Nov 23, 2015

Week 12 Big Ten & SEC Recap: Michigan State Upsets Ohio State, LSU Loses Third Straight

#9 Michigan State 17, #3 Ohio State 14

The Spartans (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) upset the Buckeyes (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) in the Horseshoe on Saturday, snapping Ohio State’s 23-game win streak. Heisman Trophy candidate Ezekiel Elliot mustered just 33 yards on 12 carries, as the Buckeye’s offense sputtered to 132 total yards, a low in the Urban Meyer era. Without star QB Conner Cook, the Spartans turned to junior QB Tyler O’Conner, who threw for 89 yards and a touchdown. The Michigan State rushing attack stepped up with eight different ball carriers racking up more than 200 rushing yards against the defending national champions.

 

#22 Ole Miss 38, #15 LSU 17

The Rebels (8-3, 5-2 SEC) upended the Tigers (7-3, 4-3 SEC) Saturday, despite giving up more than 500 yards of total offense. Tiger QB Brandon Harris threw for 324 yards and one score while the nation’s leading rusher Leonard Fournette gained 108 yards on the ground. However, the Rebel defense managed to deny Fournette a trip to the end zone for the first time all season. Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 81 yards and two scores on the ground.

 

#20 Northwestern 13, #25 Wisconsin 7

The Badgers (8-3, 5-2 Big Ten) fell to the Wildcats (9-2, 5-2 Big Ten) in front of a home crowd of 75,000. Wisconsin WB Joel Stave passed for 229 yards, but couldn’t find the end zone. The Northwestern defense was strong, holding off the Badgers at the goal-line to hold onto the victory, as well as posting five turnovers and five sacks. Wildcats’ RB Justin Jackson rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown, bringing his season total to 1,172 yards.

 

Mississippi State 51, Arkansas 50

The Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3 SEC) topped the Razorbacks (6-5, 4-3 SEC), scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter alone. Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott threw for a career-high 501 yards and five touchdowns and ran for two more scores. Arkansas QB Brandon Allen was not far behind, throwing for 206 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns. Even in the loss, Allen became the Razorbacks all-time leader in touchdown passes with 63.

 

Other games from around the SEC and Big Ten:

#8 Florida (10-1, 7-1 SEC) defeated Florida Atlantic, 20-14 (OT).

#12 Michigan (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) defeated Penn State (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten), 28-16.

#2 Alabama (10-1, 6-1 SEC) defeated Charleston Southern, 56-6.

Georgia (8-3, 5-3 SEC) defeated Georgia Southern, 23-17.

Iowa (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) defeated Purdue (2-9, 1-6 Big Ten), 40-20.

Tennessee (7-4, 4-3 SEC) defeated Missouri (5-6, 1-6 SEC), 19-8.

Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 SEC) defeated Vanderbilt (4-7, 2-5 SEC), 25-0.

Minnesota (5-6, 2-5 Big Ten) defeated Illinois (5-6, 2-5 Big Ten), 32-23.

Auburn (6-5, 2-5 SEC) defeated Idaho, 56-34.

Kentucky (5-6, 2-6 SEC) defeated Charlotte, 58-10.

Indiana (5-6, 1-6 Big Ten) defeated Maryland (2-9, 0-7 Big Ten), 47-28.

The Citadel defeated South Carolina (3-8, 1-7 SEC), 23-22.

Rutgers (4-7, 1-6 Big Ten) defeated Army, 31-21.

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