Buckeyes QB game-time decision vs. Wisconsin
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Dec 04, 2017,
Dec 04, 2017, 0:31
With a 27-21 victory over Wisconsin in Indianapolis on Saturday night, the eighth-ranked Buckeyes won the Big Ten Championship Game, making one last case to crash the College Football Playoff. Whether the committee buys the Buckeyes' argument is a question we won't know the answer to until Sunday afternoon. They're also seeking a second appearance in the four-year history of the College Football Playoff. The Badgers' first of few promising first-half drives ended when Hornibrook under-threw a fade route to Fumagalli in the red zone, giving Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward an opportunity for an interception. The game wasn't sealed until Damon Webb intercepted Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook's final pass of the night with 69 seconds on the clock.
Wisconsin had a ideal 12-0 record this season, including a 9-0 mark in the Big Ten.
After sprinting out to an early lead and appearing to be on the fringe of blowing the Badgers out for much of the first half, the game tightened considerably as the Badgers put the screws on the Buckeyes' deep passing game.
Barrett underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Sunday after he suffered an injury during last Saturday's game against MI.
Kickoff is set for 7:17.
Ohio State: Barrett and QB Dwayne Haskins. Freshman back J.K. Dobbins was up next, as he left another Wisconsin defender with an armful of air on his way to a 77-yard run that set up a score.
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Wisconsin, which got on the scoreboard on Andrew Van Ginkel's nine-yard interception for a touchdown in the first quarter, went into intermission down 21-10 after Rafael Gaglianone's 28-yard field goal with 3:42 remaining in the second quarter. Mike Weber lost a fumble at the Ohio State 11-yard line that Wisconsin turned into a field goal. Naturally, such a stellar record is going to give the Badgers the lead in the Big Ten - West standings.
Now owners of a Big Ten crown and a win over the Power Five's last undefeated team, Ohio State will sit back and hope the committee can overlook its 55-24 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes as final CFP deliberations wrap up. In addition, they can point to Penn State past year and Stanford in 2015. It is a boulder of an aberration for Ohio State. This time, Dobbins broke Maurice Clarett's season freshman record at Ohio State.
Ohio State's defensive line is among the best in the country and Urban Meyer says OSU's offensive line might be the unit playing the best on the team right now. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last week. The senior quarterback completed practice Thursday and was cleared to play against No. 4 Wisconsin after what Meyer called a "very positive" week of treatment.
The most noteworthy difference in the 2017 matchup is that Haskins' relief performance looks more likely to be a one-time stopgap, unlike when Jones started all three postseason games for the Buckeyes in 2014. Barrett absorbed his first significant contact while being tackled during a third-down scramble on Ohio State's opening possession but popped right up without any apparent discomfort. The junior wide receiver came open over the middle, getting behind safety Joe Ferguson, and was untouched en route to his sixth scoring reception this season.
With the win, Barrett adds a Big Ten Championship to his hardware.
Terry McLaurin, an Indianapolis native, found the first cracks with an 84-yard catch-and-run that provided the first hints that team speed would be lopsided.