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Buckeyes make playoff statement in Big Ten title

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (FOX19) -

It might've been the exact statement Ohio State needed to prove to the College Football Playoff Committee it deserves the spot in the final four. OSU (12-1, 8-0) throttled Wisconsin from start to finish in a 59-0 win in the Big Ten Championship Saturday.

In his first collegiate start as the Buckeyes third string quarterback, Cardale Jones completed 12 of 17 passes for 257 yards and three passing touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Devin Smith finished with 137 yards receiving on four catches and three scores.

Wisconsin became the first team in a power five conference to get shutout in a conference championship. The Ohio State defense played a big part holding Wisconsin to just 71 yards rushing and forcing four turnovers, three interceptions and one fumble recovery that Joey Bosa returned for a touchdown.

“I don't think there's any doubt we're one of the top four teams in America,” said OSU head coach Urban Meyer.

Cardale Jones was named Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten championship. It's the Buckeyes first conference title under Urban Meyer.

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