World-Herald staff writers Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa break down the big plays of the Big Ten Championship game.
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Melvin Gordon: Wisconsin wants the ball to start the game and begins with a bang. On the fourth play of the game, the Badger freshman running back takes an end around, jukes both Husker safeties and bolts 56 yards for a touchdown.
Marcus Cromartie: The Badgers put Nebraska in a bigger hole when Wisconsin's top corner catches a pass deflected off of NU receiver Kenny Bell's hands and returns it 29 yards for a touchdown. Wisconsin leads 14-0 just three minutes into the game.
Taylor Martinez: On the best run in a career full of them, the Husker quarterback scampers back to his own 6-yard line, eludes three Wisconsin blitzers and proceeds to bolt 76 yards through the Badgers' defense for a touchdown.
Martinez: After Nebraska forces a punt, he completes a 16-yard pass to Kyler Reed, then runs 18 yards on a zone read as the Huskers reach midfield.
Rex Burkhead: The Husker senior gets the start and rips off his first big run of the game, an 18-yarder down to the Wisconsin 19.
Brett Maher: NU's kicker hits a 32-yard field goal to cut Wisconsin's lead to 14-10.
Montee Ball: He rumbles 21 yards to start the Badgers' next drive.
James White: Operating out of the Wildcat formation, he picks up a crucial third-and-2 at NU's 9, then runs out of the same formation again for a 9-yard touchdown.
Maher: Shanks a 19-yard punt when he could have pinned Wisconsin inside its own 20.
Curt Phillips: Wisconsin's fifth-year senior quarterback looks sharp, hitting a 16-yard post corner to Jared Abbrederis and a 22-yard swing pass to White.
Abbrederis: Gets a handoff from Phillips and throws back to the quarterback, who's wide open, for a 27-yard gain down to the Husker 1. White plows in from there for a 28-10 lead.
Phillips: After a Husker punt, he hits a key third down pass to Abbrederis, who gains 13 yards, and an iffy personal foul call on Daimion Stafford moves the ball to the Husker 35.
Ball: With White working as the Wildcat quarterback, the Badger star takes the ball on an end around and leaps into the end zone from the 3 for a 16-yard touchdown. Wisconsin leads 35-10.
David Gilbert: The Badger defensive end forces a fumble of Martinez at midfield. It's recovered by Wisconsin linebacker Mike Taylor. On the Huskers' next drive, he notches a 9-yard sack of Martinez.
Gordon: With 20 seconds left in the half, he runs 60 yards to set up the Badgers for a touchdown try with six seconds remaining in the half.
Sam Arneson: Wisconsin runs another play out of its Wildcat formation, but this time White catches the snap, fakes right and throws to a wide-open Badger tight end for a touchdown.
Devin Smith: Intercepts Martinez's second pass of the second half, returning it to the NU 9-yard line.
Ball: Runs 9 yards on the very next play for a touchdown. Wisconsin leads 49-10.
Kenny Bell: On what appears to be a long touchdown pass from Martinez to Jamal Turner, Bell throws a vicious block on Badger cornerback Smith. Officials flag Bell for unnecessary roughness. Husker fans roundly boo.
Martinez: NU's drive continues, however, and the Huskers finish it off with an 11-yard run from their quarterback.
Ball: Answers with a spectacular run of his own, breaking several tackles and stiff-arming Ciante Evans to the ground for a 57-yard touchdown. Wisconsin goes 75 yards in three plays.
White: Runs 68 yards for a touchdown right up the middle. Nebraska's defense is done. Spent. Wisconsin leads 63-17.
Tyler Dippel: The junior defensive lineman maneuvers through Nebraska's offensive line with ease, dropping Martinez for an 11-yard loss. It's Wisconsin's fifth sack of the night.
Braylon Heard: He takes a handoff out of Nebraska's Bone formation (with three running backs) and gets to the edge, scampering 9 yards for an easy touchdown. It makes the score 63-24.
Kenzel Doe: Taking a reverse from his wide receiver position, the sophomore beats NU's defense to the sideline and gains 12 yards.
Gordon: The speedy freshman breaks free again. He finds his way to the edge and sprints down the sideline, nearly reaching the end zone before Stanley Jean-Baptiste shoves him out of bounds.
White: All too easy. He takes the handoff and fires forward, right up the gut. It's a 10-yard touchdown that puts Wisconsin up 70-24.
Imani Cross: On a third-and-1, the freshman looks to be corralled, but he bursts through the pile and finds open ground for a 26-yard score. Wisconsin is now up 70-31 with 51 seconds left.
Bret Bielema: Wins his second straight Big Ten championship game. Now in his seventh season at Wisconsin, he will take his team to a third straight Rose Bowl. Can he win this time after failing in his first two tries?