Found December 02, 2012 on
Crystal Ball Run:
It's safe to say no one saw this one coming, no seriously, if you did you can put your hand down now because you are simply lying or have the ultimate Cardinal and White glasses on. Either way there is no way around this one, Wisconsin simply curb stomped their way into the record books in a 70-31 route of Nebraska. It's safe to say that not many can say the Badgers didn't earn their way anymore with their performance tonight.
The records start with Wisconsin becoming the first team not named Michigan or Ohio State to make three straight Rose Bowl appearances as they will take on Stanford on January 1st in Pasadena. Wisconsin's 70 points were the most ever by any team in a conference championship game ever. Also, in dominating the Huskers the Badgers racked up 640 yards of total offense, 539 of which came via the rushing attack. The later of which was just 4th best all-time in school history.
It was truly a three headed monster for the Badgers as Big Ten running back of the year Montee Ball rushed for 202 yards and wasn't even the leading rusher on the night. That honor belonged to redshirt freshman Melvin Gordon, who had a coming out party with 212 yards rushing on just 9 carries for a 24 yards a carry average with one touchdown. Ball added 3 rushing TD's and regular backup James White added 109 yards and an unreal 4 rushing touchdowns to go with a passing TD as well.
Things were only interesting in general in the 1st quarter, or should I say the first 5 minutes of the 1st quarter as Wisconsin opened up a quick 14-0 lead on a 56 yard Melvin Gordon touchdown run that was followed up by a Marcus Cromartie 29 yard interception return for a touchdown.
It appeared that this would be a game shortly there after as Nebraska answered back with 10 straight points. The TD of which was a highlight play for the ages as Taylor Martinez avoided about a 15 yard loss on a sack and instead turned it into an unreal 79 yard untouched touchdown scamper. Despite that highlight reel play, a game it wasn't about to be. Instead Wisconsin took what was to be Nebraska's best punch and dealt them a knockout punch right back.
With the score 14-10 the Badgers began a complete domination of the Huskers as they scored 21 unanswered points to take a commanding 42-10 lead on the Huskers.
From there Wisconsin came out at the half, stopped Nebraska on their first series and scored on their own first series to run the advantage to 49-10 and the game was pretty much over from there.
Nebraska scored on another Taylor Martinez rushing TD to make it 49-17, however the Badgers had the answer again as they just increased their lead by scoring two more touchdowns on 58 yard Montee Ball TD run and a 68 yard James White TD run in what was already a pattern in this game.
In crushing Nebraska the Badgers put the college football world on notice that despite their 7-5 record they have the talent to play, beat, and dominate anyone they take the field.
With the win the Badgers take on Stanford of the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl while the Huskers are likely to head to the Capital One bowl.
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INDIANAPOLIS –Wisconsin got it done on the ground as they crucified No. 13 Nebraska 70-31 in the Big Ten championship game.
James White and Montee Ball combined for seven rushing touchdowns on Saturday as the Badgers qualified for their third straight Rose Bowl.
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INDIANAPOLIS Melvin Gordon couldn't help but hear the unrest from Wisconsin football fans displeased with his lack of touches this season. If he was really being honest with himself, he knew a running back with his talent was capable of so much more than he'd been given the opportunity to show.
But he also knew running backs at Wisconsin don't appear on campus and instantly...
Ummmmm.... Yea, about that close game and about Nebraska dominating the Badgers. We didn't mean any of that, we swear.
Mark May and the rest of college football pundits
O.k, now that we got that out of the way we aren't going to bore you with the inner workings of Wisconsin's Reauchambeauing (sp) of the Huskers. Instead we'll leave with the records...
INDIANAPOLIS Sometimes, you show up to a stadium or turn on the television with absolutely no idea how a game will play out. Pundits say it should be close, but who really knows until they take the field?
That's the beauty of sports.
Wisconsin entered Saturday's Big Ten championship against Nebraska as a slight underdog and unloaded on the Cornhuskers with an offensive...
Earlier in the day we looked at the anatomy of a Nebraska win, now we must look at how Wisconsin can win and get to their third straight Rose Bowl.
How Wisconsin Wins on Saturday?
1) Contain T-Mart: Taylor Martinez had a great game in the September 29th meeting between these two teams; he passed for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns and also ran 13 times for 107 yards and...
Montee Ball ran for 202 yards and three touchdowns and the Badgers scored seven touchdowns on their first nine possessions, blowing out No. 14 Nebraska 70-31 to win their third straight, and most improbable, Big Ten title on Saturday night.
Something you may have noticed is that I haven't posted any updates on Carolina's NCAA prospects in a couple weeks. The reason for this is because there are usually only two games per weekend in the college rankings and with only five players to track, there isn't much to say about them unless they had a big performance. This is especially true if you don't have a...
Check out the video. Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez was in trouble as he dodged Wisconsin linemen who were out to sack him for a loss.
(photo courtesy AP)
I don't know about you, but for myself the past two Rose Bowl seasons have been amazing journeys full of ups and downs, what could've beens and all that comes with it. But, this one, this 3rd one in a row, well it just smells and tastes that much sweeter. No doubt the Badgers had to overcome certain things in 2010 and 2011 to get to the championship...
Often the third tailback in Wisconsin's deep arsenal, redshirt freshman Melvin Gordon took his 56 yards for a touchdown and never slowed down. Finishing with career and team-high 216 yards on only nine carries, Gordon's first-half spark ignited the offense to another conference championship.
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