Ohio State Wins Big 10 Championship
Beat Wisconsin 34-21 In Indy
The Ohio State Buckeyes won its third-consecutive Big Ten Championship coming from behind to defeat
the Wisconsin Badgers 34-21 on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.
The eighth-ranked Badgers (10-3) stunned the top-ranked Buckeyes (13-0) in the first half scoring the
games' first 14 points as they scored five plays into the game on a Jonathan Taylor 44-yard scoring run.
Wisconsin then put together a 14-play 80-yard drive three possessions later as Jack Coan ran in from
14-yards away to make it a two-possession game midway through the second.
Ohio State finally answered with time winding down in the half converting two third downs culminating in
a J.K. Dobbins 2-yard run, but the Badgers didn't play for the half as Taylor started the drive with a
45-yard run. Two plays later, Coan threw into double coverage down the right sideline, but WR Quintez Cephus came down with the 24-yard reception at the 1-yard line. Coan then scored on a quarterback keeper to complete the 32-second drive and push the lead back to 14 at 21-7 at the half.
The Buckeyes took the second-half kickoff and quickly got back on the board thanks to two chunk plays
as Justin Fields found Chris Olave for a 50-yard completion then found Jeremy Ruckert, who made an
acrobatic one-handed catch in the endzone for a 16-yard passing score cutting the Wisconsin lead to 21-
14 with 13:21 left in the third quarter.
Ohio State then forced a punt deep in Badger territory, but the snap was dropped giving the Buckeyes
the ball at the Wisconson 16 which they turned into a Blake Haubeil 27-yard field goal cutting the deficit
to 21-17. The Badgers took their possession into Ohio State territory thanks to two personal foul penalties, but an offensive holding penalty put them behind the sticks and forced a 48-yard field goal that was missed wide-left keeping the score at 21-17 with 5:36 left in the third.
The Buckeyes proceeded to move 69 yards in 7 plays, culminating in a Fields to K.J. Hill 16-yard
passing score giving Ohio State the 24-21 lead after three quarters. Hill surpassed David Boston on the
drive with his 192nd catch for most all-time at Ohio State.
After a Wisconsin 3 and out the Buckeyes added to its lead as Fields found Hill, once again, from 13
yards away pushing their lead to 10 at 31-21 early in the fourth. They then added a Haubeil 24-yard field goal to end the scoring as Ohio State outscored Wisconsin 27-0 in the second half to win the Big Ten Championship and make a strong case for the #1 spot in the College Football Playoff, but would get the #2 seed and will play #3 Clemson in the National Semifinals.
Fields finished the game 19-of-31 for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns while Hill caught 7 passes for 83
yards and 2 scores. Dobbins finished with 172 yards rushing on 33 carries with a touchdown.