Game Recap: B1G Embarrassment in Indy

Third-string quarterback Cardale Jones threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns and tailback Ezekiel Elliott ran for 220 yards and two touchdowns, as No.6 Ohio State crushed No.11 Wisconsin, 59-0, to win its first Big Ten championship game in blowout style

INDIANAPOLIS - Simply embarrassing.

Insert any word you want – pitiful, humiliating, crushing, etc. – and it would accurately describe a horrendous performance by No.11 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, a 59-0 whipping at the hands of No.6 Ohio State at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday.

Seeking its fourth Big Ten championship in five years and its third Big Ten championship game win, the Badgers (10-3) were run out of the arena by an Ohio State program needing to make an impact with the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Wisconsin entered the game second in the country in total defense (260.3 ypg) and fourth in points per game (16.8) but Ohio State (12-1) lead 38-0 at half and racked up a 558 total yards of offense against the Badgers. That was more yards than the Badgers had allowed all season and the most points they had given up since Indiana scored 63 in 2001.

Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones – making his first career start in place of J.T. Barrett, who broke his ankle in the fourth quarter against Michigan – looked like a Heisman Trophy candidate, throwing for 211 first-half yards (257 for the game) and three touchdowns.

Speaking of the Heisman Trophy, junior tailback Melvin Gordon will have to settle up for runner-up at best. Needing a big performance to give himself a reasonable chance to beat Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Gordon rushed for only 76 yards and no touchdowns, the first time this season he was held under 100 yards against a FBS team and first time he was held out of the end zone this season.

On the other sideline, Ohio State tailback Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 220 yards, 11 yards per carry and two touchdowns, breaking Gordon’s Big Ten championship game record of 216 yards.

Wisconsin committed four turnovers, including three interceptions by quarterback Joel Stave, who finished 17-for-43 for 187 yards.

It was the first time Wisconsin was shutout since losing 34-0 against Syracuse in the 1997 season opener, a span of 231 games.

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No.6 Ohio State 59, No.11 Wisconsin 0

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 Ohio State

6 plays, 77 plays, 1:59 TOP, 13:01 left

Devin Smith 39-yard pass from Cardale Jones (Sean Nuernberger kick)

Key Play: Ohio State's third-string quarterback had no problem with Wisconsin's top-ranked offense, as Cardale Jones' deep pass got Sojourn Shelton out of position and allowed Smith to make a leaping grab in the end zone.

14-0 Ohio State

2 plays, 93 plays, :42 TOP, 4:06 left

Ezekiel Elliott 81-yard run (Sean Nuernberger kick)

Key Play: Safety Peniel Jean thought he saw something he didn't like, vacating his spot in the secondary to move up to the line of scrimmage to cover Cardale Jones on the zone-read option. It was a bad move, as Elliott had a huge hole to run through.

Second Quarter

17-0 Ohio State

7 plays, 53 plays, 2:41 TOP, 14:14 left

FG Sean Nuernberger 23

Key Play: Wisconsin's secondary continues to get beat like a drum. Derrick Tindal's missed tackle results in a 23-yard pass play by Michael Thomas. On the next play, Darius Hillary gets beat in one-on-one coverage for a 32-yard gain down to the UW 8.

24-0 Ohio State

3 plays, 63 plays, 1:17 TOP, 11:09 left

Devin Smith 44-yard pass from Cardale Jones (Nuernberger kick)

Key Play: Matching up with Ohio State's best wide receiver, Derrick Tindal had no chance and was beat in one-on-one coverage for the touchdown.

31-0 Ohio State

6 plays, 69 plays, 2:52 TOP, 6:36 left

Ezekiel Elliott 14-yard run (Nuernberger kick)

Key Play: Cardale Jones' 21-yard pass to Devin Smith to the UW 22 set up another easy scoring drive for the Buckeyes.

38-0 Ohio State

1 play, 4 yards, :36 left

Joey Bosa 4-yard fumble recovery (Nuernberger kick)

Key Play: Melvin Gordon will have to settle for the Doak Walker Award, Michael Bennett stripped the star running back inside UW's 5-yard line, leading to Bosa's easy touchdown.

Second Half

Third Quarter

45-0 Ohio State

5 plays, 77 yards, 2:47 TOP, 9:24 left

Devin Smith 42-yard pass from Jones (Nuernberger kick)

Key Play: Another beautifully thrown ball by Jones to Smith, who made a tremendous leaping catch in the end zone. Senior Peniel Jean was in coverage, but he never turned around to face the ball.

Fourth Quarter

52-0 Ohio State

2 plays, 72 yards, :34 TOP, 11:39 left

Curtis Samuel 12-yard run (Nuernberger kick)

Key Play: Ezekiel Elliott lost his shoe halfway through his 60-yard run to the 12-yard line, but nothing has seemed to bother Ohio State's tailback against the Badgers.

59-0 Ohio State

7 plays, 61 yards, 4:02 TOP, 2:25 left

Curtis Samuel 1-yard run (Nuernberger kick)

Key Play: Ezekiel Elliott lost his shoe halfway through his 60-yard run to the 12-yard line, but nothing has seemed to bother Ohio State's tailback against the Badgers.

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