Rapid Reaction: Ohio State continues to pile it on in Big Ten title game
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is posting quick takes after each quarter of the Big Ten Football Championship from his perch at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Also, follow him on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart.
Quick take: This is morphing into a blowout along the lines of the 2012 Big Ten title game, when Wisconsin drubbed Nebraska, 70-31. After opening with a 14-0 first quarter, Ohio State continued to pour it on in the second by adding 28 points to forge a 38-0 lead that feels insurmountable. This game may be over.
Key moment: Ohio State opened the quarter with 2nd and goal at the Wisconsin 6. It was primed to score a TD, but Ezekiel Elliott dropped a sure scoring pass and the Buckeyes had to settle for a 23-yard field goal to give them a 17-0 lead with 14:14 left.
Key play: On its first possession of the second quarter, Cardale Jones dropped and heaved a pass down the right sideline. His perfectly thrown pass hit Devin Smith in stride for a 44-yard touchdown to give the Buckeyes to a 24-0 lead with 12:26 to go in the quarter.
Key number: 33, yards rushing for Wisconsin. They entered the game No. 2 in the nation with a 334.2 average.
Key penalty: Ohio State WR Corey Smith was ejected for targeting on a peel-back block with 3:53 left in the quarter. It shouldn’t be a big loss for the Buckeyes, who led, 31-0, at the time. OSU still has plenty of options to throw to.
Key score: On 2nd and 18 from the Wisconsin 12, Melvin Gordon was stuffed for an 8-yard loss. Even worse: He fumbled. Joey Bosa picked up the ball at the 4-yard line and rumbled into the end zone for a scoop and score. That gave the Buckeyes a 38-0 lead with 36 seconds left in the half.
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