1st quarter recap: Ohio State 7, Wisconsin 0
Wisconsin will start the second quarter with the ball at its own 13-yard line.
More on this game from BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart:
Player on the spot: Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips. Bravo to the fifth-year senior who persevered through three right knee surgeries to make the first start of his career last week in a 62-14 triumph at Indiana. Phillips ran seven times for 68 yards and completed four-of-seven passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. And he also had no turnovers. But Phillips likely will have to do more in the passing game vs. an Ohio State defense that is a few notches better than Indiana’s unit, which allowed the Badgers to run for a school single-game record 564 yards. Can Phillips make enough passing plays to keep the OSU defense honest?
Key matchup: Ohio State QB Braxton Miller vs. Wisconsin front seven. Miller’s skills and exploits are well-documented. The guy simply is the quintessential one-man gang who can make something out of nothing and score each time he touches the ball. Led by linebackers Mike Taylor and Chris Borland, the Badger defense never gets its props, which is too bad. The group stymied a vaunted Indiana offense last week, allowing just 294 yards. In fact, no foe has notched over 300 yards vs. Wisconsin since Nebraska tallied 440 on Sept. 29. And Wisconsin has the No. 1 rush defense in the Big Ten (103.4 ypg).
Key number: 6-5, Ohio State’s record vs. Wisconsin in the last 11 meetings. The last time the Buckeyes came to Madison in 2010, they ranked No. 1 in the nation. And they lost. OSU topped the Badgers last year on a last-second touchdown pass in Columbus. The point: This is a growing rivalry.
Key note: Montee Ball needs one touchdown to tie the NCAA all-time mark held by Miami of Ohio’s Travis Prentice, who scored 78 career touchdowns.
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