Buckeyes win Big Ten title with 59-0 beating; Buckeyes play Alabama in Sugar Bowl

Photo used courtesy of: Sam Howzit (CC) Some rights reserved

Photo used courtesy of: Sam Howzit (CC) Some rights reserved

What are the odds that a team can lose two Heisman quarterbacks and still win with their third-string quarterback? Most likely slim to none, but it happened. The #5 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1, 8-0) made their case to be in the innagural College Football Playoff with a 59-0 beatdown of #13 Wisconsin (10-3, 7-1). Entering the game, many in the media thought Ohio State would be the one to get blown out and Melvin Gordon would seal the Heisman with a stellar performance and Luke Fickell must not have been informed. His defense held Gordon to 26 carries and only 76 yards (2.9 AVG) and forced four turnovers. For the game, the Buckeye defense held the Badgers to 258 yards of total offense on 80 plays with a time of possession advantage of 33:55-26:05.

Joel Stave had a nightmare of a game, completing 17-43 passes for 187 and 3 INT. Alan Erickson was the leading receiver for Wisconsin, hauling in 7 passes for 83 yards with Kenzel Doe catching 3 passes for 41 yards. It was a relatively disappointing performance that got out of hand quickly. The Badgers were down 17-0 after the first 16 minutes of game play, which is astounding considering that they allowed 17 points per game all year. The 38-0 deficit at halftime was their worst point-margin in any half over the past 10 years and a fumble return for a touchdown by Joey Bosa late in the 2nd quarter made that happen. The fumble was Gordon’s sixth of the year, which is tied for most in the country for any non-QB.

Cardale Jones was spectacular in his debut, completing 12-17 passes for 257 yards, 3 TD and 0 INT. Devin Smith caught all three of Jones’ touchdown passes, finishing with 4 receptions for 137 yards (34.3 AVG). Michael Thomas was the next leading receiver with 3 catches for 41 yards. It wasn’t just the passing game that embarassed the no.2 defense in the country. Ezekiel Elliot rushed 20 times for 220 yards (11.0 AVG) and 2 TD, one of which was an 81-yard scamper that put the Buckeyes in the driver’s seat. Elliot had 12 carries for 150 yards in the first half. Bri’onte Dunn added 5 carries for 47 yards, with Curtis Samuel carrying only 4 times for just 23 yards, but scored 2 TD.

Game Notes: Ohio State outgained Wisconsin 364-91 in the first half and scored on five of its first six possessions….Melvin Gordon was held to 76 yards, 112 yards fewer than his season average….The 59-0 win was the first shutout win in a Power 5 Conference Championship Game….The Badgers were shutout for the first time since 1997, and is the worst loss since a 59-0 in 1979 against: Ohio State.

Up Next: Sugar Bowl Semi-Final against #1 Alabama (January 1, 2015 8:30pm on ESPN)

Game Ball: The Ohio State offense and defense. Offense-558 total yards (257 pass/301 rush) 0 turnovers….Defense-258 total yards allowed (187 pass/71 rush) 4 turnovers

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Hello everyone. My name is Raymond Bosak and I live in Cleveland, Ohio. I am a die-hard Cleveland fan, and have been my entire life. I am looking forward to bringing you some excellent Browns, Buckeyes, and Indians coverage, and maybe some Cavs things too. Everything I write will be honest and upfront. I’ll aim to have a couple articles per week, including some game previews and reviews, 5 things to watch for, and game ball and game MVP(s).

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