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Conference Corner: Thin to win

Much of the Big Ten was on a bye this past weekend

Connecticut v Indiana Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

Only seven Big Ten teams were in action this past weekend, in addition to the two teams involved in that one game that I’m still not ready to talk about. But what they lacked in numbers, the Big Ten made up for in... something. Frankly, it was a pretty pedestrian weekend for the conference.

Connecticut vs Indiana. Coming off of getting destroyed by Ohio State last week, Indiana bounced back against a hapless Connecticut Huskies team. Indiana QB Peyton Ramsey complete 23 of 27 passing attempts for 247 yards, 3 TDs, and 1 INT. Stevie Scott added 97 yards and 1 TD on the ground for the Hoosiers. On the defensive side of the ball, Indiana held Connecticut to just 145 yards of total offense. In the end, the Hoosiers came away with a 38-3 win.

Michigan State vs Northwestern. I thought this might be a trap game for Michigan State, going on the road to Northwestern after losing at home to Arizona State. Well, I was wrong. Michigan State jumped out to the early lead instead of Northwestern, and the Spartans were off to the races. The offense didn’t look great, but it ended up being good enough. Michigan State got the win by the score of 31-10.

Boston College vs Rutgers. Another week, another bummer of a result for Rutgers. Coming in at 1-1 on the year, Rutgers could have really used a win against Boston College before the bulk of their Big Ten slate started. Instead, the Scarlet Knights struggled to get much going on offense. Artur Sitkowski threw for 304 yards, but only 1 TD. Rutgers also ran for less than 100 yards on the ground. On the other side, Boston College dominated the game with a relentless rushing attack. All four of BC’s TDs came on the ground, and Boston College won 30-16.

Miami (OH) vs Ohio State. The Buckeyes held a slim 7-5 lead after the first quarter, but then they turned on the jets. Ohio State scored 42 unanswered points in the second quarter, and shut out the Miami Redhawks 69-0 over the rest of the game. Three Buckeye QBs threw TDs on the day, and Justin Fields accounted for 6 TDs on his own (4 TDs passing, 2 TDs rushing). Ohio State won, 76-5.

Nebraska vs Illinois. The Huskers and Fighting Illini combined for 80 points in this back and forth affair. Adrian Martinez threw for 327 yards and 3 TDs for Nebraska, while Brandon Peters had a down day throwing for just 78 yards and 1 TD for Illinois. On the ground Illinois rushed for over 200 yards, while Nebraska rushed for 374 yards. Nebraska was humbled by four turnovers, but still came away with a 42-38 win.