INDIANAPOLIS (WKOW) -- Despite manhandling the Buckeyes for the first half of the Big 10 Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the Badgers fell to Ohio State 34-21 in the two teams' second meeting of the season.
Head Coach Paul Chryst set the tone early when he opted to go on offense after winning the coin flip, hoping to take an early lead and putting pressure on the Buckeye's offense early on.
That decision proved to be the right one, and set up a dominating first half.
Jonathan Taylor scored on a 44-yard touchdown run with 12:57 left in the first quarter, set up by a Jack Coan scrambling first down on the preceding play.
The Buckeyes pulled out a trick play in their opening drive of the second quarter, calling a fake punt to give the Buckeyes a first down.
The abrupt momentum allowed the Buckeyes to advance into the red zone, but a turnover ended their scoring threat.
The Badgers held the Buckeyes scoreless for most of the first half, giving up a touchdown late in the half.
But the Badgers came roaring back to score with 10 seconds in the half to go up 21-7.
The Buckeyes came out on fire in the second half and quickly scored in their opening drive, wasting no time to pull to 21-14.
Then a bobbled snap by the Badgers' punter put the Buckeyes back in the red zone, but the Badgers held Ohio State to a field goal to hold on to a 21-17 lead.
After a missed field goal by Wisconsin, Ohio State took its first lead of the game to 24-21 on a Justin Fields to J.K. Hill touchdown pass with 2:23 left in the third quarter.
That's all the Buckeye's needed to regain the form that propelled them to a No. 1 ranking in college football.
After forcing a Badger punt, the Buckeyes pushed the score to 31-21.
But the Badger defense stiffened once again, as the had throughout the game, holding Ohio State to a field goal with less the five minutes in the game.
Behind 34-21, the Badger offense needed to come up with two touchdowns in the final 4:39 to steal a victory.