Wisconsin pummels Indiana, 62-14 to clinch berth in Big Ten title game

Senior tailback Montee Ball rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns, junior James White went for 161 yards and two scores and Wisconsin rushed for a school-record 564 yards in a 62-14 win over Indiana in front of 43,240 at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The victory clinches Wisconsin a berth in the Big Ten title game for the second straight season and squashes the Hoosiers’ unlikely bid to play in the Indianapolis title game.

“Poor performance by us,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said. “… Didn’t play good D. Didn’t play good O. Just kind of got spanked in all areas. Had a good week of practice. Felt like we were getting better, but to come out and play a little bit better is disappointing.”

With the loss the Hoosiers fall to 4-6 overall, 2-4 in the Big Ten. They have two games remaining, one at Penn State next week and the other at Purdue on Nov. 24, and they must win both to reach a bowl game.

They pointed to that as reason to press on after being so thoroughly embarrassed in a critical game. With a win, the Hoosiers would have actually had the inside track to earning the Leaders Division’s berth in the title game.

“We’ve come too far to hang our head now and start going backwards,” sophomore quarterback Cameron Coffman said. “… We’ve still got two huge games. We’ve never beat Penn State here. That would be huge. Also, the Bucket Game vs. Purdue, if we win both of those, we can still go to a bowl. Everything is still in front of us.”

Of course, so much more was in play on Saturday and the Hoosiers didn’t take advantage. Wisconsin’s massive offensive line took control from the very beginning and the Badgers used lots of shifts and motion to keep the Indiana defense from getting any sort of balance with which to attack. The Badgers scored touchdowns on their first two drives, running the ball on 14 of their first 16 plays. Ball scored the first touchdown and tight end Sam Arneson grabbed a two-yard touchdown pass from Curt Phillips for the second.

Indiana showed some life by forcing Wisconsin to settle for a field goal to go up 17-0 after driving to the Hoosiers’ 3- yard line. Indiana got on the board late in the half on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Coffman to tight end Ted Bolser. However, Wisconsin got a 69-yard touchdown run by White on a busted play with just 13 seconds to go in the half to take a 24-7 lead into halftime.

“We just missed tackles,” defensive tackle Adam Replogle said. “That’s something that we practiced all season and all week long. We just didn’t make plays when we had to.”

Said safety Mark Murphy: “I think that was the most frustrating thing for all of us. It was still a close game. It was a 10-point game at that point. For as bad as we played, we would’ve been really happy with that. I honestly don’t know what happened. Just someone got out of their gap. Just hit up the chute and it was gone.”

Once the two teams got back on the field, Wisconsin’s momentum snow-balled. Ball scored touchdowns on Wisconsin’s first two possessions of the third quarter while Indiana went three-and-out on its first two. The Badgers then added a field goal to make it 41-7 before the Hoosiers finally scored again on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Cam Coffman to Kofi Hughes. The Badgers then piled on three more touchdowns to break the 60-point mark. The Badgers have scored 50 points or more on Indiana five times in its eight straight victories in the series. The Badgers ave outscored Indiana 204-41 in the last three seasons.

Coffman threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions. Freshman Nate Sudfeld entered in the first half, but fumbled a snap and never returned.

The Hoosiers were held to just 61 rushing yards on 23 carries.

AUDIO: Kevin Wilson

AUDIO: Adam Replogle

AUDIO: Cam Coffman

AUDIO: Mark Murphy

AUDIO: David Cooper

7 comments

  1. Last night, I sneaked in a request in the Prayer. Lord, I know better than to ask for this, I prayed…but, if it’s not too much could we get some help with Wisconsin.

    I went to bed feeling peaceful.

    Then came the game, the merciless assault, the last 20 second of the half…the last quarter I spend it making Bolognese sauce.

    Then I went, clasped my hands, and spoke to the Lord. How could You? We were doing so well. How could we slip back so badly?

    I prayed to You last night, I protested. What else could I do? What could the Hoosiers do, Lord?, I asked.

    The horizon had turned reddish,.. then dark grey…the skycrapers in the south Loop disappeared(no lie, ask anyone in Chicago)…then, the Voice from the Heavens.

    “A Defensive Ends, another LB and a couple of CBs who’ll hit someone won’t hurt, my Son!” It boomed.

  2. TTG, reminds me of a story we’ve probably all heard about the little girl who asked God for a pony.

    The story is much longer but the punch line is simple, “He said no”.

  3. Wilson’t pedigree keeps laying eggs: under his coaching we became the team with most losses in FBS. Under “Powerbelly” Wilson Indiana helped Wisconsin set a new school record for most rush yards in a game. Glass! Glaaassss!!! Sign the man up until 2020, what are you waiting for. He’s setting record after record, dammit!

  4. I know you missed him Goofy.

    Wilson’t team the weakest Wisconsin met in the last 38 years.

    And they played Bill Lynch four times.

    Glass is an idiot.

  5. Come on…in a season that has seen 4 wins, 2 against B1G opponents together with clear improvement on both sides of the ball, this game was certainly dissapointing, but doesn’t change the positive trajectory of the program. Wisconsin is a bigger and significantly more talented team that played very well against a team that had a decidedly off day. It’s college football…it happens.

    Let’s try to give Penn State a run for their money and then beat PU.

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