College football | Around the Big Ten: Michigan in another nail-biter
No. 15 Michigan 24, Connecticut 21: Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns, Desmond Morgan made a one-handed interception in the fourth quarter that swung the game Michigan’s way and the Wolverines again dodged an upset last night in East Hartford, Conn.
A week after Michigan needed a last-second stand to hold off Akron, Brendan Gibbons kicked a 21-yard field goal with 4:36 left to give the Wolverines their first lead of the second half.
Chandler Whitmer threw two for touchdowns and Ty-Meer Brown returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter that put UConn (0-3) up 21-7.
Devin Gardner turned the ball over three times for Michigan, and the Wolverines muffed a punt inside their 10 that led to a UConn touchdown.
Toussaint broke a 35-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and scored from 12 yards out right after Morgan’s pick with 9:56 left.
Minnesota 43, San Jose State 24: Quarterback Mitch Leidner rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns to lift Minnesota to a victory over San Jose State in Minneapolis.
Leidner was filling in for injured starter Philip Nelson, who was out because of a bad hamstring. He also passed for 71 yards as the Golden Gophers improved to 4-0. Gophers coach Jerry Kill returned to the sideline a week after missing the second half because of an epileptic seizure and made it through the game without incident.
Nebraska 59, S. Dakota St. 20: Tommy Armstrong Jr. and Ron Kellogg III combined to pass for 305 yards, Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 139 yards and Nebraska shook off South Dakota State after the visitors took a 17-14 first-quarter lead.
Armstrong got the start in place of the injured Taylor Martinez, but playing time was evenly split with Kellogg.
Nebraska, which finished with 645 yards, scored 38 straight points after falling behind against the Championship Subdivision Jackrabbits (3-1).
No. 18 Northwestern 35, Maine 21: Linebacker Damien Proby and defensive end Dean Lowry each had an interception return for a touchdown to lead host Northwestern past Maine.
Running back Mike Trumpy and quarterback Kain Colter each had rushing touchdowns for Northwestern.
Iowa 59, Western Michigan 3: Kevonte Martin-Manley returned back-to-back punts for touchdowns, and Iowa rolled past visiting Western Michigan.
Missouri 45, Indiana 28: James Franklin threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns, and defensive end Kony Ealy returned an interception 49 yards for a score to lead Missouri past host Indiana.