BigTenRon's predictions

BigTenRon correctly picked the outcome in 4 of 5 games involving Big Ten football teams over the weekend, including his pick of Iowa to upset Penn State in Happy Valley. Kremer enjoyed a happy weekend, even if the Nittany Lions did not.

BigTenRon's prediction record for Saturday, Sept. 28

W: Michigan 45, Illinois 28: Michigan (4-1) utilized an opportunistic effort, capitalizing on five Illinois (1-4) turnovers, to knock off the Illini in Champaign. The Wolverines converted on three interceptions, two by cornerback Marlin Jackson and one by safety Charles Drake, and two fumbles to gain their insurmountable advantage. Wolverine quarterback John Navarre played tremendously, hitting on 22-of-37 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns. Braylon Edwards remained his top weapon, as he caught four passes for 101 yards and one touchdown. Tight end Bennie Joppru was a key component to the UM passing attack, catching seven passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Tailback Chris Perry broke free for 90 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.

W: Iowa 42, Penn State 35 (OT): In what is sure to be one of the most memorable conference battles in the hallowed history of Big Ten football, Iowa used a Brad Banks 6-yard touchdown pass to receiver C.J. Jones to defeat Penn State in overtime. The Hawkeyes worked diligently to build a 35-13 second-half lead only to see it melt away at the hands of a furious Penn State comeback in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. However, the Iowa defense stood tall in Penn State's overtime possession, as a Zack Mills pass fell incomplete on fourth down from the 9. The victory extends the Hawkeyes' winning streak as visitors to Happy Valley to three consecutive games and serves to demonstrate that Iowa (4-1) will be a force to be dealt with in the race for the Big Ten title. The No. 12 Nittany Lions suffer their first loss of the year and fall to 3-1.

W: Ohio State 45, Indiana 17: Boosted by the return of freshman sensation Maurice Clarett, who sat out last week's contest versus Cincinnati with a knee injury, Ohio State (5-0) downed visiting Indiana (2-3). Clarett, showing no ill-effects of his recent anthroscopic surgery, rushed for 104 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes past the Hoosiers for the 10th consecutive time. The young 6-0, 230-pound runner now has nine touchdowns in the four games in which he had appeared this season. Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel delved into the passing portion of the Buckeyes' playbook a bit more in the contest, connecting on 11-of-16 passes for 152 yards. His main target was receiver Michael Jenkins who collected seven passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns.

L: Purdue 28, Minnesota 15: After a turnover-riddled first half and trailing 9-7, Purdue (3-2) came out with fire in its eyes after the break to take command of its homecoming game and topped Minnesota (4-1). The win was keyed by Purdue's defense which held Minnesota's potent offense in check for most of the game. The Gophers' only touchdown came with five minutes remaining and their offense could muster just 85 yards on the ground against the Boilermaker defense. Just moments into the second half, safety Ralph Turner set the tone for Purdue by intercepting Minnesota quarterback Asad Abdul-Khaliq and returning it 23 yards for a touchdown. A Joey Harris 4-yard scoring run and a 3-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Orton to defensive end-turned tight end Shaun Phillips accounted for the Boilermakers' other second half points, all scored in the third quarter.

W: Michigan State 39, Northwestern 24: Behind a record-breaking performance by superstar receiver Charles Rogers, Michigan State (3-2) beat Northwestern (2-3) in East Lansing. With his 21-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, Rogers set an NCAA record by catching a scoring pass in 13 consecutive regular season games. Despite setting the new collegiate standard, Rogers was held to just three catches for 53 yards. The driving force of the Michigan State offense was running back Dawan Moss. The 5-10, 226-pound senior ran for a career-high 191 yards on 26 carries, including a 22-yard touchdown rumble. Quarterback Jeff Smoker was 15-of-24 for 263 yards with two touchdowns. Tight end Eric Knott led the Spartans in receptions with five for 75 yards. Michigan State's other tight end, Jason Randall, grabbed three passes for 57 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown pass.

Idle: Wisconsin. The Badgers (5-0) had a scheduled bye week. They will be back in action Saturday when Penn State (3-1) visits Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

BigTenRon's record:

Last week: 4-1; Season to date: 39-9 (.813 pct.); Contest record: 29-8 (.784 pct.).

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