COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 21 Penn State won for the first time since coach Joe Paterno was fired, with Stephfon Green running for two touchdowns and the Nittany Lions’ solid defense holding Ohio State scoreless in the second half of a 20-14 victory Saturday.
Penn State (9-2, 6-1) earned a share of the Big Ten’s Leaders Division title and set up a division title game next week at Wisconsin. The winner will play in the conference’s first championship game on Dec. 3.
Braxton Miller ran for a touchdown and threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Jake Stoneburner for Ohio State (6-5, 3-4), but he had an intentional grounding and three incompletions on the Buckeyes’ final possession.
NO. 18 SOUTHERN CAL 38, NO. 4 OREGON 35
In Eugene, Ore., Matt Barkley threw for 323 yards and four touchdowns and Southern Cal beat Oregon when Alejandro Maldonado missed a 37-yard field goal to tie the game with five seconds left.
Trailing 24-7 in the third quarter, Oregon mounted a furious comeback and narrowed it to 38-35 with 7:05 left in the fourth quarter. Barkley led his team to the Oregon 15, but Marc Tyler fumbled and the ball was recovered by the Ducks with 2:54 to go.
Oregon marched down the field but Maldondado’s kick, which was brought five yards closer because of a USC penalty, went wide left.
The loss snaps a 21-game winning streak for the Ducks (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) at Autzen Stadium, which was the longest in the nation. It also stopped Oregon’s winning streak in conference games at 19.
NO. 11 HOUSTON 37, SOUTHERN METHODIST 7
In Houston, Case Keenum set the Football Bowl Subdivision career record for completions, threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as Houston stayed unbeaten.
Keenum completed 30 of 45 passes for 318 yards, a modest day for the nation’s leader in total offense and pass efficiency. He set the completions mark on his seventh throw, breaking the previous mark (1,403) set by Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell (2005-08).
NO. 12 MICHIGAN STATE 55, INDIANA 3
In East Lansing, Mich., Kirk Cousins threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half and No. 12 Michigan State clinched a spot in the inaugural Big Ten championship game with a rout of Indiana.
The Spartans entered the game with a one-game lead in the Legends Division over both Nebraska and Michigan, who were playing at the same time in Ann Arbor. When the Wolverines won, it locked up the division for Michigan State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) because of its 28-14 win over Michigan on Oct. 15.
Cousins hit B.J. Cunningham for a 7-yard touchdown on Michigan State’s first possession of the second half, giving the Spartans a 41-3 lead. He left on the next possession.
NO. 15 WISCONSIN 28, ILLINOIS 17
In Champaign, Ill., Montee Ball rushed for 224 yards and scored three times, and Wisconsin forced four turnovers in a comeback victory against Illinois.
On a day when stiff winds limited Wisconsin’s passing attack, Ball was dominant. He had 164 yards on the ground as Wisconsin scored 21 unanswered points in the second half.
Donovonn Young rushed for two TDs for Illinois (6-5, 2-5 Big 10), which has lost five straight. He finished with 43 yards on eight carries. Illinois outgained Wisconsin 301-285, but the turnovers – a fumble and three interceptions – combined with special teams mistakes doomed the Illini.
The win means the Badgers will head to the Big Ten title game if theybeat Penn State next weekend.
NO. 16 KANSAS STATE 17, TEXAS 13
In Autin, Texas, Collin Klein ran for one touchdown and passed for another and No. 16 Kansas State overcame a suffocating Texas defense for a 17-13 win Saturday night.
Klein was sacked five times and Kansas State (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) managed just 121 total yards.
NO. 20 MICHIGAN 45, NO. 17 NEBRASKA 17
In Ann Arbor, Mich., Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help Michigan rout Nebraska.
The Wolverines (9-2, 5-2 Big Ten) moved into second place in the conference’s Legends Division and kept its chances of playing in a BCS bowl for the first time since the 2006 season.
The Cornhuskers (8-3, 4-3) lost any hope of playing in the Big Ten’s first title game.
Michigan State clinched its spot in the Dec. 3 game in Indianapolis with a win over Indiana and Michigan’s victory against Nebraska.
NO. 19 TEXAS CHRISTIAN 34, COLORADO 10
In Forth Worth, Texas, Antoine Hicks, Ed Wesley and Matthew Tucker ran for touchdowns and Tank Carder returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown, helping Texas Christian win at least a share of the Mountain West title.