Around the Big Ten Conference: Week 6

BRR's Kyle Phillippi breaks down a crazy week in the Big Ten conference.

Purdue 45 vs. Minnesota 17

Illinois 41 vs. Indiana 20

Penn State 13 vs. Iowa 3

Michigan 42 vs. Northwestern 24

Nebraska 34 vs. Ohio State 27

Idle Teams: Michigan State, Wisconsin

Player of the Week: QB Taylor Martinez, Nebraska

Similar to a performance by Denard Robinson earlier in the season when he led Michigan to a comeback win over Notre despite his poor performance in the first half, Martinez overcame all the critics and rallied Nebraska to the school's largest come-from-behind win in history.

The sophomore QB compiled 191 yards through the air and 102 yards on the ground including three total touchdowns.


Upset of the Week: Northwestern's Collapse

Being up 24-14 at halftime and finding a way to lose the game isn't the reason Northwestern is this week's biggest disappointment. The way they managed to lose was the problem in this game.

Michigan outscored Northwestern 28-0 in the second half en route to a 42-24 win. The loss bumped the Wildcats down to 2-3(0-2) and leaves the Big Ten with another preseason favorite not living up to its hype.

There's Always Next Week: QB James Vandenberg

Against the Penn State defense, Vandenberg was sacked five times and threw two interceptions. In what became a disappointing 13-3 loss, Vandenberg wound up completing 17 of 34 pass attempts for just 169 yards. Entering this weekend, the junior quarterback had thrown just one pick and had over 200 yards in all four of his previous games.


Phillippi's Game Balls of The Week

WR A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
For the second straight week and fourth time this season, Jenkins amassed over 100 yards receiving in a single game. He tallied 182 yards and two scores on six receptions in Illinois' 41-20 win over Indiana.

QB Denard Robinson, Michigan
Robinson has emerged as a weekly recipient of the game ball segment because of his stellar performance with his arm and legs. The dual-threat quarterback compiled 466 total yards (337 passing). He recorded two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns in Michigan's come-from-behind victory over Northwestern.

LB Lavonte David, Nebraska
He accumulated a team-high 13 tackles and one tackle for loss in Nebraska's stunning comeback win over Ohio State. The future NFL Day One draft pick also forced a fumble that he wound up recovering in the third quarter.


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