Last week Wisconsin Badgers senior star running back Montee Ball tied the FBS all-time touchdown record in the Badgers 21-14 overtime loss to their Big 10 rivals the Ohio State Buckeyes. This week the 5’11”, 212-pound first round NFL prospect has broken the record versus the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Ball scored on a 17-yard touchdown run with 6:27 remaining in the first quarter of Wisconsin’s contest with Penn State for the 79th touchdown of his collegiate career and gave his Badgers a 14-7 lead over the Nittany Lions.
Last week when Ball tied Travis Prentice‘s (who attended Miami, Ohio) record with his 78th career trip to the endzone there was very little doubt in anyone’s mind that the senior from Wentzville, MO wouldn’t be able to surpass it with two games remaining for the Badgers to compete in before he sets his sights on an NFL career. Prentice had previously held the record for 13 seasons having set it back in the 1999 season.
Now Ball has at least a share of two major FBS touchdown records having tied the single-season touchdown mark last season scoring 39 of them to equal Barry Sanders mark which was originally set in 1988 as well as sole possession of the FBS career touchdown record following his performance on Saturday.
Entering halftime of the Wisconsin, Penn State contest Ball had 84 rushing yards on 13 carries and his record breaking trip to the endzone. The senior standout now has one half remaining in the regular season and a full bowl game to reach 80 career touchdowns or possibly more; a feat that would be a tremendous accomplishment seeing that it has never been done before.