Wisconsin 62

(7-3, 4-2 Big Ten)

Indiana 14

(4-6, 2-4 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN2

12:00 PM ET, November 10, 2012

Memorial Stadium (Bloomington, IN), Bloomington, IN

1 2 3 4 T
WIS 14 10 17 2162
IND 0 7 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: C. Coffman (WYO) - 233 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Ball (WIS) - 27 CAR, 198 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: T. Bolser (IND) - 3 REC, 53 YDS, 1 TD

Montee Ball moves into 2nd on career TD list in rout

Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Montee Ball and James White put Wisconsin's Big Ten title hopes back on track Saturday.

The two running backs ran for 359 yards and five touchdowns and Ball moved into second place on the career touchdown list, leading the Badgers to a 62-14 rout at Indiana and back to the Big Ten title game. Wisconsin finished with a school-record 564 yards rushing and crushed the Memorial Stadium record for an opponent -- 441 yards by Michigan State in 1974 and matched by Northwestern in 1999.

Ball's big day probably should have been expected.

He got his first career start against Indiana two years ago, and in his three previous games against the Hoosiers averaged 141.3 yards on the ground.

On Saturday, with Wisconsin (7-3, 4-2) coming off a bye week after a rare home loss to Michigan State, Ball was better than usual. He carried 27 times for 198 yards and scored three times, passing 1998 Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams for second on the FBS list with 77 career scores. Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio) is the all-time leader with 78. Williams had 75.

White had 14 carries for 161 yards and scored on a 69-yard run with 13 seconds left in the first half and a 50-yard run in the fourth quarter.

But the big reward for Wisconsin was clinching a spot in next month's Big Ten title game and getting a chance to defend its title. Wisconsin has won the last two Big Ten titles, and with Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for postseason play now needs only one more victory to claim a third straight conference crown.

For Indiana (4-6, 2-4), it was a huge letdown. A victory not only would have given the Hoosiers their first three-game winning streak in league play since 1993, it also would have put Indiana in position to control its own destiny in the title chase. Instead, the Hoosiers' school-record streak of 10 straight games with 24 or more points ended, too.

Indiana never had a chance against Wisconsin's rushers.

It took the Badgers one play -- a 19-yard end-around -- to match its entire rushing total against Michigan State. Six plays later, on third-and-2, Ball found a huge hole on the left side of the offensive line and ran for 21 yards. He took advantage of a good seal block on the next play, jogging in from 12 yards out to tie Williams for second place.

That was only the start.

Wisconsin, which only attempted seven passes, ran the ball six straight times on their next possession, then faked out the Hoosiers on third-and-goal from the Indiana 2 when Curt Phillips threw a strike to Sam Arneson for a 14-0 lead.

After settling for a 24-yard field goal, Indiana looked like it might get back into the game with a 6-yard TD pass from Cameron Coffman to Ted Bolser with 2:25 left in the half.

But White answered as he inexplicably turned a broken play into a 69-yard TD run with 13 seconds left in the first half to make it 24-7.

Indiana never recovered.

Ball opened the second half with a 1-yard TD plunge, then scored on a 49-yard run and White scored again on the 50-yarder to make it 48-14.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2315
Total Yards605294
3rd Down Conversions6-136-16
4th Down Conversions1-11-2

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD09:50Montee Ball 10 Yd Run (Kyle French Kick) 70
TD03:52Sam Arneson 2 Yd Pass From Curt Phillips (Kyle French Kick) 140
FG14:16Kyle French 24 Yd 170
TD02:25Ted Bolser 6 Yd Pass From Cameron Coffman (Mitch Ewald Kick) 177
TD00:13James White 69 Yd Run (Kyle French Kick) 247
TD08:49Montee Ball 1 Yd Run (Kyle French Kick) 317
TD07:20Montee Ball 49 Yd Run (Kyle French Kick) 387
FG02:11Kyle French 37 Yd 417
TD13:53Kofi Hughes 7 Yd Pass From Cameron Coffman (Mitch Ewald Kick) 4114
TD10:34James White 50 Yd Run (Kyle French Kick) 4814
TD07:38Melvin Gordon 17 Yd Run (Jack Russell Kick) 5514
TD03:50Jeffrey Lewis 5 Yd Run (Jack Russell Kick) 6214

Research Notes

Montee Ball has scored three times against Indiana to move past Ricky Williams into sole possession of second on the all-time touchdown list.

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