EAST LANSING, Mich. – Mark Weisman ran for 116 yards and scored a tying touchdown in the final minute of regulation, and Iowa went on to beat Michigan State 19-16 in double overtime Saturday.
Mike Meyer kicked field goals in both overtimes, including a 42-yarder in the second that gave the Hawkeyes (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) their first lead of the game. Iowa then won it when Andrew Maxwell’s deflected pass was intercepted by Greg Castillo.
Le’Veon Bell ran for 140 yards and a touchdown for Michigan State, but the Spartans (4-3, 1-2) couldn’t hold on late. Iowa drove 68 yards in nine plays and tied it at 13 on Weisman’s 5-yard scoring run with 55 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
The Hawkeyes appeared to be in trouble late in the fourth when they faced second-and-26 from their own 16, but James Vandenberg found Keenan Davis single covered along the right sideline for a 35-yard gain.
Weisman’s 37-yard run on third-and-6 gave Iowa the ball at the Michigan State 8 and set up the tying TD.
The teams traded short field goals in the first overtime. Michigan State could have won it with a touchdown in the second, but Maxwell’s pass appeared to be tipped at the line of scrimmage, then deflected off the hands of wide receiver Keith Mumphery and was intercepted by Castillo.
It was the first interception for Maxwell since he threw three in the season opener against Boise State.
The Hawkeyes trailed 10-0 in the second quarter when Jordan Cotton had a kickoff return for a touchdown nullified by an illegal block.
No. 25 MICHIGAN 45, ILLINOIS 0: In Ann Arbor, Mich., Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores. The Wolverines (4-2, 2-0) got a scare when Robinson left the game with an undisclosed injury late in the first quarter. He missed just one-plus possessions.
Robinson, who wouldn’t elaborate on the injury after the game, ran for a 49-yard score – giving him 10,000-plus career yards of offense – on the Wolverines’ first drive of the second half and tossed an 8-yard TD pass to Devin Funchess on their next possession to make it 31-0.
The Illini (2-5, 0-3) lost their starting quarterback, Nathan Scheelhaase, because of an undisclosed injury in the second quarter.
Robinson was 7 of 11 for 159 yards with two TD passes. He ran 11 times for 128 yards, his 18th career 100-yard game on the ground, and scored on a juke-filled, 49-yard run along with a 6-yard run on a play designed to be a pass.
NORTHWESTERN 21, MINNESOTA 13: In Minneapolis, Venric Mark rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns to carry the Wildcats past the Golden Gophers.
Mark wasn’t touched on scoring runs of 26 and 48 yards and the Wildcats (6-1, 2-1) 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).
After the game, Minnesota coach Jerry Kill’s seizure problems returned, hospitalizing the coach shortly after he gave his postgame news conference. Kill met with the media and answered questions for about 10 minutes after the game, looking healthy and strong. But moments after returning to the locker room, school officials said he had another seizure.
Team medical staff attended to him immediately, and an ambulance arrived at TCF Bank Stadium quickly after the seizure. Kill was taken to a hospital, where he was alert and resting comfortably, according to a news release issued by the school about two hours after the game.