COLUMBUS, OH, Sporting Alert – Big Ten college football scores at the weekend, as Michigan stayed undefeated and Ohio State fell to its first defeat of the season.
At Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Wilton Speight threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wolverines to a comfortable 41-8 victory over Illinois.
Speight went 16 of 23 on completed passes and toss touchdown passes to Jake Butt and Tyrone Wheatley before making way for John O’Korn.
Karan Higdon rushed eight times for 106 yards and a TD, while De’Veon Smith ran the ball 18 times for 76 yards and a score.
Amara Darboh took five catches for 99 yards for Michigan to improve to 7-0 on the season and take over control of the Big Ten standings.
With the win, combined with an Ohio State defeat, Michigan moved up to No. 2 in the latest AP college football top 25 rankings.
Ohio State blew a 14-point lead and fell to a shocking 23-21 defeat to Penn State.
The then-No. 2 Buckeyes, who fell four spots to No. 6 after the defeat, held a comfortable 21-7 lead in the third quarter, but the Nittany Lions rallied to score 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to set up the win.
Trailing 21-17, Grant Haley returned a blocked field goal 60 yards for a score with 4:27 left in the fourth quarter to secure the win for Penn State in front of a crowd of 107,280 at Beaver Stadium.
“It’s something you dream about as a kid,” Haley said. “Just running to the end zone and falling, it was a huge sigh of relief, like, everything, all the hard work this team’s put in coming into play against the No. 2 team in the country.”
Trace McSorley passed for 154 yards and a touchdown and ran for 60 more yards and a score for Penn State.
J.T. Barrett was 28 of 43 on passes for 245 yards and a touchdown, while Curtis Samuel ran twice for 71 yards and a score and took eight catches for 68 yards in the defeat for Ohio State.
In another Big Ten college football score on Saturday, David Blough passed for 309 yards and two touchdowns, but couldn’t prevent Purdue from falling 27-14 to the No. 8 ranked Nebraska, which improved to 7-0 on the season overall and 4-0 in Big Ten conference place.
Elsewhere, No. 10 Wisconsin defeated Iowa 17-9, while Michigan State’s slide continues this season after losing 28-17 to Maryland.
NOTE: AP rankings are before the before the Week 9 release on Sunday. Latest rankings are here
Big Ten College Football Score
Saturday, October 22
No. 2 Ohio State 21 at Penn State 24
Illinois 8 at No. 3 Michigan 41
Purdue 14 at No. 8 Nebraska 27
No. 10 Wisconsin 17 at Iowa 9
Rutgers 32, at Minnesota 34
Indiana 14 Northwestern 24
Michigan State 17 at Maryland 28