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Ohio State Overcomes 1st Half Deficit to Win Big Ten Championship

Written By: Colby Wonacott

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local

Wisconsin came into this game not listening to any of the talks of how Ohio State is supreme to them. Or how Ohio State’s D-line is the best in the country with the potential number one draft pick Chase Young leading that rush.

Hearing all that talk, Wisconsin chooses to run the ball with there all-American running back Johnathan Taylor right at that talented D-line. Gaining good yards, play after play, until Taylor popped a big run for 44 yards until reaching the endzone! Absolutely shocking the entire Ohio State defense as the Wisconsin fans screamed in excitement.

Justin Fields and the Ohio State offense came out and picked up 3 1st downs before going for it on 4th & 7, but stopped by the Wisconsin defense.

Two drives later, Wisconsin with the help of quarterback Jack Coan’s legs scrambling and picking up 1st down after 1st down. Wisconsin had Ohio State on its heels. Jack Coan was making the right decision every play driving the field into Ohio State territory. On the 14-yard line, Jack Coan faked the ball to Johnathan Taylor, keeping it with no Ohio State defender insight into the endzone to extend their lead 14-0.

The Wisconsin fans were sent into a frenzy with a belief that they can take down the heavyweight Ohio State. Could Wisconsin take down ‘The Ohio State’? Is ‘Ohio State going to lay another egg’ on another season 3 years in a row were the type of questions I was asking myself?

On the next Ohio State offensive drive, Wisconsin caused a fumble of all things. Everything was going great for Wisconsin, everything.

Followed by a punt by Wisconsin, Ohio State received the ball driving down the field 10 plays for 71 yards for a JK Dobbins 2 yard TD run. Bring the score to 14-7 Wisconsin

The thought started creeping into my mind, okay this where Ohio State turns it up a few notches with 42 seconds left in the half.

Wisconsin received the ball thinking they will be happy being up 7 points. The Wisconsin Badgers run the ball, not expecting Taylor to run it 45-yards to the Ohio State 30 yard line. Few plays later, Jack Coan runs the ball 1 yard for the Badger TD extending their lead back to 14 heading into the half.

Jack Coan #17

The Ohio State took the halftime break to regroup and refocus before heading back out. Ohio State stud running gives in insight on how he felt during the half down 14 points.

“We took their best shot but we still had a half”

And a half they had, shutting out the Wisconsin offense for the entire 2nd half. Jeremy Ruckert got the comeback going by making a top ten type 1 handed catch at the back of the endzone bringing the score 21-14. At that moment, you could feel the tide turning in Ohio State favor.

4 plays later, Wisconsin punter dropped the ball in their own territory. Ohio State returned that favor with a made field-goal. Justin Fields then would throw 2 more TDs putting the stake through Wisconsin’s heart.

“We let it slip away,” Taylor said. “Just disappointed, like I said because that (a championship) was my goal coming into the season.”

Justin Fields #1

Justin Fields threw for 299 yards and 3 TD and was named this game MVP. “I think the whole team knew we didn’t play to our potential in the first half,” Fields said. “We got together and came out with confidence in the second half and just played our game.”

Posted by ESPN, JK Dobbins had a monster game like usual, running for 172 yards and 1 TD.

On To The Playoff

Being down 14 points, their largest deficit of the season for Ohio State according to ESPN, and then coming back and winning in a big game will prove pivotal for Ohio State. Going up against undefeated Clemson, Ohio State will be tested again and again. Wisconsin offense does not compare to Clemson’s offense, so the troubles they faced in last night’s Big Ten Championship Game will prepare them for what’s to come at them on December 28th in the Fiesta Bowl.

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