Big Ten Title Game a Classic

Big Ten Title Game a Classic

On face value, the first Big Ten championship game didn't seem like such a good idea.

There were empty seats inside Lucas Oil Stadium, as if the Indianapolis Colts were using the place.

The game forces fans to make economic choices, as if the budget would stretch to cover what are essentially two bowl games.

But put Wisconsin and Michigan State together, and the practical concerns go away, sort of like Russell Wilson dodging yet another would-be tackler.

Say what you will about the Miracle of East Lansing the first time these teams met this season, this one will be remembered in a similar shade of wow.

How Michigan State won the first time, go to the replay forever.

How Wisconsin got back to the Rose Bowl is one of those stories that will be a part of the Badgers' rich two-decade renaissance for a long, long time.

Fourth and 6 with 4:25 left, and Wilson somehow completes a 36-yard pass to Jeff Duckworth?

Montee Ball scores his fourth touchdown of the game to put him easily in reach of Barry Sanders' all-time touchdown record?

On the accompanying two-point conversion, Wilson ducks and rolls and weaves like Muhammad Ali on one of his better days and somehow finds Jacob Petersen?

But wait, it gets better.

The Badgers won by the mind-bending score of 42-39 Saturday night and were able to hang on because. . . a Michigan State player ran into the Wisconsin punter with less than 2 minutes to play?

Believe it, because this is why Wilson became a Badger in his final year of eligibility.

He's taking Wisconsin back to Pasadena, and what a journey it has been.

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