INDIANAPOLIS — J.T. Barrett was 12 of 26 for 211 yards and two touchdowns, and J.K. Dobbins rushed 17 periods for 174 yards as No. eight Ohio State defeated No. 4 Wisconsin 27-21 on Saturday to assert its 36th Big Ten championship.
Ohio State (eleven-two, 9-1 Big Ten) rushed 42 periods for 238 yards regardless of making use of only a few ball carriers, and snapped Wisconsin’s 13-match successful streak — the longest lively operate in the nation.
Wisconsin (12-1, 9-1) managed only 60 yards on 32 carries just after averaging 243.3 yards per match via its initial 12 contests. Freshman operating back again Jonathan Taylor, the conference’s primary rusher at 150.five yards per match, was held to 41 yards on 15 attempts. Ohio State averaged five.seven yards per carry to Wisconsin’s 1.9.
The Badgers looked unfazed in their initial two drives, marching into the purple zone just after forcing a a few-and-out on the Buckeyes’ opening series, but all momentum was erased when Denzel Ward intercepted Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook at the Ohio State 4-lawn line. Hornibrook finished 19 of forty for 229 yards and two interceptions.
The ensuing travel was the longest in the background of the Big Ten championship.
Just after staying away from a third-down sack in the vicinity of the goal line, Barrett scrambled for the initial down, then uncovered Terry McLaurin more than the middle for an 84-lawn touchdown go on the really subsequent engage in, capping a four-engage in, 96-lawn travel. McLaurin finished with two catches for 92 yards in addition to the 84-lawn score.
Just after a 34-lawn punt pinned Ohio State at its individual two-lawn line, Wisconsin tied the match at seven-seven on a 9-lawn select six by Andrew Van Ginkel with two:08 remaining in the initial quarter.
Barrett, whose 37 wins are the most by any quarterback in college background, shook off the turnover and responded with a fifty seven-lawn touchdown go to Parris Campbell, giving the Buckeyes a fourteen-seven direct with fewer than a minute remaining in the quarter.
A seventy seven-lawn rush by J.K. Dobbins set up a 1-lawn touchdown operate by Barrett, who finished with 19 carries for 60 yards, extending the Buckeyes’ direct to 21-seven with eleven:05 remaining in the initial fifty percent. Dobbins’ operate — the 2nd longest in Big Ten championship background — was initially dominated a touchdown, but an official review considered him out of bounds shy of the goal line.
Following a a few-and-out by Wisconsin, Van Ginkel came up with his 2nd turnover of the fifty percent, forcing and recovering a fumble at the Buckeyes’ eleven-lawn line, but the Badgers have been pressured to settle for a 28-lawn area goal by Rafael Gaglianone.
Ohio State’s 21-ten halftime direct could have been bigger, as the Buckeyes drove forty nine yards to set up for a area goal on the ultimate engage in of the fifty percent, but Wisconsin defensive back again Nick Nelson blocked Sean Nuernberger’s forty three-lawn try as time expired.
The Buckeyes slowed the tempo in the 2nd fifty percent, using Dobbins’ big working day when scaling back again Barrett’s involvement to that of a match manager.
Wisconsin slash the deficit to a few just after a roughing the passer penalty extended its travel, location up a 1-lawn touchdown rush by Chris James. A productive two-point conversion try slash the Buckeyes’ direct to 24-21. Nuernberger’s twenty-lawn area goal with five:02 remaining was the ultimate scoring engage in just after Wisconsin’s failed conversion try on 4th-and-twenty authorized the Buckeyes to kneel for the ultimate a few plays.
NOTES: Wisconsin’s No. 4 ranking was its optimum considering that October 1963, when it was No. two in the polls. … Getting into the match, forty seven p.c of Ohio State’s completions authorized have been to operating backs and tight ends, the optimum such mark in the nation. … RB Jonathan Taylor accounted for 36.3 p.c of the Badgers’ yards for scrimmage in their initial 12 game titles, trailing only Heisman-hopeful RB Bryce Like of Stanford (39.eight p.c) in that class. … Ohio State’s offense ranks fourth the nation, when its protection ranks eighth, building the Buckeyes the only FBS crew to crack the prime-ten in each types. … The Badgers entered the match with the 2nd-best third-down conversion fee in the nation (50.seven p.c) but converted only five of sixteen versus the Buckeyes. … City Meyer enhanced to five-two versus prime 5 teams at Ohio State (13-five all-time).