Catching on: Big Ten receivers putting up some big numbers

Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba cut toward the middle, turned and caught a short pass from C.J. Stroud and turned the short route into a highlight-reel play. Smith-Njigba juked past a Nebraska cornerback, burst up the left side and sped to the end zone for a 75-yard touchdown.

The longest play of the sophomore’s career highlighted a record performance that helped No. 6 Ohio State escape Nebraska with a 26-17 victory. Smith-Njigba came up huge with top receiver Garrett Wilson out, setting one school mark with 15 catches and finishing just shy of another with a personal-best 240 yards receiving.

He wasn’t the only Big Ten receiver with more than 200 yards. For a conference known for stodgy offenses and hard-hitting defenses, some pretty gaudy numbers are cropping up.

Jahan Dotson set a Penn State record with 242 yards in a win over Maryland. Purdue’s David Bell went off for 217 yard while setting a school record with 15 games of triple digit receiving yardage as the Boilermakers knocked off Michigan State.

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