In recent years, playing Michigan State has brought out the best in Michigan. Saturday, it was the Spartans' turn.
Lorenzo White rushed for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns, and John Miller grabbed a school-record 4 interceptions to lead Michigan State to a 17-11 Big Ten upset of the No. 12 Wolverines, its first victory over Michigan at East Lansing, Mich., since 1969.
"I don't think we've ever had a bigger win," Michigan State Coach George Perles said. "That's 20 years since we (beat Michigan) in this stadium. We didn't work this hard and fight this hard to take it easy now."
The combination of White and a stingy pass defense proved too much for the Wolverines.
White moved into second place among all-time Big Ten rushers with 3,912 yards, passing former Wolverine Butch Woolfolk, who had 3,861.
Demetrius Brown threw seven interceptions to establish a Michigan record for most interceptions in a game. Todd Krumm picked off two and Harlan Barnett one.
"I was disappointed," Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler said. "We took ourselves out of the game. Historically, we have not been a mistake team. They deserved to win."
With the victory, Michigan State improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play. Michigan dropped to 3-2 and 1-1.
Minnesota 45, Northwestern 33--At Evanston, Ill., the Golden Gophers' Rickey Foggie threw 3 touchdown passes and ran 71 yards for a fourth touchdown to offset Byron Sanders' 295-yard rushing performance for the Wildcats.
Foggie completed a 28-yard flea-flicker touchdown pass to Jason Bruce in the first quarter and a 33-yard touchdown pass to Chris Gaiters in a 17-point third quarter. He then connected with Bruce Early on an 80-yard touchdown play in the fourth quarter.
Foggie's 71-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes remaining clinched the victory.
Darrell Thompson scored two touchdowns for the Gophers, including a 60-yard romp midway in the fourth quarter. But Northwestern came back on two short touchdown runs by Sanders and a 25-yard touchdown pass from Mike Greenfield to Randy McClelland.
Foggie's bomb to Bruce came after Northwestern had pulled within 24-19 on touchdown runs of three and five yards by Sanders.
The victory was the Gophers' fifth straight, their best start since 1960 when they won their first seven games on the way to a national championship.
Minnesota is 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. Northwestern fell to 0-4-1 and 0-2.
The rushing performance by Sanders, who carried 46 times, is second on Northwestern's all-time list behind the 316 yards by Mike Adamle in 1969 against Wisconsin.
Iowa 31, Wisconsin 10--Quarterback Chuck Hartlieb threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third score to lead the Hawkeyes to victory at Madison, Wis.
Hartlieb, who completed 18 of 26 passes for 223 yards, helped the Hawkeyes to a 14-0 lead with a 51-yard pass play to Marv Cook and a 1-yard touchdown run. Iowa then went ahead, 21-0, late in the half on Richard Bass' 2-yard touchdown run.
In the third quarter, Hartlieb completed a nine-yard touchdown pass to Quinn Early to make it 28-10. The score came five minutes after Wisconsin had stunned the Hawkeyes on Marvin Artley's 66-yard touchdown run on the third play of the second half.
Artley's run was Wisconsin's biggest play of the chilly afternoon as Iowa bottled up the Badgers' veer offense and forced freshman quarterback Tony Lowery, making his first collegiate start, into two fumbles and two interceptions.
Iowa is 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is 2-3 and 0-2.
Purdue 9, Illinois 3--Jonathan Briggs kicked three field goals at West Lafayette, Ind., as the Boilermakers gave Fred Akers his first victory as a Big Ten coach.
James Medlock added a career-high 131 yards in 33 carries for the Boilermakers, who recovered 8 of 10 Illini fumbles, including one at the Purdue one-yard line in the third quarter. The eight lost fumbles tied a conference record. Illini quarterback Scott Mohr fumbled five times, losing four of them. The Illini previously lost eight fumbles to Wisconsin in 1948.
Briggs, already Purdue's career leader in field goals, made attempts of 44, 23 and 37 yards for the only points of the first half. They gave him 32 in 44 attempts--including a 9 of 12 mark this season and 7 straight. Briggs' streak was snapped when he missed a 67-yard try on the final play of the first half.
The victory gave Purdue a 1-3-1 mark and evened its conference record at 1-1. Illinois dropped to 1-4 and 0-2.