Key Big Ten Games Week 7: Effect on the Conference

Oct 15, 2016; Madison, WI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) rushes with the football as Wisconsin Badgers linebacker T.J. Watt (42) dives from behind during the fourth quarter at Camp Randall Stadium. Ohio State won 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Recaps to the important Big Ten football match-ups in week 7 are here.

With just two marquis Big Ten match-ups Saturday, All eyes were on Nebraska as they were trying to remain undefeated against a tough Indiana team that has been well-tested. In the prime-time game, Ohio State traveled to Madison for a very important game against a No.8 ranked Wisconsin.

Big Ten football Game #1:
Final: Ohio State 30   Wisconsin 23

Another slow 1st quarter by Ohio State Buckeyes offensively (3 points) and a run defense that struggled to contain Wisconsin tailback Corey Clement resulted in a 7 point lead by the Wisconsin Badgers going into the 2nd quarter.

Wisconsin’s versatile offense has blossomed under head coach Paul Chryst, who has obviously put together some new looks to confuse the Buckeyes defense.

It was one of the few times that Ohio State linebackers were unsure what the play was going to be from how they lined up and put players (especially receiver Jazz Peavey) in motion. The jet-sweep to Peavey was successful in the first half.

At the half, Wisconsin was up 16-6. It was a first half that was tied for fewest points scored (6 points on 171 total yards) in the Urban Meyer era.

Head coach Urban Meyer made adjustments at the half and the Buckeyes dominated the 3rd quarter, and finally pulled ahead in the beginning of the 4th quarter after two consecutive 3 and out’s by the Badgers.

But Chryst’s offense had more trick plays up their sleeve, and drove 81 yards for a touchdown that gave them a 3 point lead with 8:00 left in the game.

Ohio State battled back to tie the game at 23 all and sent the game to OT.

After Wisconsin won the toss and decided to go on defense, the Buckeyes overcame two mental lapses (False start penalty and Holding penalty) to score on a beautiful corner end zone fade that wide receiver Noah Brown pulled in to break the tie.

Ohio State’s defense stopped the Badgers offense at the 4 yard line on a 4th and goal to seal the victory.

The Buckeyes face the Penn State Nittany Lions next week, while the Badgers face the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Big Ten football Game #2:
Final: Nebraska 27   Indiana 22

Oct 15, 2016; Bloomington, IN, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Brandon Reilly (87) evades a tackle by Indiana Hoosiers defensive back AShon Riggins (28) during the second half of the game at Memorial Stadium. The Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the Indiana Hoosiers 27 to 22. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The Nebraska Cornhuskers started this game owning the first quarter, but let the Indiana Hoosiers back into the game during the 2nd quarter.

It was a tough fought game till the 4th quarter where a banged up Huskers team managed to pull this one out on a 73 yard touchdown with 12:12 left in the game and a field goal with 45 seconds left and no time-outs remaining for the Hoosiers.

Needless to say the Hoosiers had little time to get the touchdown.

Richard Lagow’s first pass was tipped and nearly intercepted by Keiron Williams (37 seconds left). The next one was also high (over another open receiver – like the previous play) and intercepted by Aaron Wiliams to seal the game.

It is the first time in 15 years the Huskers are 6-0, and are in control of the Big Ten West heading into week 8.

The Cornhuskers face the Purdue Boilermakers next week, while the Hoosiers face the Northwestern Wildcats.

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