COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sporting Alert – Big Ten scores on Saturday see No. 3 Ohio State, No. 9 Iowa and No. 17 Michigan securing wins in the college football Week 10 fixtures, but Michigan State is no longer perfect.
LeShun Daniels Jr. ran for a pair of scores and C.J. Beathard, who played through a groin injury, threw for 233 yards and a touchdown and ran for 38 yards and another help Iowa beat Indiana 35-27 on Saturday.
The victory on Saturday sees the Hawkeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) staying undefeated this season and kept their College Football Playoff hopes intact.
Akrum Wadley ran 12 times for 120 yards and a score and Matt VandeBerg took five catches for 68 yards for Iowa, which has now equalled the best start in school history.
Jordan Howard ran for 174 yards and two scores for Indiana (4-5, 0-5 Big Ten), which dropped its fifth game in a row and remain winless in conference place.
Defending champion Ohio State started slowly, but raced out to a 21-0 lead with a comfortable performance in the first three-quarters.
Minnesota rallied in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit, but the hosts went on to seal a 28-14 win over the visitors on Saturday night.
The Buckeyes, with the win, improved to 9-0 on the season and 5-0 in Big Ten.
Up next for Urban Meyer team is a clash with Illinois, before the two big showdowns against Michigan State and Michigan afterward.
In the game against Minnesota on Saturday, Ohio State, playing without the suspended J.T. Barrett, managed to hold off a late rally from the Golden Gophers (4-5, 1-4) for the victory, but don’t be too surprised if they are replaced as the No. 1 in the AP Top 25 rankings on Sunday.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed 26 times for 114 yards and a touchdown for the Buckeyes, with Cardale Jones passing for 187 yards with a touchdown and running for another 65 yards and a score.
Ohio State is No. 1 in the AP top 25 rankings, but No. 3 in the college football playoff rankings.
Mitch Leidner passed for 281 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for Minnesota, which was losing for the third time in a row and fourth time in the last five outings.
KJ Maye took 10 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown for Minnesota, which scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Jake Rudock completed 18 of 25 passes for a career-best 337 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score and a 2-point conversion to help No. 17 Michigan beat Rutgers 49-16 in Big Ten scores.
De’Veon Smith, Drake Johnson and Jabrill Peppers also ran for scores, while Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson both caught TD passes for the Wolverines (7-2, 4-1).
Jake Butt took four catches for 102 yards in the win.
In the shocker on the day, seventh-ranked Michigan w upset 38-37 by Nebraska.
Armstrong, who was 19 of 33 on passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns, also ran for two more scores for the Cornhuskers (4-6, 2-4 Big Ten) who ended a two-game losing streak.
Michigan State (8-1, 4-1), led by 12 points with less than five minutes to play, but failed to hold on for the victory and will for sure be punished when the college football rankings come out this week.
In other Big Ten scores, Jack Mitchell made a 35-yard field goal with 9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and No. 21 Northwestern (7-2, 3-2) edged to a 23-21 win over Penn State (7-3, 4-2).
College Football Big Ten Scores
Saturday, November 7
No. 3 Ohio State 28, Minnesota 14
Nebraska 39, No. 7 Michigan State 38
No. 9 Iowa 35, Indiana 27
No. 17 Michigan 49, Rutgers 16
No. 21 Northwestern 23, Penn State 21
Wisconsin 31, Maryland 24
Illinois 48, Purdue 14