Terps edge PSU on Craddock’s FG

Published 11:24 am Sunday, November 2, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Brad Craddock kicked a 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds left to giving Maryland a 20-19 come-from-behind victory over Penn State on Saturday.

The victory made the Terps bowl-eligible and extended Penn State’s losing streak to four games.

Trailing 16-7 late in the third quarter, the Terps (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten) moved ahead after quarterback C.J. Brown engineered back-to-back scoring drives, aided by Alex Twine’s fumble recovery on a Penn State kickoff return.

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Penn State’s Sam Ficken kicked his fourth field goal with 6:52 remaining to give the Nittany Lions a 19-17 lead.

The Terps held Penn State (4-4, 1-4) to a three-and-out and William Likely returned a 37-yard Penn State punt 15 yards to the Lions’ 42. Maryland’s Wes Brown took a 13-yard pass from C.J. Brown to the29, and three plays later, Craddock converted his 14th straight field goal for the winning margin.

The Terps, who limited Penn State to 219 total yards, again held the Nittany Lions on downs to seal the victory.

Maryland registered just 196 total yards, but limited Penn State quarterback Christian

Wisconsin 37, Rutgers 0

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Melvin Gordon ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns and Wisconsin limited Rutgers to 139 yards in a 37-0 victory Saturday that made the Badgers bowl eligible for the 13th consecutive season.

Gordon scored on runs of 15 and 51 yards in posting his sixth consecutive 100-yard game rushing, helping Wisconsin (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) win its third straight game.

Corey Clement, who ran for 131 yards, added touchdown runs of 43 and 36 yards and Rafael Gaglianone kicked three field goals as the Badgers dominated in sending the Scarlet Knights’ Homecoming crowd home early.

The shutout loss was the first for Rutgers (5-4, 1-4) since 2002 and it stretched its losing streak to three games. It’s been a tough stretch that included blowout losses to No. 13 Ohio State and No. 17 Nebraska.

Even having senior Gary Nova (5 of 15 for 46 yards) start at quarterback despite hurting his right knee last weekend against Nebraska could not help the Scarlet Knights.

Wisconsin entered with the nation’s No. 7 ranked scoring defense (16.1) and fourth best in total defense (270.1 yards), and it was outstanding. The Badgers held the Scarlet Knights to eight first downs and didn’t allow them to get inside its 26-yard line, with that coming on the final play of the game.

Iowa 48, Northwestern 7

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Mark Weisman and Akrum Wadley combined for 200 yards rushing and four touchdowns, leading Iowa to a 48-7 win over Northwestern on Saturday.

The Hawkeyes (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) raced to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter and held the Wildcats to a season-low 180 yards of offense.

Northwestern (3-5, 2-3) dropped its third straight game.

Weisman rushed for 94 yards and three touchdowns. It was the senior’s fifth straight game with multiple scores.

Wadley rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown in his first career game. The freshman is Iowa’s first 100-yard rusher in 11 games.

Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock threw for 269 yards and a score.

The Hawkeyes recorded five sacks, scored off a blocked punt and recovered a fumble.

Trevor Siemian completed 8 of 18 passes for 68 yards for Northwestern.

No. 17 Nebraska 35, Purdue 14

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Imani Cross ran for two short touchdowns after Heisman Trophy hopeful Ameer Abdullah left the game with a knee injury, and No. 17 Nebraska defeated Purdue 35-14 on Saturday to take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West.

The Cornhuskers (8-1, 4-1, No. 15 CFP) are a half-game ahead of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin after their third straight win. Purdue (3-6, 1-4) lost its third in a row.

Tommy Armstrong Jr. ran for 70 yards and a touchdown and passed for another score. Cross carried 20 times for 66 yards. Akeem Hunt led Purdue with 66 yards on 21 carries.

Abdullah, who came into the game third nationally in rushing at 156 yards a game, injured his left knee on the Huskers’ second possession while recovering Armstrong’s fumbled snap at the Purdue 1-yard line. Abdullah returned to carry one more time, losing 5 yards, and didn’t return. The nature of his injury wasn’t immediately known.

Michigan 34, Indiana 10

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Devin Gardner threw for two touchdowns and Drake Johnson ran for two, helping Michigan to a 34-10 victory over Indiana on Saturday in the aftermath of athletic director Dave Brandon’s resignation.

The Wolverines (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) beat Indiana for the 19th straight time and have won 34 of the last 35 games in the series. This homecoming win came a day after Brandon’s departure was announced — amid increasing frustration among fans with the state of the football program.

Tevin Coleman ran for 108 yards for Indiana, but the Hoosiers (3-5, 0-4) couldn’t overcome their injury problems at quarterback. Freshman Zander Diamont managed only 24 yards passing.

The Wolverines need to win two of their final three games to become bowl eligible.