INDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State's defense exerted itself when it was needed most Saturday night, most memorably when Damon Webb intercepted a Wisconsin fourth-down pass with 1:09 to play, securing a 27-21 win over Wisconsin in Big Ten championship game.

“It meant everything because I knew that was the game,” Webb said. “Just to see the crowd reaction, all my teammates, that’s everything to me. We work real hard, and we never put our head down throughout the season, we never gave up. This is a testament to our team. I’m proud to call these guys my teammates.”

The defense, led by linebacker Jerome Baker who had 16 tackles, zeroed in on Wisconsin’s freshman sensation running back Jonathan Taylor from the start. After rushing for 1,806 yards in the regular season to lead the Big Ten, he was limited to 41 yards on 15 carries and apparently was banged up much of the second half.

The Badgers and Hornibrook made do primarily with key passes to tight end Troy Fumagalli and screens in the second half as they fought back into contention. But in the end, it was the OSU defense, with the marauding pressure brought by the front four, that held sway.

“I just think we’ve been here so many times, the defensive line, where we close out a game, and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “I think it’s a credit to all the defensive linemen who got in there and played fast and to coach (Larry) Johnson for getting us ready.”

Baker enjoyed being in the midst of all.

“For me it’s probably the most fun I could ever have, watching guys like Sam, Tyquan (Lewis), Tracy (Sprinkle), Nick Bosa,” Baker said. “Those guys make our lives a lot easier. You know the odds are in our favor with those guys.”.

Taylor: Championship over Heisman

Wisconsin freshman tailback Jonathan Taylor was in the Heisman Trophy conversation after rushing for 1,806 yards to rank third nationally going into Saturday's game. His chances took a hit when he was held to 41 yards on 15 carries.

“I feel as though every kid growing up has envisioned themselves winning the Heisman," he said. “Now that the talk is going around, I feel as though (that vision) is less and less because I’ve got to be more focused on the team."

Taylor, who is from Salem, New Jersey, said it has benefited him to talk only when asking questions and listening to coaches and teammates.

“One of the biggest things coming in was just absorbing as much information as possible and just making sure that whenever or if my number was called at all, that I was ready," he said. “All the hype this year, that’s going to come with the game of football. But I feel as though my teammates have done a great job of keeping me levelheaded."