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  • Associated Press Michigan running back Karan Higdon is tackled by Michigan State defensive end Jacub Panasiuk during the first half Saturday.

Sunday, October 08, 2017 1:00 am

Big Ten

Spartans top Wolverines once again

Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Brian Lewerke ran for a touchdown and threw for a score in the first half and Michigan State held on to beat No. 7 Michigan 14-10 on Saturday night.

The Wolverines had the ball with a chance to drive for a go-ahead TD, but a heave from the Spartans 37 as time expired hit the turf near the goal line.

Michigan State (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) has beaten Michigan eight times in a 10-year stretch for the first time in a series that dates to 1898.

Michigan (4-1, 1-1) could not overcome many mistakes, including five turnovers and several costly penalties. John O'Korn, replacing injured starter Wilton Speight, threw three interceptions in the second half.

The Wolverines opened with a 16-play, 64-yard drive that took nearly 7 minutes off the clock, but they had to settle for a field goal and a 3-0 lead.

Lewerke scored a go-ahead TD on a 14-yard run late in the first quarter. He threw a 16-yard pass to Madre London to put the Spartans up 14-3 midway through the second quarter.

Michigan scored its touchdown midway through the third quarter on Khalid Hill's 1-yard run to cut it to 14-10.

No. 4 PENN STATE 31, NORTHWESTERN 7: In Evanston, Illinois, Trace McSorley threw for 245 yards and a touchdown, and Saquon Barkley ran for two scores in the second half to lead the Nittany Lions (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten).

McSorley completed 25 of 34 passes. He threw a 10-yard touchdown to backup quarterback Tommy Stevens in the second quarter and added a 5-yard TD run in the fourth.

Barkley scored on a 1-yard leap and 53-yard dash in the third quarter to make it 24-0. The Heisman Trophy candidate finished with 75 yards rushing after being held to minus-1 in the first half.

No. 10 OHIO STATE 62, MARYLAND 14: In Columbus, Ohio, J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the first half, and the Buckeyes had their most dominant defensive effort in nearly 60 years.

Ohio State held Maryland (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) to 66 total yards – their fewest yards allowed since yielding 60 against Indiana in 1960.

Barrett was 20 for 31 for 261 yards before taking a seat near end of the third quarter. Barrett threw scoring passes to Binjimen Victor, Bishop Luers graduate Austin Mack and Terry McLaurin.

Ohio State (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) overwhelmed quarterback Max Bortenschlager, holding the Terrapins to 16 passing yards and only six first downs. Bortenschlager, who was promoted to a starting role after injuries to the Terrapin's top two QBs, was only 3-of-12 passing.

IOWA 45, ILLINOIS 16: In Iowa City, Iowa, Nate Stanley threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns as the Hawkeyes snapped a two-game losing streak.

Safety Brandon Snyder added an 89-yard interception return for a score in his first game back from a knee injury for Iowa (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten), which outscored Illinois (2-3, 0-2) 28-3 in the second half.