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Big Ten: Badgers bring end to Michigan streak

By wire services
Published September 25, 2005

MADISON, Wis. - John Stocco scored on a 4-yard quarterback draw with 24 seconds left, giving Wisconsin a 23-20 win over No. 14 Michigan on Saturday night and snapping the Wolverines' 23-game winning streak in conference openers.

Wisconsin sealed the win when Michigan's Chad Henne was flushed from the pocket and slipped on the turf, the ball popping loose as time expired. The Badgers stormed the field with their first win over the Wolverines since 1994.

Michigan lost for the second time in its past 38 conference openers. Both were to Wisconsin, which beat the Wolverines in the 1981 opener.

Wisconsin also tied its modern record with its ninth straight home win, its longest such streak since the early 1960s.

Brian Calhoun rushed 35 times for 155 yards and gained another 59 on seven receptions, and when the Badgers didn't put the ball in his hands after reaching the Wolverines 4 with 38 seconds left, the crowd of 83,022, second biggest in Camp Randall Stadium history, booed the bewildering play calls.

On first down, Stocco's pass over the top was deflected at the line of scrimmage, then his floater into the right corner of the end zone was batted down. On third and goal, Stocco dropped back for what looked like another pass, then knifed through the goal line as the moans turned into cheers.

It looked as if the Badgers would come up short again - they had lost their past four to Michigan by an average of 41/2 points - when Henne threw a 49-yard touchdown to freshman Mario Manningham on a flea flicker that put the Wolverines ahead 20-16 with nine minutes left.

No. 8 Ohio St. 31, No. 21 Iowa 6

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Troy Smith threw two touchdowns to Anthony Gonzalez and ran for two scores to support a dominant defensive performance by the Buckeyes.

Iowa finished with 18 rushes for minus-9 yards as A.J. Hawk and Mike Kudla each had 11/2 sacks for 15 yards in losses. The Buckeyes constantly harassed quarterback Drew Tate, sacking him five times for minus-43 yards.

The Hawkeyes, averaging 428 yards, mustered 70 through three quarters and ended up with 137. They punted on their first seven possessions.

No. 17 Mich. St. 61, Illinois 14

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Drew Stanton set a school record with five touchdown passes and the Spartans set marks with 705 yards and seven touchdowns in the conference opener for both schools. Stanton tied the record by halftime, doing whatever he pleased during a 28-point second quarter that turned a 10-7 game into a rout. Illinois gave up 318 yards in the first half.

PENN ST. 34, N'WESTERN 29: Michael Robinson's 36-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Williams with 51 seconds left lifted the visiting Nittany Lions in a game in which the lead changed three times in the closing minutes. On fourth and 15 from his 15, Robinson completed a 20-yard pass over the middle to tight end Isaac Smolko with 1:33 left. On third and 6 from the Northwestern 36, Robinson was hit as he threw, but his pass found an open Williams on the left side at about the 10, and Williams faked out a defender and raced into the end zone.

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