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Big Ten Football: Week 2 Late Games

Tim Cary

If your heart rate is just now returning to normal speed from one of the classic finishes in Saturday's late games, allow us to catch you up on all the other final scores you might have missed...

Michigan 38, Notre Dame 34

Tate Forcier had his coming-out party, as the Wolverines' quarterback threw for 240 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winning score to Greg Mathews with only seconds remaining.  Brandon Minor added 106 rushing yards and a TD.

Minnesota 20, Air Force 13

Although the Gophers trailed 10-3 heading into the final quarter, Tim Brewster's bunch rallied late to post a win over Air Force in the long-anticipated debut of TCF Bank Stadium.  Eric Decker (who else?) led the way with ten catches for 113 yards.

Illinois 45, Illinois State 17

No Juice Williams?  No problem.  The Illinois senior quarterback suffered an injury on his first carry of the night, and backup Eddie McGee calmly proceeded to fill in with a 13-17 performance through the air, while adding 55 rushing yards.  McGee finished with three touchdowns (one passing, two on the ground), and the Illini jumped out early to a 24-0 lead on their way to their first win of 2009.

USC 18, Ohio State 15

In what may forever be known as Matt Barkley's "coming-of-age" drive, USC's freshman quarterback led the Trojans down the field late in the fourth quarter for the game-winning touchdown and 2-point conversion (in his first road game, no less), stunning a record crowd of almost 107,000 in Ohio Stadium.  Terrelle Pryor's completion percentage (44% on 11-25 passing) leaves much to be desired...and leaves OSU fans wondering what might have been.

Oregon 38, Purdue 36

It was a wild one in Eugene, but the home team finally prevailed when a Purdue two-point conversion attempt for the tie with 1:01 to go was unsuccessful.  The Boilermakers controlled play for most of the night, but Oregon used two defensive touchdowns, a fumble return and an interception return, to keep the visitors at bay.  Ralph Bolden had 123 rushing yards and two scores in a losing cause for the Boilers, who were victimized by a blocked extra point that could have tied the game at 31 early in the fourth quarter (eventually leading to the failed two-point attempt late).  If you didn't stay up for the ending, you missed a great finish, as Purdue used a fourth-down wide receiver pass for their final touchdown and nearly recovered the all-important onside kick, but the Pac-10 survived its second nailbiter against the Big Ten in a matter of hours.



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