Wisconsin smashes Nebraska 70-31 in Big Ten title game
Wisconsin took the ball and ran away with another Big Ten title. Montee Ball ran for 202 yards and three touchdowns and the Badgers scored...
INDIANAPOLIS — Wisconsin took the ball and ran away with another Big Ten title.
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.
Wisconsin (8-5) will be the first five-loss team to play in the Rose Bowl. Nebraska (10-3) will miss out on a BCS bowl.
"As my AD tells me all the time, you haven't one won yet," coach Bret Bielema said. "We're going out there to win. That's the mission, and I appreciate all the fans coming out to Madison East."
For the first time in school history, the Badgers had two 200-yard rushers — Melvin Gordon had 216. They finished with the fourth-highest rushing total in school history (539) and tied a conference championship game scoring record. Texas also scored 70 points in the 2005 Big 12 championship game.
Ball matched Travis Prentice 's FBS record for most career games with multiple TDs (25 for Miami of Ohio). He also broke Prentice's record for rushing TDs in a career (73) and now has 76.
Other Top 25 games
At No. 7 Kansas St. 42,
No. 23 Texas 24
Collin Klein threw a touchdown pass and ran for two scores and Kansas State beat Texas for its third conference title in 117 years and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.
The Wildcats (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) tied their team record for victories in a season. Kansas State has beaten Texas (8-4, 5-4) five in a row.
No. 13 Florida State 21,
Georgia Tech 15
James Wilder Jr. ran two touchdowns as Florida State held off Georgia Tech in Charlotte, N.C., to capture its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship since 2005 and earn a trip to the Orange Bowl.
It was FSU's 13th ACC title.
The heavily favored Seminoles (11-2) built a 21-6 lead at the half and held on to win, helping to erase some of the sting from last week's 37-26 loss to their bitter rival, No. 4 Florida.
Despite its record, Georgia Tech (6-7) is bowl eligible after receiving a waiver from the NCAA on Thursday.
No. 12 Oklahoma 24,
at Texas Christian 17
Landry Jones threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns, Damien Williams ran untouched 66 yards for a score and Oklahoma earned at least a share of the Big 12 title.
The Sooners (10-2, 8-1) have to share their eighth Big 12 title since they didn't get any help later from archrival Texas.
At Baylor 41,
No. 24 Oklahoma State 34
Lache Seastrunk rushed for 178 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, and Nick Florence passed for 296 yards as Baylor beat Oklahoma State.
Baylor (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) has won at least seven games in three straight seasons — the first time the Bears have done that since 1949-51.
No. 25 Boise State 27,
at Nevada 21
Joe Southwick threw two touchdown passes to lead Boise State (10-2, 7-1) over Nevada (7-5, 4-4), earning the Broncos a share of the Mountain West Conference title and ensuring their nation's best seventh consecutive 10-win season.
D.J. Harper ran for 130 yards for Boise State and the Broncos' defense put the clamps on a Nevada offense that was averaging 38 points. Nevada has lost four of five.
Alex Singleton ran for 100 yards and plunged over the top for a 1-yard score in overtime to lift Tulsa to a 33-27 victory over UCF (9-4) for the Conference USA title.
Tulsa (10-3) won the C-USA championship for the first time since 2005 and is off to the Liberty Bowl.