No. 3 Buckeyes
Nate Stanley threw for 226 yards and five touchdowns as Iowa throttled third-ranked Ohio State 55-24 on Saturday at
Kinnick Stadium, dealing what’s likely to be a fatal blow to the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes.
Josh Jackson added three interceptions for the Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-3), who beat their fourth top-5 opponent in their last five tries at home.
Iowa raced out to a 31-17 halftime lead on a pair of Stanley TD passes to Noah Fant. Stanley, following a successful and unusual fake field goal, later fired a 2-yard TD pass to T.J. Hockenson with a defender hanging onto his foot that put the Hawkeyes ahead 38-17 late in the third quarter.
J.T. Barrett threw a career-high four interceptions for Ohio State (7-2, 5-1, No. 6 CFP), which allowed its most points in a game under coach Urban Meyer.
Illini shut down by Boilermakers
Purdue’s aggressive defense registered nine tackles for loss, including five sacks, and the Boilermakers snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 29-10 victory against Illinois in West Lafayette.
The Boilermakers (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) rushed for 209 yards, but lost starting quarterback David Blough to a leg injury with 12:27 remaining. Blough was carted off the field and
left in an ambulance. He completed 16 of 24 passes for 194 yards before he was injured.
Illinois (2-7, 0-6) lost its seventh consecutive game, six in a row in the Big Ten.
in OT again
Clayton Thorson sneaked into the end zone on fourth-and-1, and Northwestern’s defense came up with a big sack and pass breakup in overtime for a 31-24 win over Nebraska on Saturday in Lincoln.
The Wildcats (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) have had three straight games go to overtime, and they’ve won each of them. They also clinched bowl eligibility for a third straight year.
Thorson ran in from 7 yards out for the tying touchdown with 5:32 left in the fourth quarter, but his pass to the end zone was broken up on the final play of regulation to force yet another overtime.
Justin Jackson ran 31 times for 154 yards and a touchdown, and Thorson threw for 243 yards for the Wildcats, with Macan Wilson catching five passes for 107 yards.
Jonathan Taylor rushed for 183 yards and a touchdown, and Alec Ingold had three scores Saturday to help No. 4 Wisconsin pull away with a 45-17 victory at Indiana.
The Badgers (9-0, 6-0, No. 9 CFP) extended the nation’s second-longest winning streak to 10, and their school record for consecutive Big Ten wins to 12.
Wisconsin scored 24 straight points to rally from an early 10-0 deficit, then Joe Ferguson picked off Richard Lagow passes in Indiana territory to set iup a pair of 1-yard TD runs by Ingold after the Hoosiers had pulled within 24-17 late in the third quarter.
Bradrick Shaw added another 1-yard run after Indiana gave up the ball on downs.