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2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game

The 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game was a college football game. It was played on December 3, 2011, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, to determine the 2011 champion of the Big Ten Conference. The Wisconsin Badgers of the Leaders Division beat the Michigan State Spartans of the Legends Division by a score of 42–39.[2][3] By winning the game, Wisconsin earned a berth in the 2012 Rose Bowl.

2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game
Conference Championship
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1234 Total
Wisconsin 210714 42
Michigan State 72273 39
DateDecember 3, 2011
Season2011
StadiumLucas Oil Stadium
LocationIndianapolis, Indiana
MVPRussell Wilson
FavoriteWisconsin by 1.5
National anthemMichigan State University Spartan Marching Band and University of Wisconsin Marching Band
RefereeBill LeMonnier
Attendance64,152
United States TV coverage
NetworkFox
AnnouncersGus Johnson (Play-by-play)[1]

Charles Davis (Color Analyst)
Tim Brewster (Sideline Analyst)

Dhani Jones (Sideline Analyst)
Nielsen ratings4.6 (7.8 million viewers)
Big Ten Football Championship Game
  2012
2011 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends Division
No. 11 Michigan State x   7 1         11 3  
No. 12 Michigan %   6 2         11 2  
No. 24 Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
Iowa   4 4         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         3 9  
Leaders Division
No. 10 Wisconsin xy$   6 2         11 3  
Penn State x   6 2         9 4  
Purdue   4 4         7 6  
Ohio State   3 5         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         7 6  
Indiana   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 39
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The game was the first football championship game ever played in the Big Ten's 115-year history. The game was played in prime time and televised by Fox.[4]

Scoring summaryEdit

1st Quarter:

  • WISC – Jeff Duckworth 3-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Philip Welch kick) WIS 7 MSU 0
  • MICH-ST – Edwin Baker 8-yard run (Dan Conroy kick) WIS 7 MSU 7
  • WISC – Montee Ball 6-yard run (Welch kick) WIS 14 MSU 7
  • WISC - Ball 6-yard run (Welch kick) WIS 21 MSU 7

2nd Quarter:

  • MICH-ST – B. Cunningham 30-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Conroy kick) WIS 21 MSU 14
  • MICH-ST – Cunningham 7-yard pass from Cousins (Brad Sonntag rush) WIS 21 MSU 22
  • MICH-ST – Le'Veon Bell 6-yard run (Conroy kick) WIS 21 MSU 29

3rd Quarter:

  • WISC – Jared Abbrederis 42-yard pass from Wilson (Welch kick) WIS 28 MSU 29
  • MICH-ST – Cunningham 44-yard pass from Cousins (Conroy kick) WIS 28 MSU 36

4th Quarter:

  • WISC – Ball 5-yard pass from Wilson (Wilson pass failed) WIS 34 MSU 36
  • MICH-ST – Conroy 25-yard field goal WIS 34 MSU 39
  • WISC – Ball 7-yard run (Jacob Pedersen pass from Wilson) WIS 42 MSU 39

Kickoff time: 8:19 p.m. • End of Game: 11:52 p.m. • Total elapsed time: 3 hours 33 minutes

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Scott Dochterman (2011-06-01). "BTN to ride the Gus (Johnson) in hoops coverage". Retrieved 2011-06-01.
  2. ^ D'Amato, Gary (2011-12-04). "Badgers' Dramatic Big Ten Title Game Victory an Instant Classic", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  3. ^ Sipple, George (2011-12-03). "Wisconsin 42, Michigan State Spartans 39: Rose Bowl Bid Comes Up Short in Big Ten Title Game", Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  4. ^ "Big Ten Announces Media Agreement with FOX Sports to Televise 2011-16 Big Ten Football Championship Games". BigTen.org: The Big Ten Conference Official Site. 2010-11-17. Retrieved 2011-04-11.