BigTenRon prediction results

Up in Mad-town, the Lions roared, and BigTenRon missed the mark on his prediction in the Big Ten's top football matchup of the weekend. Now, he is wondering if the Wolverines will be able to cage this animal.

BigTenRon's prediction record for Thursday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 5:

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. Kremer's record

Last week: 3-2; Season to date: 42-11 (.792 pct.); Contest record: 32-10 (.762 pct.)

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