Sam Ficken hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime, and Wisconsin's Kyle French attempt from 45 yards went wide left to seal Penn State's 24-21 win Saturday in an emotional season finale in Happy Valley.
The Nittany Lions (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten) could have ended it for good a play earlier, but linebacker Glenn Carson dropped a potential interception.
Still, the Beaver Stadium faithful celebrated anyway after French's miss on senior day capped a challenging year that began with landmark sanctions from the NCAA for the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
Quarterback Curt Phillips found Jeff Duckworth for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left for Wisconsin (7-5, 4-4) to make it 21-all and send the game into overtime.
Badgers senior running back Montee Ball ran for 111 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, and set the NCAA record with his 97th career score.
NORTHWESTERN 50, ILLINOIS 14
Venric Mark rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown as Northwestern improved its chances for a berth in a New Year's Day bowl game by beating Illinois.
Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter threw for a career-high three touchdowns and the Wildcats (9-3, 5-3) reached nine victories for the first time since 2008.
Eight penalties and four turnovers hurt Illinois (2-10, 0-8), which has lost nine straight and 14 in a row in Big Ten play.
PURDUE 56, INDIANA 35
Akeem Shavers broke open a close game with three scores during a 41/2-minute span in the fourth quarter, giving Purdue a victory over archrival Indiana.
Robert Marve (Plant) threw for a career-high 348 yards and four touchdowns in his final home game — a win that made the Boilermakers (6-6, 3-5) bowl eligible for the second straight year, the first time that has happened since 2006-07.
Indiana (4-8, 2-6) has lost nine of the last 11 in this series.
MICHIGAN STATE 26, MINNESOTA 10
Le'Veon Bell rumbled for a career-high 266 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to put the game away, leading Michigan State to a victory over Minnesota to secure a spot in a bowl game.
Bell carried 35 times on a cold afternoon and Dan Conroy made four of his five field-goal attempts, three of them from 43 yards or longer, to help the Spartans (6-6, 3-5) wear down the Gophers (6-6, 2-6).