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Big Ten roundup: Spartans snap Wisconsin's 21-game home winning streak

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Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell throws the winning touchdown pass against Wisconsin during overtime Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Madison, Wis. (AP)
By The Associated Press
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, 7:52 p.m.
 

MADISON, Wis. — Andrew Maxwell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler in overtime, giving Michigan State a 16-13 victory and snapping Wisconsin's 21-game home winning streak on Saturday night.

The Spartans (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten) have won four of the past six against Wisconsin, though this was their first win at Camp Randall since 2001. It was the first loss at home for the Badgers (6-3, 3-2) since Oct. 17, 2009, and only their fourth since Bret Bielema became coach in 2006.

Only LSU, with 22 straight victories, had a longer home winning streak than Wisconsin.

After rushing for 804 yards in its last two games, Wisconsin managed a measly 19 yards rushing, its fewest in five years. Montee Ball, who had averaged better than 125 yards rushing in his past three games, was held to 46.

Nebraska 23, No. 20 Michigan 9 — In Lincoln, Neb., Ameer Abdullah ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, and Nebraska (6-2, 3-1) took control of the Big Ten Legends Division.

Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson left the game late in the first half with a right elbow injury. Robinson, who spent the second half on the sideline in an overcoat, watched as freshman backup Russell Bellomy threw three interceptions.

The Huskers moved into a first-place tie with Michigan in the Legends but own the tiebreaker.

Michigan (5-3, 3-1) generated a season-low 188 yards during its first visit to Memorial Stadium since 1911. The Wolverines had 52 in the second half.

It was the second straight game Michigan failed to score a touchdown.

Taylor Martinez was 14 of 24 for 166 yards, with an interception.

Minnesota 44, Purdue 28 — In Minneapolis, freshman Philip Nelson threw three touchdown passes in the first half of his second college start for Minnesota, and the Gophers (5-3, 1-3) breezed to their first Big Ten victory of the season.

Boilermaker quarterback Caleb TerBush was pulled for Robert Marve in the third quarter for Purdue (3-5, 0-4) after finishing 5 for 18 for 49 yards and an interception that Michael Carter returned 43 yards for a score.

Indiana 31, Illinois 17 — In Champaign, Ill., Nate Sudfeld came off Indiana's bench to throw for two touchdowns, and the Hoosiers defense had seven sacks and a pair of key turnover to beat Illinois.

The win ended a five-game losing streak for the Hoosiers (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten). Donovonn Young rushed for a career-high 124 yards for Illinois (2-6, 0-4), which has lost five in a row.

Northwestern 28, Iowa 17 — In Evanston, Ill., Kain Colter scored three rushing touchdowns and threw for another score as Northwestern (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) defeated Iowa.

Colter rushed for 166 yards and Venric Mark ran for 162 yards. Mark became Northwestern's first 1,000-yard rusher since Tyrell Sutton in 2006. Northwestern has won four of its past five against the Hawkeyes (4-3, 2-1), who lost top running back Mark Weisman late in the second quarter with an injury.

 

 
 


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