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Big Ten: Buckeye rally extends Nittany Lions' misery

By Wire services
Published November 2, 2003

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Michael Jenkins caught a 5-yard touchdown with 1:35 left to lift Ohio State to a 21-20 victory over Penn State on Saturday, giving the Nittany Lions their first five-game losing streak in the Joe Paterno era.

Penn State had a chance to win, but David Kimball's 60-yard field goal try on the final play was short and wide right.

The Nittany Lions held off Ohio State for most of the game, with Buckeyes quarterback Craig Krenzel leaving late in the second quarter after a hard hit.

But Ohio State eked out another close victory on its final possession. Backup Scott McMullen's 20-yard pass to Santonio Holmes put Ohio State at the Penn State 15. The two hooked up on a 5-yard completion before McMullen turned to Jenkins.

Penn State's Alan Zemaitis looked as if he might get a hand on McMullen's pass to the corner of the end zone, but Jenkins went over the top for the ball for his second touchdown catch, both in the second half.

Lydell Ross had his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game, scoring once and gaining 110 yards on 24 carries.

The win keeps the Buckeyes in the Big Ten title chase.

For Penn State, the loss means the fourth losing season under Paterno and third in the past four years.

IOWA 41, ILLINOIS 10: Fred Russell and Nathan Chandler put up the numbers, Matt Roth and Robert Gallery made the big hits.

With all that, the Illini never had a chance.

Russell ran for two touchdowns while topping 1,000 yards for the season and Chandler threw for a season-high 243 yards and a TD, lifting the host Hawkeyes.

Bob Sanders added a touchdown on a fumble return, which followed a sack by Roth, and Nate Kaeding kicked two field goals for Iowa in putting coach Kirk Ferentz over .500 (29-28) for the first time.

"Illinois is having a very tough year right now. But they put a good plan together and made it tough for us," Ferentz said. "I thought they battled and played extremely hard all the way through. You wouldn't know their record from the effort they put out."

Illinois, which has been hit by a slew of injuries, lost for the eighth straight time. The one positive for the Illini: They scored twice in the fourth quarter to avoid being shut out by Iowa for the first time since 1985.

PURDUE 34, NORTHWESTERN 14: Four years ago John Standeford was a little-known recruit out of Monrovia, Ind.

Now he has more receiving yards than any player in Big Ten history.

Standeford had four catches for 88 yards to break the league record for career receiving yards for the host Boilermakers.

"I'm overwhelmed right now and can't really say too much," Standeford said. "I can't even begin to describe how I feel. There have been so many successful receivers in the Big Ten. I'm just glad I can be at the top right now."

Jerod Void ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns and Purdue took advantage of four Wildcats fumbles.

Standeford's performance and the opportunistic defense helped Purdue bounce back from a 31-3 loss last week at Michigan and stay in the hunt for the Big Ten title.

MINNESOTA 55, INDIANA 7: Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber III each gained more than 100 yards and scored a touchdown for the Golden Gophers.

Maroney led with 164 yards, Barber had 107 and fullback Thomas Tapeh added 65 yards and two touchdowns.

Minnesota totaled 435 rushing yards in sending the Hoosiers to their 11th straight league loss and 12th overall on the road.

Asad Abdul-Khaliq, the Big Ten leader in pass efficiency, threw for 66 yards and a touchdown.

[Last modified November 2, 2003, 07:26:04]

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