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Postgame Notes: Wisconsin at Indiana



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Wisconsin Postgame Notes
Wisconsin at Indiana
Memorial Stadium – Bloomington, Ind.
Nov. 10, 2012

• With the win, Wisconsin clinches a spot in the Big Ten Football Championship game for the second-straight season.

• Wisconsin set a school record with 564 rushing yards, going over 400 yards rushing for the 17th time in school history (third time against Indiana) and over 500 for the third time in school history. The only other 500-yard rushing performances in school history were 551 vs. Northwestern on Nov. 16, 1974 and 548 vs. Wyoming on Oct. 6, 1973.  It matches the third-highest rushing output by a Big Ten team in the modern era (post-World War II). Indiana also rushed for 564 yards at Kentucky on Sept. 17, 1994. Michigan State (at Purdue 10/30/71) and Michigan (vs. Northwestern, 10/18/1975) hold the modern-era Big Ten record at 573 yards.

• Wisconsin averaged 8.8 yards per carry on its 64 rushing attempts. The school record for average yards per carry in a game is 8.91 vs. Hawaii on Nov. 30, 1996.

• UW’s 62 points was its highest scoring output of the season.

• In the last eight games against Indiana, UW has run for an average of 320.0 yards per game.

• Wisconsin has now won its last five games with a first-time starting quarterback, including all three games this season (Scott Tolzien – 2009, Russell Wilson – 2011, Danny O’Brien – 2012, Joel Stave – 2012, Curt Phillips – 2012).

• Prior to being held scoreless in the first quarter by Wisconsin’s defense, Indiana had scored in each of its last 16 quarters.

• Senior RB Montee Ball scored three touchdowns on the day, giving him 77 in his career. He passed Ricky Williams of Texas for second place on the NCAA’s career touchdowns list and trails only Travis Prentice (Miami, Ohio), who had 78 TDs in his career.

• Ball finished the game with 198 yards on 27 carries and 3 TDs. It was his 22nd career 100-yard rushing game and 24th career multiple-TD game (NCAA record is 25 by Prentice). On the season, Ball has 1,236 yards and 16 TDs.

• Ball ran for at least 100 yards in each of his four career games against Indiana. He is just the third player in the Big Ten since 1996 (using STATS, Inc. database) to run for at least 100 yards against the same team four times in a career. The other two were Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne (vs. Purdue, 1996-99) and Michigan’s Mike Hart (vs. Michigan State, 2004-07). In four games against Indiana, Ball rushed 90 times for 622 yards and scored 11 TDs.

• Junior RB James White scored on a 69-yard run late in the second quarter and a 50-yard run in the fourth quarter. The 69-yarder was the longest run of his career and the longest run by a Badger since John Clay’s 72-yard run against Fresno State on Sept. 12, 2009. White ran for 161 yards on 14 carries (11.5 ypc) with the two TDs.

• White is the UW career leader in yards per carry, averaging 6.25 yards per carry (Ron Dayne is second at 5.84).

• Both Ball and White went over 100 rushing yards in the same game for the third time in the last four games and for the sixth time in their careers. It is the third time this season a pair of RB teammates have rushed for at least 150 yards in the same game. Ball (171) and White (175) also did so against Minnesota and Northwestern’s Cain Kolter (171) and Venric Mark (164) did so vs. Iowa on Oct. 27.

• Senior QB Curt Phillips made his first career start. He tossed his first career TD pass, a 2-yard strike to TE Sam Arneson in the first quarter. Phillips finished 4-of-7 for 41 yards and also ran the ball seven times for 68 yards.

• Freshman TE Sam Arneson caught his first career TD pass, a 2-yard completion on the Badgers’ second offensive possession. Arneson had just one career catch entering today’s game.

• Sophomore K Kyle French made both of his field goal attempts, connecting on a 24-yard attempt in the second quarter and a 37-yarder in the third quarter. He is now 10-13 on field goals this season.

• Junior LB Chris Borland recovered an Indiana fumble in the second quarter, his third fumble recovery of the season and sixth of his career. The six career fumble recoveries ties for third-best in school history, just one behind Dan Batsch and Scott Nelson.

• Senior CB Devin Smith recorded his third interception of the season and the sixth of his career.

• Junior LB Conor O’Neill recorded the first interception of his career in the fourth quarter, returning the pick 53 yards.

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