Sean Merriman, web editor, June 18, 2015

BTN is airing 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014, as part of our new ?Big Ten Classics? series.

Tonight?s game, which will air at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, features the inaugural Big Ten football championship game.

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball rushed for 137 yards and scored four touchdowns as Wisconsin hung on to beat Michigan State, 42-39, in the first Big Ten title tilt.

This game will be remembered as one of the most entertaining contests of the 2011 season. After trading points for much of the game, MSU forced what appeared to be a three-and-out with less than two minutes remaining. However, MSU's Isaiah Lewis was called for a running-into-the-kicker penalty, giving the Badgers the ball back and allowing them to run out the clock and seal the win.

Here is a breakdown of this exciting 2011 Big Ten matchup, highlighting the top moment, stat line and individual player.

Top moment: Montee Ball scored the go-ahead touchdown run with 3:45 remaining in the game, which helped seal the 42-39 victory for the Badgers.

Top stat line: The two teams combined for 816 total yards in this offensive shootout. Michigan State racked up 471 yards of total offensive, while Wisconsin had 345 yards.

Top player: It has to be Montee Ball. The former Badger standout rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns, caught three passes for 7 yards and a touchdown, and even completed a 32-yard pass in the victory.


Thursday, June 18: Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 39 – 2011 Big Ten title game
Friday, June 19: Michigan 35, Notre Dame 31 – 9/10/11
Monday, June 22: Indiana 73, Kentucky 72 (basketball) – 12/10/11
Tuesday, June 23: Illinois 79, Ohio State 74 (basketball) – 1/10/12
Wednesday, June 24: Purdue 72, Wisconsin 67 (basketball) – 2/9/08
Thursday, June 25: Iowa 34, Michigan State 27 – 10/27/07
Friday, June 26: Maryland 20, Penn State 19 – 11/1/14
Monday, June 29: Minnesota 59, Indiana 58 (basketball) – 3/14/08
Tuesday, June 30: Northwestern 48, Michigan State 41 (OT) – 10/6/07
Wednesday, July 1: Rutgers 28, Louisville 25 – 11/9/06