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Maybe we should have gone for the record against ISU after all.

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First, the non-con folks:

Western Illinois 21, Indiana State 14: Indiana State made an effort to come back and try to win, but a late interception followed by a sack of and fumble by Trent Lancaster kept the Sycamores out of the endzone. Two Nikko Watson touchdown runs and a Martinez Davis pick-6 in the first half held up for the Leatherbacks. Indiana State falls to 1-10 for the year.

Navy 42, South Alabama 14: Navy rolled up 519 yards of offense, 351 on the ground. South Alabama scored both of their touchdowns in the first half, but could not stop Navy. The Midshipmen are now bowl eligible at 6-4 on the season.

Bowling Green 49, Ohio 0: Bowling Green held Ohio to under 200 yards of offense, and piled up 7 touchdowns of their own. The Falcons took the lead just over 2 minutes into the game, and held it the rest of the way. Bowling Green is now 7-3, with their game vs. Buffalo on November 29th to decide the MAC East champion.

#8 Missouri had a bye.

And in the Big Ten:

Penn State 45, Purdue 21: Penn State's rushing attack outgained the Boilers 289-264, and Zack Zwinak tied Purdue on his own with three rushing touchdowns. Purdue did make a game of it, getting to within 21-28 in the third quarter, but the Nittany Lions pulled away from that point. Penn State improves to 6-4 (3-3) but are not eligible to go bowling, while Purdue falls to 1-9 (0-6), and won't go bowling on their own merit.

#3 Ohio State 60, Illinois 35: Carlos Hyde ran for four touchdowns and 246 yards for the Buckeyes, while Braxton Miller contributed 1 rushing and 2 passing touchdowns (one to Hyde as well) to help seal victory against the Illini. For Illinois, Nathan Scheelhaase threw two touchdowns, but also two interceptions. The Buckeyes stay undefeated at 10-0 (6-0), while the Illini will not be going bowling after falling to 3-7 (0-6).

Michigan 27, Northwestern 19: In a game that went to the third overtime, Michigan scored as many point in those overtimes as were scored by both teams in regulation. Surprisingly, the only turnover was a Northwestern interception thrown at the end of the game which ended the game. The Wolverines are now 7-3 (3-3), while Northwestern falls to 4-6 (0-6).

#16 Michigan State 41, Nebraska 28: Nebraska committed 5 turnovers, while forcing none, in a losing effort against Michigan State. The Spartans were actually outgained by the Cornhuskers, despite putting up 5 touchdowns and a pair of field goals. Michigan State is now one win or a Minnesota loss from getting to Indianapolis. The Spartans are 9-1 (6-0), while Nebraska is 7-3 (4-2).