Quick thoughts and takes on every Week 6 Big Ten game.
Wisconsin 48, Kent State 0
It’s easy to blow off a game like this since Wisconsin was supposed to win in a walk, but give credit to the coaching staff and team for being ultra-focused and as sharp as possible. There wasn’t any blip, there wasn’t any drama, and there wasn’t even a hint of any concern. Get in, win in an easy blowout, and move on.
520 yards of total offense, a shut out, three penalties – and two of them VERY questionable – and one meaningless turnover. Throw in the time of possession domination – holding the ball for well over 40 minutes – and this is about as perfect a performance as the Badgers could’ve had going into the Michigan State showdown. And most importantly …
Jack Coan got in some good work. He wasn’t touched, and there wasn’t any throw he had to make under any true pressure, but he hit 12-of-15 throws for 134 yards and two scores. He bounced back from the bad performance against Northwestern. It helped to have that Jonathan Taylor guy …
19 carries, 186 yards, four touchdowns, close to ten yards per carry, three catches, 29 yards, a touchdown. Taylor is pretty good, but he might not have been the player of the game. Zack Baun destroyed the Kent State offense with three sacks.
Penn State 35, Purdue 7
The Nittany Lions put this away right away, and then took it nice and easy the rest of the way. There was no letdown after the Maryland win – it was as if the team liked the way it played and wanted to keep up the intensity. Is started with another brilliant game from Sean Clifford, completing 20-of-29 passes for 264 yards and three scores and a pick, and he ran for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Purdue was down QB Elijah Sindelar and WR Rondale Moore, and Penn State showed no mercy taking advantage of the wounded animal. The pass rush was devastating from the start and finished with ten sacks. The Boilermakers ended up with -19 rushing yards and just 123 yards through the air. Jack Plummer was able to throw a touchdown pass, but he was never able to breathe.
It’s just a win over a mediocre Purdue team, but it was another statement by Penn State. It has a real test with Iowa coming up, but the Nittany Lions couldn’t be more tuned up or playing better than they are right now. For Purdue, the 1-4 start gets a whole lot easier with home dates against Maryland, Illinois and Nebraska coming up, but without their offensive stars, they’re flailing.