Nov. 12, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- A record-setting performance against Indiana on Saturday has earned Montee Ball his sixth Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor, the fourth-most in Big Ten Conference history.
The senior running back scored three touchdowns on the day, giving him 77 for 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, a personal performance against Indiana that was standard every time he took the field against the Hoosiers. Ball ran for at least 100 yards in each of his four career games against Indiana, rushing 90 times for 622 yards and 11 TDs.
Saturday’s performance was his 22nd career 100-yard rushing game and 24th career multiple-TD game. On the season, Ball now has 1,236 yards and 16 TDs.
Ball’s performance fueled the Badgers’ record setting 564 rushing yard performance against the Hoosiers. It was the 17th time in school history and third time against Indiana that Wisconsin had rushed for over 400 yards. The win clinched a spot in the Big Ten Football Championship game for the Badgers.
Ball will make an attempt to break the NCAA touchdown record on Saturday in his final home game when the Badgers return to Camp Randall to host No. 6 Ohio State at 2:30 p.m. on ABC.