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Bielema: No style points in Badgers' win

Wisconsin prides itself on being a hard-nosed, no-frills, gritty program.

The Badgers aren't known for their sense of style, and they're proud of it.

But some think that changed Saturday against Indiana, as No. 7 Wisconsin put up 83 points, its highest total in the modern era and its highest total in a Big Ten game. The Badgers exploded for the most points by a Big Ten team since Ohio State put up 83 against Iowa in 1950. Only two teams have scored more points in league history.

Wisconsin also finds itself in the thick of the Big Ten title race, which could come down to the highest-ranked team in the final BCS standings. Winning is paramount for the Badgers, but so is winning with a flourish.

Did the Badgers pile it on Saturday in an 83-20 beat-down of IU?

"There's not one style point on that board," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema told ESPN.com late Saturday afternoon. "All those guys did was play football and competed."

Bielema said style points never entered his mind as Wisconsin scored touchdown after touchdown.

Wisconsin pulled starting quarterback Scott Tolzien and starting running back Montee Ball after three quarters. The Badgers attempted four passes in the final quarter, including one from backup quarterback Jon Budmayr to receiver Jared Abbrederis that went for a 74-yard touchdown on third-and-6.

"There was just the one pass play someone could [question]," Bielema said, "but it was third-and-5, and we wanted to keep the chains moving and I said we could throw the football and obviously a big play happened.

"You can't put the [backups] in and say, 'Don't play football.' "

Bielema took some heat Oct. 9 when he went for a 2-point conversion against Minnesota with the Badgers leading 41-16 midway through the fourth quarter. He claimed he was simply going by the book on when to go for two points, but then-Minnesota coach Tim Brewster took issue with the decision in a testy postgame exchange.

There were no fireworks between Bielema and Indiana's Bill Lynch after Saturday's game.

"There was no issue whatsoever," Bielema said. "He just congratulated me and said a lot of positive things. I thought Coach Lynch was really good after the game. We weren't trying to do anything but just play football."