Scores

Final

Wisconsin 38

(5-2, 2-1 Big Ten)

Purdue 14

(3-3, 0-2 Big Ten)

Coverage: BTN

12:00 PM ET, October 13, 2012

Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

1 2 3 4 T
WIS 7 10 7 1438
PUR 7 0 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: J. Stave (WIS) - 178 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Ball (WIS) - 29 CAR, 247 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. Pedersen (WIS) - 4 REC, 77 YDS, 1 TD

Montee Ball sets Big Ten touchdown record in Wisconsin's win

Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Montee Ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Wisconsin beat Purdue 38-14 on Saturday afternoon.

James White added 124 yards rushing for the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who outgained Purdue 645 yards to 252. The Badgers pounded out 467 yards rushing in the rain.

With 72 total career TDs, Ball set the Big Ten record for touchdowns and moved past Texas Tech's Taurean Henderson for third place in NCAA history.

Akeem Hunt ran for 85 yards and a touchdown for Purdue. The Boilermakers (3-3, 0-2), who were coming off a 44-13 loss to Michigan, travel to Ohio State next week.

The win gives Wisconsin a favorable position in the Big Ten's Leaders Division, especially since Ohio State and Penn State cannot qualify for the conference title game because of NCAA rules violations.

There were plenty of empty seats at Ross-Ade Stadium, and that number grew as the rain and Wisconsin's lead increased.

Purdue used three quarterbacks, and none were effective. Starter Caleb TerBush and backups Robert Marve and Rob Henry combined to miss on 20 of their 31 throws. They combined for 124 yards and were sacked five times. It took Purdue more than 17 minutes to get a first down in the second half.

Things started off well for the Boilermakers. Hunt returned the opening kickoff 44 yards, then TerBush hit Antavian Edison for 52 yards on the first play from scrimmage. TerBush's quarterback sneak on the next play gave the Boilermakers a 7-0 lead 38 seconds into the game.

Wisconsin came back a few minutes later when Joel Stave hit Jacob Pedersen wide open for a 21-yard touchdown.

Ball scored from the 3 to give Wisconsin a 14-7 lead. A 30-yard field goal by Kyle French pushed the margin to 17-7 by halftime. The Badgers outgained Purdue 363 yards to 118 before the break, yet did not have firm control of the game.

Ball busted loose for a 67-yard touchdown run in the first minute of the second half to push Wisconsin's lead to 24-7.

Beau Allen blocked a Purdue punt, and the Badgers took over at the Boilermakers' 22. Ball scored again, this time from 3 yards out, to push Wisconsin's lead to 31-7.

White scored from 14 yards out with 8:47 to play, and Wisconsin pushed its lead to 38-7.

Hunt finally gave the few remaining Purdue fans something to cheer about. His 81-yard touchdown run with 1:39 to play trimmed Wisconsin's lead to 38-14.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WIS
PUR
1st Downs3011
Total Yards645252
Passing178124
Rushing467128
Penalties6-513-15
3rd Down Conversions5-133-16
4th Down Conversions0-11-2
Turnovers11
Possession38:4221:18

Passing Leaders

WisconsinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stave12/211788.511
PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
TerBush7/16805.001

Rushing Leaders

WisconsinCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ball292478.5367
White161247.8128
PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hunt48521.3181
Shavers9505.6015

Receiving Leaders

WisconsinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pedersen47719.3123
Abbrederis44310.8026
PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Edison35819.3052
Bush23216.0026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWISPUR
TD14:22Caleb TerBush 1 Yd Run (Paul Griggs Kick) 07
TD12:04Jacob Pedersen 21 Yd Pass From Joel Stave (Kyle French Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERWISPUR
TD10:19Montee Ball 3 Yd Run (Kyle French Kick) 147
FG04:47Kyle French 30 Yd 177
THIRD QUARTERWISPUR
TD14:11Montee Ball 67 Yd Run (Kyle French Kick) 247
FOURTH QUARTERWISPUR
TD13:07Montee Ball 3 Yd Run (Kyle French Kick) 317
TD08:47James White 14 Yd Run (Kyle French Kick) 387
TD01:39Akeem Hunt 81 Yd Run (Paul Griggs Kick) 3814

Research Notes

With his third rushing touchdown of the day, Wisconsin's Montee Ball broke former Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne's school and Big Ten record for career touchdowns with 72.
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