A-maizing results mark weekend full of upsets

Michigan and Michigan State fall and so does BigTenRon on a weekend of upsets and close calls. See how the Wolverine Insider's Ron Kremer fared on his weekend picks.

Following is a recap of Big Ten action and the results of Ron Kremer's predictions:

L: Notre Dame 25, Michigan 23: An attempted game-tying two-point conversion pass from Michigan quarterback John Navarre to Braylon Edwards was knocked away by Notre Dame cornerback Shane Walton with 2:53 remaining as the Fighting Irish held off the Wolverines, 25-23. Michigan (2-1) had just scored on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Navarre to senior tight end Bennie Joppru to cap off an 11-play 81-yard drive and had a chance to send the game into overtime. The Wolverines actually got the ball back late in the game but Walton was the man on the spot again picking off a Navarre pass with 21 seconds remaining to preserve the win.Notre Dame's Ryan Grant rushed for 132 yards on 28 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Fighting Irish (3-0).

L: Penn State 40, Nebraska 7: The Nittany Lions outscored Nebraska, 27-0, in the second half as they cruised to an upset over the Cornhuskers in front of 110,753 fans at Beaver Stadium. Penn State (2-0) racked up 469 yards of total offense, including 249 passing yards from sophomore quarterback Zach Mills. His favorite receiver was senior Bryant Johnson, who grabbed eight receptions for 142 yards.

W: Ohio State 25, Washington State 7: Freshman tailback Maurice Clarett rushed 31 times for 230 yards and two second-half touchdowns to lead Ohio State before an Ohio Stadium record crowd of 104,553. Clarett's 230 yards are the sixth-highest single game total in Ohio State history and the second most for a freshman. Only two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin with 239 yards rushed for more in a single game as a freshman.

W: Illinois 59, Arkansas State 7: In his first start in an Illinois uniform, junior quarterback Jon Beutjer threw four touchdown passes to lead the Fighting Illini over Arkansas State (1-3) in their home opener. Beutjer finished the day 17-of-21 for 266 yards tossing touchdowns to four different receivers including junior Brandon Lloyd, who finished the day with six catches for 119 yards.

W: Minnesota 31, Toledo 21: Minnesota junior tight end Ben Utecht caught a 21-yard touchdown pass with just over a minute remaining to seal the win. The Golden Gophers (3-0) got a bit of revenge as they lost to the Rockets (2-1) last season 38-7 at Toledo. Minnesota rushed for 274 yards, including a career-high 103 yards and a touchdown from junior quarterback Asad Abdul-Khaliq.

W: Wisconsin 24, Northern Illinois 21: Senior quarterback Brooks Bollinger scored from two yards out with 1:21 remaining. The Badgers trailed, 21-17, before Bollinger guided them on a six-play 50-yard drive to hold off a feisty Huskie team. Bollinger finished the day 15-of-23 for 207 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground.

W: Purdue 28, Western Michigan 24: Sophomore Kyle Orton threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to John Standeford with 5:26 left in the fourth quarter as Purdue survived a scare. The junior Standeford finished with seven catches for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Boilermakers (2-1).

L: Northwestern 26, Duke 21: Freshman Brett Basanez ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for 245 yards to lead Northwestern to its first win. Senior Jon Schweighardt caught six balls for 104 yards to pace the Wildcat receivers. Junior Jason Wright led the Wildcats (1-2) on the ground with a career-high 107 yards on 20 carries.

W: Iowa State 36, Iowa 31: Seneca Wallace threw for 361 yards and a touchdown to lead Iowa State to a come-from-behind win over Iowa. Iowa (2-1) led 24-7 at half, but the Cyclones (3-1) put up 23 unanswered points in the third quarter to take the lead for good. Junior Fred Russell had his third consecutive 100-yard outing as he led Iowa with 16 rushes for 139 yards and a touchdown. Senior Brad Banks was 12-of-21 for 178 yards with a pair of touchdown passes to Maurice Brown, who finished with four catches for 89 yards.

L: California 46, Michigan State 22: Michigan State junior Charles Rogers tied an NCAA record with a touchdown reception in his 12th straight game but it wasn't enough as California defeated the Spartans. Rogers had a magnificent game with nine receptions for 166 yards, his seventh consecutive game over the century mark. Junior Jeff Smoker was 16-of-33 for 206 yards and two touchdowns.

W: Kentucky 27, Indiana 17: Quentus Camby returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown with 2:46 left to clinch the win for Kentucky. Trailing 14-0 after the first quarter, the Hoosiers (1-2) came back and scored 17 unanswered points to take a 17-14 lead over the Wildcats (3-0) after three quarters. But Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter and Camby's touchdown kept the Wildcats unbeaten. Freshman Yamar Washington led Indiana with 163 rushing yards on 32 carries. Sophomore Courtney Roby paced the Hoosier receivers with five receptions for 101 yards.

Kremer's Record

Last week: 7-4; Season to date: 27-5 (.844 percentage); Contest record: 17-4 (.810 percentage).

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