Montee Ball ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns, James White scored on runs of 69 and 50 yards, and Wisconsin set a school rushing record Saturday with 564 yards in a 62-14 rout at Indiana. The Badgers (7-3, 4-2) will now have a chance to claim their third straight Big Ten crown after clinching a spot in the league’s title game.
Paul Griggs drilled a 46-yard field goal as time expired and Purdue stunned Iowa 27-24 Saturday, snapping a five-game losing streak. Robert Marve threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns for the Boilermakers (4-6, 1-5 Big Ten), who won for the first time in Iowa City in 20 years.
Purdue ran it and thew it well in the third quarter, and it now leads Iowa, 24-21, entering the fourth quarter. Purdue racked up 78 passing yards and 78 rushing yards in the quarter. However, Iowa came up with the biggest play of the quarter, when Micah Hyde recovered a fumble and returned it for a score to make bring the Hawkeyes withing three points.
Wisconsin ran for 173 yards in the quarter, and the Badgers now lead 41-7. Wisconsin, which has scored 24 straight points, expanded its lead to 31-7 thanks to a 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended when Montee Ball pounded in a one-yard touchdown run. Wisconsin went to the air just two times during that series.
Northwestern scored 10 points in the quarter, and the Wildcats now lead 24-21. Northwestern finished with 71 yards through the air and 74 on the ground in the quarter. Kain Colter threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Dan Vitale to break the 14-14 standstill in favor of the Wildcats. The play put the finishing touches on a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive.
Thanks to a mean rushing attack, Wisconsin leads Indiana, 24-7, after the second quarter. The Badgers rushed for 88 yards in the quarter, and both Montee Ball (106 yards) and James White (103) have eclipsed the 100-yard plateau. Meanwhile, the Badgers held Indiana to just 14 rushing yards in the quarter.
Purdue threw for 94 yards in the second quarter, including a nine-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Holmes, and it now leads Iowa, 14-7, at halftime. Iowa tied the game at seven after Damon Bullock ran one yard to paydirt to end a seven-play, 22-yard drive. A fumble recovery by the Hawkeyes set Iowa up to start the drive.