Boil­ers, Go­phers earn berths

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David Blough threw three touch­down passes and re­ceiver Ron­dale Moore scored twice and tied a school record with his sev­enth 100-yard game to lead Pur­due past ri­val In­di­ana 28-21 on Satur­day in Bloom­ing­ton, In­di­ana.

Pur­due (6-6, 5-4 Big Ten) upset three ranked op­po­nents for the first time in 15 years and be­came bowl-el­i­gi­ble in con­sec­u­tive sea­sons for the first time since 2011-12.

Blough was 27-for-35 with 310 yards and one in­ter­cep­tion, and his three scores gave him 25 on the sea­son, match­ing a ca­reer high. He also threw 25 in 2016. Blough is tied with Drew Brees (1999) for fifth in Boil­er­mak­ers his­tory for most touch­down passes in a sea­son.

Moore matched a sea­son high with 12 re­cep­tions for 141 yards and be­came the sec­ond player in school his­tory with 100 re­cep­tions in a sin­gle sea­son. He has 103, trail­ing only Chris Daniels (121), and he’s tied with Steve Grif­fin and John Stande­ford for most 100yard games in a sea­son.

Af­ter the game, at­ten­tion shifted to Pur­due coach Jeff Brohm, who is ru­mored to be Louisville’s first choice for its open job.

“I want Louisville to do what’s best for them,” said Brohm, a for­mer quar­ter­back for the Car­di­nals. “I’m a fan. But right now, I’m the coach at Pur­due, and this is where I want to be and I like it here.’’

In­di­ana’s Ste­vie Scott had 20 car­ries for 104 yards and one touch­down, giv­ing him a school-record six 100-yard games by a true fresh­man. Quar­ter­back Pey­ton Ram­sey was 36-for-51 with 345 yards for the Hoosiers (5-7, 2-7), who lost six of their fi­nal seven games.

Min­nesota 37, Wis­con­sin 15

Mo­hamed Ibrahim ran for 121 yards and a 10-yard touch­down, and Demetrius Dou­glas had a 69yard punt-re­turn touch­down to lead the Go­phers (6-6, 3-6), who won Paul Bun­yan’s Axe for the first time since 2003 and won in Madi­son, Wis­con­sin, for the first time since 1994.

Jonathan Tay­lor, the na­tion’s lead­ing rusher, had 120 yards on 19 car­ries for the Badgers (7-5, 5-4). Quar­ter­back Alex Horni­brook, start­ing for the first time since miss­ing two games while in the con­cus­sion pro­to­col, threw three in­ter­cep­tions and lost a fum­ble on a sack. Min­nesota scored 24 points off those turnovers.

Penn State 38, Mary­land 3

Quar­ter­back Trace McSor­ley (230 yards pass­ing, 64 yards rush­ing) and run­ning back Ricky Slade (64 yards) each ran for two touch­downs for the host No. 12 Nit­tany Lions (9-3, 6-3). Miles San­ders added 128 yards, and the de­fense had five sacks of Mary­land quar­ter­back Tyrrell Pi­grome and 15 tack­les for loss. The de­fense al­lowed 20 points in its last three games af­ter giv­ing up 42 to Michi­gan on Nov. 3.

Run­ning back An­thony McFarland, who ran for 298 yards on 21 car­ries last week against Ohio State, was held to 12 yards on six car­ries for Mary­land (5-7, 3-6).

Michi­gan State 14, Rut­gers 10

Re­ceiver Cody White scored on a 22-yard end-around with 3:57 left to lift the host Spar­tans (7-5, 5-4). The Scar­let Knights (1-11, 0-9) drove into MSU ter­ri­tory, but Josiah Scott in­ter­cepted a Gio­vanni Rescigno pass at the 3-yard line with 1:32 to play.


Pur­due re­ceiver Ron­dale Moore breaks free for one of his two touch­downs against In­di­ana on Satur­day.

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