What happened and what mattered in the Week 6 of the Big Ten college football season?
5. The “other” games
Yeah, Dwayne Haskins threw for 455 yards and six touchdowns in the 49-26 win over Indiana, but it was way too much of a fight until the fourth quarter. It’s hard to argue with 609 yards of total offense and a 23-point Big Ten win, but with nine penalties, three turnovers, and a rocky day from the secondary, it wasn’t an air-tight game.
Parris Campbell caught nine passes for 142 yards and two scores, and Haskins was able to spread the ball around well and bomb away, but the secondary couldn’t hold down Peyton Ramsey and the IU passing attack that rolled for 322 yards. Nick Westbrook and J-Shun Harris each went over the 100-yard receiving mark.
Banged up over the last few weeks, AJ Bush stepped in and helped the Illinois O go in a surprising 38-17 win over Rutgers. Bush only threw for 89 yards and a touchdown, but he didn’t throw a pick and he ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Reggie Corbin added 137 yards and a score for a ground game that finished with 330 yards and four scores.
Rutgers was able to keep Illinois out of the backfield, but it didn’t matter much for the offense that finished with just 119 yards and a score on the ground. Artur Sitkowski threw for 267 yards and a touchdown, but he threw three picks. Throw in the ten penalties and the inability to come up with a key third down stop, and the bad season just kept on getting worse.