Despite leading 24-0 at halftime, No.6 Wisconsin found itself in a shootout against Michigan Saturday, but the Badgers' running game provided enough ammunition to overcome the Wolverines, 48-28, in front of 112,276 in the Big House.
Senior quarterback Scott Tolzien completed his first 13 passes in the first half and the Badgers (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) kept the ball on the ground throughout the second half, utilizing the one-two punch of sophomore Montee Ball and freshman James White.
Ball went over 100 yards for the third straight game, running for 194 yards on 31 carries and four touchdowns, while While rushed for 161 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns, helping Wisconsin put up 558 yards of total offense.
The offense of Michigan (7-4, 3-4) was just as impressive, putting up 442 yards and 28 second-half points. Quarterback Denard Robinson combined for four scores, passing for 238 and rushing for 123 to break the single season NCAA mark for rushing yards by a quarterback. Unfortunately for him, that was his only consolation prize.
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10 plays, 75 yards, 5:07 TOP, 3:15 left
Montee Ball 1-yard run (Phillip Welch kick)
Key Play:Using a combination of run and pass, Ball found a gap behind Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt, cut to the sideline and ran 19 yards before getting tripped up at the one.
12 plays, 72 yards, 6:46 TOP, 3:15 left
FG Phillip Welch 25
Key Play:On third-and-10, Tolzien stepped up in the pocket to avoid a charging lineman and hit White in the flat. The freshman cut inside, speed up enough to dive past the first-down marker. On the next play, Tolzien delivered a perfect pass to Lance Kendricks down the sideline for a 34-yard gain to the Michigan 10. A chop block by John Moffitt did cancel out on a James White touchdown, forcing the attempt.
5 plays, 75 yards, 2:28 TOP, 3:50 left
Ball 27-yard run (Welch kick)
Key Play:On third-and-2, an inside to handoff to Ball turned out better than expected. Ball shook off a tackle, hurdled a defender and raced into the end zone.
3 plays, 84 yards, 1:04 TOP, 1:51 left
James White 61-yard run (Welch kick)
Key Play:On a perfect cut block on the end and the inside, White's speed could not be caught as he booked it around the left end on his way to the end zone.
10 plays, 71 yards, 3:57 TOP, 11:03 left
Darryl Stonum 24-yard pass from Denard Robinson (Brendan Gibbons kick)
Key Play:Robinson ran his way into the record books, setting the NCAA record for most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback. He scampered for 9 and 15, pushing Michigan down the field.
2 plays, 38 yards, :22 TOP, 9:23 left
Denard Robinson 4-yard run (Brendan Gibbons kick)
Key Play:After Isaac Anderson fumbled the ball after picking up the first down, Robinson connected with Stonum for a fingertip catch down the middle of the field.
8 plays, 69 yards, 3:52 TOP, 5:31 left
James White 23-yard run (Phillip Welch kick)
Key Play: With UW needing to re-establish momentum, the Badgers turned to their bread and butter. UW ran the last seven plays of the drive, ending with White diving over the goal line for the score.
6 plays, 57 yards, 2:19 TOP, 3:12 left
Denard Robinson 11-yard run (Brendan Gibbons kick)
Key Play: With other receivers dropping passes, Robinson has relied on junior Darryl Stonum to move the offense. Stonum is giving Antonio Fenelus problems, as the junior got inside leverage and hauled in a 32-yard gain to the UW 15.
7 plays, 45 yards, 3:14 TOP, 14:58 left
Montee Ball 3-yard run (Phillip Welch kick)
Key Play: Tolzien called a timeout on third-and-six inside the 20 to discuss a critical play. When it doubt, hand it off. James White avoided the defensive end, caught the corner and raced 15 yards to the Michigan 7.
6 plays, 17 yards, 3:13 TOP, 9:04 left
FG Phillip Welch 40
Key Play: UW appears happy to leave Ann Arbor as quick as possible. The Badgers kept the ball on the ground all six plays, including third-and-long, to allow Welch to pad the lead.
9 plays, 40 yards, 3:26 TOP, 2:41 left
Montee Ball 4-yard run (Phillip Welch kick)
Key Play: Just milking the clock for the University of Wisconsin. The Badgers kept the ball on the ground the entire drive and have put Michigan in a near impossible spot.