Big Ten Week 9 roundup

Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Ameer Abdullah returns a kick-off for 76 yards against Rutgers. He finished with 225 all-purpose yards.

Nebraska 42, Rutgers 24

Big Time Player: Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah set a Nebraska school record with 341 all-purpose yards. He ran for 225 yards and three touchdowns, caught a pair of passes for 26 yards and returned a pair of kicks for 90 yards.

Stat that tells the story: As a team, Nebraska rushed 41 times and averaged 7.1 yards per carry.

It was over when: Abdullah scored on a 23-yard run early in the fourth quarter to put the Huskers up 42-17.

Nebraska (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten), Rutgers (5-3, 1-3 Big Ten)

Wisconsin 52, Maryland 7

Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon leaps a defender on his way to another 100-yard perfomrance.

Big Time Player: Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon rushed for three first half touchdowns and 122 yards.

Stat that tells the story: Wisconsin’s defense held the Terrapins to 175 total yards of offense, 73 of which came on Maryland’s final drive of the game.

It was over when: Gordon scored his third touchdown in the third quarter. The way Wisconsin’s defense was playing, a 24 point lead was insurmountable.

Wisconsin (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten), Maryland (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten)

Illinois 28, Minnesota 24

Big Time Player: Illinois’ quarterback Reilly O’Toole. O’Toole’s passing numbers aren’t fantastic–14/21, 118 yards passing, 1 touchdown–but he kept his team alive several times rushing the ball and led his team down the field twice in the first quarter for touchdowns.

Illinois defensive back– and Ohio native– V’Angelo Bentley scores a touchdown after a fumble recovery in the game against Minnesota.

Stat that tells the story: Minnesota turned the ball over 3 times, including a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. It was the first Big Ten win for Illinois this season.

It was over when: Cleveland Glenville’s V’Angelo Bentley scooped up a Minnesota fumble and scored the go-ahead touchdown. With his 12-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown, the junior became the first Illinois player in school history to record a kick return, punt return, interception return and fumble return for a touchdown in his career.

Minnesota (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten), Illinois (4-4, 1-3 Big Ten)

Michigan State 35, Michigan 11

Big Time Player: Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford. Langford rushed 35 times for 177 yards and three touchdowns.

Stat that tells the story: Michigan’s late fourth quarter touchdown was their first touchdown against the Spartans since 2011.

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook finishes off a first quarter run setting up a Spartans touchdown.

It was over when: Devin Gardner’s third quarter pass was intercepted and ran back for a touchdown, pushing Michigan State’s lead to 21-3.

Michigan State (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten), Michigan (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten)


Ohio State 31, Penn State 24 2OT

Big Time Player: Buckeye quarterback J.T. Barrett. His stats aren’t very remarkable, but the sophomore signal caller took control of the game in overtime after being slowed in the second half with a bit of a knee issue.

Stat that tells the story: Penn State was held to 24 yards rushing. Ohio State’s defense made Penn State one-dimensional. It made a difference in the second overtime period.

Ezekiel Elliott runs for a touchdown past Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Nyeem Wartman.

It was over when: Joey Bosa sacked Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg on the final play of the game. Bosa had a pair of sacks in the game.

Ohio State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten), Penn State (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten)