In Dramatic Fashion

The first ever Big Ten Championship game lived up to the hype. Records fell and emotions ran high, but in the end Wisconsin took home the crown.

It seemed like Saturday's Inaugural Big Ten Championship game was deja-vu, but the second time was the charm for the Badgers.

Wisconsin topped Michigan State 42-39 in an electric match-up in Indianapolis.

"To win the first ever Big Ten championship game is pretty awesome," Wisconsin QB and MVP Russell Wilson said. "I couldn't do it with a better group of guys or better coaching staff."

The night wasn't quite as magical for the Spartans.

"Tough to lose it as we did," Head Coach Mark Dantonio said. "But tough take the tough times sometimes. So very difficult, the end of the football game, the way it all went down, but we'll rise again."

Those same feelings echoed throughout the rest of the Michigan State family.

"It's tough," QB Kirk Cousins said. "Came close two years in a row. It's tough."

Cousins highlighted Michigan State's performance by throwing for 281 yards on 22 completions during the night. 115 of those yards were to Senior WR B.J. Cunningham.

"Like Kirk said it's tough," Cunningham said. "We played hard, a great game. Wisconsin played a good game. We just didn't come up with it in the end. That's it."

The game ended in dramatic fashion, just like the first match-up between the two, something that Coach Bret Bielema expected to happen again.

"We kind of all week just talked about playing Michigan State," Bielema said. "We knew if we won the game, the Rose Bowl was going to be there."

But no one was forgetting about how far the Spartans have come.

"It felt great to be Legends Division winners," Cunningham said. "To come in and be part of this inaugural Big Ten championship game, it was great. It was a great game. We just didn't come out with the win like Kirk said. It's a game of inches."

A game that the Michigan State seniors have nearly perfected over the past four years, leaving their legacy on the Big Ten by winning more Big Ten games than any other conference team in that span.


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