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QUICK RECAP: No. 8 Wisconsin cannot hold on to halftime lead, as No. 1 Ohio State scores 27 unanswered

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The No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (10-3, 7-3 B1G) cannot hang on to their first half lead, as No. 1 Ohio State (13-0, 10-0 B1G) uses a big second half surge to win the B1G Championship Game, 34-21.

Just like Wisconsin’s win over Minnesota, Wisconsin elected to receive the opening kick and then opened the game with a completion from Jack Coan to Quintez Cephus. This time, the pair combined for 27 yards.

Four plays later, Jonathan Taylor was off to the races on a 44-yard touchdown run, putting Wisconsin on the board first.


Big Ten Football Championship - Ohio State v Wisconsin

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That was when the Wisconsin defense took over, stopping Ohio State on three straight drives including: a failed fourth down conversion, a punt and a fumble by Justin Fields which came a couple plays following a fake punt pass that converted a first down for Ohio State.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin went up 14-0, putting Ohio State in its biggest deficit of the season.

Wisconsin’s second scoring drive was propelled by a fourth-and-four conversion on a Danny Davis reverse. This was Wisconsin’s fourteenth fourth down conversion this season in 16 attempts this season.

Coan capped off the 14-play, 80-yard scoring drive with a 14-yard touchdown run that came off of a fake hand off to Taylor.

On the following drive, Ohio State got on the board for the first time in the game when J.K. Dobbins scored from two yards out and with only 42 seconds left in the first half.

Wisconsin then got a 45-yard rush by Taylor and a 24-yard reception by Cephus, putting Wisconsin on the 1-yard-line. Coan would finish it off from there, with a one-yard QB sneak.


Big Ten Football Championship - Ohio State v Wisconsin

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Ohio State scored on its opening drive in the second half and finished the game on a 27-0 run while Wisconsin’s offense ceased to exist.

Wisconsin ended the first half with 294 total yards and then only managed 131 yards of total offense in the second half.

Ohio State’s run started with a Jeremy Ruckert touchdown reception, which was setup by a Chris Olave 50-yard reception.

Ohio State then got a 27-yard field goal from Blake Haubeil, after Badgers punter Anthony Lotti lost control of the ball before punting it away, giving the Buckeyes the ball on the Wisconsin 16-yard-line.

K.J. Hill then scored back-to-back touchdowns for the Buckeyes, on a 16-yard reception from Fields followed by a 13-yard reception from Fields.

Haubeil then added a 24-yard field goal, to cap of a drive that lasted 5:52.

Following the Haubeil field goal, Wisconsin had just over four and a half minutes left to work with to try and begin a comeback. It did not materialize.

Wisconsin was then forced into a fourth-and-two, but Taylor was stopped for a six-yard-loss, ending any chance of Wisconsin coming back in the game.

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Ryan Mellenthin

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