No. 8 Badgers lead No. 1 Buckeyes, 21-7, at half in Big Ten Championship

No. 8 Badgers lead No. 1 Buckeyes, 21-7, at half in Big Ten Championship

The Badgers look up to the task so far in Indianapolis.

After losing by three touchdowns to the top-ranked Buckeyes in October, Wisconsin, Jack Coan and Jonathan Taylor were all over Ohio State in the first half at the Big Ten Championship in Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday night, up 21-7.

Wisconsin’s first two touchdowns came on the ground — via very different sources. The first was from star tailback Jonathan Taylor, bursting 44 yards for the score. The second was from the quarterback, Jack Coan, with his third rushing score of the season — and fourth of his career.

Midway through the second quarter, Justin Fields and the Buckeyes finally got something going on offense, set up by a fake punt. That opportunity was taken away when Fields fumbled inside the 10 on third down with six minutes left in the half.

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— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 8, 2019

The Buckeyes cracked the scoreboard on their next possession, capped by J.K. Dobbins’ two-yard dive to cut lead in half to 14-7.

Looking like the Badgers would take the next drive to the halftime break, Taylor went down the left side and got Wisconsin into field goal range on a 45-yard gain. He also became the first 100-yard rusher against the Buckeyes all season — in just two quarters. A spectacular grab from Quintez Cephus gave the Badgers possession inside the one, so Coan ran for another score.

Undefeated Ohio State is considered a lock for the College Football Playoff at this point, but after losses by Utah and Georgia, some believe there is a path for the Badgers to be considered if they blow out the Buckeyes.

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— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 8, 2019

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