Clayton Thorson accounted for three touchdowns, Isaiah Browser rushed for 166 yards on 18 carries and No. 20 Northwestern beat Illinois 24-16 on Saturday for its seventh straight Big Ten win.

Northwestern wide receiver Bennett Skowronek, right, celebrates with wide receiver Riley Lees after catching a touchdown pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Northwestern wide receiver Bennett Skowronek, right, celebrates with wide receiver Riley Lees after catching a touchdown pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Thorson completed 12 of 18 passes for 110 yards and two TDs. He also ran for a score, and Bowser posted his fourth 100-yard game of the season.

Illinois kicker Chase McLaughlin (43) is congratulated by teammates after kicking a field goal against Northwestern during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Illinois kicker Chase McLaughlin (43) is congratulated by teammates after kicking a field goal against Northwestern during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Illinois wide receiver Carlos Sandy (11) runs with the ball against Northwestern during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Illinois wide receiver Carlos Sandy (11) runs with the ball against Northwestern during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Wildcats (8-4, 8-1, No. 19 in CFP) will face No. 10 Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game next weekend in Indianapolis.

Illinois quarterback AJ Bush Jr., right, is tackled by Northwestern linebacker Chris Bergin during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Illinois quarterback AJ Bush Jr., right, is tackled by Northwestern linebacker Chris Bergin during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Illinois (4-8, 2-7) lost for the sixth time in seven games. AJ Bush Jr. completed 23 of 39 passes for 281 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and Ricky Smalling finished with seven receptions for 72 yards and a TD.

Source: The Associated Press

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