Video: Quick clips from title game

Check out a few video highlights from Saturday night’s Big Ten Football Championship game. And remember that all of our BTN videos are at BTN.com/video.

Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips postgame interview with BTN.

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Wisconsin linebackers Mike Taylor and Ethan Armstrong talk with BTN following the big win over Nebraska.

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Bret Bielema joins the BTN crew for a postgame interview.

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Bo Pelini postgame press conference.

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Nebraska’s Kenny Bell laid a big block on Wisconsin’s Devin Smith in the third quarter. The hit was ruled a penalty and nullified a touchdown for Nebraska.

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Wisconsin’s James White passes to Sam Arneson for a three-yard touchdown against Nebraska in the second quarter.

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Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon scored a quick touchdown in the first quarter.

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Wisconsin’s Marcus Cromartie intercept’s Taylor Martinez in the first quarter and runs it in for a touchdown.

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Taylor Martinez scrambles and then runs 76 yards for a touchdown against Nebraska in the first quarter.

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Wisconsin’s James White scores from nine yards out.

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Wisconsin’s James White rushes for 10 yards and his fourth touchdown in the Big Ten Football Championship game against Nebraska.

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Nebraska’s Braylon Heard runs 9 yards in the fourth quarter for touchdown in the Big Ten Football Championship game against Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin’s James White runs 68 yards in the third quarter for his third rushing touchdown of the Big Ten Football Championship game against Nebraska.

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Wisconsin’s Montee Ball throws a stiff arm as he runs for a 57-yard touchdown in the third quarter of the Big Ten Football Championship game against Nebraska.

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Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez runs 11 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of the Big Ten Football Championship game against Nebraska.

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Wisconsin’s Montee Ball runs 16 yards and dives into the end zone for a touchdown against Nebraska in the second quarter of Big Ten Football Championship game.

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JB on 12/2/2012 @ 1:02am EDT Said:

Embarrassing.

mack741 on 12/2/2012 @ 8:47am EDT Said:

Fox broadcast was awful. Quality of the game was worse.

bob jones on 12/2/2012 @ 10:26am EDT Said:

Since there is not much to say about the Huskers dismal performance, I’m going to comment on a couple of imbecilic officiating calls. First, Kenny Bell makes a devastating block to clear Jamal Turner for a TD, on a player who was close enough to make a play to stop Turner, but is flagged for I guess not warning him ahead of time that he was going to be blocked, thus negating the TD. You would think just being on the field would be enough of a reminder to a player that he might run into some contact. Even the announcers were stunned at the bad call. But a short while later, a Wisconsin tackler stops Taylor Marinez’s progress and then picks him up over his head and intentionally body slams him to the ground on his throwing shoulder, an obvious attempt at knocking him out of the game and even perhaps ruining his career, and yet despite the maliciousness of the act, no flag is thrown. One play, the block by Bell, was a perfectly legal block done to aid a TD run, while the other play has no part in football and was obviously done with the intent of injuring a player, and yet that seemd to be fine with the officials. The inconsistencies are astounding, either there are rules that need to be looked at more closely and clarified or incompetent officials need to be weeded out of the game. By the way, there was another play on a blatantly late hit on Martinez that was called, when a Wisconsin player, well after Martinez had thrown the ball and had his back to the player,dove at his knees in what looked like anther blatant attept to knock the QB out of the game. It seems now that legal downfield blocks, if they are done with a little too much force and are not done with prior written permission, will not be allowed, but moves that would make the WWE proud are a-ok. The inconsistencies are as stunning as Nebraska’s dreadfully bad performance.

Doug on 12/2/2012 @ 11:52am EDT Said:

don’t worry bob, nebraska was doing that to teams all year and getting away with it, payback is a son of a gun. feels kind of bad when those same plays go against you doesn’t it? NEB was handed the MSU and PSU games, they were lucky to be in this title game in the first place, and what wisconsin did to nebraska made every one but neb fans happy

Gerry on 12/2/2012 @ 4:13pm EDT Said:

Hey Doug,

Could you be specific, just so we’re clear on the “dirty plays” that Nebraska has been doing all year? Because while I agree that Nebraska did have some very lucky wins this year, I don’t recall them being dirty. I know the game was out if hand and Husker players should be embarrassed, but Wisconsin fans should be embarrassed by how their team handled the end of that game, including leaving the first team in well into the fourth quarter. Don’t worry, NU fans and players will remember those plays next year.

bob jones on 12/2/2012 @ 4:50pm EDT Said:

You’re right on everything Gerry. Wisconsin still steamrolling in the 4th quarter with a 7 TD lead and the starters still in, very classless, but even worse they did take some very, very cheap shots to try to hurt Martinez, some of which were not, but should have been flagged. On the play where the Wisconsin player picked Martinez up and body slammed him on his head/shoulder, the Nebraska radio broadcasting team were furious about no penalty being called and especially that the player wasn’t thrown out of the game. Several times this year and countless times in the past, Nebraska has taken a knee in order to not run up the score late, Wisconsin played a great game, but were very classless throughout. Lots of needless cheap shots taken late, all on Wisconsins part, all very unneccessary.

    Gerry on 12/2/2012 @ 5:24pm EDT Said:

    Scott, last time I checked, Ball was their lead RB. He was the one with 800 yards and he was still in the game. If he got hurt in the 4th qtr up by 5 scores, I would love to see wisconsins coaching staff defend the decision. And if you think that Borland hit wasn’t malicious, you must have been drunk watching the game last night…either way, you can count on the Huskers circling the Badger game on the schedule next year.

Scott Roscovius on 12/2/2012 @ 5:01pm EDT Said:

Leaving the first team in well into the fourth quarter? Gerry, UW was down to its third-string QB, they have (and utilize) three quality RBs, they had two second-strong OL linemen playing the whole game … what did you want? They didn’t throw the ball at all in the second half. What are they supposed to do, take a knee on every play after halftime? Sheesh!

Scott Roscovius on 12/2/2012 @ 5:08pm EDT Said:

The Nebraska defender launched himself at UW’s Devin Smith and hit him high. That’s a penalty. He could’ve just remained low and blocked legally, but didn’t. His intent probably wasn’t to injure, but those are the blows that create concussions, and both the NFL and NCAA are looking for them. Chris Borland’s tackle on Martinez was just that, a legal football play. That’s called a tackle … yes, it was a hard tackle, but Borland didn’t have time to think what shoulder was Martinez’ throwing shoulder before making the tackle. UWs Ethan Hemer was rightly flagged for a low hit on Martinez a few plays later. Probably payback for the hit on Smith earlier, but there’s no need for that in college football. Sounds like a lot of sour grapes coming from Nebraska fans. I don’t remember hearing your “hard tackle” gripes when Ndamakong Suh unleashed his reign of terror.

    Gerry on 12/2/2012 @ 5:31pm EDT Said:

    Also Scott, I would love for you to give me a specific Suh hit that was dirty when he played at NU. I can assure you that his current bad behavior in the NFL was not tolerated at NU. So please, please indulge me with specific examples.

Doug on 12/2/2012 @ 6:31pm EDT Said:

wis rotated 3 running backs throughout the game, geez, it wasn’t their fault neb couldn’t stop any of them. neb got blown out of the dome plain and simple, and all the neb fans saying they would blow out wis are having sour grape issues

Texas Wreck on 12/2/2012 @ 6:33pm EDT Said:

Big 10 officiating is bad- it favors the old powerful schools like Michigan, MSU, Ohio State and punishes new members and lesser powers. Run the numbers- it shows in number of penalties and yards. Pathetic.

Gern Blanston on 12/2/2012 @ 6:48pm EDT Said:

There is an extensive discussion on Reddit about the Bell hit. From several still images and the video you can see that the hit was Bell using his shoulder pads on the defender’s chest. It was not helmet-to-helmet. It was a bad call. Borland’s tackle which continued into some pick up and throw down move would have resulted in suspension and fines if it was the NFL. I hope the B1G reviews that play and suspends Borland from the Rose Bowl.

Pat Breaver on 12/2/2012 @ 10:13pm EDT Said:

I love reading these Husker biased comments. They are all about the hit that I too thought was clean and legit and should have been a Touchdown. But what they refuse to talk about is the 70 points the Badgers legitamently scored. The Badgers could have let the Huskers score 5 free Touchdowns in the game, and still have won by 4. typical sore losers.

    Gerry on 12/2/2012 @ 11:11pm EDT Said:

    Pat, make no mistake, theBadgers out coached and outplayed nebraska in every facet of the game. They were better prepared and played with a chip on their shoulder. I just wish they would have finished the game with a little more class, that’s all. Huge kudos to the Badgers, they whipped up on us bigtime. The pile driver on Martinez at the end and a reverse when you’re up by 5 scores in the fourth qtr is a bit much, don’t ya think?

    bob jones on 12/3/2012 @ 6:52am EDT Said:

    Nothing about being sore losers, we are obviously dissappointed that the Nebraska team was so unprepared to play. Wisconsin, on the other hand was ready and exceptionally prepared for their best game of the year. Huskers have the 4th winningest football program ever and are the winningest program for the last 50 years. We appreciate competing and competing well. Not showing up for a big game like this is very disappointing. That being said, the call on Kenny Bell’s block was ridiculous, it was a shoulder to chest block on a player trying to make a tackle, a ridiculously bad call which the tv announcers agreed 100% on that it was a very bad call. A legitimate play like that is somehow flagged, yet Wisconsin linebacker Borland makes a WWE wrestling move, picking up Taylor Martinez over his head and body slamming him on his head/ shoulder, something that flagrant is somehow completely ignored, while other legitimate plays are flagged, there was also a helmet to helmet call that looked to be the wrong call also. It’s getting to the point that contact of any kind is not allowed, and it is taking away from the game. It actually looks like they are moving towards outlawing the game entirely. You can’t block low, you can’t hit high or apparenly even on the shoulder, you can’t hit too hard, you can’t hit a player who is not paying attention, it has gotten confusing to players, coaches and fans alike, to try to understand what is allowed anymore and the calls have been terribly inconsistent . The Huskers were terrible Saturday night, but the officials were worse, it obviously did not cost them the game, it was just another horribly offciated game and that problem needs to be addressed. Congratulations to Wisconsin, they played a great game and hopefully will represent the conference well in the Rose Bowl, the bowl matchups look very difficult, hopefully we can hold our own.

Luke Anderosn on 12/2/2012 @ 11:31pm EDT Said:

Nebraska left their starters in so Wisconsin did too. I love how Husker fans are using the ‘football is a tough game’ logic on Bell’s block and at the same time whining that a conference opponent over whom they were a favorite in the conference championship game was running up the score.

If you didn’t want Wisconsin to run up the score, tackling someone may have been a good place to start.

BadgerBoy73 on 12/3/2012 @ 10:52am EDT Said:

Gerry and Bob, as a Wisco fan, I love the addition of NU to the Big Ten, and I have no doubt they will have many better moments than they did Saturday night. What I don’t understand from NU fans, even a little bit, is the accusation that Wisco leaving its starters in until the end is classless. I see it exactly the opposite, on two fronts. First, this is the Big Ten championship game, not Wisconsin vs. some FCS cupcake. If you are the big dog and you’ve already broken the little dog’s neck then, yes, get the starters out and have some mercy. But against a ranked NU team in the conference championship game that would be an insult to Nebraska. If Wisco takes out the starters what did they just say to NU? You aren’t worthy of our best, this game is over, have fun playing our scrubs on national TV. NO, it was a show of respect from Wisco to keep their starters in, risking injury as you pointed out. They didn’t use Nebraska, in the championship game on national TV, as practice for the 2nd and 3rd stringers, though it would have been very beneficial to get those guys the game reps. And when, specifically, would you like Wisconsin to start taking a knee when they’ve been up by 5 touchdowns since halftime? Second point: All Wisconsin did in the 2nd half was run the ball. The ironic thing is, usually teams get crucified for passing when they are up big, I honestly thought several times during the 2nd half, and in all seriousness, “Maybe we should start just throwing the ball to take our foot off the gas.” When a team is getting murdered like that, there is no “classy” option. We didn’t embarass NU, NU embarassed themselves. Period.

BigRedOne on 12/3/2012 @ 2:54pm EDT Said:

to Badgerboy, your comments just prove that Wisc hasnt had enough winning to understand how to be a class program in wins and loses. I would bet that your Athletic Director Barry Avelrez wasnt impressed by this display and actions by some players.

Wyohusker on 12/3/2012 @ 4:27pm EDT Said:

I have no problem with Badgerboy73’s comments. I was sure wishing they would pass too :) Total domination by a better coached and better prepared team. If we didn’t like them scoring so much, a little tackling would have helped. While I congratulate them on their victory, I don’t understand the call not being made on the Martinez tackle / body slam. No excuse. Blocks like the one by Bell happen so fast and look so violent, that if a Ref just caught a glimpse of it I could see him throwing the flag wrongly thinking it might have been unnecessarily rough. The slow motion body slam left no doubt.

John on 12/3/2012 @ 5:31pm EDT Said:

Gerry – sorry to disappoint you, but these teams don’t play again until 2015. If the Huskers are looking to get payback next year, they better hope to meet again in the championship game. Otherwise, they are going to be waiting for a long time. In response to several of the issues discussed above, the Bell hit was 100% clean and the Borland hit should have been a penalty. No arguments there. In terms of Wisconsin being classless, please get a clue before you write such an asinine comment. Nebraska kept the majority of their starters in the entire game. Martinez was desperately trying to score with under two minutes left when the team was down by 50. Talk about classless. Have a little self respect. Put the reserves in, run the ball, and get to the locker room. If the Huskers wanted Wisconsin to call it a night, they should have pulled their starters instead of trying to score. Let me get this straight. You guys want Wisconsin to pull all of their starters, but you want to leave your first team in the game and try and score? Bahahaha. I have read a lot of postgame commentary, especially the Husker blogs. The one takeaway from this game is that this is possibly one of the ugliest losses in school history (http://sports.omaha.com/2012/12/03/mad-chatter-dec-3/). A flat out embarrassment. The fact that Husker fans have come to this forum to complain about a few meaningless calls is just shameful. Wisconsin crushed Nebraska in every facet of the game. Husker fans should be directing their anger towards their impotent coach and the entire defensive unit, not the refs and Wisconsin fans.

Wyohusker on 12/3/2012 @ 5:59pm EDT Said:

John,
Every facet? We completely shut down your punting game. Give us a little credit.
Maybe with the new conference additions we can end up in the same division someday.

Rodney on 12/3/2012 @ 6:22pm EDT Said:

I noticed that Wis # 10 stepped on the back of Taylor Matinez’s foot after the 76 yard run by Taylor. It was karma tha he gotted blindsided by Bell later.