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Big Ten Roundup : Thompson Runs Into the Record Book as Indiana Wins, 33-13

From Times Wire Services

Anthony Thompson rushed for 139 yards and 3 touchdowns Saturday and became Indiana’s career scoring leader as the 18th-ranked Hoosiers beat Minnesota, 33-13, in the Big Ten Conference game at Bloomington, Ind.

Thompson, a junior with 204 points, supplanted teammate Pete Stoyanovich, whose 3 extra points gave him 199 points.

The Hoosiers (5-0-1 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten) built a 19-7 halftime lead and never looked back.

Indiana quarterback Dave Schnell, who completed 15 of 21 passes for 247 yards, also ran 6 and 4 yards for touchdowns in the second quarter. Tony Buford caught 6 passes for 152 yards.

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The first touchdown for Minnesota (2-3-1 and 0-2-1) came on a second-quarter run of 1 yard by Darrell Thompson, who became the Gophers’ career rushing leader. Thompson, limited to 44 yards in 15 carries, has 3,096 yards in his career, 9 more than Marion Barber’s record set in 1980.

Purdue 31, Ohio State 26--Brian Fox threw 2 for touchdowns and ran for another as the Buckeyes blew a 13-point halftime lead and dropped to 0-3 in the Big Ten with the loss at Columbus, Ohio.

Purdue is 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten. Ohio State dropped to 2-4 overall.

Ohio State’s record is its worst since a 2-4 start in 1966. The Buckeyes had not lost 3 Big Ten games to open the season since 1943.

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Fox completed 19 of 27 passes for 223 yards and 3 touchdowns, with no interceptions.

The game was played before the largest crowd ever at Ohio Stadium, 90,970, and came on the day the Buckeyes honored the 20th anniversary of its last national championship.

Illinois 34, Wisconsin 6--Keith Jones ran for 3 touchdowns and Jeff George passed for 306 yards as the Illini scored 27 second-half points at Madison, Wis., to win their fourth straight.

The Fighting Illini (4-2 and tied for the Big Ten lead at 3-0) struck for 17 points in the final 5 minutes of the third quarter to break open a close game.

The big play in the outburst was a 50-yard touchdown pass from George to Shawn Wax that gave the Illini a 17-6 lead.

The loss was Wisconsin’s sixth straight and third in a row in the Big Ten. The Badgers are off to their worst start since 1968, when they finished 0-10.

Michigan State 36, Northwestern 3--Andre Rison caught 2 touchdown passes from Bobby McAllister and broke Kirk Gibson’s school reception yardage record at East Lansing, Mich., as the defending Rose Bowl champions, who scored 36 points in their first 5 games, won their first game of the season.

The Spartans are 1-4-1 and 1-1-1. Northwestern dropped to 0-5-1 and 0-2-1.

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