INDIANAPOLIS — Running back J.K. Dobbins was named the MVP of Ohio State’s 27-21 win over Wisconsin on Saturday night in the Big Ten championship game, but the freshman quickly deflected the praise.

“I want to thank all of my offensive linemen,” he said from the riser at midfield after accepting it. “This trophy doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to my offensive linemen.”

The Buckeyes ran for 238 yards on a defense that had been the staunchest defense in the nation against the run. Dobbins had 174 of it, and a huge chunk of those yards came on two plays, including a 77-yarder.

He set an Ohio State rushing record for a freshman, that stands at 1,364 yards with at least one game to play. It eclipsed Maurice Clarett’s total of 1,237 during the 2002 national championship season. Dobbins already was one of just four Ohio State freshmen to top 1,000 yards.

As for Dobbins’ praise for his linemen, left tackle Jamarco Jones said it was vice versa.

“He’s a heck of a player; to do what he’s done as a freshman is pretty remarkable,” Jones said. “I think he broke Maurice Clarett’s record, that’s just incredible with all the people who’ve come through here. But he came in ready to work, and all his work has paid off.”

In the buildup to the game, Dobbins was asked whether college football is easier than he thought it would be when he came north this year from La Grange, Texas.

“Yeah,” he said, smiling.

Saturday was billed as a showdown between him and Wisconsin’s prolific Jonathan Taylor, who had been named the freshman of the year after rushing for 1,806 yards in the regular season. But Dobbins said “not really” when asked after the game whether such comparisons mattered.

He again praised the work of his line, which in the past four games has been a tour de force, with three of the wins coming against what were considered among the elite defenses in the country — Michigan State, Michigan and Wiscsonsin.

“I was really surprised, I didn’t know I was going to do that, I didn’t know I was going to be the MVP,” Dobbins said. “It surprised me, but it’s a blessing.”

If he had a regret it was not being able to take either of those breakaway runs all the way to end zone.

“I was very disappointed that I didn’t because I’ve got to do that so my team doesn’t have to keep going, so we can score and get points on the board,” Dobbins said.

He’ll have at least one more chance to regain that home run swing. But it was just sinking in, the magnitude of his performance and what it meant.

“I let out a few tears,” Dobbins said. “I’m sure when I get home tonight, watch the film, see what I did, it will help me.”