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    Illini defense delivers win over Gophers, 28-24

    Illinois turned to its much-criticized defense Saturday for a late touchdown and a defensive stand that delivered a 28-24 win over Minnesota. Illinois (4-4, 1-3 Big Ten) trailed 24-21 with 6:33 left in the game when linebacker T.J. Neal stripped the ball from running back David Cobb. Cornerback V’Angelo Bentley grabbed the ball at the Gopher 12 and ran it in for a touchdown.

    Oct 25, 2014 4:54 PM

    When Illini linebacker T.J. Neal ripped the ball out Minnesota running back David Cobb’s hands in the fourth quarter Saturday, cornerback V’Angelo Bentley knew his roommate had delivered something pretty rare for the Illini this season.A chance for the much-criticized defense to win a game.Bentley scooped up the ball and carried it into the end zone with 6:33 to play, giving Illinois a 28-24 lead they’d hold.

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    Wisconsin defense throttles Maryland in 52-7 rout

    Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon (25) scores a touchdown against Maryland defensive back Anthony Nixon, left, and Cole Farrand (47) during the first half Saturday in Madison, Wis.

    Oct 25, 2014 5:10 PM

    MADISON, Wis. — Six-foot-3 nose guard Warren Herring stood tall at the line of scrimmage. Linebacker Marcus Trotter could not stop smiling after the game. Whole again with their two senior starters back from injuries, Wisconsin’s defense put together a dominating performance on homecoming weekend at Camp Randall Stadium.

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    Abdullah leads No. 16 Nebraska over Rutgers 42-24

    Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) runs for a touchdown in the first half against Rutgers in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday.

    Oct 25, 2014 5:18 PM

    LINCOLN, Neb. — Ameer Abdullah says someday he’ll look back and revel in the kind of game he played against Rutgers. Not now, though, because he believes he has a lot more to accomplish this season.Abdullah nudged his way back into the Heisman Trophy conversation Saturday by running for 225 yards and three touchdowns and setting a school record with 341 all-purpose yards in the No. 16 Cornhuskers’ 42-24 victory.

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