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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 11/18/2023, Last updated: 3/15/2024
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Week 12 Football Recaps

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MICHIGAN STATE def. INDIANA, 24-21: Michigan State tight end Maliq Carr spent four seasons envisioning the perfect ending. It finally arrived Saturday at Indiana. Carr caught eight passes for 88 yards, using his 6-foot-6, 260-pound body to bounce off defenders for his second score of the game — a 36-yard catch-and-run with 1:19 left — to rally the Spartans past the Hoosiers 24-21. [FULL RECAP]

MICHIGAN def. MARYLAND, 31-24: Blake Corum scored twice in the first half, Mike Sainristil intercepted two passes, and No. 2 Michigan —- playing again without suspended coach Jim Harbaugh — became the first college football program to win 1,000 games, beating Maryland 31-24 on Saturday. The Wolverines remained unbeaten in their final tune-up before next weekend’s showdown against No. 3 Ohio State, but it wasn’t easy. Maryland (6-5, 3-5) rallied from a 23-3 second-quarter deficit and had the ball down five on multiple occasions in the fourth quarter. [FULL RECAP]

NORTHWESTERN def. PURDUE, 23-15: Cam Porter scored a pair of rushing touchdowns to help Northwestern become bowl-eligible with a 23-15 win over visiting Purdue on Saturday. David Braun got his first win as head coach The school promoted him Thursday. Ben Bryant (13-of-24 passing, 230 yards) hit Cam Johnson in stride for a 52-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to retake the momentum after Purdue (3-8, 2-6) scored to cut the lead to 9-6. [FULL RECAP]

PENN STATE def. RUTGERS, 27-6: Kaytron Allen ran for two touchdowns, Alex Felkins kicked a pair of field goals and No. 12 Penn State pulled away from Rutgers after quarterback Drew Allar left with an apparent injury for a 27-6 victory on Saturday. Allen finished a 15-play, scoring drive with a 2-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter and added another short, bruising scoring run up the middle early in the fourth to seal Penn State’s 17th-straight win over Rutgers. [FULL RECAP]

IOWA def. ILLINOIS, 15-13: Kaleb Johnson’s 30-yard touchdown run with 4:43 to play gave Iowa a 15-13 win over Illinois on Saturday, clinching the Big Ten West Division title for the Hawkeyes. Iowa won its third division title, and its second in three years, earning a trip to the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 2 in Indianapolis. Johnson had just four carries for 6 yards before breaking loose down the right side for the go-ahead score. [FULL RECAP]

OHIO STATE def. MINNESOTA, 37-3: TreVeyon Henderson rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns and Kyle McCord passed for 212 yards and two scores, leading No. 3 Ohio State to a 37-3 win over Minnesota on Saturday. Henderson turned a 13-point halftime into a 20-point lead 12 seconds into the third quarter, scoring on a career-best 75-yard run on the opening play of the half. After a Minnesota turnover, the Buckeyes scored again — 55 seconds later — when Marvin Harrison Jr. grabbed a 4-yard TD pass to extend the lead to 27-0. [FULL RECAP]

WISCONSIN def. NEBRASKA, 24-17 (OT): Braelon Allen scored the game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard run in overtime to lift Wisconsin to a 24-17 win against Nebraska on Saturday night. Nebraska’s Chubba Purdy threw an interception to Preston Zachman to end the game. Allen ran for two touchdowns and Tanner Mordecai threw a touchdown pass for the Badgers (6-5, 4-4 Big Ten), who snapped a three-game losing streak and are bowl eligible for the 22nd straight season. [FULL RECAP]