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Postgame Notes: Big Ten Championship Game



Dec. 4, 2011

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Postgame Notes
Wisconsin vs. Michigan State
Big Ten Football Championship Game
Dec. 3, 2011
Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.

Team Notes
•    Wisconsin wins its second-consecutive Big Ten championship and earns a second-straight Rose Bowl berth.

•    Wisconsin will make its eighth appearance in the Rose Bowl all-time, including four appearances in the BCS era.

•    The Badgers claimed their 13th Big Ten championship and repeated as Big Ten champions for the first time since the 1998 and 1999 seasons.

•    At 11-2, the Badgers have secured at least 11 wins for the fourth time in school history.

•    The Badgers are now 32-7 since the start of the 2009 season, the best record of any Big Ten team over that span.

•    Wisconsin’s senior class now owns a four-year record of 39-13 and can tie the school record for wins by a senior class (40) with a victory in the Rose Bowl.

•    Since the start of Big Ten play, Wisconsin has forced 21 turnovers and turned 17 of those into touchdowns.

•    Wisconsin turned each of its five red-zone opportunities into touchdowns, improving its nation-leading red-zone touchdown percentage to .871 (61 of 70).

Individual Notes
•    Senior QB Russell Wilson has thrown at least one TD pass in 37-straight games, breaking the NCAA record of 36 held by Graham Harrell of Texas Tech.

•    Wilson was named winner of the inaugural Grange-Griffin award as the Big Ten championship game MVP.

•    With three TD passes today, Wilson has 31 for the season, becoming just the fourth QB in Big Ten history to throw at least 30 touchdown passes in a season (Purdue’s Drew Brees, 1998 – 39, Purdue’s Kyle Orton, 2004 – 31, Ohio State’s Troy Smith, 2006 – 30). The 31 TD passes is tied for second-most in Big Ten history.

•    Junior RB Montee Ball has scored at least two touchdowns in every game this season. Ball has 38 touchdowns on the season, second-best in NCAA history, trailing only Barry Sanders (39 in 1988).

•    Ball has scored at least three touchdowns in eight of Wisconsin’s 13 games this season.

•    Ball is now 2-of-2 passing on the season, with both completions going to Wilson. In addition to his 32-yard pass tonight, Ball and Wilson hooked up on a 25-yard TD pass against Indiana.

•    Sophomore WR Jeff Duckworth’s TD reception in the first quarter was the first touchdown catch of his career. Duckworth matched his career high with 3 receptions for 53 yards

•    For the second-straight week, sophomore LB Conor O’Neill forced a fumble on a kickoff return. Sophomore TE Jacob Pedersen came up with his first career fumble recovery.

•    Junior SS Shelton Johnson has recorded an interception in each of the last three games and has four on the season.

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