Surprise, the Fighting Illini won their first Big Ten contest since 2004 by building a 10-3 halftime lead over a flat Michigan State team, then holding on for a 23-20 win which was preserved by a Jason Reda field goal with six seconds on the clock. The Spartans dropped their second straight game after collapsing against Notre Dame last week, while Illinois overcame a 26 point underdog role to take the victory.
Next Up: Illinois plays host to Indiana while Michigan State travels to Michigan on Oct. 7.
Wisconsin (4-1) at Indiana (2-3)
Head coach Terry Hoeppner returned to the Indiana sideline after missing two games due to brain surgery. It was not enough. Wisconsin rolled up 539 yards of offense, and buried the Hoosiers 52-17. For Indiana, the final score was not as bad as the game itself, as the Hoosiers never cracked the scoreboard until less than 10 minutes remained in the game. Aided by a fumble return for a touchdown, Indiana scored the final 17 points of the game to avoid a shutout.
Next Up: Wisconsin plays host to Northwestern while Indiana travels to Illinois on Oct. 7.
Purdue (4-1) at Notre Dame (4-1)
Curtis Painter threw for 398 yards against the Notre Dame defense, and the Boilermakers put up 21 points and shut out the Irish in the 4th quarter, but it was not enough. Brady Quinn connected on 24 of his first 28 attempts as Notre Dame built up a 28-14 halftime lead and held on to emerge with a 35-21 victory and hand Purdue its first loss of the season.
Ohio State (5-0) at Iowa (4-1)
The Buckeyes spoiled a big night in Kinnick Stadium for the Iowa Hawkeyes, as Troy Smith led Ohio State in a 38-17 thumping to hand Iowa its first loss of the season. The Buckeyes faced three ranked teams during September and defeated each by at least 17 points.
Next Up: Ohio State plays host to Bowling Green while Iowa plays host to Purdue on Oct. 7.
Michigan (5-0) at Minnesota (2-3)
The Wolverines invaded Minnesota's home turf and recaptured the Little Brown Jug, which was claimed by the Gophers last year. Michigan scored on its opening posession as Chad Henne led the Wolverines on an 80 yard drive, and Minnesota never mustered enough offense to climb back into the game as Michigan remained unbeaten with a 28-14 win.
Next Up: Michigan plays host to Michigan State while Minnesota plays host to Penn State on Oct. 17.
Big Ten Standings
Michigan (5-0, 2-0) Ohio State (5-0, 2-0) Purdue (4-1, 1-0) Iowa (4-1, 1-1) Wisconsin (4-1, 1-1) Penn State (3-2, 1-1) Illinois (2-3, 1-1) Michigan State (3-2, 0-1) Indiana (2-3, 0-1) Northwestern (2-3, 0-1) Minnesota (2-3, 0-2)
Other Penn State Opponents
Kent opened with a safety and broke out for 21 points in the second quarter, never looking back in a 37-15 win over the Akron Zips. A pre-season favorite to win the MAC conference, the Zips dropped their second straight conference game to fall into a tie with Buffalo for the MAC East basement.
Next Up: Akron travels to Cincinnati on Oct. 7.
The good news for the Owls is that Tim Brown's 78 yard score on the last play of the first half was the third longest rushing play in school history. The bad news is that Temple was already trailing by 24 points. Vanderbilt piled 19 more helpings of bad news onto Al Golden's Owls in the third quarter to rout Temple 43-14.
Next Up: Temple plays host to MAC leader Kent State on Oct. 7.
Youngstown State (4-1) at Missouri State
The Penguins rolled up 28 points in the third quarter to win their Gateway Conference opener over Missouri State 37-10.
Next Up: Youngstown State plays host to Indiana State on Oct. 7.