2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game

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2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game
Conference Championship
Chris Borland tackles Taylor Martinez.jpg
LB Chris Borland tackles QB Taylor Martinez
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 10 0 7 14 31
Wisconsin 21 21 21 7 70
Date December 1, 2012
Season 2012
Stadium Lucas Oil Stadium
Location Indianapolis, Indiana
MVP Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Referee John O'Neill
Halftime show University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band, University of Wisconsin Marching Band
Attendance 41,260
United States TV coverage
Network Fox
Announcers: Gus Johnson, (Play-by-play) Charles Davis (Color Analyst) and Julie Alexandria (Sideline Reporter)
Big Ten Football Championship Game
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2012 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends
#25 Nebraska xy   7 1         10 4  
#24 Michigan   6 2         8 5  
#17 Northwestern   5 3         10 3  
Michigan State   3 5         7 6  
Iowa   2 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 6         6 7  
Leaders
#3 Ohio State* x   8 0         12 0  
Penn State*   6 2         8 4  
Wisconsin y   4 4         8 6  
Purdue   3 5         6 7  
Indiana   2 6         4 8  
Illinois   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Wisconsin 70, Nebraska 31
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for conference championship game and post-season bowl games due to NCAA sanctions
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game was a college football game. It was played on December 1, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, to determine the 2012 champion of the Big Ten Conference. It was played between the Wisconsin Badgers of the Leaders Division and the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Legends Division.[1] Wisconsin defeated Nebraska 70-31.[2]

The game was the second football championship game ever played in the Big Ten's 116 year history; the Big Ten expanded to twelve teams the year before thus becoming eligible under NCAA rules which require conferences to have a membership of at least 12 to have a conference championship game. The game was played in prime time and televised by Fox,[3] with kickoff scheduled for 8:17 PM Eastern Time. In only the 2nd year of the Big Ten Championship game, one team entered the game unranked in the BCS standings, AP poll, and Coaches' poll.

Beginning in 2014, both Nebraska and Wisconsin will be placed in the new Big Ten West division for football, and thus it will no longer be possible for them to meet in the conference championship game.

Teams[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Wisconsin finished third place in the Leaders division, but division winner Ohio State (one-year postseason ban) and runner-up Penn State (four-year postseason ban) were ineligible as neither team was eligible for postseason play.

The 2012 Big Ten football championship game would be the last time Bret Bielema would coach the Badgers. He departed the badgers three days after the Big Ten championship game.[4][5] Wisconsin's Athletic Director, and former football head coach, Barry Alvarez would go on to coach the Badgers at the 2013 Rose Bowl against Stanford.

Nebraska[edit]

Scoring Summary[edit]

1st Quarter
  • WIS - Melvin Gordon 56 Yd Run (Kyle French Kick) (13:01) (7-0 WIS)
  • WIS - Marcus Cromartie 29 Yd Interception Return (Kyle French Kick) (12:53) (14-0 WIS)
  • NEB - Taylor Martinez 76 Yd Run (Brett Maher Kick) (10:58) (14-7 WIS)
  • NEB - Brett Maher 32 Yd (04:46) (14-10 WIS)
  • WIS - James White 9 Yd Run (Kyle French Kick) (01:01) (21-10 WIS)
2nd Quarter
  • WIS - James White 1 Yd Run (Kyle French Kick) (11:11) (27-10 WIS)
  • WIS - Montee Ball 16 Yd Run (Kyle French Kick) (07:15) (35-10 WIS)
  • WIS - Sam Arneson 3 Yd Pass From James White (Kyle French Kick) (00:02) (42-10 WIS)
3rd Quarter
  • WIS - Montee Ball 9 Yd Run (Jack Russell Kick) (14:13) (49-10 WIS)
  • NEB - Taylor Martinez 11 Yd Run (Brett Maher Kick) (10:47) (49-17 WIS)
  • WIS - Montee Ball 57 Yd Run (Jack Russell Kick) (09:27) (56-17 WIS)
  • WIS - James White 68 Yd Run (Jack Russell Kick) (06:42) (63-17 WIS)
4th Quarter
  • NEB - Braylon Heard 9 Yd Run (Brett Maher Kick) (12:14) (63-24 WIS)
  • WIS - James White 10 Yd Run (Jack Russell Kick) (08:57) (70-24 WIS)
  • NEB - Imani Cross 26 Yd Run (Brett Maher Kick) (00:51) (70-31 WIS)

Statistics[edit]

Statistics WIS NEB
First Downs 24 23
Total offense 640 477
Rushes-yards (net) 539 282
Rushing, Attempts–Yards per rush 50–10.8 44–6.4
Passing yards (net) 101 195
Passes, Completions–Attempts 8–10 18–34
Turnovers, Fumbles–Interceptions 0–0 1–2
Penalties–Yards 4–51 4–40
Time of Possession 29:45 30:15

Sources:[6][7]

Records[edit]

Montee Ball took over as the record holder for Football Bowl Subdivision "career rushing touchdowns record" from Travis Prentice with 76 touchdowns (Ball scored one touchdown in the 2013 Rose Bowl thus extending the record).[7] Wisconsin set multiple school records in the game; first by scoring eight rushing touchdowns during the game.[8] The second school record for Wisconsin was having two 200-yard rushers in one game.[7] Nebraska set a record for the most rushing touchdowns allowed in a game.[8] Wisconsin's redshirt freshman running back Melvin Gordon ran for a career high of 216 yards on just nine possessions, averaging 24 yards per carry.[9]

See also[edit]

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