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Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis was named the winner of the Burlsworth Trophy as the nation's most outstanding player that began his career as a walk-on in a ceremony in Springdale, Ark. A semifinalist in 2012, the senior wideout claimed the award following an outstanding regular season that saw him make 73 receptions for a career-high 1,051 yards and seven touchdowns. A consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection, he became the first Wisconsin wide receiver to earn first-team all-conference honors in consecutive seasons since Al Toon in 1983 and 1984. Abbrederis is tied for second all-time at UW with 23 touchdown receptions. He also ranks second all-time in receiving yards (3,110) and receptions (197). With one game remaining in his career, Abbrederis' 3,110 career receiving yards rank him ninth in Big Ten history and eighth among all active FBS players. He became just the third player in school history to amass 1,000 receiving yards in a season and is the first at UW to record at least 800 yards in three different seasons.
A multi-sport star from Wautoma, Wis., who led his high school to its first state football championship, Abbrederis walked on to the Wisconsin football team after initially coming to UW to compete in track and field. He served as a scout team quarterback and wide receiver during fall camp as a freshman but quickly caught on and soon became an integral part of the Badgers' offense and a weapon on kickoff and punt returns. Abbrederis has shined as UW's top receiver over the last two seasons and has already accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl after the Badgers conclude their season in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1. He is the second straight Big Ten standout to claim the Burlsworth Trophy, after Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was honored last season.
The award, presented by the Springdale Rotary Club and the Burlsworth Foundation, is named for offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, who walked on to the team at Arkansas and eventually earned a scholarship on his way to All-SEC and All-America honors. He was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 NFL Draft but was tragically killed just 11 days later in an automobile accident.
The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), in conjunction with the Fiesta Bowl, announced that Michigan State's Mark Dantonio has been named one of eight finalists for the 2013 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award whose winner will be revealed on Mon., Dec. 16. Dantonio turned the Spartans (12-1) into a Big Ten power that is now headed to the Rose Bowl Game after defeating Ohio State in the Big Ten Football Championship Game. Michigan State, one of the best defensive teams in the nation, has lost only at Notre Dame this season. This is Michigan State's first outright Big Ten title since 1987. Dantonio was an Eddie Robinson Award finalist in 2010. Twelve coaches from current Big Ten institutions have claimed the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, most recently when Ohio State's Jim Tressel was honored in 2002. The FWAA has honored a major college coach with its coach of the Year award since the 1957 season when Ohio State's Woody Hayes claimed the honor. Robinson, a coaching legend at Grambling State University, has been the FWAA's coaching namesake since the 1997 season. The Fiesta Bowl joined with the FWAA a year later as the sponsor of the award.
Stay tuned to BigTen.org throughout the evening for B1G Championship Game updates!
7:54 p.m. - We are just under 30 minutes away from kickoff. Ohio State's band has just left midfield following an impressive pregame performance, highlight not just by Script Ohio, but a formation of the Michigan State Spartan head while playing the MSU fight song as a salute to the Buckeyes' opponent. A wonderful display of sportsmanship prior to tonight's championship game!
8:01 p.m. - Want more coverage? Here is your Live Stats link via Gametracker and @B1Gfootball and #B1GFCG will be your primary Twitter handle and hashtag for this evening's game.
8:16 p.m. - Ohio State has won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Michigan State will open the 2013 B1G Football Championship game on offense. After the week-long talk of Ohio State's potent run game and Michigan State's stout defense, we'll see how the teams perform first on the opposite side of the ball.
8:32 p.m. - FIELD GOAL! 1Q, 08:31 - MSU 3, OSU 0: Michigan State has struck first as Michael Geiger kicked a 40-yard field goal to cap off a 14-play, 47-yard drive in 6:29.
8:41 p.m. - Michigan State's defense forces the first punt of the game as the Buckeyes netted only eight yards on their first drive.
8:50 p.m. - With exactly 3:00 to play in the first quarter, Ohio State is set to take over on its second possession of the game. The Spartans have controlled the clock thus far, holding the ball for 10:41 in the quarter compared to Ohio State's time of possession of 1:19.
8:58 p.m. - END OF 1ST QUARTER - MSU 3, OSU 0: Michigan State now holds a 10:45/4:15 advantage in time of possession and a 5-2 lead in first downs. MSU gained 43 yards in the first quarter; OSU gained 28. The Buckeyes have been penalized three times for 42 yards.
9:03 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 2Q, 14:50 - MSU 10, OSU 0: Just 10 seconds into the second quarter, Michigan State has gone deep to extend its lead to 10-0. QB Connor Cook found Keith Mumphrey on a 72-yard pass for the score. The total drive took just two plays, covering 68 yards total in 14 seconds.
9:13 p.m. - Michigan State defense continues to give Ohio State trouble. Buckeyes backed up again, facing 4th&22 and having to punt. OSU now had 36 total yards to MSU's 115. The Spartans are currently averaging 5.5 yards per play, while the Buckeyes have been held to just 2.4 yards per snap.
9:21 p.m. - Check out the Michigan State touchdown by clicking here, courtesy BTN/FOX.
9:24 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 2Q, 9:01 - MSU 17, OSU 0: It's another quick scoring drive by Michigan State, and once again, it comes on a deep pass from Connor Cook. This time Cook found Tony Lippett for a 33-yard TD reception. Scoring drive took just five plays, covering 66 yards in 2:12.
9:31 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 2Q, 6:21 - MSU 17, OSU 7: And just like that, Ohio State is on the board. Braxton Miller found Corey Brown on a 20-yard pass to the back of the end zone to get the Buckeyes on the board. Backed against the wall and down 17, OSU charged down the field 84 yards in five plays in just 2:28.
9:39 p.m. - The last two touchdowns came quick, and were loaded quick by the BTN as well. So quick in fact that you can see Michigan State take the lead 17-0 and Ohio State respond by clicking this link.
9:51 p.m. - FIELD GOAL! 2Q, 0:00 - MSU 17, OSU 10: Ohio State's Drew Basil has cut the deficit to seven points with a 28-yard field goal that split the uprights as the clock expired.
9:57 p.m. - HALFTIME - MSU 17, OSU 10: For as slow as Ohio State began the first half, it finished was a furious rally and now finds itself down just seven at intermission, 17-10. With 1:23 remaining, the Buckeyes took over on their own 36-yard line following a Spartan punt. Braxton Miller was sacked on first down for a six-yard loss, but quickly made up for it with 15-yard scamper. Carlos Hyde then added eight yards to get the first down at the MSU 47. Following an incomplete pass, Miller found tight end Jeff Heuerman for 36 yards with 0:04 remaining, which set up the Drew Basil field goal.
10:17 p.m. - We are underway in the third quarter.
10:23 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 3Q, 12:21 - MSU 17, OSU 17: Ohio State has charged out of halftime with a commanding 75-yard drive in seven plays, taking just 2:39 off the clock. Braxton Miller has found the end zone following on a rush from eight yards out. OSU has now scored 17 unanswered points to tie the game, 17-17. Check out Miller's scoring run HERE.
10:32 p.m. - It's the first turnover the game and it comes on a Connor Cook interception. Ohio State's C.J. Barnett picked off Cook at the MSU 48 where the Buckeyes now take over 1st&10.
10:47 p.m. - The momentum has turned in this second half. Ohio State has found a number of holes in the middle of Michigan State's defensive line.
10:49 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 3Q, 5:36 - OSU 24, MSU 17: Braxton Miller is simply LEADING this Ohio State comeback. The Buckeyes' QB just found the end zone yet again, scoring from six yards out on a quarterback keeper. Scoring drive measured 44 yards in five plays in 2:12.
11:01 p.m. - FIELD GOAL! 3Q, 2:29 - OSU 24, MSU 20: For the first time since the 9:24 mark in the second quarter, Michigan State has put points on the board. Michael Geiger netted a 44-yard field goal to bring the Spartans within four points. Scoring drive was nine plays, 48 yards, in 3:07.
11:07 p.m. - END OF THIRD QUARTER - OSU 24, MSU 20: We are 15 minutes away from crowning the 2013 Big Ten Champion! Despite trailing in all major categories in the first half, including points scored, Ohio State has stormed back with an impressive second-half effort thus far. Time of possession is identical entering the fourth quarter as both teams have held the ball for 22:30. Ohio State has now put up 349 yards of total offense compared to Michigan State's 264.
11:12 p.m. - Ohio State, which ranks second in the nation with 321.1 rushing yards per game, was held to to 111 markers on the ground in the first half. In the third quarter alone, the Buckeyes rushed for 137 yards.
11:17 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 4Q, 11:41 - MSU 27, OSU 24: After scoring the game's first 17 points, and then allowing 24 unanswered, Michigan State has reeled off 10 straight points of its own to regain the lead, 27-24, with 11:41 left in the game. Connor Cook just threw the shortest of his three touchdown passes on the night, but it was without a doubt the most important one. Cook found tight end Josiah Price on a nine-yard pass to cap off an eight-play, 90-yard drive that lasted 3:12.
11:22 p.m. - ATTENDANCE: The Big Ten just announced an attendance of 66,002 -- a new B1G Championship Game record.
11:36 p.m. - In what was arguably the play of the game tonight, Michigan State's Denicos Allen stopped OSU quarterback Braxton Miller a yard short on a 4th&2 call, giving the ball back to the Spartans' offense.
11:47 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 4Q, 2:16 - MSU 34, OSU 24: In a game of runs, Michigan State has responded with 17 unanswered points to stun Ohio State late in the fourth. Jeremy Langford has scored on a 23-yard rush, which highlighted a six-play, 61-yard scoring drive in 3:25. Watch the touchdown run HERE.
12:00 a.m. - FINAL - MSU 34, OSU 24: It's the stroke of midnight and Michigan State is the 2013 Big Ten Football Champion! After jumping out to a 17-0 lead only to allow 24 straight points by Ohio State, Michigan State scored the game's final 17 points to win its first conference title since 2010, 34-24.
Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun was named a finalist for the 2013 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, which honors the nation's top defensive end. Calhoun, the 2013 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, registered a team-high seven sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss and 17 quarterback hurries through the end of the regular season. He has forced two fumbles, recovered four and returned two of those for touchdowns. Calhoun also added a 56-yard interception return for a touchdown, giving him three scores this season.
This year's winner will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 11. Two Big Ten standouts have won the Hendricks Award - Michigan's LaMarr Woodley in 2006 and Illinois' Whitney Mercilus in 2011.
Mike Adams, S, Denver Broncos (Ohio State) - Recorded six solo
tackles and one pass deflection in the Broncos' 35-28 defeat of the Chiefs
Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska) - Recorded five tackles and one pass deflection in the Giants' 24-17 win over the Redskins
Pat Angerer, LB, Indianapolis Colts (Iowa) - Notched five tackles, including four solo, in the Colts' 22-14 win over the Titans
Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle Seahawks (Purdue) - Collected one sack, one forced fumble and one tackle in Seattle's 34-7 win over New Orleans
Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin) - Carried the ball 13 times for 117 yards in the Broncos' 35-28 victory over the Chiefs
Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan State) - Ran for 73 yards and a touchdown, along with grabbing seven receptions for 63 yards, in Pittsburgh's 22-20 loss to Baltimore
NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Led the team with 11 tackles, including 10 solo, in the 49ers' 23-13 win over the Rams
Nick Bowman, CB, Chicago Bears (Nebraska) - Registered seven tackles, including six solo, in the Bears' 23-20 loss to the Vikings
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 371 yards on 29-for-41 passing and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 34-41 victory over the Texans
Alan Branch, DL, Buffalo Bills (Michigan) - Recorded nine tackles, including six solo, in the Bills' 34-31 loss to the Falcons
Jonathan Casillas, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Wisconsin) - Registered seven tackles in Tampa Bay's 27-6 loss to Carolina
Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Collected nine tackles, one interception and one pass deflection in the Buccaneers' 27-6 loss to the Panthers
Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Caught eight passes for 174 yards and four touchdowns in the Broncos' 35-28 win over the Chiefs
Bradley Fletcher, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Iowa) - Registered five solo tackles and two pass deflections in the Eagles' 24-21 victory over the Cardinals
Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers (Ohio State) - Caught two passes for 47 yards and scored one touchdown in Carolina's 27-6 win over Tampa Bay
Brandon Graham, LB, Philadelphia Eagles (Michigan) - Tallied three tackles and two sacks in the Eagles' 24-21 defeat of the Cardinals
Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa) - Tied for the team-lead with 10 tackles, including six solo and two for loss, as well as a sack in Minnesota's 23-20 defeat of Chicago
David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Registered 13 tackles, including seven solo and one for loss, in the Jets' 23-3 loss to the Dolphins
Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (Ohio State) - Registered nine catches for 127 yards and one touchdown in the Dolphins' 23-3 defeat of the Jets
A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Led the team with 12 tackles, including eight solo, in the Packers' 40-10 loss to the Lions
Junior Hemingway, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (Michigan) - Reeled in three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown catch in the Chiefs 35-28 loss to the Broncos
Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ohio State) - Registered seven tackles in Pittsburgh's 22-20 loss to Baltimore
Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Recorded 10 tackles, including seven solo, in the Saints' 34-7 loss to the Seahawks
Karl Klug, DE, Tennessee Titans (Iowa) - Recorded four tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one pass deflection in the Titans' 22-14 loss to the Colts
James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Notched nine tackles, including six solo, in the Rams' 23-13 loss to the 49ers
DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit Lions (Wisconsin) - Tallied five tackles, one interception and one pass deflection in the Lions' 40-10 win over the Packers
Brandon Meyers, TE, New York Giants (Iowa) - Reeled in five passes for 61 yards and a touchdown reception in the Giants' 24-17 victory over the Redskins
Tracy Porter, CB, Oakland Raiders (Indiana) - Tallied eight tackles, including seven solo and one for loss, and a pass deflection in Oakland's 31-24 loss to Dallas
Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Led the team with 11 tackles, including seven solo, one pass deflection and an assisted sack in the Jaguars' 32-28 win over the Browns
Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Notched five solo tackles, one interception and one pass deflection in Tennessee's 22-14 loss to Indianapolis
Nick Roach, LB, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern) - Registered a team-high 11 tackles, including 10 solo, two sacks and one forced fumble in the Raiders' 31-24 win over the Cowboys
Matt Shaughnessy, LB, Arizona Cardinals (Wisconsin) - Recorded seven solo tackles and one sack in Arizona's 24-21 loss to Philadelphia
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions (Nebraska) - Collected one sack, one pass deflection and four tackles in the Lions' 40-10 win over the Packers
J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Registered five solo tackles and one pass deflection in Houston's 34-31 loss to New England
Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State) - Recorded nine tackles, including seven solo, in San Francisco's 23-13 victory over St. Louis
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 310 yards on 22-of-30 passing and three touchdowns in Seattle's 34-7 win over New Orleans
Corey Wootton, DE, Chicago Bears (Northwestern) - Notched two pass deflections, three tackles and an assisted sack in Chicago's 23-20 loss to Minnesota
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was named one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, annually given to the nation's top assistant coach, the organization announced Monday. Under Narduzzi, the Michigan State defense leads the nation in total defense, allowing just 237.7 yards per game. The Spartans also rank fourth in the nation in scoring defense with 11.8 points per game, a total that leads the conference.
Since the inception of the Broyles Award in 1996, the Big Ten has one winner in Ohio State's Jim Heacock (2007). The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11:30 a.m. CT.
The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has selected Northwestern's Trevor Siemian and Penn State's Christian Hackenberg as two of eight quarterbacks among its "Stars of the Week." Siemian set a career-high with 414 yards, completing 31-of-44 passes with four touchdowns in the Wildcats' 37-34 road win over Illinois. Against No. 15 Wisconsin, Hackenberg registered his fourth 300-yard game with a career-high four touchdown passes, helping the Nittany Lions defeat the Badgers, 31-24.
College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 11 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week. Click here to vote for the top quarterback performance last week.
Three Big Ten programs are ranked among the top 25 in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings, including two among the top 10. Ohio State set a school record with its 24th straight victory and improved to 12-0 to move up one spot to No. 2 in the BCS poll, the Buckeyes' highest placement since ending the 2007 campaign at No. 1 overall. Michigan State picked up its 11th win and rose one slot to No. 10 in the BCS poll, the Spartans' highest ranking since being ranked No. 9 on Dec. 5, 2010. Wisconsin made its sixth straight appearance in the BCS poll and stands at No. 21 in the BCS standings.