The ball goes up for grabs and into the arms of Michigan State's Keith Nichol, right, after being tipped on a pass on the final play of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in East Lansing, Mich. Also seen are Wisconsin's Marcus Cromartie, 14, Aaron Henry, 7, and Jared Abbrederis, 4, and Michigan State's Dion Sims, 80, and B.J. Cunningham, left rear.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Keith Nichol caught a 44-yard Hail Mary on the game's final play for a tiebreaking touchdown, giving No. 15 Michigan State a stunning 37-31 win over No. 4 Wisconsin Saturday night.
With the game tied and 4 seconds left, Kirk Cousins rolled out to his right and threw one last pass. The ball went into the end zone but caromed off a Michigan State receiver back to Nichol, who caught it just outside the end zone and struggled for the goal line, fighting two Wisconsin defenders.
The former backup quarterback was initially ruled short of the end zone, but officials overturned the call after a review, giving the Spartans (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) the win and knocking the Badgers (6-1, 2-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Russell Wilson had led the Badgers from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to tie the game with 1:26 left on a two-yard touchdown pass to Montee Ball.
Purdue 21, No. 23 Illinois 14
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Caleb TerBush passed for 178 yards and two touchdowns to help Purdue upset Illinois.
Raheem Mostert ran for a touchdown and tackled the punter on a play that led to another score for the Boilermakers (4-3, 2-1). It was Purdue's first victory over a ranked team since beating No. 7 Ohio State in 2009.
Illinois (6-2, 2-2) lost its second straight. The Fighting Illini scored on a 16-yard run by Jason Ford with 8:12 remaining, and a two-yard run by quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase to cut Purdue's lead to 21-14 with 54 seconds to play.
Purdue's Justin Siller recovered the onside kick, and the Boilermakers ran out the clock.
No. 13 Nebraska 41, Minnesota 14
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rex Burkhead rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown, and Nebraska racked up 346 yards on the ground in a victory over Minnesota.
The Huskers (6-1, 2-1) took over TCF Bank Stadium in their first trip to the Twin Cities since 1989. More than two-thirds of the stadium was filled with red-clad Nebraska backers, and they had plenty to cheer about.
Taylor Martinez threw for 162 yards and a touchdown and Austin Cassidy returned a fumble for another score.
MarQueis Gray was 9-for-18 for 122 yards for the Golden Gophers (1-6, 0-3).
Iowa 45, Indiana 24
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Marvin McNutt caught three touchdown passes to become Iowa's career leader, and Marcus Coker ran for two more scores to lead the Hawkeyes past Indiana.
Iowa (5-2, 2-1) followed up on its 41-31 victory over Northwestern a week ago with another big offensive outing, triggered by McNutt's scoring catches of 80, 24, and 29 yards from James Vandenberg.
That gave the senior a school-record 24 touchdown receptions for his career. He had been tied for the lead with Tim Dwight and Danan Hughes at 21.
Penn State 34, Northwestern 24
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Joe Paterno tied Eddie Robinson's Division I record with his 408th win as Penn State beat Northwestern.
Silas Redd ran for 164 yards and a touchdown, Matt McGloin threw for 192 yards and two scores, and the Nittany Lions clamped down in the second half.
Paterno will try to move ahead of Robinson, the Grambling State legend, next week when the Nittany Lions (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) host Illinois.
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