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Notes: Wisconsin Smelling Roses

Wisconsin Postgame Notes
Big Ten Football Championship Game
Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.
Dec. 1, 2012

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Team Notes

• Wisconsin won its 14th Big Ten championship and third in a row.

• For the first time in school history, Wisconsin has won three straight Big Ten titles. It is also the first time in school history the Badgers have gone to the Rose Bowl in three consecutive seasons. The last Big Ten team to make three-straight appearances in the Rose Bowl was Michigan in 1977-79. USC (2006-09) was the last team to go to three straight Rose Bowls.

• Wisconsin will be making its fifth trip to the Rose Bowl in the BCS era, tied with USC for the most of any team during that time span. It will be Wisconsin's ninth overall appearance in the Rose Bowl.

• Wisconsin's 70 points tied for the second-most in the modern era in school history and the sixth time in the last three years the Badgers have scored at least 60 points. It is the most points for Wisconsin since scoring 70 vs. Northwestern on Nov. 27, 2010.

• Wisconsin's 70 points also tied the most for any team in a conference championship game. Texas also scored 70 points in the Big 12 title game in 2005.

• Wisconsin’s 21 points in the first quarter were its most in the opening quarter of a game since last year’s Big Ten Football Championship Game.

• Wisconsin's 42 points in the first half were the most in the first half of a game since scoring 49 against Northwestern on Nov. 27, 2010.

• Wisconsin racked up 391 yards of total offense in the first half. That was better than the total offense in seven games this season.

• The Badgers’ defense forced three turnovers, the fifth-multiple turnover game for Wisconsin's defense this season.

• For just the second time in school history, Wisconsin had three different players rush for 100 yards in the same game and the first time three running backs have done so. The only other time Wisconsin had three players with 100+ rushing yards was Nov. 8, 2008 when WR David Gilreath had 168 yards, RB P.J. Hill had 126 and RB John Clay had 112.

• It was the first time in school history Wisconsin has had two players run for at least 200 yards in the same game.

• Wisconsin rushed for at least 400 yards for the third time this season and the 18th time in school history. It is the fourth time in school history Wisconsin has surpassed 500 rushing yards. The 539 rushing yards are good for fourth place in school history and are the most allowed by Nebraska in school history.

• Wisconsin surpassed 600 yards of total offense for the 15th time in school history.

Individual Notes

• Senior Running Back Montee Ball went over the 100-yard rushing mark for the ninth time this season and the 25th time in his career. It was his fourth-straight 100-yard rushing game. He has rushed for at least 190 yards in three of the last four games. It was the fourth 200-yard rushing game of his career.

• Ball moved past Lorenzo White of Michigan State and tied Mike Hart of Michigan for fourth place on the Big Ten’s career rushing list. Ball now has 5,040 career rushing yards. He is the 17th player in FBS history (and fifth in Big Ten history) to surpass 5,000 career rushing yards.

• Ball scored three touchdowns, tying the NCAA record for most career multiple-touchdown games with 25 (Travis Prentice, Miami, Ohio). It was his 14th career game with at least three touchdowns. The three touchdowns gives him 82 in his career, extending his NCAA FBS record. He also has 76 career rushing touchdowns, giving him the NCAA record in that category as well. Ball has scored 10 touchdowns in three games against Nebraska.

• Freshman Running Back Melvin Gordon ran for a career-high 216 yards on just 9 carries, averaging 24.0 yards per carry.

• Gordon scored on a 56-yard run on Wisconsin’s first possession. It was his fourth career touchdown and second of longer than 50 yards in the last two weeks. He also had a 57-yard touchdown reception at Penn State last week.

• Junior Running Back James White tied a career high with four touchdowns, his 10th career multiple-touchdown game. He has 13 touchdowns this season and 33 in his career. That is eighth-best in Wisconsin history.

• White also tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to sophomore TE Sam Arneson to end the first half. It was White’s second career pass attempt and first career completion.

• White had the ninth 100-yard rushing performance of his career, running for 109 yards on 15 carries.

• Junior Wide Receiver Jared Abbrederis, a quarterback in high school, attempted his first career pass, completing a pass to Quarterback Curt Phillips in the second quarter for 27 yards to set up Wisconsin’s fourth touchdown.

• Senior Cornerback Marcus Cromartie returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown on Nebraska’s first offensive play. It was his first career interception, and the first interception return for a touchdown by a Badgers player since Aaron Hanry scored on a 50-yard INT return vs. Northwestern on Nov. 27, 2010). It was also the first defensive touchdown for Wisconsin this season.

• Junior Linebacker Chris Borland forced a fumble on Nebraska’s first play of the second quarter. That was his third forced fumble of the season and 13th of his career. That ties the Big Ten career record for forced fumbles (tied with Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue).

• Junior Defensive End David Gilbert forced his third fumble of the season and fourth of his career on a second-quarter tackle of Taylor Martinez. Senior LB Mike Taylor recovered the fumble, his first of the season and fourth of his career.

• Senior Cornerback Devin Smith recorded his fourth interception of the season and seventh of his career on Nebraska’s first possession of the second half. Smith returned it to the Nebraska 9-yard line, setting up a Montee Ball rushing touchdown on the next play.

• Freshman Punter Drew Meyer’s 61-yard punt in the first quarter was a career long.

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