Montee Ball leaped over the pile toward the goal line, holding the ball out in front of him.
The major college career touchdown record, the tying score, the momentum - it was all right there for Ball and the Wisconsin Badgers.
And then it wasn't, as Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier punched the ball out of Ball's hands.
Wisconsin still managed to force overtime on Jacob Pedersen's 5-yard catch with eight seconds left. But the Buckeyes wouldn't let Ball and the Badgers near the end zone in the extra period. Carlos Hyde scored on a 2-yard run as Ohio State clinched the Leaders Division title outright with the 21-14 win.
''Extremely bittersweet,'' Ball said. ''It would have been perfect to score the winning touchdown in overtime and to break the record. But Ohio State played well and they deserved it.''
Ball at least got a share of the FBS record, scoring his 78th touchdown in the second quarter to tie the mark set by Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio) in 1999. And odds are good he'...