Peyton Ramsey is starting to handle this "come to the rescue'' role pretty well.
The Indiana junior quarterback was awesome again on Saturday, throwing for 351 yards, starting the game when Michael Penix Jr. wasn't good to go after getting hurt last week.
Ramsey completed 27 of 40 passes and had two touchdown passes and a rushing score in Indiana's 38-31 victory over the Cornhuskers. With the win, their third straight in the Big Ten, the Hoosiers are now 6-2 and bowl eligible before Halloween for only the fifth time in program history.
It was the first time Indiana had played in Lincoln since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2010. Indiana hadn't been here since the late 1970s and hadn't won here since 1959.
That all changed Saturday.
"It's a tremendous testament to his character as a person. It's a tribute to the way he was raised by his father and his mother,'' Indiana coach Tom Allen said of Ramsey. "He cares so much about the players in the locker room and he's always ready to play.''
Indiana's offense rolled up 461 yards and scored on six of its 11 possessions. Ramsey did a great job of finding slot receiver Whop Philyor. The junior from Tampa had 14 catches for 178 yards. It's his third double-digit receiving game in the past four games.
Indiana's defense struggled all day with Nebraska's fast-paced offense. They gave up 313 yards in the first half alone, giving up long drives and taking stupid penalties at bad times.
Considering they were playing against the Cornhuskers' second-string and third-string quarterbacks, it was certainly a disappointing performance by Kane Wommack's defensive unit.
But much like last week at Maryland, they came up with big plays down the stretch to seal the victory.
"It's awesome. There isn't a single guy in that locker room that I could ever give up on,'' Ramsey said about being so well prepared to play, even as a backup. "We have a lot bigger goals than just getting to a bowl game. We want to be playing our best ball at the end of the season.''