No. 8 The Ohio State offense is eliminating No. 4 Wisconsin from the field and keeping the Badgers in the game, as the Buckeyes have a 21-10 advantage at the break in the Big Ten Championship. The attack by the State of Ohio not only contributed three scores of their own, but also contributed directly to the scores of both Badgers.
But it was a Wisconsin move that started the scoring. The Badger moved to the red zone of the state of Ohio with a great chance to open the scoring, but the balloon of Alex Hornibrook near the end zone was intercepted by Denzel Ward in the 4 yard line. The Buckeyes needed only four plays to cross the 96 yards in front of them, the last 84 came with a pbad from Barrett to Terry McLaurin to open the scoring.
Barrett gave Wisconsin a touchdown with a 9-yard pick-six to Wisconsin Andrew Van Ginkel . He quickly erased that score, however, completing a 4-game, 75-yard run with a 57-yard start to Parris Campbell giving Ohio State a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
After three consecutive three-out games, Ohio State put together another blitzkrieg campaign, this time moving 82 yards on three plays, 77 of which came on a JK Dobbins run. Barrett increased the lead to 21-7 with a 1-yard dive one play later.
Needing a score to stay in the game, Wisconsin drove to Ohio State 37, but Paul Chryst chose to clear in a 4th and 3 instead of going for it or kicking a 54-yard field goal . The decision immediately worked, however, when Van Ginkel forced a fumble of Mike Weber at Ohio State 11, which led to Rafael Gaglianone (19659007) of 28 yards with 3:42 for playing in the middle.
Sean Nuernberger's field goal in the final play of the half was blocked.
Hornibrook closed half by connecting 8 of 16 pbades for 103 yards with an interception and Jonathan Taylor who entered the game with an average of 150 yards per game and seven per carry, was limited to 25 yards in 10 trials. Despite having won seven first attempts and averaging only 4.54 yards per game, Wisconsin owned the ball within the territory of the State of Ohio four times in half, and came out with only three points.
Wisconsin had a 2 to 1 margin of possession in the middle and ran 35 plays against 33 at Ohio State, but the Buckeyes did much more with the ball in their hands. Barrett hit 8 of 16 pbades for 182 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, and Dobbins racked up 90 yards on six carries. As a team, Ohio State ran for 127 yards on 17 carries and averaged 9.36 yards per game at 309 total yards.
It is at this point that we must remind you that Wisconsin's No. 1 ranked defense managed to limit opponents to 236.9 yards per game while playing half of their schedule against teams that ranked No. 101 or lower in total offense.
Ohio State will receive to open the second half.