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Wisconsin Postgame Notes
Minnesota at Wisconsin
Camp Randall Stadium – Madison, Wis.
Oct. 20, 2012

• Wisconsin has beaten Minnesota nine straight times. That matches the longest winning streak by either team in the longest-running rivalry in the FBS (dates back to 1890 and includes 122 games).

• The Badgers have scored at least 31 points against Minnesota in each of the last 13 games (dating back to 2000).

• Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema improved to 7-0 vs. Minnesota, including a 4-0 mark at home.

• UW has now won 21 consecutive home games, the second-longest active streak in the country (tailing only LSU – 22). The Badgers have also won 12 consecutive games against Big Ten opponents.

• The Badgers have won 40 consecutive home games vs. unranked opponents, dating back to 2005.

• Wisconsin has won 16 of its last 19 Big Ten games, dating back to the 2010 season.

• After not recording an interception through the first five games, Wisconsin has picked off four passes in the last three games.

• UW averaged 16.3 points over the first three games of the season. In the last five games, the Badgers are averaging 34.2 points and have scored at least 27 points in each game.

• The Badgers have rushed for 804 yards over the last two games. UW has averaged 544.0 yards of total offense over its last two games.

• Wisconsin went 3-for-3 in the red zone, scoring two touchdowns. The Badgers are 13-for-14 in the red zone in Big Ten play, scoring 11 TDs.

• Wisconsin forced Minnesota to go three-and-out on 7 of its 11 possessions. On the season, the Badgers have forced opponents to go three-and-out on 42 of their 100 offensive possessions (42.0 percent).

• Junior RB James White had the second-best rushing output of his career, running for 175 yards on 15 carries. He went over the 100-yard rushing mark for the second-straight game and the seventh time in his career.

• White also ran for three touchdowns, his eighth career multiple-TD game. He now has 27 career touchdowns.

• White ran twice out of the wildcat formation on the Badgers’ second drive of the game. The two carries netted 22 yards, including a 14-yard TD run.

• White ran for an average of 11.7 yards per carry.  White has averaged 6.1 yards per carry for his career, well ahead of Ron Dayne’s UW career record of 5.8 yards per attempt.

• Senior RB Montee Ball went over the 100-yard mark for the third-straight game and the fifth time this season. He has 21 career 100-yard rushing games, third-most in school history.

• Ball finished with 166 yards on 24 carries. He also scored two touchdowns, extending his streak of multiple-TD games against Big Ten opponents to 17 straight contests.

• Ball now has 74 career touchdowns, trailing only Ricky Williams of Texas (75) and Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio) (78) on the all-time NCAA list.

• Ball tied Anthony Thompson (Indiana) for second on the Big Ten’s all-time rushing touchdowns list with the 68th rushing TD of his career. Former Badger Ron Dayne holds the Big Ten career record with 71 rushing TDs.

• It was the second-straight game and fifth time in the last three years that both Ball and White have rushed for at least 100 yards in the same game.

• Senior LB Mike Taylor finished with a game-high 12 tackles, his fifth double-digit tackle performance of the season. Taylor is averaging 10.5 stops per game this season.

• Senior CB Devin Smith intercepted his second pass of the season and fifth of his career, picking off a third-quarter pass.

• Junior LB Ethan Armstrong recorded his first career interception, picking off a fourth-quarter pass.

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