INDIANAPOLIS — Justin Jackson grimaced with each plant of the crutches.
Baker Steinkuhler wore a full leg brace but was able to get around without crutches.
Those Huskers suffered injuries in the Nov. 23 Iowa game. They watched Saturday's game from the sideline.
Boos from both sides for Buckeyes' Miller
Only one Big Ten season award-winner wasn't able to be on the field before the game to be recognized by the crowd.
That was Nebraska kicker Brett Maher, who was in the locker room getting ready to participate in the game.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was caught off-guard by the playful boos he received from Nebraska and Wisconsin fans, whose teams were victims of Miller's playmaking skills. He was laughing about it when his image was shown on the stadium's big screens.
Rozier a hit at Fanfest
There was plenty for fans to do before the Lucas Oil Stadium doors opened two hours prior to kickoff. One of the hottest spots was the Big Ten Fanfest at the neighboring Indiana Convention Center.
The Fanfest was a setup similar to the Aqua Zone for the Swim Trials at Omaha's CenturyLink Center, with one big difference — those older than 12 had to pay $8 to enter. Admission to the Aqua Zone — as well as similar events at Big 12 championship games over the past 15 years — was free.
Fans were able to get autographs from Heisman Trophy winners Mike Rozier and Ron Dayne, pose for pictures with a replica of the Heisman Trophy or even take a few shots on the basketball court used for the Big Ten postseason tournament, an event conducted every March in Indianapolis.
Rozier was such a big draw, officials had to cut off the line because it would have run into Dayne's.
One of the more grueling activities was the Big Ten Combine, which allowed participants to try all of the events used for the NFL Combine, another event annually held in Indianapolis. Stats of former Big Ten players rolled across video screens, including those of Michigan's Tom Brady and Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh.
Doing their best Ekeler impersonations
The Badgers' assistant coaches looked like they had studied tape of former Nebraska defensive assistant Mike Ekeler.
On several of the Badgers' big offensive plays, the coaches were running down the sideline, jumping up and down and pumping their fists the way Ekeler did on the Husker sideline before becoming co-defensive coordinator at Indiana.
Better coverage by Husker fans
Nebraska fans did a better job of filling seats than the Wisconsin faithful.
Husker fans filled all of the seats behind the goal posts at the north end of the stadium.
Souvenirs? They'll cost you
Anybody who wanted to take home a souvenir or two needed to have plenty of extra money.
Basic T-shirts with championship game logos were selling for either $25 or $30, and game programs were $10. That's twice the cost of a program for a Nebraska home game.
Petros and tats
Fox Sports sideline reporter Petros Papadakis, who also hosts an entertaining sports talk show on weekdays on the Fox Sports radio network, had to do some on-the-spot wardrobe changes before fans began filing into the stadium.
The gregarious Papadakis, who played football at USC, took off his shirt to change into a more television-friendly oxford offering.
Papadakis is a big fan of tattoos. he had at least five on his arms and back. He kept chatting with other Fox folks the whole time.
Red, white with some blue
Dark blue is a difficult color to make disappear.
Both end zones were painted red, the primary color for both schools.
But it was easy to spot several patches of blue, the team color of Lucas Oil Stadium's primary tenant, the Indianapolis Colts. At higher points in the stadium, the AFC Conference logo on the turf was still visible.