>> Ohio State Upsets Illini
Daniel Herron, who hadn't played since the Sugar Bowl in January because of NCAA suspensions, ran for 114 yards and a touchdown in his return Saturday to lead Ohio State past No. 16 Illinois, 17-7.
With true freshman Braxton Miller at quarterback, the struggling offense of Ohio State (4-3, 2-1 Big Ten) counted on Herron against Illinois (6-1, 2-1). The Buckeyes didn't complete a pass until Miller hit Jake Stoneburner for a fourth-quarter touchdown and a 17-0 lead.
The Buckeyes' defense forced three turnovers and turned 2 of them into their only touchdowns. Herron's 12-yard touchdown run followed an interception by Bradley Roby and put Ohio State up 10-0 in the third quarter.
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was 20 of 34 for 169 yards, two interceptions and a late TD pass.
>> Illinois State Stops South Dakota State 28-3
Ashton Leggett ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as Illinois State beat South Dakota 28-3.
Matt Brown threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score for the Redbirds (4-3). Brown threw for 133 yards, while Illinois State finished with 228 yards rushing.
South Dakota's Dante Warren was sacked six times and completed five passes in 16 attempts for only 25 yards. No South Dakota receiver had more than one catch and none had double figures in receiving yards.
The Coyotes (4-3) managed 108 yards in total offense, most of which came in a 16-play, 91-yard drive that ended in Kevin Robb's 20-yard field goal just before halftime to make the score 7-3.
Brown threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Walker in the third quarter, then Leggett scored from 13 yards for a 21-3 Illinois State lead. Leggett scored a 12-yard TD with 1:29 to play.
Other In State Saturday Action...
Murray State 36, Eastern Illinois 27
Indiana State 46, Western Illinois 24
Northern Illinois 51, Western Michigan 22
Youngstown State 35, Southern Illinois 23