By The Associated Press
Jordan Lynch rushed for 316 yards, an FBS record for a quarterback, and Northern Illinois stayed unbeaten with a victory over Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Lynch had three rushing touchdowns and was 20-for-30 through the air for 155 yards and another score to help the Huskies (7-0, 3-0 Mid-American) extend the nation’s best conference winning streak to 20 games.
He broke the rushing record held by former Northern Illinois quarterback Stacey Robinson, who had 308 against Fresno State on Oct. 6, 1990.
Northern Illinois extended its road winning streak to 13 games, second only to No. 2 Oregon’s 18 straight.
Cooper Rush completed 16 of his 22 attempts for 271 yards and two touchdowns for the Chippewas (3-5, 2-2).
No. 25 Wisconsin 56, Illinois 32: Melvin Gordon rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns to lead Wisconsin at Champaign.
Gordon topped 1,000 yards for the season on a 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that put the Badgers (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) up 42-17. He finished with 1,012 yards for the season.
Gordon’s touchdown capped the second of two bruising, third-quarter drives that put Illinois away.
Running back James White finished the first with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Joel Stave.
Before the drives, Illinois (3-3, 0-2) found ways to claw back from an early 21-0 deficit and trailed 28-17 at halftime.
No. 4. Ohio State 34, Iowa 24: Carlos Hyde ran for 149 yards, including 106 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, to lead Ohio State to a victory over Iowa in Columbus, Ohio.
It was the Buckeyes’ 19th consecutive victory, the most in the nation and tying the second-best streak in school history.
But it didn’t come easy. The Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) dominated offensively in the first half and led 21-14 at the break behind the passing of Jake Rudock and running of Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock.
Hyde tied it with the first rushing TD against Iowa this season on Ohio State’s first drive of the third quarter, and the Buckeyes took over.
Minnesota 20, Northwestern 17: Ailing head coach Jerry Kill watched from a coaches’ box as Minnesota turned two second-half turnovers into scores en route to a victory over Northwestern in Evanston.
The Gophers (5-2, 1-2) snapped a two-game losing streak as James Manuel broke a 7-7 tie with a 24-yard third quarter interception return and Chris Hawthorne turned another Wildcat turnover into a 34-yard field goal in the fourth.
Northwestern (4-3, 0-3) dropped its third straight.