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2014 BIG TEN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, Ind.
OHIO STATE NOTES
Ohio State wins its first Big Ten Football Championship Game,extending the second-best winning streak in the nation to 11 games,and winning each of its last four matchups with the Badgers. Thisis the first shutout in the history of the Big Ten FootballChampionship Game. Ohio State’s 59-point win is the largest marginof victory in Big Ten Football Championship Game history. TheBuckeyes put up 558 yards of total offense, more than doubling whatWisconsin’s defense was giving up per game this season (260.3) QBCardale Jones set a new Big Ten Football Championship Gamerecord with a career-long 44-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith in the second quarter. He also tied the Big TenFootball Championship Game record with three touchdown passes, andhis 255.8 QB Rating is a new Big Ten Football Championship Gamerecord. Running back Ezekiel Elliott set a new career high with 220 yards rushing,establishing a new Big Ten Football Championship Game record. His81-yard rushing touchdown was the longest rush of his career and isalso a Big Ten Football Championship Game record. RBs Elliott andCurtis Samuel become the second pair of teammates to each rushfor two touchdowns in a Big Ten Football Championship Game, joiningMontee Ball and James White of Wisconsin, who accomplished the featin 2012. Wide receiver Devin Smith set a new Big Ten Championship Game record with 137yards receiving, and tied the Big Ten Football Championship Gamerecord with three receiving touchdowns. He also surpassed CrisCarter for second on Ohio State’s career receiving touchdown listwith 29 touchdowns. The Buckeyes defense set a new Big Ten FootballChampionship Game record with four forced turnovers, and tied theBig Ten Football Championship Game record with two interceptions.Cornerback Doran Grant set a new Big Ten Championship Game record with twointerceptions returned for 60 yards. Defensive end Joey Bosa added a fumble recovery, while safety Vonn Bell intercepted a pass. Bosa’s fumble return for atouchdown is the first in the history of the Big Ten FootballChampionship Game. Defensive tackle Michael Bennett forced a Big Ten Football Championship Gamerecord two fumbles, and tied the Big Ten Football Championship Gamerecord with four tackles for loss. Punter Cameron Johnston punted four times for 212 yards, establishinga new Big Ten Football Championship Game record of 53.0 yards perpunt. His long of 73 yards is also a Big Ten Football ChampionshipGame record and a new career long.
Wide receiver Kenzel Doe had a season-high 114 yards on sixkick returns. It is his third career 100+ yard kick return game.Wide receiver Alex Erickson had 83 receiving yards on sevenreceptions, giving him 143 yards on 12 catches in his last twooutings. In two Big Ten Football Championship game appearances,running back Melvin Gordon has 282 yards on 35 carries. He finishedwith 76 yards on 26 carries today. Wisconsin’s block of a 29-yardfield goal attempt by Ohio State in the fourth quarter was itsfirst of the season. Defensive end Jake Keefer recorded his firstcareer blocked kick. The Badgers were shut out for the first timesince August 24, 1997 vs. Syracuse (34-0), a string of 231 games.It was the first shutout of Wisconsin by a Big Ten team since Iowaon November 16, 1996 (31-0). Wisconsin’s eight punts is a new BigTen Football Championship Game record, as is its 329 punt yards.ILB Marcus Trotter had a team-high 10 tackles, his second-straightdouble-digit tackle game and fourth this season. Trotter has 15solo tackles in his last two games. QB Joel Stave had a season-high43 pass attempts, just the second time in his career he has thrownthe ball 40 or more times in a game (53 vs. Penn State-2013).Wisconsin had a season-best three fourth-down conversions (3-of-5).