Nov. 27, 2010
Final Stats |
• The Badgers clinched a share of their 12th Big Ten championship in school history and first since 1999. UW tied a school record with its seventh Big Ten win. The only other seasons with seven conference victories was 1998, 1999 and 2006.
• For just the second time in school history, Wisconsin has recorded 11 regular-season victories. The only other 11-win regular season was in 2006, head coach Bret Bielema’s first season.
• UW finished a perfect 7-0 home season, just the fourth 7-0 home season in school history. The Badgers scored 342 points in its seven home games this season, an average of 48.9 points per game.
• Prior to this season, Wisconsin had not scored 70 or more points in a game since 1915. The Badgers have surpassed the 70-point mark three times this year.
• Saturday was the second time this season that Wisconsin scored 49 points in the first half. The Badgers also scored 49 in the first half vs. Austin Peay.
• Wisconsin forced turnovers on each of Northwestern’s first three possessions and had five takeaways in the first half and seven total. After forcing just seven turnovers in their first eight games, the Badger defense has forced at least two turnovers in each of the last three games, totaling 16 takeaways. UW is +15 in turnover margin in Big Ten play.
• Wisconsin scored the first time it touched the ball for the eighth time in 12 games. Today the Badgers opened the game with a 5-play, 74-yard drive that took 2:30. Montee Ball capped the drive with a 32-yard TD run.
• With five more rushing touchdowns today, UW extended its single-season school record to 46 rushing TDs on the season. The Big Ten record for rushing touchdowns in a season is 48 set by Ohio State in 1974. UW’s 46 is tied for fourth in conference history.
• Senior QB Scott Tolzien tied a career high with four touchdown passes. He finished the game 15-of-19 for 230 yards and four TDs for a pass efficiency rating of 250.1. That is the fifth-best single-game pass efficiency in school history. On the season, Tolzien has completed 74.3 percent of his passes and has a pass efficiency rating of 169.8.
• Sophomore RB Montee Ball scored four touchdowns for the second consecutive game, becoming just the second player in UW history to run for four TDs in consecutive weeks. Ron Dayne did it on Nov. 23 and Nov. 30, 1996 against Illinois and Hawaii. Ball has run for 13 touchdowns in the last four games. He went over the 100-yard mark for the fourth straight game, finishing with a career-high 178 yards on 20 carries.
• Freshman RB James White ran for 134 yards, going over the 100-yard mark for the third-straight game and fifth time this season. Ball and White have each rushed for at least 100 yards in each of the last three games, the first time in school history UW has had a pair of 100-yard rushers in three straight games.
• Senior SS Jay Valai recorded his first interception of the season and second of his career on Northwestern’s second play from scrimmage. Valai also later forced a fumble that Northwestern recovered.
• Junior DE J.J. Watt forced two fumbles, pressured Northwestern into three interceptions, blocked an extra point and recorded 3.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack. On the season Watt has 21.0 TFLs, 7.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, three blocked kicks, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
• The fumble was recovered by freshman DE Tyler Dippel, who returned it 12 yards, inside NU’s 15-yard line. The fumble recovery set up Wisconsin’s second touchdown.
• Junior CB Antonio Fenelus recorded his fourth interception of the season and fifth of his career in the first quarter. In the last four games, Fenelus has two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
• Sophomore LB Mike Taylor recorded his third career interception and second of the season in the second quarter. He returned it 47 yards to set up Scott Tolzien’s 18-yard TD pass to David Gilreath.
• Junior FS Aaron Henry scored his third defensive touchdown of the season, returning a third-quarter interception 50 yards in the third quarter. On the season, Henry has two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
• Gilreath’s TD grab was the fourth of his career and first since Oct. 25, 2008 when he had a pair of touchdown catches against Illinois.
• Senior TE Lance Kendricks had four catches for 80 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with an injury in the second quarter. On the season he leads the Badgers with 39 catches for 627 yards and five TDs.
• Junior WR Nick Toon recorded his second career two-TD game with a pair of touchdown grabs in the second quarter.