0:00: That’s it. Penn State has won the Big Ten title.
1:01: Penn State stopped Corey Clement on fourth-and-1 from their own 24.
5:15: Penn State’s Tyler Davis kicked a 24-yard field goal to put the Nittany Lions up 38-31 with just more than five minutes to play.
9:52: Penn State’s defense is clicking now, pressuring Bart Houston like crazy. The Nittany Lions will take over inside their own territory.
13:41: Penn State took a 35-31 lead on an 18-yard touchdown pass to Barkley. McSorley checked down to a wheel route and found Barkley over the top.
0:00: Ohio State has the most yards against Wisconsin this year with 411. Penn State has 383 after 3 quarters. This could be a wild fourth quarter.
0:16: Wisconsin edges back ahead with a field goal after two missed opportunities. Penn State’s coverage was out of sync on each of the last two pass plays on that drive, but the Badgers ended up with an incomplete pass and one short of the first down.
4:22: Saquon Barkley plunges across the goal line and it is very suddenly a 28-28 game. That’s 21 in a row for the Nittany Lions.
This has turned into a fantastic game, which is probably the last nail in the coffin for Wisconsin (or Penn State) reaching the Playoff. That’s quite all right — one of these teams is going to have an amazing league title to remember, and it won’t have a 45-7 loss to Alabama to breeze through on the season highlights Blu-Ray/DVD.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) December 4, 2016
7:33: Saquon Barkley runs for 16 yards. Penn State is averaging 8.1 yards per play. No team has average more than 5.59 yards per play in a game against Wisconsin’s defense this season.
7:39: Penn State’s defense has arrived. Bart Houston taken down on back-to-back plays.
There have been 5 fumbles in this game (2 by Penn State, 3 by Wisconsin). Wisconsin has recovered all 5. The September version of Tennessee called and would like its fumble luck back.
Watch Brandon Bell on this sack/fumble https://t.co/bSlJ6VF8xF
— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) December 4, 2016
10:58: Time to switch back over to Fox. Wisconsin missed a field goal on its opening drive, and Penn State scores on the first play after that. Trace McSorley hit Saeed Blacknall for a 70-yard touchdown pass. That’s three TD passes for McSorley, two to Blacknall.
The Badgers are going to need to clean up the issues defending the long ball in a hurry. Penn State’s “everyone go deep” offense might be fully engaged now.
Penn State: pic.twitter.com/ikluoMGTyU
— Tim Shoemaker (@TimShoemaker) December 4, 2016
Wisconsin leads 28-14 at the half. The stats are pretty close, but the bad snap and two missed fourth-down conversions for Penn State loom large.
Trace McSorley record watch
McSorley is now one away from tying Darryl Clark (2009) and Matt McGloin (2012) for the most touchdown passes in a single season in Penn State history.
He is now second in program history in passing yards for a single season as well. McSorley needs 123 passing yards in the second half to claim that record.
McSorley set the total yards in a single season record last week against Michigan State.
11:09: After getting its first stop of the game, the first two plays on this drive looked like new wrinkles that Penn State hadn’t used this year. The first was an in-line tight end screen to Mike Gesicki. The second was a shovel pass to Saquon Barkley. Penn State is clearly trying to slow down Wisconsin’s ferocious pass rushers.
9:42: That was not in the playbook. Senior center Brian Gaia’s bad snap turns into a touchdown for Wisconsin’s defense. Gaia had problems snapping earlier in the year, but hadn’t had a really bad one in a long time. Bad time for that to be a problem again. Wisconsin is back up by 14 again, 21-7.
— Nate Bauer (@NateBauerBWI) December 4, 2016
7:46: Penn State goes for it on 4th-and-2 on its own side of the field and Trace McSorley didn’t have much of a chance there. Probably going to be a question or two about that decision after the game for coach James Franklin.
Wisconsin has the ball and could make this pretty ugly with another touchdown here.
5:15: And there is said touchdown. Wisconsin is opening huge holes in the Penn State defense. The Nittany Lions appear to be struggling with all of the pre-snap shifting by the Badgers.
Wisconsin looks like it is 35 minutes from returning to the Rose Bowl.
3:25: A promising drive for Penn State ends on another failed fourth down. McSorley gets sandwiched and didn’t get up for a while. Wisconsin’s defense is vastly superior to Pittsburgh’s, in case any Penn State fans feel like this game is going a lot like that one did.
0:58: Penn State keeps a lot of people from finding something else to watch in the second half with an 8-play, 90-yard drive. Bad look for Wisconsin corner Lubern Figaro after he tried to play the receiver and not the ball, and it ends up as a 40-yard touchdown for Saeed Blacknall.
Penn State goes 3-and-out on its first drive. Bigger problem is Saquon Barkley limped off after the 1st play and did not return for third down, either. The Nittany Lions said all week that he would play after missing the end of the game last week.
Barkley is still on the Penn State sideline during Wisconsin’s first drive. He’s riding a stationary bike.
5:27: TOUCHDOWN: Wisconsin marches 81 yards on 14 plays. It took eight minutes. Twelve rushes, two passes. One big penalty on Penn State’s Manny Bowen and one big third-down conversion by Bart Houston with a pass down the middle to Jazz Peavy.
Exactly how Wisconsin wanted to start this game.
5:23: Looks like Barkley will return after the commercial break. He’s out on the field with the first-team offense.
3:06: After a bunch of runs into the middle of the defense, Corey Clement bounced one to the outside and … no one was there. He went 67 yards for a touchdown, the first 65 or so before contact.
Penn State has six plays for 10 yards. Wisconsin has 143 yards and 14 points. The Nittany Lions will need to find some answers in a hurry, or the rest of this game will divulge into “OK, have the Badgers done enough to impress the committee” and … that will be it.
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) December 4, 2016
1:10: They are replaying the Conference USA championship game on the scoreboard here. No wait, that was Penn State answering with a quick touchdown drive. Twenty-one points in the first 14 minutes here in Indianapolis.
Penn State didn’t use Mike Gesicki much the past two years. The guy who called the plays then is no longer on the staff. That’s probably one of the reasons why.
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) December 4, 2016
End of the first quarter: Wisconsin 14, Penn State 7
You are looking live … at Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the 2016 Big Ten championship game.
Great moment at the beginning here for the coin toss. Family members of Mike Sadler and Sam Foltz were present for the coin toss. Wisconsin called “Sadler” and won the toss.
Penn State gets the ball to start the game. There are a lot of people wearing white here, but Wisconsin fans have shown up as well. Just had the first “WE ARE … PENN STATE” chant. Let’s get it rolling.
Wisconsin and Penn State will meet in the Big Ten Championship Game, with the winner likely headed to the Rose Bowl. Led by running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley, the Nittany Lions have one of the most explosive offenses in the country. But they’ll have to deal with a fierce Badgers defense led by T.J. Watt.
Stick with Land of 10’s Sean Keeler and Corey Masisak from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis all night.
Penn State-Wisconsin live blog, updates from the 2016 Big Ten Championship Game
Pregame: Bart Houston will start at QB for Wisconsin, but Alex Hornibrook, who took over as the starter midseason, might be available off the bench.
Wisconsin vs. Penn State game time, details
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 7:17 p.m. CT/8:17 p.m. ET
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
The line: Wisconsin is a 3-point favorite.
What TV channel broadcasts Wisconsin vs. Penn State?
Fox will televise this championship game.
How can I watch Wisconsin vs. Penn State?
The game will be streamed live on FoxSportsGo.com as well as on the FoxSportsGo mobile app.
How can I listen to Wisconsin vs. Penn State on the radio?
Compass Media will broadcast the game online as will Sirius/XM 81. Badger Sports Network will also cover the game for Wisconsin. You can listen at BadgerSportsNetwork.com or on the iHeartRadio app (search WIBA) or on Sirius 93/XM 196. Click here for a list of all Wisconsin radio affiliates. For Penn State, you can listen at GoPSUSports.com. Click here for all other Penn State radio affiliates.
Wisconsin vs. Penn State keys to the game
It’s likely going to be tough to run the ball against Wisconsin’s defense, but, if Penn State can’t give quarterback Trace McSorley time to throw, this game will not be in doubt very long. Penn State’s offensive line has improved a great deal since Michigan destroyed it in Week 4, but this might be the best pass rush the Nittany Lions have faced since that game.
One chunk at a time
Penn State has needed “chunk” plays to move the ball against almost every opponent, and finding big gains is going to be paramount. The Nittany Lions have struggled to piece together efficient drives, and that’s not likely to change against the Badgers. Hit on enough big plays and it might lead to a Big Ten title.
Dome, sweet dome
One of Penn State’s underlying success stories this season has been outstanding work from punter Blake Gillikin, kickoff specialist Joey Julius and placekicker Tyler Davis. Gillikin and Julius haven’t had a chance to kick for Penn State indoors before, so booming boots that affect field position could be quite helpful.
Back to basics
Wisconsin’s defense has proven it’s worthy of being ranked seventh nationally this season, but the defense struggled last week against Minnesota. The Badgers pass defense played catch-up the entire game, and if it wasn’t for a huge fourth quarter filled with interceptions the game likely would have ended much differently. The Badgers need to find a way — and fast — back to ol’ reliable, if they’re going to make a stand against a high-scoring Penn State team.
Stand by (and in front of) Houston
The fifth-year senior quarterback might be throwing solo against Penn State, something he hasn’t had to do since coach Paul Chryst started splitting game time between him and Hornibrook back in September. Hornibrook was listed as questionable on the Badgers’ injury report this week after taking a hard hit from the Gophers last weekend. Houston finished strong to give Wisconsin the win with good protection from his offensive line. Houston will have to be at his best, and his O-line even better, to give him time to hit his favorite target, Jazz Peavy.
This goes for both teams. If one side or the other is ahead in the fourth quarter, conservative runs up the middle or milking the clock won’t suffice. If one of these teams wants to make a case for a College Football Playoff spot, it’s going to need to look as impressive as possible. If that means tacking on an extra score or two late, then so be it. Sportsmanship is not one of the categories on the list for the playoff selection committee.