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Nebraska stuns Spartans on late TD

| Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, 8:52 p.m.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Taylor Martinez threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner with 6 seconds left, giving No. 21 Nebraska a 28-24 win over Michigan State on Saturday night that kept the Cornhuskers tied with Michigan atop the Big Ten Legends Division.

The Cornhuskers (7-2, 4-1) scored two touchdowns in the final 7:02 to erase a 24-14 deficit. The winning score was set up by a pass interference call in the end zone on Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard, which gave Nebraska the ball at the 5 when the Cornhuskers would have otherwise had to attempt a tying field goal.

Le'Veon Bell ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns for Michigan State (5-5, 2-4).

Martinez rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns, becoming Nebraska's career leader in total offense.

Nebraska is unbeaten in seven meetings with Michigan State, but the Cornhuskers never led this one until the end, after they took over at their own 20 with 1:20 remaining and went 80 yards in nine plays.

Martinez, who had made it, 24-21, with his 35-yard touchdown run with 7:02 to play, found Turner on an out pattern at the left edge of the end zone for the game-winner.

No. 6 Ohio State 52, Illinois 22 — In Columbus, Ohio, the combination of Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller was more than enough for Ohio State.

Hyde rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns and Miller burnished his Heisman credentials by passing for two scores and running for another in the Buckeyes' victory over Illinois.

The Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) maintained the upper hand in the Leaders Division heading into a bye week. They have games remaining at Wisconsin on Nov. 17 and against rival Michigan at home a week later.

Miller carried 18 times for 73 yards, and completed 12 of 20 passes for 226 yards.

It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Illini (2-7, 0-5) and their 11th consecutive Big Ten loss. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, dogged all day by Ohio State's aggressive front line, completed 19 of 34 passes for just 91 yards with one interception.

Indiana 24, Iowa 21 — In Bloomington, Ind., Cameron Coffman threw for 315 yards on 21 of 33 passing and three touchdowns to lead Indiana past Big Ten foe Iowa.

Cody Latimer, who had 113 yards on seven receptions for Indiana (4-5, 2-3), caught all three of Coffman's touchdown passes. James Vandenberg was 21 of 34 for 249 yards passing and a touchdown for Iowa (4-5, 2-3).

Michigan 35, Minnesota 13 – In Minneapolis, Devin Gardner replaced Denard Robinson in a surprise quarterback switch by Michigan right before kickoff, throwing two touchdown passes and running for another score to lead the Wolverines past Minnesota.

Gardner woke up the Wolverines (6-3, 4-1) after they went two straight games without a touchdown, guiding scoring drives of 91, 90, 86 and 79 yards to squash the hope the Gophers (5-4, 1-4) had of an upset.

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