2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game

The 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game was a college football game. It was played on December 3, 2011, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, to determine the 2011 champion of the Big Ten Conference. The Wisconsin Badgers of the Leaders Division beat the Michigan State Spartans of the Legends Division by a score of 42–39.[2][3] By winning the game, Wisconsin earned a berth in the 2012 Rose Bowl.

The game was the first football championship game ever played in the Big Ten's 115-year history. The game was played in prime time and televised by Fox.[4]

2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game
Conference Championship
2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game Logo
Championship Game Logo
Wisconsin Badgers Michigan State Spartans
(10–2) (10–2)
42 39
Head coach: 
Bret Bielema
Head coach: 
Mark Dantonio
1234 Total
Wisconsin 210714 42
Michigan State 72273 39
DateDecember 3, 2011
StadiumLucas Oil Stadium
LocationIndianapolis, Indiana
MVPRussell Wilson
FavoriteWisconsin by 1.5
National anthemMichigan State University Spartan Marching Band and University of Wisconsin Marching Band
RefereeBill LeMonnier
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersGus Johnson (Play-by-play)[1]

Charles Davis (Color Analyst)
Tim Brewster (Sideline Analyst)

Dhani Jones (Sideline Analyst)
Nielsen ratings4.6 (7.8 million viewers)
2011 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends Division
No. 11 Michigan State x   7 1         11 3  
No. 12 Michigan %   6 2         11 2  
No. 24 Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
Iowa   4 4         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         3 9  
Leaders Division
No. 10 Wisconsin xy$   6 2         11 3  
Penn State x   6 2         9 4  
Purdue   4 4         7 6  
Ohio State   3 5         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         7 6  
Indiana   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 39
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Scoring summary

1st Quarter:

  • WISC – Jeff Duckworth 3-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Philip Welch kick) WIS 7 MSU 0
  • MICH-ST – Edwin Baker 8-yard run (Dan Conroy kick) WIS 7 MSU 7
  • WISC – Montee Ball 6-yard run (Welch kick) WIS 14 MSU 7
  • WISC - Ball 6-yard run (Welch kick) WIS 21 MSU 7

2nd Quarter:

  • MICH-ST – B. Cunningham 30-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Conroy kick) WIS 21 MSU 14
  • MICH-ST – Cunningham 7-yard pass from Cousins (Brad Sonntag rush) WIS 21 MSU 22
  • MICH-ST – Le'Veon Bell 6-yard run (Conroy kick) WIS 21 MSU 29

3rd Quarter:

  • WISC – Jared Abbrederis 42-yard pass from Wilson (Welch kick) WIS 28 MSU 29
  • MICH-ST – Cunningham 44-yard pass from Cousins (Conroy kick) WIS 28 MSU 36

4th Quarter:

  • WISC – Ball 5-yard pass from Wilson (Wilson pass failed) WIS 34 MSU 36
  • MICH-ST – Conroy 25-yard field goal WIS 34 MSU 39
  • WISC – Ball 7-yard run (Jacob Pedersen pass from Wilson) WIS 42 MSU 39

Kickoff time: 8:19 p.m. • End of Game: 11:52 p.m. • Total elapsed time: 3 hours 33 minutes


  1. ^ Scott Dochterman (2011-06-01). "BTN to ride the Gus (Johnson) in hoops coverage". Retrieved 2011-06-01.
  2. ^ D'Amato, Gary (2011-12-04). "Badgers' Dramatic Big Ten Title Game Victory an Instant Classic", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  3. ^ Sipple, George (2011-12-03). "Wisconsin 42, Michigan State Spartans 39: Rose Bowl Bid Comes Up Short in Big Ten Title Game", Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  4. ^ "Big Ten Announces Media Agreement with FOX Sports to Televise 2011-16 Big Ten Football Championship Games". BigTen.org: The Big Ten Conference Official Site. 2010-11-17. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
2011 Big Ten Conference football season

The 2011 Big Ten Conference football season is the 116th for the Big Ten. The conference started its season on Saturday, September 3, as each of the conference’s teams began their respective 2011 season of NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) competition. This season is Nebraska's first season as a member of the Big Ten, and also marks the creation of conference divisions (named Leaders and Legends), and a championship game. The season was also notable for the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.

For the season, Leaders Division champion Wisconsin finished as conference champion by defeating Legends Division champion Michigan State in the 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game. Penn State was Leaders Division co-Champion, while Legends Division runner-up Michigan finished with the conference's best record. The conference earned two BCS bowl invitations and compiled a 4–6 overall record in 2011–12 NCAA football bowl games.

The Conference had six 2011 College Football All-America Team consensus selections: Montee Ball, Kevin Zeitler, David Molk, Whitney Mercilus (unanimous), Devon Still, and Jerel Worthy, with the Rimington Trophy going to Molk and the Ted Hendricks Award going to Mercilus. Ball won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football and the conference's players won four national statistical championships: Russell Wilson (passing efficiency), Raheem Mostert (kickoff return average), Ball (scoring), and Mercilus (quarterback sacks).

Following the season the conference contributed 41 to the 2012 NFL Draft, including 4 in the first round: Riley Reiff (23rd), Mercilus (26th), Zeitler (27th), and A. J. Jenkins (30th).

2012 Outback Bowl

The 2012 Outback Bowl, the 26th edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on January 2, 2012, at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, as part of the 2011–12 NCAA Bowl season.

The game, which was telecast at 1:00 p.m. ET to a national audience on ABC, featured the Georgia Bulldogs from the Southeastern Conference versus the Michigan State Spartans from the Big Ten Conference. The Michigan State Spartans won 33–30 in the third overtime period.

Big Ten Football Championship Game

The Big Ten Football Championship Game is a college football game that is held by the Big Ten Conference each year since 2011 to determine the conference's season champion. The championship game will pit the division champions from the conference's West and East divisions in a game held after the regular season has been completed. The game is held the first Saturday of December at 8 PM Eastern.

The winner of this game will earn the Big Ten's automatic berth in the Rose Bowl Game, unless the team is selected to play in the four-team College Football Playoff. If this is the case, they will go to one of the bowls hosting the national semifinals. The winner of this game will also receive the Stagg Championship Trophy, and the most valuable player of this game will receive the Grange-Griffin Championship Game Most Valuable Player Trophy.

The conference currently has a deal making Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis the site of the championship game through 2021.


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