IOWA CITY, Iowa – Illinois quarterback Eddie McGee scanned the field and spotted an open receiver in the end zone.
What he didn’t see was Iowa’s Brett Greenwood, who happily cradled McGee’s game-ending blunder.
Greenwood intercepted McGee’s pass at the goal line with 1:12 left as the Hawkeyes upset No. 18 Illinois 10-6 on Saturday, snapping the Illini’s five-game winning streak.
Jake Christensen threw for 182 yards and a touchdown, and Albert Young added 99 yards rushing for the Hawkeyes (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten).
Iowa broke an eight-game losing streak in conference play and knocked off a ranked opponent for the first time since 2005.
Trailing 10-6 with 2:28 left, McGee – in relief of Isiah “Juice” Williams – found freshman Arrelious Benn for completions of 28 and 24 yards that put Illinois on the Iowa 12.
But under pressure, McGee threw a pass that hit Greenwood in the numbers, sealing Iowa’s fifth straight win over Illinois.
“He tried to force it in there,” Illinois coach Ron Zook said of McGee, who came in after Williams had fumbled early in the fourth quarter. “He led him too far.”
The Hawkeyes held the Illini (5-2, 3-1) to 24 points below their season average, slowing down their dangerous option game and star running back Rashard Mendenhall, who had 67 yards on 15 carries.
PENN STATE 38, No. 19 WISCONSIN 7:Rodney Kinlaw ran for 115 yards and a touchdown, Anthony Morelli threw for 216 yards and another score and the host Nittany Lions capitalized on Wisconsin mistakes.
Penn State (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) moved the ball with ease in claiming its second straight conference win and scored on two of three Wisconsin first-half turnovers.
The Badgers (5-2, 2-2) lost their second straight after having won 14 in a row.
No. 3 OHIO STATE 48, KENT STATE 3: Brian Hartline returned a punt a school-record 90 yards, and Donald Washington brought back an interception 70 yards to lead the host Buckeyes.
It was the second meeting between the teams. The Buckeyes rolled 51-17 in 2002 on the way to a 14-0 record and their first national title since the 1968 season.
NORTHWESTERN 49, MINNESOTA 48, 2OT:Brandon Roberson ran 6 yards for a touchdown in the second overtime, and the host Wildcats stopped a two-point conversion attempt to seal the victory.
Northwestern (4-3, 2-2) trailed 35-14 in the second half and tied the game on C.J. Bacher’s 8-yard, fourth-down TD pass to Eric Peterman with 8 seconds left in regulation, forcing a second straight overtime for Northwestern, which beat Michigan State 48-41 last week.