Week eight was probably the most thrilling, nerve-wrecking Saturday of Big Ten play in a long time. Outside of Penn State-Iowa and Wisconsin-Minnesota, every game went down to the wire in a week that saw an overtime game, two one-point margins, and another game decided on a last second field goal.
Ohio State- 29
Purdue- 22 (OT)
It appeared that once again Purdue would pull off an improbable victory against the Buckeyes. However, Ohio State's offense finally came alive after getting one final chance with :47 seconds left on the clock. Ohio State backup QB Kenny Guiton led a 61-yard touchdown drive followed by a 2-point conversion pass to force overtime. Carlos Hyde scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first overtime, but Purdue was unable to answer.
Up Next: Ohio State at Penn State, Purdue at Minnesota
Michigan State- 10
Only one touchdown was scored in a hard-fought game that featured two of the Big Ten's best defenses. Michigan State did a fantastic job of bottling up Denard Robinson all day, but allowed a 20-yard pass in the final seconds that set up the game-winning field goal for the Wolverines. Michigan WR Drew Dileo came out of nowhere to catch four passes for 92 yards. It was the Wolverines first win against its in-state rival since 2007.
Up Next: Michigan at Nebraska, Michigan State at Wisconsin
Once, again Northwestern had a double-digit lead late in a game, and once again the Wildcats were unable to finish. Northwestern led 28-16 with 8:31 remaining, but allowed two touchdowns as the Cornhuskers pulled out an improbable victory. Taylor Martinez caught fire on Nebraska's two touchdown drives and finished connecting on 27 of 39 pass attempts for 342 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions, in addition to the 65 yards he picked up on the ground.
Up next: Michigan at Nebraska, Iowa at Northwestern
Poor, poor Indiana. With a few lucky breaks, the Hoosiers would be the biggest story of the year and contending for a Big Ten title. Indiana has lost five in a row, with four of those losses coming by a combined 10 points. Indiana led much of the game, but a four-yard touchdown pass (yes, pass) with 2:02 remaining put Navy ahead for good. Navy is now 4-1 since losing to Penn State in week three.
Wisconsin continues to prove that its offense has returned from an awful start to the season, while Minnesota continues to prove they will struggle to become bowl-eligible after a 4-0 start to the season. The Golden Gophers hung tough for the first half, but were eventually worn down by the Badgers run game. James White was actually Wisconsin's leading rusher with 175 yards and three touchdowns on only 15 carries.
Purdue at Minnesota, Michigan State at Wisconsin