Two of the best in the Big Ten met last night in Indianapolis to decide who is King, Ohio State and Wisconsin put on quite a show.
With the starting QB position in question all week prior to the game Ohio State put JT Barrett behind center even after having knee surgery six days prior. Barrett showed no sign of injury rushing for 60 yards on 19 carries and a TD, and threw for 211 yards and 2 TDs. Don’t think the knee was much of a factor do you?
The 2 teams had their ups and downs but only 5 penalties total in the first half. Ohio State had a brief big lead in the first half 21-7 but with great defense by Wisconsin they stopped the bleeding and kept the game in reach at 21-10 at Halftime. Additionally, in the 2nd quarter OSU’s RB JK Dobbins broke Ohio State’s Freshman rushing yard leader. Wisconsin QB Hornibrook had some passes dropped by WRs in the first half that prevented them from closing the gap more before the Half.
Coming out to the 3rd Quarter both teams could only grab a FG each. Going into the 4th quarter, Ohio State’s JT Barrett threw a major game changing interception with in conjunction with an Ohio State Defensive roughing the passer penalty that put Wisconsin on the OSU 13yd line which led to a Wisconsin Touchdown.
After a 15 min delay due to field maintenance at the OSU end of the field, Wisconsin went for 2pt conversion and successfully brought the game within 3 points with 12:39
left to play.
Ohio State drives down the field, goes for it on fourth down and converts but Wisconsin Defense said to be the best in the country, steps in and holds the Buckeyes to just FG to add a 3 pt lead. 27-21.
With Ohio State getting a chance to run down the game they had to punt. With one last try Wisconsin was driving down the field but with a major holding penalty as well as what many may see as a blown missed pass interference call, the Badgers fell short in the end.
The game lived up to the hype and now Ohio State waits to see if it was enough to get them in the Playoffs when Clemson, Georgia, and Oklahoma have seemingly grabbed a spot. Do you think Ohio State deserves to be in the playoff’s?