Montee Ball rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns as Wisconsin defeated Indiana 62-14 Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
James White added 161 rushing yards and two touchdown as the Badgers (7-3, 4-2) clinched the Leaders Division's berth to the Big Ten Championship game.
This contest was built as the biggest game for the IU program since at least 2007. Indiana (4-6, 2-4) defeated Illinois and Iowa the two previous weeks to get in the mix in the Leaders Division. Ohio State and Penn State are ineligible for the title game, so a win would have put the Hoosiers on the inside track for the Big Ten Championship game.
But IU's defense struggled. And so did its high-powered offense.
Ball scored on a 10-yard run for the game's first touchdown. The Badgers took a 14-0 lead on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Curt Phillips to Sam Arneson.
The Badgers added a field goal early in the second quarter to make it 17-0.
The Hoosiers offense, which was sputtering for most of the afternoon, got going late in the second quarter. Ted Bolser played a major role. First, he made a one-handed catch and then he caught a 6-yard TD to get IU within 17-7.
It looked like that would be the score heading into halftime. Wisconsin faced a third-and-16 at its own 31. Running back James White was bottled up near the line of scrimmage. He found a hole and took off 69 yards for a touchdown with 13 seconds left in the half to make it 24-7.
Ball added two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter. He had a 1-yard score to make it 31-7. He later scored on a 49-yard run to make it 38-7. The Badgers added a field goal later in the quarter.
Kofi Hughes caught a touchdown pass for IU at 13:53 of the fourth quarter.
White scored on a 50-yard run to make it 48-14. It was the first of three touchdowns in the quarter for the Badgers.