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Penn St. easily defeats Illinois

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 03:02 PM
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -

Matt McGloin threw for 211 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores to lead Penn State to a 35-7 win against Illinois on Saturday in the schools' Big Ten opener.

Sophomore running back Zach Zwinak added 100 yards and two touchdowns for Penn State (3-2) and the Nittany Lions forced three turnovers and held the Illini (2-3) scoreless for the first 34 minutes.

After starting the season amid turmoil with two losses, Penn State has won three straight.

Linebacker Mike Mauti, one of the most vocal critics last summer of Illinois for its efforts to recruit Penn State players after the child-sex scandal and NCAA sanctions, intercepted Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase twice.

IOWA 31, MINNESOTA 13

Mark Weisman ran for 177 yards, 155 in the first half, to lead Iowa (3-2) past Minnesota (4-1) and give the Hawkeyes possession of the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy.

Christian Kirksey's 68-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the win for Iowa, which bounced back from last week's disappointing 32-31 loss to Central Michigan to win the Big Ten opener for both schools.

NORTHWESTERN 44,

INDIANA 29

Kain Colter ran for 161 yards and four touchdowns, and Northwestern (5-0) set a school record with 704 yards of total offense in a victory against Indiana (2-2) in both teams' Big Ten Conference opener.

Colter also finished with 131 yards receiving. Trevor Siemian threw for 308 yards, and Venric Mark ran for 138 and a touchdown on a day when the Wildcats had to hang on after they appeared to be on their way to an easy win.

Indiana got within 37-29 when D'Angelo Roberts scored on a 2-yard run and Kofi Hughes ran it in on a reverse for the two-point conversion.

PURDUE 51, MARSHALL 41

Purdue's Caleb TerBush threw four touchdown passes the Boilermakers (3-1) ran two interceptions back for scores as they held off Marshall (2-3)

TerBush finished 27 of 37 for 294 yards on a day both offenses had big numbers.

After forging a 14-14 tie early in the second quarter, Purdue's defense flipped the game by turning three quick interceptions into touchdowns. Cornerbacks Ricardo Allen and Josh Johnson each scored on their interceptions, marking the first time in Purdue history that two interceptions were returned for TDs in the same game. When the flurry ended, Purdue led 42-14.

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