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Running on rails: Badgers flatten Purdue behind Ball's record effort

Wisconsin Wisconsin 38, Purdue 14
Ross-Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, Ind. • Attendance: 46,007
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 Statistical Leaders
 • Rushing: Montee Ball - 29 Car, 247 Yds, 3 TD
 • Passing: Joel Stave - 12-21, 178 Yds, TD, INT
 • Receiving: Jacob Pedersen - 4 Rec, 77 Yds, TD
 • Defense: Chris Borland - 7 Tkl, 2.0 TFL, Sk
 Scoring Summary
 First Quarter
PUR 14:22 TerBush 1 TD run (Griggs kick)
WIS 12:04 Pedersen 21 TD pass from Stave
(French kick)
 Second Quarter
WIS 10:19 Ball 3 TD run (French kick)
WIS 4:47 French 30 FG
 Third Quarter
WIS 14:11 Ball 67 TD run (French kick)
 Fourth Quarter
WIS 13:07 Ball 3 TD run (French kick)
WIS 8:47 White 14 TD run (French kick)
PUR 1:39 Hunt 81 TD run (Griggs kick)
 Stats at a Glance
 • First Downs 30 11
 • Total Offensive Yards 645 252
 • Passing Yards 178 124
 • Rushing Yards 467 128
 • Penalties-Yards 6-51 3-15
 • Turnovers 1 1
 • Punts-Avg. 3-38.3 9-38.3
 • Punt Returns-Avg. 1-2.0 0-0.0
 • Kick Returns-Avg. 2-22.5 7-23.6
 • 3rd-Down Conversions 5-13 3-16
 • 4th-Down Conversions 0-1 1-2
 • Time of Possession 38:42 21:18
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Oct. 13, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Wisconsin posted the second-best offensive output in school history as the Badgers blitzed Purdue to take an early upper hand in the race for the Big Ten Leaders Division crown.

The Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) racked up 645 total yards, including 467 on the ground behind the three-headed monster of Montee Ball, James White and Melvin Gordon.

Ball carried 29 times for a career-high 247 yards and three touchdowns -- becoming the Big Ten's all-time leader in TDs with 72 for his career.

White added 124 yards and a TD on 16 carries, while Gordon rushed for 80 yards on seven carries, mostly late in the game.

 Fast Facts
• Ball scores 3 TDs to break Big Ten career record
• UW racks up second-best yardage total ever with 645
• Wisconsin RBs combine for 467 rushing yards

After surrendering a 52-yard pass to Purdue on the Boilermakers' first play from scrimmage, the Badgers' defense locked things down and Wisconsin's offense came alive, scoring 38 straight points to run away with the win.

The Boilers (3-3, 0-2) were held to 252 yards of offense, of which 133 came on Caleb TerBush's opening pass and Akeem Hunt's 81-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Joel Stave hit TE Jacob Pedersen for a touchown in the first quarter and finished 12-for-21 for 178 yards.

Chris Borland finished the day with a team-best seven tackles, including a sack, while Dezmen Southward picked off the Badgers' second interception of the season, collecting 31 yards on the return.

Things started off well for the Boilermakers. Hunt returned the opening kickoff 44 yards, then TerBush hit Antavian Edison for 52 yards the game's first play. 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 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.

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