INDIANAPOLIS — J.T. Barrett was twelve of 26 for 211 yards and two touchdowns, and J.K. Dobbins rushed 17 times for 174 yards as No. 8 Ohio Point out defeated No. four Wisconsin 27-21 on Saturday to assert its 36th Significant Ten championship.
Ohio Point out (11-two, nine-one Significant Ten) rushed 42 times for 238 yards in spite of utilizing only a few ball carriers, and snapped Wisconsin’s 13-recreation profitable streak — the longest energetic run in the country.
Wisconsin (twelve-one, nine-one) managed only sixty yards on 32 carries just after averaging 243.three yards for every recreation by means of its very first twelve contests. Freshman functioning again Jonathan Taylor, the conference’s foremost rusher at one hundred fifty.five yards for every recreation, was held to 41 yards on fifteen makes an attempt. Ohio Point out averaged five.7 yards for every have to Wisconsin’s one.nine.
The Badgers looked unfazed in their very first two drives, marching into the crimson zone just after forcing a a few-and-out on the Buckeyes’ opening collection, but all momentum was erased when Denzel Ward intercepted Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook at the Ohio Point out four-property line. Hornibrook finished 19 of 40 for 229 yards and two interceptions.
The ensuing travel was the longest in the history of the Significant Ten championship.
After preventing a third-down sack in the vicinity of the objective line, Barrett scrambled for the very first down, then uncovered Terry McLaurin above the middle for an eighty four-property touchdown pass on the extremely subsequent engage in, capping a 4-engage in, 96-property travel. McLaurin finished with two catches for ninety two yards in addition to the eighty four-property score.
After a 34-property punt pinned Ohio Point out at its own two-property line, Wisconsin tied the recreation at 7-7 on a nine-property choose six by Andrew Van Ginkel with two:08 remaining in the very first quarter.
Barrett, whose 37 wins are the most by any quarterback in college history, shook off the turnover and responded with a fifty seven-property touchdown pass to Parris Campbell, supplying the Buckeyes a 14-7 direct with less than a minute remaining in the quarter.
A 77-property hurry by J.K. Dobbins established up a one-property touchdown run by Barrett, who finished with 19 carries for sixty yards, extending the Buckeyes’ direct to 21-7 with 11:05 remaining in the very first 50 percent. Dobbins’ run — the 2nd longest in Significant Ten championship history — was initially dominated a touchdown, but an official overview considered him out of bounds shy of the objective line.
Subsequent a a few-and-out by Wisconsin, Van Ginkel came up with his 2nd turnover of the 50 percent, forcing and recovering a fumble at the Buckeyes’ 11-property line, but the Badgers were pressured to settle for a 28-property discipline objective by Rafael Gaglianone.
Ohio State’s 21-10 halftime direct could have been more substantial, as the Buckeyes drove forty nine yards to established up for a discipline objective on the final engage in of the 50 percent, but Wisconsin defensive again Nick Nelson blocked Sean Nuernberger’s 43-property endeavor as time expired.
The Buckeyes slowed the tempo in the 2nd 50 percent, using Dobbins’ massive working day while scaling again Barrett’s involvement to that of a recreation manager.
Wisconsin cut the deficit to a few just after a roughing the passer penalty extended its travel, placing up a one-property touchdown hurry by Chris James. A productive two-position conversion endeavor cut the Buckeyes’ direct to 24-21. Nuernberger’s 20-property discipline objective with five:02 remaining was the final scoring engage in just after Wisconsin’s failed conversion endeavor on 4th-and-20 authorized the Buckeyes to kneel for the final a few performs.
NOTES: Wisconsin’s No. four ranking was its optimum because October 1963, when it was No. two in the polls. … Moving into the recreation, 47 p.c of Ohio State’s completions authorized were to functioning backs and tight ends, the optimum this kind of mark in the country. … RB Jonathan Taylor accounted for 36.three p.c of the Badgers’ yards for scrimmage in their very first twelve online games, trailing only Heisman-hopeful RB Bryce Love of Stanford (39.8 p.c) in that group. … Ohio State’s offense ranks fourth the country, while its defense ranks eighth, building the Buckeyes the only FBS workforce to crack the prime-10 in the two types. … The Badgers entered the recreation with the 2nd-ideal third-down conversion level in the country (fifty.7 p.c) but transformed only five of sixteen versus the Buckeyes. … Urban Meyer enhanced to five-two versus prime five teams at Ohio Point out (13-five all-time).