Recognizing the best and brightest from the Big Ten championship game:
Wisconsin's running backs: What a breathtaking performance the Badgers' trio of backs put on in Indianapolis. Montee Ball showed why he's still arguably the best back in the country, running 21 times for 202 yards and three touchdowns, setting the NCAA career record for rushing scores (he had previously broke the mark for total TDs). Redshirt freshman Melvin Gordon put his immense potential on display with 216 yards on just nine touches, averaging a ridiculous 24 yards per carry. Not to be outdone, James White ran for 109 yards and accounted for five touchdowns (four rushing, one passing). Wisconsin had a school-record eight rushing touchdowns and ran for more yards (539) than any Nebraska opponent ever.
Wisconsin DB Marcus Cromartie: The senior had maybe his finest game, recording his first career interception and returning it 29 yards for a touchdown early in the game. He also broke up two passes, including one that looked like it might have gone for a score in the third quarter. Linebacker Chris Borland (13 tackles, forced fumble) and defensive end David Gilbert also had big games for the defense.
Wisconsin offensive coordinator Matt Canada: Criticized earlier in the year for some vanilla play calling, Canada unleashed the full fury of his playbook against Nebraska. If he's got anything left in there, we'd like to see it. Saturday's game plan included an array of formations and pre-snap motions, passes thrown by a receiver and a running back, a swinging gate, jet sweeps and all sorts of other fun stuff. The result was nine touchdowns by the offense and an average of 10.7 yards per play. "I was kind of surprised that everything worked," center Travis Frederick said.