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Having a Ball: Badgers rout Hoosiers, 83-20


Badger Gameday: Indiana

5 Wisconsin 83, Indiana 20
Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, Wis.

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 • Rushing: Montee Ball - 22 Car, 167 Yds, 3 TD
 • Passing: Scott Tolzien - 15-18, 181 Yds, 3 TD
 • Receiving: Lance Kendricks - 3 Rec, 47 Yds, TD
 • Defense: Louis Nzegwu - 5 Tkl, 2.0 TFL, Sk, FF
 Scoring Summary
 First Quarter
11:14 Ball 1 TD run (Welch kick)
IND 9:44 Doss 2 TD pass from Chappell (Ewald kick)
WIS 3:22 Welch 32 FG
 Second Quarter
IND 14:12 Ewald 47 FG
9:27 Ball 1 TD run (Welch kick)
WIS 5:01 White 30 TD run (Welch kick)
Ball 8 TD run (Welch kick)
WIS 0:21 Toon 4 TD pass from Tolzien (Welch kick)
 Third Quarter
WIS 13:38 Byrne 2 TD pass from Tolzien (Welch kick)
9:39 White 2 TD run (Welch kick)
IND 6:37 Ewald 33 FG
2:07 Kendricks 11 TD pass from Tolzien (Welch kick)
 Fourth Quarter
WIS 12:12 Welch 41 FG
WIS 11:19 Henry 37 Int return (Welch kick)
WIS 7:26 Abbrederis 74 TD pass from Budmayr (Welch kick)
IND 4:35 Wilson 62 TD pass from Wright-Baker (Ewald kick)
WIS 1:57 Tice 17 TD run (Welch kick)
 Stats at a Glance
 • First Downs
13 28
 • Total Offensive Yards
316 598
 • Passing Yards
149 260
 • Rushing Yards
167 338
 • Penalties-Yards
 • Turnovers 3
 • Punts-Avg.
4-40.5 0-0.0
 • Punt Returns-Avg.
0-0.0 1-22.0
 • Kick Returns-Avg. 11-20.3 4-37.8
 • 3rd-Down Conversions 4-14 7-10
 • 4th-Down Conversions 0-0 1-1
 • Time of Possession
27:33 32:27
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Nov. 13, 2010

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MADISON, Wis. -- Behind six rushing touchdowns and three more through the air, a dominant offensive attack led the No. 5 Wisconsin football team to a decisive 83-20 win over Indiana at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday.

In addition to rolling their fifth-consecutive win, the Badgers (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) matched the most points ever scored in a Big Ten Conference game -- and the most by a UW team since 1915 - while taking their sixth-straight win over the Hoosiers (4-6, 0-6).

"I thought our guys took a very aggressive mentality," UW head coach Bret Bielema said. "We talked about it. That was the last thing I said in the locker room, that we were going to be the aggressor today in all phases.

"We weren't going to let up an inch."

The Badgers piled up 598 offensive yards, including 338 on the ground behind the two-headed tailback attack of Montee Ball and James White. Ball covered 167 yards on 22 carries and scored the touchdowns, while White toted 19 times for 144 yards and a pair of rushing scores.

Through the air, senior quarterback Scott Tolzien completed 15-of-18 passes for 181 yards and threw three touchdowns to three different receivers.

Wisconsin scored on all 12 of its offensive possessions, never punting and committing no turnovers.

"For us to score that many points and play as well as we did, we are a very, very good football team," Bielema said. We're a good team that stays focused. If we do play poorly, we know how to get it back. There's a lot of maturity with these guys."

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On the other side, UW's defense held a Hoosiers offense that averages nearly 400 yards per game to 316 total yards and just two touchdowns.  Defensive end Louis Nzegwu led the defense with five total tackles, including a pair of tackles for loss, a sack, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble.

The Badgers took the drama out of things with a 28-point second quarter. Answering an Indiana field goal that knotted the score at 10-10 just into the period, the Badgers found the end zone on each of their next four possessions before the half.

Ball found paydirt first, going in from a yard out for his second score of the day to make it 17-10. The advantage doubled on UW's next drive, as James White broke off a 30-yard run around left end to make it 24-10.

Ball added another score from 8 yards out on UW's next possession and the Badgers finished off the half with a 4-yard TD pass from Tolzien to Nick Toon.

Two of UW's four second-quarter drives lasted less than a minute, but the Badgers still put a decisive hold on the time-of-possession battle and controlled the ball for 17:23 in the first half - a nearly five-minute advantage.

The Badgers rolled up 281 yards in the half, including 145 on the ground for Ball, who averaged 7.2 yards on his 20 first-half carries.

"We didn't come into the game thinking we would score that many points, but the good thing is that we kept our foot on the gas pedal," Tolzien said. "It's easy sometimes, when you're up like that, to just slow down and all of the sudden you get complacent.

"But the guys did a good job of maximizing every opportunity."

The scoring barrage continued in the second half, with Tolzien twice finding the end zone through the air on connections to tight ends Jake Byrne and Lance Kendricks  and White and Nate Tice both scoring rushing touchdowns.

In addition, Aaron Henry returned an interception 37 yards for a score and backup quarterback Jon Budmayr went deep to find wide receiver Jared Abbrederis for a 74-yard TD pass as the Badgers put up 45 points in the second half.

Ball put the Badgers up at the start, carrying five times for 50 yards on Wisconsin's opening drive, a possession he capped with a 1-yard score to make it 7-0.

After Indiana answered with a quick 80-yard drive to tie things up, the Badgers got a 32-yard field goal from Philip Welch to move right back to the lead. Again, however, the Hoosiers had an answer as Mitch Ewald booted a 48-yarder to knot things up at 10-all.

From there, however, it was all Badgers.

Wisconsin now turns its attention to its final road contest of the season, an 11 a.m. meeting with Michigan next Saturday, Nov. 20, in Ann Arbor.

"We did some great things today and we have to carry that forward into next week's game against Michigan," defensive end J.J. Watt said. "We have to head into the Big House with an attitude and try to win a football game."

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