for 80 yards and a touchdown while Tyler Wedel added field goals of 42 and 21 yards for the Huskies (6-0, 2-0 MAC East).

Penn State 43, No. 16 Michigan 40, 4OT: Bill Belton scored on 2-yard run on the fourth possession of overtime to lift Penn State over the previously unbeaten Wolverines.

Christian Hackenberg passed for 304 yards and three first-half touchdowns for Penn State (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten). Belton led the Nittany Lions with 86 rushing yards, while the team's leading rusher coming in, Zach Zwinak, was held to 24.

Devin Gardner bounced back from three early turnovers to throw for 240 yards and three touchdowns for Michigan (5-1, 1-1). Gardner also rushed for a career-high 121 yards, accounting for 361 of Michigan's 389 total yards.

No. 24 Nebraska 44, Purdue 7: Ameer Abdullah ran for 126 yards and Imani Cross added a pair of short scores as the Cornhuskers cruised in their first road contest of the season.

Ron Kellogg III threw for 141 yards and connected with Quincy Enunwa for an 8-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass. King Frazier added a 3-yard score late for Nebraska (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten), which won its eighth consecutive regular-season conference game in the first meeting between the schools since 1954.

Michigan State 42, Indiana 28: Junior Jeremy Langford ran for three touchdowns and caught one of Connor Cook's two scoring strikes as the Spartans pulled away from the visiting Hoosiers.

Langford enjoyed the first 100-yard rushing day of his career with 109 on 23 carries as Michigan State (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) beat Indiana for the ninth time in the last 10 meetings. Cook completed 22-of-31 passes for 235 yards and the Spartans' defense held the Hoosiers to 351 yards - 184 under their average.

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