MADISON, Wisc. – The most lopsided Wisconsin victory of the season came Saturday as the Badgers destroyed Indiana, 59-7, from Camp Randall. As a defense, you know it’s going to be a long day when your opponents quarterback is catching touchdown passes from the running back. The Hoosiers felt the wrath of the Big 10′s best team, allowing 38 first half points to the Wisconsin offensive attack. Montae Ball was the player of the game, rushing for 140 yards on 14 carries for three rushing touchdowns and one passing TD to Russell Wilson. The #4 ranked Badgers move their flawless record to 6-0 and 2-0 in their division, with the victory Saturday.
It took the Badgers a little over five minutes to drive 74 yards on nine plays for their first score of the day. Jeff Duckworth’s 19-yard reception set up Montae Ball’s 5-yard touchdown run, his first of three on the day.
After a quick three-and-out by the Hoosiers, a failed punt put the Badgers in great field position at the Hoosier 26-yard line. Two plays later, the Badgers were leading, 14-0, after James White scampered 15 yards for the touchdown.
On the first possession of the second quarter, Montae Ball took the ball out of the backfield and headed to his right…Russell Wilson snuck out of the backfield to Ball’s left, and literally walked into the endzone after receiving a perfect pass from his running back, for a 25-yard touchdown strike. Wilson scored before the defense knew what happened, without a defender in sight (pictured above). The Badgers led 21-0, surrendering just over two and half minutes on the clock for the 6-play, 64-yard drive.
The next Wisconsin possession began with a 35-yard first down rush by James White. Four plays later, a 35-yard TD rush by Montae Ball concluded the drive, giving the Badgers a lead of 28-0.
Stephen Houston burst to the endzone for a 67-yard touchdown run, giving Indiana their first points of the day. The Hoosiers trailed Wisconsin, 28-7, after their two-play scoring drive in the second quarter.
After a Phillip Welch field goal bumped the Badger lead to 24 points, Russell Wilson found Jacob Pedersen for a 3-yard score and a Wisconsin, 35-7, lead just before the end of the first half. It took Wisconsin just 58 seconds to drive 39 yards on five plays for the TD. Welch added another field goal before the half ended, amping the Badgers lead to 38-7 entering halftime.
As we’ve seen most of this season, the Badgers spent the second half resting their starters. Russell Wilson finished the day with 166 passing yards and one touchdown. He rushed the ball twice for 42 yards and the Heisman candidate caught a 25-yard touchdown pass. Truly, a complete day for Russell and his teammates.
With Nick Toon out for the game, Jared Abbredaris stepped up and led the way with four grabs for 63 yards for the Badgers receivers. James White added 87 rush yards and a touchdown on just 13 carries.
Next Saturday will be the Badgers toughest test, as they travel to No. 23 ranked Michigan State for Wisconsin’s first true road game of the season. The Badgers played NIU at Soldier Field earlier in the year, but the crowd was completely neutral. East Lansing and the No. 2 nationally ranked defense coming off a huge win over No. 11 Michigan, who was previously undefeated, wait for Wisconsin. The Badgers lone loss of the 2010 Big 10 season came to Michigan State at East Lansing last year. The Big 10 schedulers had a glitch with the new alignment after Nebraska entered the conference this past off-season, therefore Wisconsin will oddly be playing at MSU for the second straight year.