Wisconsin Defeats Nebraska 70-31 for B1G Title
Dec. 1, 2012
Nebraska and Wisconsin kick off tonight at 8:17 p.m. ET in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. BTN will have pregame coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. ET, while FOX's pregame begins at 7:30 p.m. ET leading up to kickoff.
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Badgers' Ball Earns Grange-Griffin MVP Award: Big Ten legend Archie Griffin of Ohio State fame has presented the Big Ten Football Championship Game Grange-Griffin MVP Award to Wisconsin running back Montee Ball. The Badger back finished the game with 21 carries for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Ball averaged 9.6 yards per carry, helping the Badgers to 539 yards rushing in the game.
FINAL: WISCONSIN 70, NEBRASKA 31: Wisconsin has captured its third-straight Big Ten Football Championship for the first time in school history following a 70-31 victory over Nebraska at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., on Saturday.
Century Club: Nebraska's final touchdown means the 2012 #B1GFCG has hit the century mark as 101 points were scored between the two teams.
4TH, 0:51, WISCONSIN 70, NEBRASKA 31: Imani Cross scores on the ground from 26 yards out. Huskers' scoring drive: 9 plays, 82 yards, 3:58
Wisconsin Rushing (as of 4:00 in 4th): Melvin Gordon - 7car, 213yds, 30.4avg, 1TD | Montee Ball - 21, 201, 9.6, 3 | James White - 5, 109, 7.3, 4: TEAM - 542yds
State of Celebration: Wisconsin has played three games in the state of Indiana this season and will go 3-0 by a combined score of 170-52 (currently). The Badgers captured a 38-14 victory at Purdue, defeated Indiana in Bloomington by a 62-14 count, and currently lead Nebraska here in Indianapolis, 70-24.
4TH, 8:57: WISCONSIN 70, NEBRASKA 24: James White scores on 10-yard run, his fourth TD of the night. UW drive spanned 6 plays for 75 yards in 3:17.
4TH, 12:14: WISCONSIN 63, NEBRASKA 24: Nebraska's Braylon Heard scores from 9 yards out, capping off a Huskers' 11-play, 74-yard drive in 4:12.
New #B1GFCG Scoring Mark: Nebraska's TD set a new Big Ten Football Championship Game scoring record as the 63-24 score totals 87 points, six better than last year's 81 from a 42-39 Wisconsin win over Michigan State.
4TH, 15:00: WISCONSIN 63, NEBRASKA 17: Wisconsin is just 15 minutes away from claiming its third-straight Big Ten Championship for the first time in school history. Through three quarters, the Badgers have totaled 550 yards, including 449 on the ground, the latter of which surpasses the combined rushing total of 316 yards by Wisconsin and Michigan State in last year's Big Ten Championship Game.
3RD, 6:42: WISCONSIN 63, NEBRASKA 17: James White has become the third Wisconsin rusher to eclipse 100 yards rushing in tonight's game following a 68-yard touchdown run to put the Badgers up 63-17. UW's scoring drive went 4 plays for 80 yards in 1:55. White now has 11 carries for 104 yards on the night.
3RD, 9:27: WISCONSIN 56, NEBRASKA 17: Montee Ball has done it again with an impressive 57-yard run to put the Badgers up 56-17. UW drive went 3 plays for 75 yards in 1:20.
3RD, 10:47: WISCONSIN 49, NEBRASKA 17: Taylor Martinez runs for 11-yard touchdown to eclipse 100-yards rushing for the day. Huskers' scoring drive went 9 plays for 75 yards in 3:26.
3RD, 14:13: WISCONSIN 49, NEBRASKA 10: Following an interception by Taylor Martinez, which was picked by Devin Smith, Montee Ball scores on the first play of the drive from nine yards out. Wisconsin scoring drive went just 1 play, 9 yards in 0:05.
HALFTIME: WISCONSIN 42, NEBRASKA 10: Wisconsin leads Nebraska 42-10 at halftime of the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game. The Badgers have accounted for 391 total yards, including 290 yards rushing in the first 30 minutes of play. Melvin Gordon (152) and Montee Ball (111) have eclipsed 100 yards rushing and combined for a total of two rushing TDs, while James White has run for just 30 yards but has two scores for his efforts. Nebraska has posted 224 total yards with 128 on the ground. QB Taylor Martinez has both rushed and passed for 96 yards to total 192 yards at intermission.
2ND, 0:02: WISCONSIN 42, NEBRASKA 10: Instead of running it, Montee Ball has now opted to throw for touchdowns. With just two seconds left in the first half, White found Sam Arneson on a 3-yard pass play to extend the Badgers lead to 32 points. UW's scoring drive went 4 plays for 79 yards in 0:59.
2ND, 7:15: WISCONSIN 35, NEBRASKA 10: Montee Ball decided it was time to find the end zone. After watching teammate Melvin Gordon and James White combine for three rushing touchdowns, Ball scampered 16 yards to extend the Badgers' lead to 35-10. UW's scoring drive went 6 plays for 69 yards in 2:32.
2ND, 11:11: WISCONSIN 28, NEBRASKA 10: James White has scored his second touchdown of the game to give Wisconsin a 28-10 lead over Nebraska early in the second quarter. The Badgers stormed down the field in 6 plays for 67 yards in 3:07.
Ready to Run II: Wisconsin rushed for 135 yards in 1st quarter tonight. The Badgers rushed for 126 yards TOTAL in the 2011 #B1GFCG
Ready to Run I: The 2011 #B1GFCG saw 316 combined rush yards for the entire game. The 2012 #B1GFCG saw 248 combined yards in the first quarter alone.
Speaking of 1st Quarter Scoring Strikes: Tonight's first-quarter scoring drives have gone 1:59, 0:00, 1:55, 4:30, 3:45 for the 21-10 score. In the 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game, it was 21-7 after the first, with scoring drives of 4:56, 3:13, 3:04, 0:28. These teams are not wasting much time putting points on the board.
A New B1G Traditon??? SCORE AS FAST AS YOU CAN. Last year's title bout saw Wisconsin storm out to a 21-7 lead over Michigan State after the first quarter. UW leads Nebraska 21-10 after the first 15 minutes this evening.
1ST, 1:01: WISCONSIN 21, NEBRASKA 10: Another score... and a quick one too. Wisconsin's James White rushes nine yards for a score to cap off a 8-play, 75-yard scoring drive in 3:45. Badgers extend their lead to 21-10.
A 3 To Make it 4: The scoring hasn't slowed, but at least someone took some time and kicked it. For the first time tonight, a scoring drive has extended past the two-minute mark as Nebraska's Brett Maher booted a 32-yard field goal to cut Wisconsin's lead to three at 14-10. The Huskers' scoring drive went 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:45.
That Didn't Take Long: In just over four minutes in the first quarter, Nebraska and Wisconsin have combined for 21 points! The scoring began with the Badgers' Melvin Gordon rushing 56 yards to put UW on the board, 7-0. Wisconsin's scoring drive lasted 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:59. Shortly thereafter, UW's Marcus Cromartie intercepted Nebraska's Taylor Martinez and returned it for a 29-yard touchdown to give the Badgers a 14-0 advantage. Just seconds later, Martinez earned revenge with a 76-yard third-and-long touchdown run to cut the Badgers' lead in half. Nebraska's scoring drive was 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:55.
Lucky 13? While Wisconsin is looking for its third-straight B1G title, Nebraska is looking for its first-ever and first conference championship in the last 13 years. The Huskers are making their third conference title game appearance in the past four seasons, after appearing in the 2009 and 2010 Big 12 title games in NU's final two seasons in its former league.
Setting the Scene: Nebraska and Wisconsin will meet in the Big Ten Football Championship Game tonight at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Huskers, after winning the Legends Division last weekend, eye their first Big Ten Championship in just their second year as a conference member. The Badgers, representing the Leaders Division, make a return trip to the Big Ten Football Championship Game after appearing in the inaugural event a season ago. The Badgers are looking for their third straight conference title for the first time in program history. The teams will compete for the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and the right to represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.
How They Got Here: Boasting a 7-1 record in Big Ten play, Nebraska won its final six games of the regular season to cement its spot in Indianapolis. After opening the conference season with a come-from-behind win over Wisconsin, the Huskers dropped a road contest to Ohio State, making them 1-1 in the Big Ten. Nebraska won its final six games, after trailing in four of those contests, to secure the Legends Division title. Wisconsin represents the Leaders Division after finishing behind Ohio State and Penn State, which are ineligible for postseason play. After falling to the Huskers on Sept. 29, the Badgers won three straight games to pull to 3-1 in conference play. Despite an overtime setback to Michigan State, Wisconsin clinched its berth in the title game with a road win over Indiana. In total, the Badgers have lost their conference contests by an average of four points, three of which have come in overtime.
History Between the Huskers and Badgers: Since it entered the Big Ten at the start of the 2011 season, Nebraska has faced Wisconsin twice during the regular season, with the teams splitting the matchups. In 2011, the Badgers defeated the Huskers in their first Big Ten Conference game, 48-17. This season, the teams once again met in the conference opener with the Huskers earning the victory, 30-27. After trailing by 17 points early in the third quarter, Nebraska rallied to score the game's next 20 points to earn the victory. In seven all-time meetings between the programs, Nebraska holds a 4-3 advantage over the Badgers.
For more on tonight's game, click here for the Big Ten notes.