L: Penn State 34, Wisconsin 31: Larry Johnson rushed for 14 times for 111 yards and a touchdown as Penn State handed Wisconsin its first loss in Madison. Sophomore kicker Robbie Gould was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals connecting from 33 and 42 yards in the first half as Penn State (4-1, 1-1) took a 21-14 halftime lead. He later hit from 51 yards in the fourth quarter and was good on a 40-yard field goal with 2:55 left that proved to be the game-winner. Coming off a school-record 399-yard performance, sophomore quarterback Zack Mills completed 21-of-37 for 287 yards and also rushed for a touchdown. Eight different Penn State receivers caught a pass led by Tony Johnson with five receptions for 62 yards and Larry Johnson added five catches for 41 yards. The Nittany Lions' defense pressured Wisconsin (5-1, 0-1) quarterback Brooks Bollinger all game finishing with seven sacks. Senior defensive end Michael Haynes had nine tackles, including three for a loss and also registered three sacks. Senior defensive tackles Jimmy Kennedy also had a big game with six tackles, three tackles for a loss, and three sacks.
W: Iowa 31, Purdue 28: Dallas Clark caught three passes for 116 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown pass with 1:07 left. Trailing 28-24, the Hawkeyes (5-1, 2-0) went on an 8-play, 87-yard drive capped off by Clark's touchdown. Iowa had led Purdue 24-14, but the Boilermakers scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns on a 16-yard run from Brandon Kirsch and a 2-yard run by Jon Goldsberry to take a 28-24 lead with 5:45 left in the game. Following Clark's score, Purdue (3-3, 1-1) drove to the Iowa 25, but freshman Adolphus Shelton picked off Kirsch with 14 seconds left to seal the win for the Hawkeyes.
W: Ohio State 27, Northwestern 16: Ohio State rushed for 285 yards as the Buckeyes beat Northwestern to record their 23rd straight win over the Wildcats. Northwestern led 6-0 after the first quarter before Ohio State sophomore tailback Lydell Ross scored on a 3-yard run early in the second quarter to give Ohio State a lead it never relinquished. After the Buckeyes took a 24-9 lead on a 20-yard touchdown run from freshman Maurice Clarett, the Wildcats (2-4, 0-2) answered with Jason Wright's 9-yard run with 1:57 left in the third quarter which cut Northwestern's deficit to 24-16. However, Ohio State's defense tightened down in the fourth quarter, forcing two turnovers on a Cie Grant interception and a fumble caused by Dustin Fox that Matt Wilhelm recovered. Mike Nugent added a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring. Clarett rushed 29 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns to lead Ohio State (6-0, 2-0) but he did fumble three times. Ross added 83 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, while quarterback Craig Krenzel picked up 62 yards on the ground and threw for 170.
L: Minnesota 31, Illinois 10: Sophomore Terry Jackson II rushed for 159 yards to lead Minnesota on Thursday night at the Metrodome. Junior Thomas Tapeh added 113 yards and a touchdown on the ground as the Gophers (5-1, 1-1) finished with 302 rushing yards. Senior Dan Nystrom kicked a 23-yard field goal to set a school with 58 in his career. Junior Brandon Lloyd caught five passes for 139 yards to pace the Illini (1-5, 0-2).
W: Notre Dame 31, Stanford 7: Shane Walton and Courtney Watson returned interceptions for touchdowns, sparking a 21-point third quarter for the Irish (5-0). Pat Dillingham completed 14 of 27 for 129 yards in his first collegiate start. Rashon Powers-Neal (13-108) and Ryan Grant (18-103) each rushed for 100 yards, giving Notre Dame two 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time since an Oct. 11, 1997 matchup with Pittsburgh.
Last week: 3-2; Season to date: 42-11 (.792 pct.); Contest record: 32-10 (.762 pct.)