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Final

(6) Wisconsin 48

(10-1, 6-1 Big Ten)

Michigan 28

(7-4, 3-4 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, November 20, 2010

Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI

1 2 3 4 T
#6WIS 7 17 7 1748
MICH 0 0 21 728

Top Performers

Passing: D. Robinson (NOR) - 239 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Ball (WIS) - 29 CAR, 173 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: R. Roundtree (MICH) - 7 REC, 114 YDS, 1 TD

Wisconsin's backup RBs combine for 6 TDs as Michigan QB Denard Robinson breaks records

Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Wisconsin's throwback style of football pushed the program one step closer to its first Big Ten title since 1999.

Montee Ball and James White combined for 354 yards rushing and six touchdowns, helping the Badgers (No. 7 BCS, No. 6 AP) pound Michigan in a 48-28 victory Saturday.

"We're playing as good as anybody out there," coach Bret Bielema said.

If the Badgers (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) beat Northwestern next week at home, they'll will win at least a share of the title and likely earn a trip to a BCS bowl.

Michigan State, which handed Wisconsin its only loss, rallied from a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Purdue and stay atop the Big Ten standings with the Badgers.

"Michigan State sure could've helped us -- I mean Purdue could've," Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said.

The Badgers have done plenty for themselves by beating Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa in the same season for the first time since 1959.

Wisconsin, who hadn't win at the Big House since 1994, built a 24-0 lead at halftime against the Wolverines (7-4, 3-4) and essentially traded scores in the second half.

The Badgers ran early, often and all over -- left, right and middle -- with a lot of success behind a huge and experienced offensive line that created huge holes against Michigan's three-man fronts and blitzes.

"I said, 'They can't stop our run game,'" Bielema recalled telling his players. "Point blank, it's just that simple."

Ball ran for 173 yards and four TDs on 29 carries. White had a career-high 181 yards rushing and two scores on 23 carries. They became the second pair of Badgers to run for 150-plus yards in a game, joining Billy Marek (226) and Ken Starch (184) who did it against Wyoming in 1973.

"Wisconsin has always been built off the running game," White said. "It's a dream school."

The underclassmen duo allowed Wisconsin to overcome the loss of injured John Clay for the second straight week and helped the team set a school record with 40 rushing TDs, breaking the previous mark set in 1974.

"What we do isn't pretty," Bielema said. "A lot of places, there's a certain emphasis on being pretty and being individualized on players."

That seemed to be a shot at Michigan, especially after Bielema was asked about Denard Robinson's 360-yard, four-TD performance.

"For them, that's great," Bielema said. "We would never recruit to that."

Robinson set two records for the Wolverines, who were coming off back-to-back Big Ten wins for the first time in Rich Rodriguez's three seasons.

He broke Beau Morgan's major-college record for yards rushing by quarterbacks and became the first player in NCAA history with 1,500 yards rushing and 1,500 yards passing in one year.

"It don't mean anything to me right now," Robinson said. "We're getting ready to play Ohio State."

The Wolverines, bowl-eligible for the first time under Rodriguez, probably hurt their chances of playing in an upper-tier bowl with their latest loss and an upcoming challenge against Ohio State in the Horseshoe.

Robinson -- who has thrown for 2,229 yards and run for 1,538 -- was 16 of 25 for 239 yards with two TDs, an interception and ran for 121 yards and two scores. He had just 22 yards passing and 74 running before halftime against the Badgers.

"Our whole focus was to stop him," Wisconsin safety Aaron Henry said. "In the first half, we pretty much did."

Robinson missed a wide-open Darryl Stonum on what likely would've been a TD after Ball's first score gave Wisconsin a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter, leading to Seth Broekhuizen missing a 30-yard field goal that went off the right upright.

Michigan shook off a sluggish first half offensively to score 28 points in the second half, but its struggling defense made that moot by allowing the Badgers to score 24 points in both.

"I've never coached before and had five true freshmen playing on defense," Rodriguez said. "Are you kidding me? I'd like to know if anyone else in Division I has five, six true freshmen playing on defense.

Robinson threw for a score and ran for another early in the third quarter, getting the Wolverines to within 10 points, but their defense couldn't slow down the Badgers.

Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien completed his first 13 passes -- 24 straight including the end of last week's 83-20 win against Indiana -- and finished 14 of 15 for 201 yards with an interception.

He completed the only pass he attempted in the 2nd half.

Wisconsin essentially sealed the victory early in the fourth quarter when defensive end J.J. Watt deflected Robinson's pass near midfield and intercepted it.

"We enjoyed this one, but we've already started to look to the next one," offensive guard John Moffitt said. "It's time to finish this season right."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WIS
MICH
1st Downs2624
Total Yards558442
Passing201274
Rushing357168
Penalties2-251-10
3rd Down Conversions5-106-12
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers22
Possession36:5923:01

Passing Leaders

WisconsinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tolzien14/1520113.401
MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Robinson16/252399.621

Rushing Leaders

WisconsinCARYDSAVGTDLG
White231817.9261
Ball291736.0427
MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson221215.5229
Smith11504.507

Receiving Leaders

WisconsinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kendricks47418.5034
Toon35719.0030
MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Roundtree711416.3128
Stonum49924.8134

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWISMICH
TD03:15Montee Ball 1 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERWISMICH
FG08:07Philip Welch 25 Yd 100
TD03:50Montee Ball 27 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 170
TD01:51James White 61 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 240
THIRD QUARTERWISMICH
TD11:03Darryl Stonum 24 Yd Pass From Denard Robinson (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 247
TD09:23Denard Robinson 4 Yd Run (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 2414
TD05:31James White 23 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 3114
TD03:12Denard Robinson 11 Yd Run (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 3121
FOURTH QUARTERWISMICH
TD14:58Montee Ball 3 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 3821
FG09:04Philip Welch 40 Yd 4121
TD06:07Roy Roundtree 28 Yd Pass From Denard Robinson (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 4128
TD02:41Montee Ball 4 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 4828

Research Notes

Denard Robinson passed Beau Morgan and set the new FBS record for most rushing yards in a season by a QB. He ran for 121 yards against Wisconsin and his total for the year now stands at 1,538
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Not only did Denard Robinson pass Beau Morgan for the FBS single-season record for rush yards by a QB, he also became the first player in NCAA history (not just FBS) to throw for 1,500 yards and rush for 1,500 yards.
The Badgers came into the game having committed just 7 turnovers on the season, tied for the fewest in FBS. They've committed two already against Michigan - tied for their most in any game this season.
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Montee Ball has scored 2 TD in the 1st half for Wisconsin. That now gives the Badgers 3 RB's (John Clay, James White, Montee Ball) who have EACH: -rushed for 500 yards this season -rushed for 10 TD this season -rushed for 100 yards in at least 3 games this season
Wisconsin's offense has been rolling the last 6 quarters. The Badgers scored 83 points last week vs Indiana and have 24 at halftime vs Michigan
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