Postgame Notes From 2014 B1G Championship Game
Dec. 7, 2014
2014 BIG TEN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
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2014 BIG TEN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, Ind.
- Attendance for tonight's game is 60,229
- 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.
- This is the first shutout in the history of the Big Ten Football Championship Game.
- Ohio State's 59-point win is the largest margin of victory in Big Ten Football Championship Game history.
- The Buckeyes put up 558 yards of total offense, more than doubling what Wisconsin's defense was giving up per game this season (260.3)
- QB Cardale Jones set a new Big Ten Football Championship Game record with a career-long 44-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith in the second quarter. He also tied the Big Ten Football Championship Game record with three touchdown passes, and his 255.8 QB Rating is a new Big Ten Football Championship Game record.
- Running back Ezekiel Elliott set a new career high with 220 yards rushing, establishing a new Big Ten Football Championship Game record. His 81-yard rushing touchdown was the longest rush of his career and is also a Big Ten Football Championship Game record.
- RBs Elliott and Curtis Samuel become the second pair of teammates to each rush for two touchdowns in a Big Ten Football Championship Game, joining Montee Ball and James White of Wisconsin, who accomplished the feat in 2012.
- Wide receiver Devin Smith set a new Big Ten Championship Game record with 137 yards receiving, and tied the Big Ten Football Championship Game record with three receiving touchdowns. He also surpassed Cris Carter for second on Ohio State's career receiving touchdown list with 29 touchdowns.
- The Buckeyes defense set a new Big Ten Football Championship Game record with four forced turnovers, and tied the Big Ten Football Championship Game record with two interceptions. Cornerback Doran Grant set a new Big Ten Championship Game record with two interceptions returned for 60 yards. Defensive end Joey Bosa added a fumble recovery, while safety Vonn Bell intercepted a pass.
- Bosa's fumble return for a touchdown is the first in the history of the Big Ten Football Championship Game.
- Defensive tackle Michael Bennett forced a Big Ten Football Championship Game record two fumbles, and tied the Big Ten Football Championship Game record with four tackles for loss.
- Punter Cameron Johnston punted four times for 212 yards, establishing a new Big Ten Football Championship Game record of 53.0 yards per punt. His long of 73 yards is also a Big Ten Football Championship Game record and a new career long.
- Wide receiver Kenzel Doe had a season-high 114 yards on six kick returns. It is his third career 100+ yard kick return game.
- Wide receiver Alex Erickson had 83 receiving yards on seven receptions, giving him 143 yards on 12 catches in his last two outings.
- In two Big Ten Football Championship game appearances, running back Melvin Gordon has 282 yards on 35 carries. He finished with 76 yards on 26 carries today.
- Wisconsin's block of a 29-yard field goal attempt by Ohio State in the fourth quarter was its first of the season. Defensive end Jake Keefer recorded his first career blocked kick.
- The Badgers were shut out for the first time since 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 Iowa on November 16, 1996 (31-0).
- Wisconsin's eight punts is a new Big Ten Football Championship Game record, as is its 329 punt yards.
- ILB Marcus Trotter had a team-high 10 tackles, his second-straight double-digit tackle game and fourth this season. Trotter has 15 solo tackles in his last two games.
- QB Joel Stave had a season-high 43 pass attempts, just the second time in his career he has thrown the 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).
OHIO STATE NOTES
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