(OhioStateBuckeyes.com) COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University and its football program lost a beloved member of its staff early Sunday morning when Joe Daniels passed away after battling illnesses for a number of years. He was 69.
INDIANAPOLIS – Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany had every reason to smile late Saturday night.
INDIANAPOLIS – The notion of three yards and cloud of dust was trashed on this night. Instead, the inaugural Big Ten championship game was a celebration of yards, points–and more yards and points. And a running into the kicker penalty on Michigan State that killed the Spartans’ last hope to score to rally for the winning score.
In a game filled with action from start to finish, Wisconsin defeated Michigan State to win the first Big Ten Football Championship Game, 42-39. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart writes that few thought this game had much of a chance to live up to the first meeting in October but it certainly did. Now Wisconsin heads to their second straight Rose Bowl on Jan. 2, thanks in large part to Montee Ball’s 137 rushing yards and four total touchdowns.
Sunday featured six Big Ten women’s hoops games, including three that pit Big Ten teams against top 25 competition. No. 13 Purdue defeated reigning national champ and No. 4 Texas A&M, 60-51, three days after it lost to No. 7 Duke. The victory marked Purdue’s first win over a ranked nonconference foe since 2009. Catch up on all the action in this post and on our Big Ten scoreboard. Also, watch our highlights from Purdue’s impressive upset win now.
Just as we did in 2010-2011, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson called the Big Ten Football Championship for Fox on Saturday night and will call men’s basketball for the Big Ten Network this winter. We will clip and post his best calls and archive them here, so bookmark Johnson’s page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament.
We posted photos from the Big Ten Football Championship throughout the game itself. Now look back and see some great shots of Russell Wilson, Montee Ball, Keshawn Johnson, a three-photo sequence of that crazy lateral by Keith Nichol, and much more. And since we’re on the topic of great images, watch a very cool video from the BTN pregame show spotlighting the images of the year in the Big Ten.