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GAME NOTES: No. 1 Ohio State 34, No. 8 Wisconsin 21

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The Badgers lost another big one. Yup.

Big Ten Football Championship - Ohio State v Wisconsin Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

B1G Championship Game History:

  • This was the ninth playing of the game, sixth with the format of West vs. East (three of Legends vs. Leaders)
  • Of the nine occurrences, only one game has been played that did not feature Wisconsin or Ohio State (2015 - No. 5 Michigan State 16, No. 4 Iowa 13)
  • Wisconsin is 2-4 in the B1G Championship Game, having lost its last four (0-3 against OSU)
  • Ohio State is 4-1 in the B1G Championship Game, with its only loss coming in 2013 (No. 10 Michigan State 34, No. 2 Ohio State 24), having won in its last four appearances
  • Wisconsin leads the all-time mark with six appearances, followed by Ohio State (5), Michigan State (3), Penn State (1), Iowa (1), Nebraska (1) and Northwestern (1)

Other notes:

  • Regardless of whether or not he is returning next year, Jonathan Taylor will be playing in Wisconsin’s bowl game
  • What bowl game Taylor & co. will be playing in is a mystery at this point as their place will be determined by the committed as it will now be between Wisconsin and Penn State, as for who will play in the Rose Bowl, as the highest ranked B1G team, after Ohio State, who will be in the CFP.

Fun facts (via UW Athletic Department):

  • We never got an email with postgame fun facts so here are some we found in the box score.
  • Jack Coan had two rushing touchdowns which we are assuming is a career high.
  • Jonathan Taylor rushed for 148 yards which was a career high versus Ohio State who had previously bottled him up.
  • The Wisconsin held Justin Fields to only one yard rushing, but did allow him to throw for 299 yards.
  • J.K. Dobbins added 172 yards on the ground and pretty much salted the game away in the fourth quarter.
  • Quintez Cephus had seven catches for 122 yards and looked really impressive.
  • Zack Baun, Jack Sanborn and Reggie Pearson tied for the team lead in tackles with nine. Baun and Sanborn added a sack, two of the five the Badgers recorded on the game.
  • Matt Henningsen recovered a fumble and had an awesome season.