Wis­con­sin rips Ne­braska 70-31

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS -

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.

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