Barrett completed just 12 of his 26 pass attempts for 211 yards, rushing for 60 yards and another score. on 19 attempts six days after undergoing surgery to fix a knee injury suffered in Ohio State's victory over MI. But J.T. Barrett and Co. aren't expected to go quietly, if the Buckeyes quarterback plays at all.
Now Ohio State awaits its fate.
UW entered Saturday's game having allowed just three plays of 50-plus yards this season, but the Badgers surrendered four such plays to Ohio State. Running back Chris James's one-yard plunge cut the lead to five, and after a lengthy delay to fix a patch of ripped turf at the goal line, Hornibrook completed a two-point conversion throw to tight end Troy Fumagalli.
Wisconsin, which got on the scoreboard on Andrew Van Ginkel's nine-yard interception for a touchdown in the first quarter, went into intermission down 21-10 after Rafael Gaglianone's 28-yard field goal with 3:42 remaining in the second quarter. Taylor needs 120 yards rushing to break Adrian Peterson's national freshman record (1,925) and 194 yards to reach the 2,000-yard mark.
UW sought its 15th Big Ten title and first since 2012 on Saturday but left with its third conference championship game defeat in the past four years.
Ohio State's J.T. Barrett celebrates with fans following the team's Big Ten championship. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Concerns about the College Football Playoff aside, Ohio State prepared this past week uncertain how much Barrett would be able to play, or if he would be effective doing so.
We'll find out on Sunday afternoon whether or not the eighth-ranked Buckeyes did enough to climb into the CFP committee's top-four, but with a victory over the No 4 Badgers, Ohio State added to a resume that already includes wins over No. 9 Penn State and No. 16 Michigan State.
Barrett's status for the game is in question after undergoing arthroscopic surgery Sunday to remove a piece of torn cartilage in his right knee.
He practiced Thursday, and Meyer said he was cleared to play. But if Barrett needs to come out, they will turn to Haskins, a redshirt freshman, who was good in relief last week against MI and could try to duplicate Cardale Jones' fill-in performance in the 2014 title game against Wisconsin.
The senior aggravated his already sore right knee last week in a 31-20 win against MI when a cameraman tried to squeeze by him on the sideline, an incident that drew condemnation from Coach Urban Meyer during Ohio State's postgame news conference. Here is a look at the final Big Ten power rankings and where the teams will be playing during bowl season. He threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions. Following the 2016 season, Clemson returned the favor with a 35-31 victory that came on Deshaun Watson's 2-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with 1 second remaining.
That a two-loss Buckeyes team was passed over shouldn't be stunning.