On Saturday Wisconsin Badgers senior star tailback Montee Ball carved his name into college football history when he tied the record for most career touchdowns in FBS history during the second quarter of the Badgers 21-14 overtime loss at the hands of their Big Ten rivals the Ohio State Buckeyes.
With less than eight minutes remaining in the second quarter Ball took a hand off from Badgers quarterback Curt Phillips running straight up the gut of the Buckeyes defense, through safety Christian Bryant and into the endzone from seven-yards away for the historic score which cut Ohio State’s lead to 14-7. The touchdown was Ball’s 78th of his career and tied the 5’11″ 212-pound back with Travis Prentice who set the record back in 1999 while playing at Miami (Ohio).
Ball is no stranger to touchdown records as just last season he tied Barry Sanders single season record of 39 touchdowns which Sanders originally set while playing at Oklahoma State in 1988; a season that many believe is the greatest single season for a running back in college football history.
Despite the Badgers having a disappointing season at 7-4 (4-3 in Big Ten) the Wisconsin players, coaching staff and supporters can all take solace in the fact that Ball should break the all-time career touchdown record. Ball will get two more cracks at surpassing Prentice; the first will come on November 24 when the Badgers travel to Happy Valley to take on the Penn State Nitty Lions and the second will come during Wisconsin’s bowl game later on in the season.