The Penultimate Opponent Recap

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

A look back at what was, with Bucket Week upcoming.

As always, the non-con first:

Southern Illinois 31, Indiana State 9: The Salukis held the Sycamores to just 55 yards of offense, and only 18:12 time of possession, in a complete demolishing. Indiana State's only touchdown came on a 98 yard interception return. The Sycamores finish the year 1-11, dead last in the MVC.

Navy 58, San Jose State 52: Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds rushed for an NCAA record 7 touchdowns, and passed for one as well, leading the Midshipmen to a triple overtime victory over San Jose State. The Spartans put 600 yards on the Navy defense, but failed to score in the third overtime to keep the game going. Navy improves to 7-4, with the annual Army-Navy game scheduled for December 14th.

Bowling Green 58, Eastern Michigan 7: The Falcons piled up 560 of offense, while holding EMU to just 65, in a blowout. Bowling Green also forced three Eagle turnovers, one of which was returned for a touchdown. The Falcons are now 8-3 for the season, with their upcoming game against Buffalo to decide the winner of the MAC East.

#8 Missouri 24, #24 Ole Miss 10: Missouri led 17-3 at the half and cruised the rest of the way to put themselves one win from the SEC championship game. Henry Josey and Marcus Murphy combined for three rushing touchdowns for the Tigers, while I'Tavius Mathers ran for Mississippi's only touchdown. Missouri is now 10-1.

And in Big Ten play:

#13 Michigan State 30, Northwestern 6: Jeff Budzien put Northwestern up early, but by the time he kicked his second field goal, the Wildcats trailed 14-6 and wouldn't sniff the lead the rest of the game. Jeremy Langford ran for two Spartan touchdowns, and Conor Cook passed for two more, as the Spartans clinched the Legends Division. Michigan State improves to 10-1 (7-0), while Northwestern falls to 4-7 (0-7), and needs to win next week to potentially make a bowl if not enough teams finish 6-6 (the Wildcats have the country's top APR score).

Iowa 24, Michigan 21: Four turnovers nearly doomed Iowa, but the Hawkeyes rallied back to beat Michigan in iowa City. Jake Rudock threw two touchdowns and three interceptions and Mark Weisman added a rushing touchdown for Iowa, and Brennan Beyer tacked a pick 6 of Rudock onto Devin Gardner's two touchdown passes for the Wolverines. Both teams are now 7-4 on the year, with Iowa 4-3 in conference and Michigan 3-4.

Illinois 20, Purdue 16: Illinois broke a 20 game conference losing streak by holding off Purdue in West Lafayette. Illinois committed four turnovers to Purdue's one, but the one was a late interception of Danny Etling that sealed the game for the Illini. Illinois is now 4-7 (1-6), while the Boilermakers fall to 1-10 (0-7) heading into the Old Oaken Bucket game.

#19 Wisconsin 20, #25 Minnesota 7: The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe came down to Wisconsin's defense being stout enough to keep Minnesota out of the endzone, and they were, as the Gophers scored their only touchdown on a pick 6. James White and Jared Abbredaris scored for Wisconsin, and Jack Russell added two field goals for the Badgers. There was some post game controversy when the Gophers prevented Wisconsin from "chopping down" the home goalpost, but the confrontation ended peacefully. Wisconsin is now 9-2 (6-1), while Minnesota is 8-3 (4-3).

Nebraska 23, Penn State 20: Sam Ficken missed an extra point and a field goal that left Penn State out in the cold against the Huskers. For Nebraska, Kenny Bell had a 99 yard kickoff return for a touchdown, Quincy Enuwa caught a Ron Kellogg III pass for a touchdown, and Pat Smith converted where Ficken failed, giving Nebraska the overtime victory. The Nittany Lions fall to 6-5 (3-4), while the Cornhuskers improve to 8-3 (5-2).

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