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2016 Big Ten Football Championship Game

The 2016 Big Ten Football Championship Game was played December 3, 2016 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was the sixth annual Big Ten Football Championship Game to determine the 2016 champion of the Big Ten Conference.[2]

2016 Dr. Pepper Big Ten Football Championship Game
Conference Championship
2016 Big Ten Football Championship Game Logo.svg
Championship Game Logo
1234 Total
Wisconsin 141430 31
Penn State 771410 38
DateDecember 3, 2016
Season2016
StadiumLucas Oil Stadium
LocationIndianapolis, IN
MVPTrace McSorley (PSU)
FavoriteWisconsin by 3.5
National anthemCombined bands of both universities
RefereeMike Cannon[1]
Halftime showDr Pepper Tuition Giveaway
Attendance65,018 [1]
United States TV coverage
NetworkFox/Compass Media
AnnouncersGus Johnson (Play-by-Play), Joel Klatt (Analyst), Shannon Spake (Sideline Reporter) (FOX)
Gregg Daniels, Dale Hellestrae (Compass Media)
Nielsen ratings5.3 (9.2 million viewers)
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2016 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7 Penn State xy$   8 1         11 3  
No. 6 Ohio State x^   8 1         11 2  
No. 10 Michigan   7 2         10 3  
Indiana   4 5         6 7  
Maryland   3 6         6 7  
Michigan State   1 8         3 9  
Rutgers   0 9         2 10  
West Division
No. 9 Wisconsin xy   7 2         11 3  
Iowa   6 3         8 5  
Nebraska   6 3         9 4  
Minnesota   5 4         9 4  
Northwestern   5 4         7 6  
Illinois   2 7         3 9  
Purdue   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Penn State 38, Wisconsin 31
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 Big Ten Championship Game pitted the Wisconsin Badgers, champions of the West Division, who made its fourth appearance in six years in the conference title game, against the East Division champion Penn State Nittany Lions, who made their first-ever appearance in the conference championship game. Penn State and Ohio State had identical 8–1 conference records, but Penn State won the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Buckeyes.

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HistoryEdit

The 2016 Championship Game would be the sixth in the Big Ten's 121-year history, and the third to feature the conference's East and West division alignment. Last season, the Big Ten Championship Game featured the Michigan State Spartans, champions of the East Division, and the Iowa Hawkeyes, champions of the West Division. Iowa made its first appearance in the conference championship game, while Michigan State made its third appearance (L in 2011, W in 2013). Michigan State defeated Iowa 16–13 to win its second Big Ten Championship in three years.

OtherEdit

For the third time in the championship's history, ESPN's College GameDay was on site prior to the game.

TeamsEdit

Wisconsin BadgersEdit

The Badgers started the season unranked, and opened vs the No. 5 LSU Tigers, whom they upset, 16–14, at Lambeau Field. The Badgers remained ranked the remainder of the season, peaking at No. 5 in both the AP (Week 12) and Coaches (Week 13) polls, and at No. 6 in the CFP rankings released on November 22 and November 29, 2016.

The Badgers went into the Championship game 10–2 (7–2 Big Ten), with both losses coming to Top 5 teams: No. 4 Michigan, who defeated Wisconsin 14-7; and No. 2 Ohio State, who defeated Wisconsin 30-23 in overtime.

Penn State Nittany LionsEdit

The Nittany Lions started the season off 2–2 after losses to Pitt and No. 4 Michigan but finished the regular season on an 8-game winning streak as well as beating No. 2 Ohio State while averaging 35 points per game. They clinched the Big Ten East and a spot in the Big Ten Championship with a win and a Michigan loss to Ohio State. The Nittany Lions were led by sophomore duo quarterback Trace McSorley and 1,000+ yard rusher in Saquon Barkley and junior wide receiver Chris Godwin.

They finished the regular season 10–2 (8–1 Big Ten), a big improvement from the last two seasons under head coach James Franklin (finished 7–6 both seasons). Following Penn State's upset of No. 2 Ohio State, the Nittany Lions would be ranked No. 24 in the AP poll, their first appearance in the poll since December 4, 2011, where they were ranked No. 23 prior to their loss to No. 17 Houston in the TicketCity Bowl. The following week, following their 62-24 victory over Purdue, Penn State was ranked No. 23 in the Coaches poll, their first appearance in said poll since December 4, 2011. Furthermore, Penn State made its debut in the CFP's first ranking of the season on November 1, where they were placed at No. 12; throughout the remainder of the season, the Nittany Lions continued to climb, maxing out at No. 7/8 heading into the Big Ten Championship Game.

Game summaryEdit

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Wisconsin Penn State
1 5:27 14 81 8:00 Wisconsin Austin Ramesh 1-yard touchdown run, Andrew Endicott kick good 7 0
1 3:06 2 72 0:45 Wisconsin Corey Clement 67-yard touchdown run, Andrew Endicott kick good 14 0
1 1:10 5 75 1:56 Penn State Mike Gesicki 33-yard touchdown reception from Trace McSorley, Tyler Davis kick good 14 7
2 9:42 -- -- -- Wisconsin Fumble recovery returned 12 yards for touchdown by Ryan Connelly, Andrew Endicott kick good 21 7
2 5:15 5 42 2:31 Wisconsin Dare Ogunbowale 7-yard touchdown run, Andrew Endicott kick good 28 7
2 0:58 8 90 1:27 Penn State Saeed Blacknall 40-yard touchdown reception from Trace McSorley, Tyler Davis kick good 28 14
3 10:58 1 70 0:11 Penn State Saeed Blacknall 70-yard touchdown reception from Trace McSorley, Tyler Davis kick good 28 21
3 4:22 8 63 3:17 Penn State Saquon Barkley 1-yard touchdown run, Tyler Davis kick good 28 28
3 0:16 9 70 4:06 Wisconsin 23-yard field goal by Andrew Endicott 31 28
4 13:41 4 81 1:30 Penn State Saquon Barkley 18-yard touchdown reception from Trace McSorley, Tyler Davis kick good 31 35
4 5:14 9 58 4:38 Penn State 24-yard field goal by Tyler Davis 31 38
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 31 38

Source: [1]

StatisticsEdit

Statistics[1] WIS PSU
First Downs 22 21
Total offense yards 415 435
Rushes-yards (net) 241 51
Passing yards (net) 174 384
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 16–21–0 22–31–0
Time of Possession 36:57 23:03
Penalties 4–40 3–25
Turnovers 0 2

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Big Ten Championship: Wisconsin vs. Penn State". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "Championship Game Tix on Sale July 30". BigTen.org. Retrieved October 6, 2016.