COLUMBUS, Ohio – J.K. Dobbins rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns, Chase Young was nearly unblockable with four sacks, and No. 3 Ohio State routed No. 13 Wisconsin 38-7 on Saturday.
Dobbins slashed Wisconsin's top-ranked defense for long gains in the second half, including scoring runs of 9 and 14 yards in a game played from beginning to end in the driving rain. He outperformed Badgers Heisman Trophy candidate Jonathan Taylor, who could muster only 52 yards rushing against the Buckeyes (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) after averaging almost 137 per game coming in.
Young looked like the Heisman contender on this day, tying a school record for sacks in a game, including two strip sacks that led to fumbles recovered each time by linebacker Pete Werner.
Justin Fields was sacked five times but was 12 of 22 passing for 167 yards and two scores, and ran for a touchdown.
Wisconsin fell to 6-2, 3-2 in the Big Ten.
No. 20 IOWA 20, NORTHWESTERN 0: In Evanston, Illinois, Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley had 179 yards passing with a touchdown and the defense gave up just 202 yards of offense.
Mekhi Sargent had a rushing TD for Iowa (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten).
Quarterback Aidan Smith, a Carroll grad, completed 18 of 32 passes for 138 yards with an interception for Northwestern (1-6, 0-5), which dropped its fifth straight.
RUTGERS 44, LIBERTY 34: In Piscataway, New Jersey, Rutgers quarterback Johnny Langan had a career day, completing 15 of 21 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns, and adding 21 rushes for 118 yards and a touchdown to lead the Scarlet Knights.
Isaih Pacheco ran for 107 yards and a score for the Scarlet Knights (2-6). It was the fourth time in his career he topped 100 yards.
No. 17 MINNESOTA 52, MARYLAND 10: In Minneapolis, Rodney Smith ran for 103 yards to become Minnesota's career leader in scrimmage yards, Seth Green had two touchdown run in the rout.
Tanner Morgan was 12-of-21 passing for 138 yards and two touchdowns to help the Gophers (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) reach 8-0 for the first time since 1941. Minnesota has the nation's fourth-longest winning streak at 10, trailing Clemson, Ohio State and Appalachian State.
No. 6 PENN STATE 28, MICHIGAN STATE 7: In East Lansing, Michigan, Sean Clifford threw four touchdown passes – three to Pat Freiermuth – and Penn State had little trouble shutting down Michigan State's anemic offense.
The Nittany Lions (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) avenged close losses to Michigan State from each of the past two seasons. The Spartans (4-4, 2-3) wrapped up a dreadful stretch in which they lost to Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State by a combined score of 100-17.