We recap all the games from across the Big Ten
Week six had all 14 Big Ten teams in action, featuring an improbable win and a division-altering upset. Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of everything that happened this weekend.
Illinois (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten)/Purdue (3-3, 2-1 Big Ten):
The Boilermakers dropped 46 unanswered points on Illinois in their 46-7 win. Led by 377 passing yards from quarterback David Blough and D.J. Knox’s 150 yards on the ground, Purdue outgained the Illini 611-250. Illinois quarterback A.J. Bush threw for 170 yards and added 24 rushing yards on 20 carries. Lovie Smith’s team averaged 2.2 yards per rush compared to 5.2 for Purdue.
Indiana (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten)/Iowa (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten):
Iowa signal caller Nathan Stanley followed up his four-touchdown performance last week with six passing touchdowns in the Hawkeyes’ 42-16 demolition of Indiana. Tight ends Noah Fant and T.J Hockenson both finished with over 100 yards receiving for the Hawkeyes. Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey completed 74 percent of his passes but threw two interceptions. Iowa was 8-for-12 on third down while the Hoosiers were 5-for-12.
Maryland (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten)/Rutgers (1-6, 0-4 Big Ten):
The Terrapins scored the game’s first 34 points and cruised to a 34-7 victory over Rutgers. Three of Kasim Hill’s eight completions were touchdowns and running back Ty Johnson added 132 rushing yards for Maryland. Rutgers quarterback Artur Sitkowski went two-for-16 for eight yards and threw four interceptions before being pulled late in the third quarter. Those eight passing yards were all the Scarlet Knights could manage through the air the entire game.
Minnesota (3-3, 0-3 Big Ten)/Ohio State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten):
Up 17-14 at halftime, the Buckeyes shut out the Gophers in the second half, winning 30-14. Ohia State quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw for 412 yards and finished 33-of-44 for a second straight game. His favorite target was K.J. Hill, who had 187 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 157 yards on 23 carries and found the end zone twice. The two teams only punted the ball four times between them.
Michigan State (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten)/Penn State (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten):
Brian Lewerke’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Felton Davis III with 19 seconds remaining gave the Spartans a 21-17 victory, their second straight against Penn State. Lewerke finished 24-for-52 with 259 yards and two touchdowns. Penn State running back Miles Sanders gashed the Spartans’ top-ranked rush defense for 162 yards on 17 carries. Michigan State fumbled the ball four times but recovered all of them.
Nebraska (0-6, 0-4 Big Ten)/Northwestern (3-3, 3-1 Big Ten):
The Wildcats scored 10 points in the final 2:27 of regulation to force overtime, where they won 34-31. Quarterback Clayton Thorson threw the ball 64 times, completing 41 of his attempts for 455 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Wideout Flynn Nagel caught 12 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Nebraska tailback Devine Ozigbo finished with 159 yards on the ground. In its last two games, both victories, Northwestern has a total of 40 rushing yards.