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October 16, 2007

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Big Ten Week 7 Recap
The Illini offense was shut down in a 10-6 loss at Iowa. The loss snapped Illinois' five-game winning streak. The Illini were playing as a ranked team for the first time since 2001. Illinois was held to 287 yards and had the ball for 10 fewer minutes than the Hawkeyes.
Next: Saturday, vs. Michigan.
The Hoosiers allowed 368 rushing yards in getting trounced 52-23 at Michigan State. The Hoosiers finished with 193 total yards, including just 22 on the ground. Kellen Lewis ran for a touchdown and passed for another. His TD run covered 59 yards and came on IU's first play from scrimmage. Not much went right after that, though.
Next: Saturday, vs. Penn State.
The Hawkeyes snapped an eight-game conference losing streak with a 10-6 victory over visiting Illinois. Senior LB Mike Humpal had a career-high 18 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery as Iowa held the Illini 24 points below their season average. Jake Christensen threw for 182 yards and a touchdown and Albert Young rushed for 99 yards as Iowa beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 2005.
Next: Saturday, at Purdue.
The Wolverines sprinted out to a 31-7 halftime lead, then coasted to a 48-21 victory over visiting Purdue. Mike Hart and Mario Manningham each scored two first-half TDs. Hart ran for 102 yards his school-record seventh consecutive 100-yard game in the first half but did not play in the second half after injuring his ankle. It was Michigan's fifth consecutive victory.
Next: Saturday, at Illinois.
Michigan State
Javon Ringer rushed for 203 yards and two TDs as the Spartans hammered visiting Indiana 52-23. The victory snapped the Spartans' six-game league losing streak. TB Jehuu Calucrick also ran for three scores as Michigan State beat Indiana for the ninth time in the past 11 meetings. The Spartans ran for 398 yards and enjoyed a time-of-possession advantage of a bit more than 22 minutes.
Next: Saturday, at Ohio State.
The Golden Gophers blew a 21-point, second-half lead and lost their fifth in a row - falling 49-48 in double-overtime to Northwestern. Minnesota scored on a run by QB Adam Weber in the second overtime, but a two-point conversion pass was incomplete. Minnesota led 35-14 before Northwestern rallied. Weber threw five TD passes, including three to Ernie Wheelwright.
Next: Saturday, vs. North Dakota State.
The Wildcats rallied from 21 points down in the second half to beat visiting Minnesota 49-48 in two overtimes. It was Northwestern's second consecutive OT victory. Northwestern sent the game into overtime tied at 35 by scoring on an 8-yard, fourth-down pass from C.J. Bacher to Eric Peterman with eight seconds left. Brandon Roberson's 6-yard TD in the second OT proved to be the game-winner.
Next: Friday, vs. Eastern Michigan in Detroit.
Ohio State
The Buckeyes moved to 7-0 with a 48-3 rout of visiting Kent State. Brian Hartline returned a punt a school-record 90 yards for a TD and Donald Washington returned an interception 70 yards for another score. The Buckeyes led 35-0 at halftime. "This team is as good as any I've seen," Kent State coach Doug Martin said.
Next: Saturday, vs. Michigan State.
Penn State
The Nittany Lions brushed aside off-field distractions and pounded visiting Wisconsin 38-7. Last week, police charged TB Austin Scott with rape, coach Joe Paterno said he was investigating the possibility that a couple of his players were involved in a fight and JoePa himself was involved in a mini-road rage incident. But the Nittany Lions built a 24-7 first-half lead and cruised from there.
Next: Saturday, at Indiana.
The Boilermakers dropped their second in a row after a 5-0 start, falling 48-21 at Michigan. It was tied at 7 early before Michigan took over. The Wolverines led 48-7 before the Boilermakers scored two meaningless TDs in the final minute. Purdue hasn't won at Michigan since 1966. Curtis Painter threw for 113 yards and tossed two interceptions.
Next: Saturday, vs. Iowa.
The Badgers dropped their second in a row after opening the season 5-0, falling 38-7 at Penn State. It was 10-7 early, but once the Nittany Lions' offense got in gear, Wisconsin was run over. TB P.J. Hill had 75 yards and a TD, but the yardage total was about 50 below his season average.
Next: Saturday, vs. Northern Illinois.

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Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.

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