Home Football Big Ten Penn State erases 21-point deficit against Wisconsin to claim Big Ten title

Penn State erases 21-point deficit against Wisconsin to claim Big Ten title

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The Penn State Nittany Lions put forth a gutsy effort on Saturday night to stake their claim to the 2016 Big Ten Championship.

The Nittany Lions fell behind the Wisconsin Badgers early, trailing 28-7 in the second quarter, before erasing the 21-point deficit to record the largest comeback win by a Power 5 team in conference championship game history.

The Wisconsin defense was able to effectively contain Penn State star running back Saquon Barkley, limiting him to 83 yards and only one touchdown, which left the success of the Nittany Lions offense on the shoulders of sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley.

And boy did McSorely ever answer the call.

McSorley finished the game completing 22-of-31 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns, both Big Ten Championship Game records.

Penn State will now need to wait for the College Football Playoff committee to determine whether they have done enough to jump from No. 7 to No. 4. If Penn State is on the outside looking in, they will face Colorado or USC in the Rose Bowl.

After such an impressive come from behind effort and with a victory over No. 2 Ohio State, it would be tough for the selection committee to exclude the Nittany Lions from the playoff. But crazier things have happened.

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