Spartans, Huskers end road woes

November, 12, 2011
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While off-the-field news may have dominated the headlines during the week, it was back to the gridiron on Saturday, and the early games were filled with nothing short of exciting and gritty football.

Big Ten Spotlight
The Penn State Nittany Lions, playing their first game in more than 60 years without Joe Paterno on the coaching staff in State College, lost 17-14 to the Nebraska Cornhuskers after their rally from a 17-0 deficit fell just short.

With the win, the Huskers improve to 4-2 in the Big Ten Legends Division and remain one game behind the Michigan State Spartans. Penn State suffered its first conference loss but retains a one-game lead in the Leaders Division.

Nebraska ended its miserable road losing streak against top teams, beating an AP top-15 team in a true road game for the first time since 1997 when it won 27-14 at No. 2 Washington.

The Spartans ended their recent road struggles in Iowa City, jumping out to 34-7 lead against the Iowa Hawkeyes en route to a 37-21 win. Michigan State snapped a seven-game road losing streak at Iowa, winning there for the first time since 1989.

The win puts Michigan State in the driver's seat of the Legends Division. The teams needs one win in its last two games to clinch a spot in the Big Ten title game.

The Purdue Boilermakers upset the Ohio State Buckeyes with a 26-23 overtime win in West Lafayette. Ross-Ade Stadium has been a house of horrors for the Buckeyes in recent years. They have lost four of their last six road games at Purdue since 2000.

Robert Mavre scored the game-winning touchdown on a sneak in the first overtime, one play after he threw a 14-yard pass to Gary Bush for a first down at the one-yard line. Mavre finished the game 10-of-13 passing for 94 yards, though he did throw a pick with 23 seconds left in regulation.

Ohio State, who has lost consecutive road games at Purdue for the first time in school history, falls to 3-3 in the Big Ten Leaders Division and two games behind the leader, Penn State.

Around the CFB Nation
• The Oklahoma State Cowboys improved to 10-0 for the first time in school history with a 66-6 blowout at Texas Tech. Brandon Weeden throws for five touchdowns and becomes the school's all-time passing touchdown leader. The 60-point loss is the largest in Texas Tech school history.

• The Clemson Tigers beat Wake Forest 31-28 on a 43-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro as time expired to win the ACC Atlantic title. The Tigers rallied from 14-point second half deficit, clinching a spot in the ACC championship game for the second time in the past three years.

• The Missouri Tigers beat Texas 17-5 for its first win against the Longhorns since 1997. It was Texas’ lowest point total since being shut out by Oklahoma in 2004, and the third-lowest in coach Mack Brown’s tenure.

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