In his first career start, Cardale Jones found himself in an intriguing position: the quarterback in a Big Ten Championship game, for an underdog team, and who fans desperately wanted to lead his team to a potential berth in the NCAA four-team BCS playoffs. No pressure, right?
The first drive set the done of the game in a big way. Following a pass on the first play of the game, Jones engineered a hurry-up attack that ended with a 39 yard strike to Devin Smith. The favored Badgers looked caught off-guard throughout the drive, as Ezekiel Elliott cut a nice run around the corner on his way to 21 yards in the scoring drive. Despite the loss of Heisman-candidate J.T. Barrett, the Ohio State Buckeyes were making it very clear that their game plan was not changing.
Two possession later, Elliott broke a huge hole for an 81 yard run, and proceeded to watch himself on the jumbotron as the Buckeyes kicked the extra point to complete their 14-0 lead over Wisconsin. In fact, Elliott had 114 yards on five carries in just the first quarter.
Jones would go on top finish with 257 yards and three touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ blowout victory. In the same dominating manner, Elliott gathered 220 yards on the ground to help Ohio State win their Big Ten Championship.
FSU won against Georgia Tech, but the 59-0 rout could very well route help OSU in their quest for a playoff bid. It may come down to the Buckeyes and TCU, whereas a conference championship might put give them the edge.
Regardless, Jones had an extremely commendable performance, and Urban Meyer should be very proud of such an all-around win from his team.