Live blog: Relive the Big Ten title game

Live blog: Relive the Big Ten title game

Look back at the Big Ten Championship Game live blog from Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina.

BTN.com staff December 1, 201211:48 pm

And that’s the ballgame. Wisconsin wins 70-31 in a Big Ten Football Championship blowout, the Badgers second title game win in as many years. We’ll have more coverage up here soon, including column form Dienhart and more video. Thanks for joining us. This concludes the live blog.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201211:27 pm

The :jet sweep” works all night for the Badgers. Just looking faster all night than Nebraska.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201211:27 pm

Ball leaves with 202 yards rushing.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 201211:17 pm

During the timeout they tried to shoot shirts up into the stands. It didn’t work, as shirts just fell to ground. Luckily, Bucky was there to throw them up to the crowd.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201211:13 pm

Why wasn’t that a penalty on Borland for slamming Martinez?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 201211:12 pm

That was a wrestling tackle there by Borland.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201211:10 pm

Last time Wisconsin won a Rose Bowl was vs. Stanford after 1999 season. So there you go.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 201211:05 pm

Man, Howard Griffith doesn’t look too impressed in that photo. No Chris Fowler reax, that’s for sure.

BTN.com staff December 1, 201211:03 pm

Another impressive photo, this one from Brian Spurlock of US PRESSWIRE.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 201211:03 pm

Is it still only the third quarter?! Geez!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 201210:57 pm

Who knows, maybe Wisconsin would be beating Ohio State right now. They played a close game earlier this season, when the Badgers didn’t look like this.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201210:54 pm

Three–count ’em THREE—Badger backs over 100 yards rushing.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201210:54 pm

Watching this I wonder: How badly would the Buckeyes be beating the Huskers? OSU hung 63 on Nebraska this year.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201210:48 pm

Is there a mercy rule in college football? Someone check the rulebook, please.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 201210:45 pm

It’ll be interesting to see how Nebraska rebounds from this. It could lead to a flat bowl performance.

BTN.com staff December 1, 201210:45 pm

Nebraska’s Kenny Bell laid a big block on Wisconsin’s Devin Smith in the third quarter of the Big Ten Football Championship game. The hit was ruled a penalty and nullified a touchdown for Nebraska.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 201210:42 pm

I think it could be kind of entertaining, no?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201210:41 pm

I’ll just say this: I’m glad I’m not sitting by Bo on the plane ride back to Lincoln. This. Defense. Is. Embarrassing.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 201210:40 pm

This is an absolute clinic. Make a tackle!

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201210:39 pm

Montee Ball has such nifty feet, which compensates for his lack of blazing speed. And he is so tough.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201210:34 pm

Nice TD for Huskers. Now the tough part: stopping the Badgers. Can they do it?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 201210:33 pm

“He went low and late, Coach!” yells the official over the PA system.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201210:32 pm

Don’t know about you, but when I see Martinez scramble around, I worry about a bad throw.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201210:28 pm

That’s what they call in the biz a “de-cleater”

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 201210:27 pm

Devin Smith is up after that big block from Kenny Bell.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 201210:27 pm

That was a gigantic block. Maybe too powerful.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201210:26 pm

I guess this is when Bo will find out who really wants to play. Gotta keep fighting.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 201210:23 pm

Not a surprise. Not sure we’ll ever see it again.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201210:20 pm

Best to my knowledge, a 5 loss team never has gone to Rose Bowl.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 201210:20 pm

As that interception happened, I was typing “all” Huskers need to win is five TDs and no Badger points. That should do it.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201210:20 pm

Second half couldn’t have started any worse for #Huskers.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 201210:13 pm

With 3:30 left in halftime, the Huskers come out of the locker room. Badgers had been out for several minutes. Wonder what Pelini said to his team.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 201210:08 pm

There’s opening up the playbook and what the Badgers are doing tonight. After that Indiana game, which sealed Wisconsin’s berth in this game, it was like Bielema and company went as vanilla as possible. And now this.

BTN.com staff December 1, 201210:07 pm

Did someone say something earlier about emptying the playbook? Wisconsin’s James White passes to Sam Arneson for a 3-yard touchdown against Nebraska in the second quarter.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 201210:02 pm

Sit down for this: 391 yards for Wisconsin with 290 coming on the ground.

BTN.com staff December 1, 20129:53 pm

Here’s that interview with Penn State’s Bill O’Brien from a little earlier.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:50 pm

I hope the paint in the Huskers locker room is EXTRA strength, because Bo is gonna peel it with his halftime speech. 42-10 Badgers, halftime.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:50 pm

Well, I’m stunned. Absolutely stunned.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:48 pm

Another trick play from Wisconsin’s bottomless bag of trick plays.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:48 pm

Lots of good coaching instructional video being produced tonight by Nebraska on how NOT to tackle.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:47 pm

After that run, I wouldn’t be surprised if Bo Pelini makes a tackle tonight. He must be TICKED.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:45 pm

Not going to happen. Do Badgers go for more or kneel and go to half? It’s Bielema, so I say they go for more.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:43 pm

Yes, Brent. That is a massive understatement.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:42 pm

You get the feeling Nebraska needs a score here – no matter what it is – just for momentum going into the half, too?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:42 pm

Just think of this: Nebraska’s only TD has come on a broken play, crazy run by Martinez. That’s it.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:39 pm

Wisconsin has one win over a plus-500 team this year (Utah State, 10-2). This would be its best win by FAR.

BTN.com staff December 1, 20129:39 pm

Wisconsin’s James White scores from nine yards out.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:39 pm

Does Nebraska miss Baker Steinkuhler THIS much on the inside of d-line? Huskers getting manhandled up front.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:36 pm

Those “Fumble Blues” strike Nebraska again. Huskers entered game with Big Ten high 20 fumbles lost.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:35 pm

Nebraska’s Achilles heel (turnovers) strikes again.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:31 pm

If Wisconsin holds on, I’m sure Bielema will have even more new wrinkles in Pasadena.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:31 pm

What is Stanford thinking watching this game? No doubt, they’re seeing all the new wrinkles Wisconsin is debuting.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:29 pm

When Wisconsin won at IU 62-14, it had only 24 halftime points. It has 35 now.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:28 pm

And there’s Montee Ball’s first touchdown. Bet it’s not his last tonight.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:27 pm

If Bo Pelini chews his gum any harder, he’s gonna shatter his teeth.

BTN.com staff December 1, 20129:27 pm

Just a reminder: We’ll post BTN’s earlier interview with Penn State’s Bill O’Brien right here at halftime. Now, back to the track meet …

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:27 pm

Question: Is Bo Pelini more ticked at his defense right now or at UCLA?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:22 pm

In case you are wondering, and I know those in Madison are, the Badgers’ season high was 62 points at IU.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:21 pm

Wisconsin players on sideline were asking for fans to get loud on that 3rd down play, and it worked. Martinez sacked; Maher to punt.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:20 pm

Badgers already have exceeded their point total in loss at Nebraska earlier this year (27).

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:18 pm

Nebraska may have used up its magic in those 4 other comeback losses.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:18 pm

Nebraska rallied from 17 points down in the season’s first meeting. We’re at 18 right now.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:18 pm

I’m starting to think NOT!!!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:17 pm

OK, Tom, we’ve talked so much about Nebraska’s ability to rally this season – can they do it again tonight?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:15 pm

4 Wisconsin TDs….. none by Ball…..

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:15 pm

Are you having fun yet? I am! This play calling is delicious!!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:15 pm

Bielema is pulling out all the tricks tonight.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:14 pm

Wisconsin should throw the ball to James White in the flat 5-10 times a game. He is so fast in space.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:13 pm

According to press box, Wisconsin DB Darius Hillary out for game with head injury.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:07 pm

Hey, Nebraska DOES have a punter!!

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:06 pm

Last year, Badgers led Spartans, 21-7, after one quarter.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:06 pm

Something I just realized: Gordon’s 56-yard scamper for game’s first score matched Badgers’ final rushing total at Nebraska earlier this season.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:05 pm

340 yards of combined offense in first quarter….

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:03 pm

End of the first quarter in Indy. Someone get me a towel and some oxygen. Badgers 21, Huskers 10. Whew!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:01 pm

Yep, you’re here, you need one win to get to the Rose Bowl, so you’re more likely to do a trick play and stuff like that.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20129:00 pm

The conditions probably help, but I also think teams play these games with nothing to loose, meaning they take more risks. Open up the playbook, try new formations, do crazy things.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20129:00 pm

I think conditions help. But I think it’s more teams “not holding back.” This is it. Now or never Play loose. Play fast. Have fun.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:59 pm

Wisconsin is emptying its playbook, apparently. Will we see Husker run Fumblerooski????

BTN.com staff December 1, 20128:59 pm

Question for Tom and Brent. Are these first two Big Ten Championship games loaded with offense because it involves two teams that come in from the cold and get to play in ideal conditions? It must be like being on vacation in that dome.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:57 pm

Never thought Gordon and White would score before Montee!!!

BTN.com staff December 1, 20128:57 pm

Here’s a great shot from US Presswire’s Richard Mackson of that amazing run by Martinez.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:56 pm

Don’t think I’ve ever seen a formation like that one. Almost looked like what teams do prior to a PAT, before they come back into a normal formation.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:55 pm

Bret Bielema went to page 259 in his playbook for that one!

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:52 pm

You may be right. Could take 40 to win this….

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:50 pm

At some point, the defenses will get their footing. Right? I don’t know, maybe 32.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:49 pm

How many points is it gonna take to win this, Brent?

BTN.com staff December 1, 20128:48 pm

Taylor Martinez scrambles and then runs 76 yards for a touchdown against Nebraska in the first quarter of the Big Ten Football Championship game.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:48 pm

Nebraska fans love him a lot. That guy will go down as one of the program’s all-time faves.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:46 pm

So good to see Rex Burkhead being …. Rex Burkhead. Love the guy. You should, too.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:44 pm

Looks like defense is “optional” tonight.

BTN.com staff December 1, 20128:42 pm

Wisconsin’s Marcus Cromartie intercept’s Taylor Martinez in the first quarter and runs it in for a touchdown.

BTN.com staff December 1, 20128:40 pm

Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon scored a quick touchdown in the first quarter. Here’s the highlight, the first off, well, a few scores here in the first quarter. More video to come ….

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:40 pm

If Keith Jackson was calling this game, how many “Whoa, Nellies!” would he have already chortled?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:39 pm

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why they call him “T Magic.”

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:39 pm

The way this is going, I wouldn’t be surprised if Huskers go with onside kick.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:38 pm

Yes, Brent. Both were good run by T Magic. But this was better.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:37 pm

Last year, the Big Ten title game was 42-39. We may be in store for another barn burner.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:37 pm

Better than his UCLA run? You liked that one a lot, too.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:37 pm

I’m gonna go ahead and call that the “Run Of The Year.” Has to be.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:35 pm

Huskers need something. At the very least, move the ball a bit to flip field position.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:33 pm

If there is such a thing as a “crucial” first quarter drive, this is it for the #Huskers.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:31 pm

Yes, 5 Badgers losses were by a combined 19 points. Three in OT.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:30 pm

Bret Bielema talked a lot Friday about how his team is better than its record. Sure looks like the case early on.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:29 pm

Think Bo Pelini would like to push the restart button?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:29 pm

This wasn’t in the script. 14-0 after pick six by Cromartie. Well, at least Nebraska is used to coming back, right? Right?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:26 pm

Wisconsin’s up 7-0 before most fans have finished their first brat … or hot dog … or veggie burger.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:25 pm

The Huskers, it would seem, are more comfortable coming from behind.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:25 pm

Nebraska has Wisconsin where it wants it!

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:24 pm

Oh, Melvin Gordon is the THIRD team RB……

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:24 pm

I think it’s vital for #Badgers to get a lead, as they aren’t a great comeback or passing team. BINGO!!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:24 pm

Who had Melvin Gordon with the first touchdown tonight? No one, that’s right.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:22 pm

Not a good start for Husker D.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:21 pm

Wisconsin will do what Wisconsin will do … run. No. Matter. What.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:21 pm

“28 Ball, the ball carrier,” the press box PA guy says. We better get used to it.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:21 pm

Here is Curt Phillips. This time last year, he was rehabbing a knee!!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:19 pm

I’ll go with two. Scored three in first meeting this year.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:19 pm

How many TDs tonight for Montee? I say at least one.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:18 pm

Uh yeah, definitely favor Maher over French. Maher is one of Big Ten’s best. Just got off to a slow start this season.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:17 pm

Expect a bunch of Montee Ball, yes?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:17 pm

Wisconsin wins toss and opts to receive. Hmmmm. I likey. Take it to ’em!

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:12 pm

To be clear, the boos came when the Big Ten was introducing this year’s individual award winners at midfield. Miller took in stride, with a big smile.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:12 pm

If this thing comes down to someone having to make a big kick, I like Nebraska’s Brett Maher better than Wisconsin’s Kyle French.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:04 pm

Lucas Oil Stadium greets Braxton Miller with boos.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20128:02 pm

And only one coaches at his alma mater. Funny how things work out.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20128:01 pm

Bo Pelini (Ohio State) and Bret Bielema (Iowa) are two of the three Big Ten coaches who are Big Ten alums. The other is Firz, who coaches his alma mater at Northwestern.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20127:59 pm

Interesting. If Burkhead is 100 percent, as Bo Pelini says, I’d feel comfortable taking Nebraska’s duo. Abdullah could be Big Ten’s best next season – as long as Cross doesn’t poach all of his TDs.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20127:58 pm

Great matchup of running backs tonight, with Montee Ball/James White vs. Ameer Abdullah/Rex Burkhead. Which tandem is better? It’ll take the Badger duo.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20127:57 pm

Nice stat, Tom. But Indiana and Purdue aren’t exactly Nebraska. Am I right?

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20127:56 pm

The weather conditions are freezing in the press box, to the point where I’m blowing in my hands.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20127:56 pm

Fun fact: Wisconsin has not lost a game in the state of Indiana since 2002. Under Bielema, the Badgers are 8-0 in the state of Indiana,

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20127:55 pm

Fun fact: Nebraska’s first bowl trip ever was to the Rose Bowl after the 1940 season. Its foe? Stanford…..

BTN.com staff December 1, 20127:54 pm

Guys, what are the weather conditions like at the game? But we kid.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20127:48 pm

Taylor vs. Johnny Football would be fun.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20127:47 pm

We all know the winner will go to the Rose Bowl to play Stanford. But where would each team go if it lost? I think Nebraska would go to the Capital One and play Texas A&M. I think Wisconsin would play in the Gator vs. Mississippi State if it loses tonight.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20127:43 pm

I think James White has to have a big game. Ball does well against Huskers, but White didn’t do much in Sept game, the one where Huskers limited Badgers to 50-something rush yards.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20127:42 pm

It’s going to be really tough to pass against this Nebraska defense. There are none better at defending the pass.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20127:41 pm

Key players? For Wisconsin, it’s gotta be QB Curt Phillips. The guy has to show he can pass if Nebraska commits to stopping the run. For Nebraska, it’s Cameron Meredith, who will play inside and outside on the d-line. He must be a force vs. the run and bring some heat.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com December 1, 20127:38 pm

Very valid point. One thing to keep in mind is that the team who has scored first in this game the last two times has lost. Will it happen again?

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer December 1, 20127:36 pm

Kickoff is drawing near. I wonder how Wisconsin will react if it gets off to a slow start? I think the Badgers may have a fragile psyche having lost three of their last four games….

BTN.com staff December 1, 20127:34 pm

Tom and Brent will be joining us in a little bit.

BTN.com staff December 1, 20127:13 pm

Our Dave Revsine noted the crowd cheered as Bill O’Brien was introduced on the BTN set, and O’Brien cracked, “That might be a sympathy cheer.”

BTN.com staff December 1, 20127:08 pm

Penn State’s Bill O’Brien up next on BTN. We’ll clip the interview and post as soon as possible.

BTN.com staff December 1, 20127:06 pm

1 hour, 13 minutes to go. Helmets on for warmups …

BTN.com staff December 1, 20126:49 pm

For Nebraska, Mark Pelini will get the start at center for the injured Justin Jackson..

BTN.com staff December 1, 20126:44 pm

Here’s a pregame picture of Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez … taking a pregame picture.

BTN.com staff December 1, 20126:39 pm

Just a few guys having a casual game of catch … before the biggest game of their season so far.

BTN.com staff December 1, 20126:36 pm

Rex Burkhead looks intense…

BTN.com staff December 1, 20126:32 pm

1:47 to kickoff…

BTN.com staff December 1, 20126:29 pm

We’re doing double duty here tonight, too. If you haven’t checked out http://www.BTN.com/connect this season, give it a look. It tracks Big Ten trends on Twitter and spotlights tweets, photos and more. Good stuff.

BTN.com staff December 1, 20126:26 pm

It’s a bold look …

BTN.com staff December 1, 20125:39 pm

Cool shot today from the guys behind “The Journey 2012” Instagram account (http://instagram.com/btnjourney):

BTN.com staff December 1, 20125:37 pm

In case you missed it earlier today, the crew form “#BTNLive” had a few guests on (video below). Don’t forget that our pre-game show starts at 6:30 p.m. ET. And they’ll be back after the game to cover it all, too.

BTN.com staff December 1, 201211:40 am

It’s late Saturday morning and we’re just getting thing set up for tonight. If you’re reading this now, hope you can join Tom and Brent tonight during the game. Here are few nuggets about tonight’s game, courtesy of Stats.

Nebraska leads this series, 4-3, all-time.

Nebraska has held its opponents to a 45.5 percent completion percentage this season, lowest in the FBS, though Wisconsin was one of only two teams to complete more than half of its passes against Nebraska this season, completing 53.6 percent of its passes.

Nebraska is one of nine FBS teams with two players with 800 or more rushing yards this season (Ameer Abdullah — 1071, Taylor Martinez — 833) and welcomed back its leading rusher from last season, Rex Burkhead, against Iowa last week. Martinez (107), Burkhead (86) and Abdullah (70) combined for 263 rushing yards on 41 carries against Wisconsin earlier this season

Wisconsin has committed 11 turnovers this season, tied for fewest in the Big Ten, while Nebraska has committed 29 turnovers, second most in the conference. However, Wisconsin has forced just 12 turnovers this season, tied for fifth fewest in the FBS.

The Badgers have lost their last two games and have not lost three consecutive games since October 2008. Four of Wisconsin’s five losses this season have come by a field goal, and its other loss was by a touchdown.

Montee Ball has rushed for at least 100 yards in six of his last seven games. Ball is seventh in the FBS in rushing yards this season (1528).

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