Wisconsin rips Nebraska 70-31
Montee Ball ran for 202 yards and three touchdowns and Wisconsin scored seven TDs on its first nine possessions, blowing out No. 14 Nebraska 70-31 in Indianapolis on Saturday night to win its third straight Big Ten title. Wisconsin (8-5, 4-4) will be the first five-loss team to play in the Rose Bowl and is the first school to represent the league in three consecutive Rose Bowls since Michigan in the late 1970s.
For the first time in school history, the Badgers had two 200-yard rushers. 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 title game. Wisconsin only reached this year’s title game because division champion Ohio State (120) and division runnerup Penn State (8-4) were ineligible for postseason play. The Cornhuskers fell to 10-3, 7-1.
■ James Wilder Jr. ran for two touchdowns as No. 13 Florida State held off Georgia Tech 21-15 Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C., to capture its first ACC championship since 2005. The Seminoles (11-2) won their 13th ACC title. Georgia Tech (6-7) is bowl eligible after receiving a waiver from the NCAA.