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’Cats hold on to spoil Gophers homecoming

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Northwestern running back Venric Mark runs for a touchdown on the first play of the game against Minnesota during the first half Saturday in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS – Venric Mark rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns to carry Northwestern to a 21-13 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.

Mark wasn’t touched on scoring runs of 26 and 48 yards and the Wildcats (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) overcame 11 penalties to become bowl eligible and spoil Minnesota’s homecoming celebration.

MarQueis Gray rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown after missing the previous two games with knee and ankle injuries.

But he also threw an interception and was injured again late in the third quarter for the Golden Gophers (4-2, 0-2).

No. 25 Michigan 45, Illinois 0: At Ann Arbor, Mich., Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores, leading No. 25 Wolverines in a win over the Illini.

The Wolverines (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) got a scare when Robinson left the game with an undisclosed injury late in the first quarter. He missed just one-plus possessions, though, and returned to score on a 6-yard run to put Michigan up 17-0 late in the first half.

Iowa 19, Michigan St. 16 (2 OT): East Lansing, Mich., Kirk Ferentz would have been celebrating this win even if there wasn’t a milestone at stake.

Ferentz won his 100th game as Iowa’s coach Saturday when the Hawkeyes outlasted the Spartans in double overtime. Mark Weisman ran for 116 yards and scored a tying touchdown in the final minute of regulation, and Mike Meyer kicked four field goals for Iowa.

Wisconsin 38, Purdue 14: At West Lafayette, Ind., Montee Ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns to help the Badgers beat the Boilermakers.

James White added 124 yards rushing for the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who outgained Purdue 645 yards to 252. The Badgers pounded out 467 yards rushing in the rain.

No. 8 Ohio State 52, Indiana 49: At Bloomington, Ind., Braxton Miller scored on a 67-yard touchdown run, threw TD passes of 60 and 46 yards and produced his third straight 100-yard rushing game to help the Buckeyes escape.

The victory makes the Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) the first ranked team with seven wins.

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