Ohio State 62, Michigan 39
The Ohio State offense was unstoppable throughout, and it all kept on rolling on the way to a 62-point stomping. Dwayne Haskins threw five touchdown passes with two to Chris Olave – he also returned a punt for a score – and Parris Campbell ran for a 78-yard score and caught another. Michigan’s offense was fine – Shea Patterson threw for 187 yards and three scores – but it couldn’t keep up. Now, the Buckeyes are off to the Big Ten Championship vs. Northwestern, and have shot at the College Football Playoff.
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Penn State 38, Maryland 3
The Nittany Lions held the Terp running game under wraps to just 74 yards with no big gashes. Trace McSorley threw for 230 yards and a touchdown with two rushing scores, and Miles Sanders ran for 128 yards as Penn State boosted its stock for a New Year’s Day bowl. Maryland was knocked out of bowl eligibility.
Northwestern 24, Illinois 16
Northwestern was on cruise control until Illinois got ten late points helped by a touchdown catch from Ricky Smalling. But the Wildcats didn’t have any problems, with Isaiah Bowser running for 166 yards and Clayton Thorson throwing two touchdown passes. Now NU knows it gets to prepare for the Ohio State offense, and Illinois goes into another rebuilding offseason.
Purdue 28, Indiana 21
In a win-or-go-home game, Purdue earned bowl eligibility with three David Blough touchdown passes with two to Rondale Moore going 56 and 33 yards away. Down 21-7, Indiana mounted a late comeback with Peyton Ramsey running for a touchdown and throwing 40-yard scoring pass to Nick Westbrook, but it was too late. IU’s season is over.
Minnesota 37, Wisconsin 15
Minnesota became bowl eligible and won the Paul Bunyan Axe for the first time in 14 years on 121 yards and a score from Mohamed Ibrahim and two scores from Bryce Williams. Jonathan Taylor ran for 120 yards for the Badgers, but Alex Hornibrook threw three interceptions and they were -4 in turnover margin.
Michigan State 14, Rutgers 10
In one of the ugliest games in the history of ugly things, Michigan State survived disaster with a 22-yard Cody White run late in the fourth, and with an interception deep it its own territory in the final moments. Rocky Lombardi completed 19-of-43 passes for 173 yards with a touchdown and pick, and Brian Lewerke threw a pick on his one pass, but the Rutgers passing game was worse. The Scarlet Knights were held to just 217 yards of total offense, and now the season is over going 1-11.
Iowa 31, Nebraska 28
Miguel Recinos hit a 41-yard field goal as time ran out to give Iowa the win and send Nebraska into the offseason with a painful late loss. The Huskers rallied back with 15 fourth quarter points – Adrian Martinez threw for 269 yards and two scores, and ran for a team-high 76 yards and a score – but Iowa was able to march late to avoid overtime and get the field goal. The Hawkeyes are likely to go to the Holiday Bowl.