Around the Big Ten: Gophers roll to 4th straight win

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Minnesota 24, Penn State 10: Minnesota looked like a mess a mere month ago, with a couple of lopsided losses to start conference play and head coach Jerry Kill on leave to treat his epilepsy. Now the Golden Gophers have won four straight Big Ten games in the same season for the first time since 1973.

A little confidence can go a long way.

David Cobb had 27 carries for 139 yards and a touchdown, and Minnesota held Penn State scoreless over the final 33-plus minutes to grind out a 24-10 victory yesterday.

Philip Nelson completed 15 of 24 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown for Minnesota (8-2, 4-2), which hasn’t had this many victories since a 10-3 finish in 2003.

Zach Zwinak scored once and gained a season-high 150 yards on 26 carries for the Nittany Lions (5-4, 2-3), who have been outscored 131-48 in three Big Ten road games.

No. 21 Wisconsin 27, BYU 17: James White ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for another score, and host Wisconsin stalled BYU’s fast-paced offense in a nonconference game yesterday.

White finished with 147 yards rushing, while Chris Borland returned from a hamstring injury with 13 tackles and two sacks for the Badgers (7-2).

Taysom Hill threw two touchdown passes to Cody Hoffman for BYU (6-3), but the dual-threat quarterback was held in check by Wisconsin’s pressure.

 

Indiana 52, Illinois 35: Cody Latimer set career highs with 11 catches and 189 yards receiving and had three touchdown catches as Indiana (4-5, 2-3) defeated host Illinois (3-6, 0-5).

The Hoosiers snapped a three-game skid, while the Illini extended their school-record conference losing streak to 19 games.

Tevin Coleman rushed 15 times for a career-high 215 yards, the most by a Hoosier in the past 10 seasons.

Iowa 38, Purdue 14: Jordan Canzeri ran for a career-high 165 yards on 20 carries to help Iowa (6-4, 3-3) defeat host Purdue (1-8, 0-5).

Canzeri, a sophomore who entered the game with 173 yards rushing this season, also scored a touchdown to help the Hawkeyes become bowl-eligible. Jake Rudock passed for 191 yards and two touchdowns for Iowa.

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