Week 13 Big Ten Football Scores, Picks Recap, Quick Analysis

    Week 13 Big Ten football scores, picks recaps, and quick game analysis.

    November 29, 2015


    Games In Order From Best To Worst

    Maryland at Rutgers

    Final Score: Maryland 46, Rutgers 41
    Pick: Rutgers 34, Maryland 30
    Line: Maryland -1, o/u: 58

    Brandon Ross ran for an 80-yard touchdown with just under five minutes to play to give Maryland the win and ruin any dream Rutgers might have had to get a bowl bid at 5-7 – with a great APR rate possibly getting it done. Rutgers seemed to have the game in hand late in the first half with a 31-10 lead, helped by three Chris Laviano touchdown passes, but Maryland scored 29 straight points to take the lead, starting with two Ross touchdown runs and with Kenneth Goins Jr. taking off for a 42-yard scoring dash. Rutgers took the lead back on a 30-yard Kyle Federico field goal, but 17 seconds later Ross took off for his game-winning score. Maryland outgained Rutgers 656 yards to 530 with 401 yards coming on the ground.

    Player of the Game: Maryland RB Brandon Ross ran 28 times for 173 yards and three scores

    Iowa at Nebraska

    Final Score: Iowa 28, Nebraska 20
    Pick: Nebraska 27, Iowa 24
    Line: Iowa -1.5, o/u: 58

    Iowa finished the regular season 12-0 after beating Nebraska with four interceptions – including a four-yard return for a score from Parker Hesse – and with two third quarter touchdown runs from Jordan Canzeri from 29 and 68 yards out. Nebraska hung around with Imani Cross running for two four-yard touchdown runs, and with Drew Brown connecting on field goals from 39 and 42 yards away with the second to make it a 28-20 game with just over a minute to play. Iowa recovered the onside kick and close it out. Iowa failed to convert a third down going 0-9 and was outgained 433 yards to 250, but was a +4 in turnover margin on those four interceptions. Tommy Armstrong threw for 296 yards and ran for 46 yards to go along with those four picks.

    Player of the Game: Iowa RB Jordan Canzeri ran 17 times for 140 yards and two scores.

    Northwestern at Illinois (in Chicago)

    Final Score: Northwestern 24, Illinois 14
    Pick: Northwestern 23, Illinois 16
    Line: Northwestern -3.5, o/u: 41

    Justin Jackson and Warren Long ran for three-yard scores, and Dan Vitale caught a 19-yard scoring pass as Northwestern cranked up a 21-7 first half lead and cruised from there. Illinois scored first on a one-yard run from QB Wes Lunt, and stayed in the game in the third on a 58-yard pick-six from Mason Monheim, but the Wildcats got a 39-yard Jack Mitchell field goal to pull ahead for good. Northwestern was only penalized once; Illinois five times.

    Player of the Game: Northwestern RB Justin Jackson ran 37 times for 172 yards and a score

    Wisconsin at Minnesota

    Final Score: Wisconsin 31, Minnesota 21
    Pick: Minnesota 23, Wisconsin 20
    Line: Wisconsin -2.5, o/u: 50.5

    Wisconsin found its running game again – sort of – with 257 yards averaging 4.1 yards per try, cranking out two touchdown runs from Taiwan Deal and an 18-yard score from Dare Ogunbowale on the way to a 31-14 lead. Minnesota scored on the first play from scrimmage for the Badgers on a 16-yard pick-six from Briean Boddy-Calhoun, but five Gopher turnovers proved to be disastrous. Wisconsin controlled the ball for 40:35.

    Player of the Game: Wisconsin RB Dare Ogunbowale ran 33 times for 155 yards and a score.

    Ohio State at Michigan

    Final Score: Ohio State 42, Michigan 13
    Pick: Ohio State 27, Michigan 17
    Line: Michigan -2, o/u: 45

    Ohio State dominated with the running game, rumbling for 369 yards and five touchdowns with Ezekiel Elliott running for two scores and J.T. Barrett running for three scores and throwing for another in the blowout. Michigan pulled within four late in the first half on a five-yard Jehu Chesson catch, and then it was all Buckeyes with Jalin Marshall catching a 25-yard touchdown pass and Barrett adding a 13-yard run to help pull away. Michigan was held to 57 rushing yards and only managed two Kenny Allen field goals outside of the Chesson play.

    Player of the Game: Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott ran 30 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns.

    Indiana at Purdue

    Final Score: Indiana 54, Purdue 36
    Pick: Indiana 48, Purdue 38
    Line: Indiana -7, o/u: 68.5

    Nate Sudfeld threw four touchdown passes and he ran for a three-yard score as Indiana got up big early on the way to bowl eligibility. Purdue pulled within 31-21 in the second half on Austin Appleby’s second touchdown pass of the game, and got within eight in the fourth on Appleby’s second scoring run, but Indiana answered right back with a 72-yard Andre Booker touchdown catch. Purdue turned it over four times and was outgained 659 yards to 486.

    Player of the Game: Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld completed 18-of-29 passes for 350 yards and four scores, and he ran for a touchdown.

    Penn State at Michigan State

    Final Score: Michigan State 55, Penn State 16
    Pick: Michigan State 20, Penn State 16
    Line: Michigan State -1.5, o/u: 46

    Michigan State punched its ticket to the Big Ten championship with Connor Cook throwing three touchdown passes, including a 29-yarder to R.J. Shelton, and another 29-yard play to Aaron Burbridge on the way to the blowout win. The defense got into the act, too, with a 77-yard fumble return for a score from Demetrious Cox, and the Spartans were in control the rest of the way. Penn State hung around with Christian Hackenberg touchdown pass to Chris Godwin on a five-yard touchdown pass in the fourth, but Michigan State scored 21 unanswered points with Malik McDowell returning a pass for a pick-six to go along with two short touchdown runs from LJ Scott and Jack Allen. MSU outgained Penn State 436 yards to 418.

    Player of the Game: Michigan State QB Connor Cook completed 19-of-26 passes for 248 yards and three scores.

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