The Wisconsin Badgers were unable to hold a 14-point lead in the second half, as they fall to #1 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game 34-21.
Wisconsin played an outstanding first half on both sides of the ball before allowing the Buckeyes to score 27 unanswered points in the second half.
The numbers: UW
- Jonathan Taylor rushed for 148 yards on 20 carries and scored a TD
- Jack Coan was 17-33 for 232 yards. He also rushed for 40 yards and scored twice
- Quintez Cephus had 7 catches for 122 yards.
The numbers: OSU
- J.K. Dobbins gashed the Badgers for 172 yards on the ground with a score.
- Justin Fields was 19-31 for 299 yards and 3 TD passes, two of those going to K.J. Hill.
While it was clear Wisconsin played better against OSU the second time around, the Badgers simply couldn't contain them for the entire game. Paul Chryst and the offense showed so much creativity and trickery in the first two quarters. There was better protection from the offensive line while also creating gaps for Jonathan Taylor. That all evaporated in the second half with greater pressure from the Buckeyes' stellar defensive front.
On the flip side, the Badgers defense kept Justin Fields in check early, sacking him three times. Ohio State opened with three straight trips into Badgers territory without scoring. However, senior linebacker Chris Orr left with a head injury, and that might have taken some of the momentum away. In the second half, missed tackles, lack of pressure, and busted coverage resulted in OSU pulling away.
So how does the CFP committee see it? How does the Rose Bowl committee view it? We'll find out where the Badgers are going next for their bowl game....