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Associated Press / November 21, 2010

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Dan Herron rushed for a 1-yard touchdown with 1:47 left and No. 8 Ohio State rallied to beat Iowa, 20-17, yesterday in Iowa City to keep its hopes for a Rose Bowl bid alive in a tight race atop the Big Ten.

Terrelle Pryor threw for 195 yards and a touchdown for the Buckeyes (10-1, 6-1), including a 14-yard run on fourth down to keep the winning drive alive.

“I was going to run the whole time,’’ Pryor said. “I found running room, had some good blocking. I just cut it up and went and got the first.’’

No. 21 Iowa (7-4, 4-3) went ahead, 17-10, early in the fourth quarter on freshman Marcus Coker’s 1-yard TD run. But Devin Barclay’s 48-yard field goal brought the Buckeyes within 17-13, and Pryor engineered a 76-yard drive despite DeVier Posey’s drop of a sure TD pass.

Ohio State is tied with Wisconsin and Michigan State atop the Big Ten heading into next weekend’s showdown with rival Michigan in the Horseshoe. Wisconsin plays at home against Northwestern and Michigan State visits Penn State.

If all three teams win next week, the tie would be broken by the BCS standings, which currently list Wisconsin at No. 7, Ohio State ninth, and Michigan State 12th.

Ricky Stanzi had 195 yards passing and a touchdown for the Hawkeyes, who’ve let up a winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of each of their defeats.

Wisconsin 48, Michigan 28 — Montee Ball and James White combined for 354 yards rushing and six TDs in a rout of the host Wolverines, moving the No. 6 Badgers one step closer to their first Big Ten title since 1999.

If Wisconsin (10-1, 6-1) beats Northwestern next week at home, they’ll will win at least a share of the title, although the Badgers would lose a two-way tie with Michigan State.

The Badgers, who beat Michigan, Ohio State, and Iowa in the same season for the first time, prevailed at the Big House for the first time since 1994 by racing out to a 24-0 halftime lead.

The Wolverines (7-4, 3-4) are bowl eligible for the first time in Rich Rodriguez’s three seasons.

Michigan’s Denard Robinson broke Beau Morgan’s major-college record for yards rushing by quarterbacks and became the first player in NCAA history with 1,500 yards rushing and passing in one year. Morgan had 1,494 yards rushing for Air Force in 1996. Robinson passed for 239 yards and two TDs and ran for 121 yards and two scores.

Michigan St. 35, Purdue 31 — Kirk Cousins lunged into the end zone from 3 yards out with 4:32 remaining, and the No. 11 Spartans (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) kept their Rose Bowl hopes alive with a dramatic win over the visiting Boilermakers (4-7, 2-5).

Michigan State trailed, 28-13, after three quarters and, 31-20, midway through the fourth, but Cousins threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Mark Dell with 6:54 left, and a 2-point conversion made it 31-28. Denicos Allen then blocked a punt, giving Michigan State the ball inside the 5 and setting up Cousins’s score.

LSU 43, Mississippi 36 — In Baton Rouge, Jordan Jefferson passed for a career-high 254 yards, threw for one touchdown, and ran for another, and the fifth-ranked Tigers beat Ole Miss and old nemesis Houston Nutt for the first time in three meetings.

LSU (10-1, 6-1 SEC) trailed, 36-35, with 4:57 left when Patrick Peterson returned a kickoff 34 yards to midfield, setting up a winning drive that ended with Stevan Ridley’s third rushing TD.

The game was the latest example of Nutt’s knack for getting a team ready to play LSU. In 2007, his Arkansas squad nearly ruined then-No. 1 LSU’s national title run with a 50-48 upset in triple overtime. In his first season at Ole Miss, the Rebels dominated the Tigers in Baton Rouge, 31-13, then last season pulled out a 25-23 upset in Oxford.

Stanford 48, California 14 — Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and led the visiting No. 7 Cardinal (10-1, 7-1 Pac-10) to scores on all eight possessions he played as Stanford piled up its most lopsided win in the Big Game in 80 years.

Texas A&M 9, Nebraska 6 — Cyrus Gray ran for a career high-tying 137 yards and Randy Bullock kicked the go-ahead field goal with three minutes left as the No. 18 Aggies (8-3, 5-2 Big 12) prevented the visiting No. 9 Cornhuskers (9-2, 5-2) from clinching the Big 12 North title.

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez left in the first quarter after injuring his right ankle but returned for the third quarter and played the rest of the game despite looking hobbled.

Oklahoma St. 48, Kansas 14 — Brandon Weeden passed for 389 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 12 Cowboys (10-1, 6-1) to a share of the Big 12 South title with a rout of the host Jayhawks and set up a showdown next Saturday against Oklahoma.

Oklahoma 53, Baylor 24 — DeMarco Murray turned a short pass into a long touchdown and ran for another score in the opening minutes to get the 16th-ranked Sooners (9-2, 5-2) off to a fast start in a rout of the Bears in Waco, Texas, that kept Oklahoma’s Big 12 title hopes alive.

Arkansas 38, Mississippi St. 31 — Ryan Mallett threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns, including the winner to Knile Davis in double overtime, and the No. 13 Razorbacks (9-2, 5-2 SEC) got past the No. 22 Bulldogs (7-4, 3-4) in Starkville, Miss.

Missouri 14, Iowa St. 0 — Blaine Gabbert threw a touchdown pass and the No. 15 Tigers (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) turned a fake punt into another score in a shutout of the host Cyclones (5-7, 3-5).

South Carolina 69, Troy 24 — Marcus Lattimore had three touchdowns and 102 yards rushing by halftime and the No. 17 Gamecocks (8-3) scored their most points under coach Steve Spurrier, rolling past the visiting Trojans (5-5).

Nevada 52, New Mexico St. 6 — Vai Taua ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns and scored a third on a 79-yard pass play to lead the No. 19 Wolf Pack (10-1, 4-1 WAC) to their first 10-win season since 1991.

Oregon St. 36, Southern Cal 7 — Ryan Katz threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns while Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 128 yards and a score, and the host Beavers (5-5, 4-3 Pac-10) crushed the No. 20 Trojans (7-4, 4-4), who lost quarterback Matt Barkley to a sprained left ankle.