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COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Northwestern closes with win over Illinois

2013-11-30T20:30:00Z 2013-12-01T02:48:09Z COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Northwestern closes with win over IllinoisThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 30, 2013 8:30 pm  • 

Northwestern backup quarterback Trevor Siemian threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns and Christian Jones caught 13 balls for 182 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats past Illinois 37-34 Saturday in the finale for both teams in Champaign, Ill.

Siemian started for the injured Kain Colter and was 31-44.

The win ended a seven-game losing streak for Northwestern (5-7, 1-8 Big Ten)

The Wildcats gashed an Illinois defense that has given up big yards and points all season. Northwestern's 560 total yards made it the fifth team to top 500 yards against Illinois (4-8, 1-8).

Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was 31-45 for 307 yards and two touchdowns in his last game at Illinois. His one interception was a game-changer.

Trailing 30-27 early in the fourth quarter, Tyler Scott picked off Scheelhaase at the Wildcat 47. Northwestern quickly scored the decisive touchdown on a 7-yard pass from Siemian to Jones.

Indiana 56, Purdue 36: Tre Roberson threw a career-high six touchdown passes, three to Shane Wynn, and the Hoosiers recaptured the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time in three years with a  win over Purdue in Bloomington.

The Hoosiers (5-7, 3-5) finished the season the same way they started — with a record-setting performance against an in-state foe. They produced their highest point total in the 116-game series and won by 20 or more points for only the seventh time in series history. Plus, the Hoosiers broke the school record for points in a season (463) and extended the school's single-season marks for total TDs (62) and TD passes (36).

Purdue (1-11, 0-8) has now lost 10 straight, the second longest skid in school history. It lost 11 straight from 1906-08.

No. 8 Stanford 27, No. 25 Notre Dame 20: Wayne Lyons intercepted two passes from Tommy Rees late in the fourth quarter, and Stanford held off Notre Dame in the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Cardinal (10-2) overcame two interceptions from Kevin Hogan and a penalty that wiped away another touchdown to win their 16th consecutive home game. Stanford will play for its second straight Pac-12 title and Rose Bowl berth next week when it faces No. 13 Arizona State in the conference championship game.

Rees nearly rallied the Fighting Irish (8-4) by throwing two touchdown passes later in the quarter. But interceptions on Notre Dame's final two drives dashed Notre Dame's come back.

Tennessee State 31, Butler 0: Michael German tossed two touchdown passes and Ryan Mitchell had two touchdown receptions as Tennessee State (10-3) routed Butler in the first round of the FCS playoffs.

Tennessee State advances to face conference foe and No. 2-seeded Eastern Illinois on Dec. 7, which beat the Tigers 34-16 earlier this season.

Butler gained just 257 total yards in its first FCS playoff game in program history. The Bulldogs were the first-ever team from the Pioneer Football League to make the playoffs.

No. 4 Auburn 34, No. 1 Alabama 28: Chris Davis raced 100-plus yards with a missed field-goal attempt for a touchdown on the final play to lift Auburn (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) to a victory over Alabama (11-1, 7-1). Auburn clinched a spot in the SEC championship game with the stunning victory over the two-time defending national champions.

No. 2 Florida State 37, Florida 7: Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes to Kelvin Benjamin, and Florida State moved a step closer to playing for the national championship with a victory against rival Florida (4-8). The Seminoles improved to 12-0 for the first time since 1999 and likely will earn a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game by beating Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game next Saturday.

No. 3 Ohio State 42, Michigan 41: Tyvis Powell intercepted Devin Gardner's pass as Michigan (7-5, 3-5) went for a go-ahead 2-point conversion with 32 seconds left and Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) held on for a victory in one the most thrilling games in the history of the storied Big Ten rivalry.

No. 11 Michigan State 14, Minnesota 3: Jeremy Langford ran for 134 yards and a touchdown, and Michigan State wrapped up an unbeaten regular season in Big Ten play with a victory over Minnesota (8-4, 4-4). The Spartans (11-1, 8-0) finished a perfect Big Ten regular season for only the third time. Michigan State will face Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game next weekend.

Penn St. 31, No. 14 Wisconsin 24: Christian Hackenberg threw for 339 yards and four touchdowns, and Penn State (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten) pounced on a slew of blunders before holding off a late rally to upset Wisconsin (9-3, 6-2).

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