Big Ten Champ Game: Ohio State 59, Wisconsin 0

Passing
QB Tm Db Att Comp Comp% AY/Att Yds Pres TD Int Dp TA Sk Ht Hur
Cardale Jones 12
OSU
20
16
11
68.8%
17.8
253
9
3
0
1
1
1
4
5
Joel Stave 2
WIS
46
43
17
39.5%
11.0
187
21
0
3
4
3
3
7
13
Jalin Marshall 17
OSU
1
1
0
0.0%
12.0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Cardale Jones showed off his arm in big way in his first career start, only needing 16 pass attempts to rack up over 250 yards through the air.

The most stunning statistic from Jones performance was his 202 yards through the air—80 percent of his total yards—which is truly a rarity in this era of college football.

Joel Stave, on the other hand, had a rough night. He was pressured on 21 of his 46 dropbacks, seven of his 43 pass attempts were classified as uncatchable and his received dropped four balls.

Stave’s most noticeable issue was his inability to make the big throws. He completed just five off 18 pass attempts on throws beyond 10 yards down the field.

[note: Jones was officially credited with 17 attempts for 257 yards but one was a ‘tap pass’ which we record as a rushing attempt].

Rushing
RB
Tm
Att
Yds
Yds/Att
YAC
YAC/Att
1D
TD
MT
Stuff
Fm
Fm Lst
Melvin Gordon 25
WIS
26
82
3.2
43
1.7
5
0
5
10
1
1
Ezekiel Elliott 15
OSU
20
220
11.0
37
1.9
6
2
3
4
0
0
Cardale Jones 12
OSU
6
27
4.5
26
4.3
1
0
3
1
0
0
Corey Clement 6
WIS
5
14
2.8
1
0.2
0
0
1
0
0
0
Bri’onte Dunn 25
OSU
5
47
9.4
12
2.4
2
0
0
0
0
0
Curtis Samuel 4
OSU
4
23
5.8
6
1.5
0
2
0
0
0
0
Jalin Marshall 17
OSU
2
6
3.0
3
1.5
0
0
0
0
0
0
Tanner McEvoy 5
WIS
1
2
2.0
1
1.0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Alex Erickson 86
WIS
1
4
4.0
2
2.0
1
0
0
0
0
0
Kenzel Doe 3
WIS
1
6
6.0
4
4.0
0
0
1
0
0
0

Ezekiel Elliott posted some eye-popping stats, but the story of the game was Melvin Gordon.

Clearly unafraid of Stave’s ability to hurt them deep, the Buckeyes stacked the box and corralled Gordon all night long. Gordon had more rushing attempts for zero or negative yards (10) than he did attempts that went for four or more yards (nine).

Four of Gordon’s stuffs (attempts for zero or negative yards) came on first downs, forcing the Badgers to rely on Stave’s arm in situations they typically weren’t used to using him.

As for Elliott, while the stats were great, the Buckeyes offensive line and the Badgers inept front seven made it easy on him. Of his 220 yards, he ran untouched for 183 of them.

Receiving
Receiver Tm Tgt Rec Cont. Air Yds/Tgt Yds Yds/Rec YAC MT Dp 1D TD Fum
Alex Erickson 86
WIS
17
7
7
11.9
83
11.9
24
1
3
4
0
0
Troy Fumagilli 48
WIS
5
2
1
12.2
24
12.0
5
0
0
1
0
0
Kenzel Doe 3
WIS
5
3
1
16.8
41
13.7
1
0
0
3
0
0
Devin Smith 9
OSU
4
4
3
34.3
137
34.3
6
0
0
1
3
0
Michael Thomas 3
OSU
3
3
1
8.0
41
13.7
17
3
0
2
0
0
Corey Clement 6
WIS
3
2
0
0.3
12
6.0
17
0
0
1
0
0
Sam Arneson 49
WIS
3
2
1
9.7
23
11.5
9
0
0
2
0
0
Evan Spencer 6
OSU
3
1
1
16.7
13
13.0
4
0
0
1
0
0
Jalin Marshall 17
OSU
2
1
1
31.5
32
32.0
9
0
0
1
0
0
Derek Watt 34
WIS
2
0
0
0.0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Corey Smith 84
OSU
2
2
0
4.5
30
15.0
21
1
0
2
0
0
Melvin Gordon 25
WIS
2
0
1
1.5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Austin Traylor 46
WIS
1
1
0
4.0
4
4.0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Robert Wheelwright 15
WIS
1
0
1
38.0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Ezekiel Elliott 15
OSU
1
0
0
2.0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Cardale Jones 12
OSU
1
0
1
12.0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Alex Erickson did what he could for the Badgers, but with Doran Grant draped all over him and Stave struggling to locate his deep balls, Erickson’s legitimate opportunities were limited despite the high target number.

Erickson was essentially helpless if he wasn’t targeted on a quick-strike pass. Of his seven targets that were contested by an OSU defender, he hauled in just one catch.

Ohio State’s receivers had minimal work due to their early lead, however, Devin Smith deserves credit for hauling in all three of his contested targets which all resulted in touchdowns.

Blocking
Player
Tm
Pos
Snaps
PB
RB
Hur
Ht
Sk
PB %
Pen
P. Yds
Jacoby Boren 50
OSU
C
61
22
39
1
0
0
95.5%
0
0
Taylor Decker 68
OSU
LT
61
39
22
1
0
0
97.4%
2
10
Billy Price 54
OSU
LG
61
22
39
0
0
0
100%
0
0
Darryl Baldwin 76
OSU
RT
53
22
31
3
1
0
81.8%
0
0
Pat Elflein 65
OSU
RG
53
22
31
0
0
1
95.5%
0
0
Kyle Costigan 54
WIS
RG
80
46
34
4
1
0
89.1%
0
0
Rob Havenstein 78
WIS
RT
80
46
34
4
1
1
87.0%
0
0
Tyler Marz 61
WIS
LT
80
46
34
2
5
1
82.6%
0
0
Dallas Lewallen 73
WIS
LG/C
80
46
34
0
0
0
100%
0
0
Ray Ball 71
WIS
LG
76
45
31
2
0
1
93.3%
0
0
Melvin Gordon 25
WIS
RB
61
5
6
2
0
0
60.0%
0
0
Dan Voltz 70
WIS
C
4
1
3
0
0
0
100%
0
0

A team can overcome one weak link on the offensive line, as Ohio State has done for much of the year with Darryl Baldwin struggling on the right side (he allowed four of the team’s nine pressures). But you can’t function when both side of the line are failing, as was the case for Wisconsin.

Tackles Rob Havenstein and Tyler Marz allowed a total of 14 pressures, which forced Stave to keep his head on a swivel. Havenstein particularly struggled with Joey Bosa on the right side.

Pass Rush & Tackling
Defender
Tm
Tackle
MT
Stuff
Sack
Hit
Hurry
FF
FumR
BatPass
Marcus Trotter 59
WIS
8
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
Derek Landisch 30
WIS
7
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
Vonn Bell 11
OSU
7
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Peniel Jean 21
WIS
5
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
Darron Lee 43
OSU
5
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Michael Caputo 7
WIS
4
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
Michael Bennett 53
OSU
4
1
2
2
0
2
2
0
0
Darius Hillary 5
WIS
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Curtis Grant 14
OSU
4
1
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
Joshua Perry 37
OSU
4
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Eli Apple 13
OSU
4
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
Joey Bosa 97
OSU
4
1
2
0
3
4
0
1
0
Raekwon McMillan 2
OSU
4
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Adolphus Washington 92
OSU
3
0
1
0
1
3
0
0
0
Sojourn Shelton 8
WIS
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Joe Schobert 58
WIS
3
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
Jake Keefer 93
WIS
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Lubern Figaro 31
WIS
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Warren Herring 45
WIS
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Doran Grant 12
OSU
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Cam Burrows 16
OSU
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Tyvis Powell 23
OSU
2
2
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
Erick Smith 1
OSU
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Rashad Frazier 17
OSU
2
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
Cam Williams 55
OSU
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Craig Fada 38
OSU
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Chikwe Obasih 34
WIS
1
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
Chris Carter 72
OSU
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Devin Gauldin 4
WIS
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Tyquan Lewis 59
OSU
1
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
Derrick Tindal 25
WIS
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Vince Biegel 47
WIS
1
5
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
Gareon Conley 19
OSU
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Konrad Zagzebski 91
WIS
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Steve Miller 88
OSU
1
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
0
Arthur Goldberg 95
WIS
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Bosa, Michael Bennett and Adolphus Washington were simply too much for the Badgers to handle, as they combined for 15 total pressures and two forced fumbles.

The most stunning defensive stat of the night belonged to Wisconsin end/linebacker Vince Biegel, who missed an astonishing five tackles (while only completing one).

Coverage
Defender
Tm
Tgt
Comp
ContTgt
ContCat
PD
Int
TD
Air Yds/Tgt
Yds
1D
PI
Doran Grant 12
OSU
9
2
6
0
2
2
0
13.0
16
1
0
Sojourn Shelton 8
WIS
6
4
3
2
0
0
1
18.5
74
3
0
Vonn Bell 11
OSU
5
5
2
2
0
1
0
7.6
37
3
0
Eli Apple 13
OSU
4
3
0
0
0
0
0
11.0
33
1
0
Raekwon McMillan 2
OSU
3
2
0
0
0
0
0
4.7
33
1
0
Damon Webb 7
OSU
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
15.3
0
0
0
Derrick Tindal 25
WIS
3
1
1
1
0
0
1
17.7
67
1
0
Tyvis Powell 23
OSU
3
1
1
0
0
0
0
21.7
16
1
0
Darius Hillary 5
WIS
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
31.5
32
1
0
Cam Burrows 16
OSU
2
1
1
0
1
0
0
19.0
19
1
0
Cam Williams 55
OSU
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
4.0
0
0
0
Devin Gauldin 4
WIS
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
8.0
17
1
0
Peniel Jean 21
WIS
2
1
2
2
0
0
1
20.5
42
0
0
Armani Reeves 26
OSU
2
0
1
0
1
0
0
38.0
0
0
0
Curtis Grant 14
OSU
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
4.0
0
0
0
Erick Smith 1
OSU
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
14.0
14
1
0
Joey Bosa 97
OSU
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
4.0
4
0
0
Gareon Conley 19
OSU
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
4.0
0
0
0
Trey Johnson 36
OSU
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
10.0
11
1
0
Donovan Munger 52
OSU
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.0
0
0
0
Darron Lee 43
OSU
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.0
0
0
0
Jesse Hayes 41
WIS
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
12.0
0
0
0

It was a special night for Doran Grant, who was targeted nine times and only allowed two completions. Grant was able to contest six of the targets, which resulted in zero receptions, two passes deflected and two interceptions. Five of Grant’s targets came when matched up with Erickson, which resulted in just one reception for 11 yards.

For Wisconsin, the Badgers defensive backs contested eight of Jones’ 16 pass attempts but the Buckeye receivers still came down with the catch four times, including Smith’s three touchdowns.

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