Game Recap: Running Away with the Roses

Follow Badger Nation's Drive Blog! The run for the roses is good so far, as touchdown runs of 32, 1, 2 and 44 by Montee Ball and 16 by James White and touchdown catches by David Gilreath, Lance Kendricks and two by Nick Toon helped No.5 Wisconsin blow out the Wildcats, 70-23, to win the school's first conference championship since 1999.

MADISON - If you're looking for the best one-loss team in the country, flip on a tape of senior day at Camp Randall Stadium. You will get your answer quickly and decisively.

No.5 Wisconsin went 3-for-3 on its 2009 revenge tour and did it in resounding fashion, crushing, whipping, pummeling and demolishing injured-plagued Northwestern, 70-23, Saturday afternoon to earn a share of the Big Ten Conference title, its first since 1999.

Sophomore Montee Ball became the second running back in school history to run for four touchdowns in consecutive games, Scott Tolzien tied a career high with four touchdown passes as the Badgers' offense racked up 558 yards of total offense.

The defense, particularly junior defensive end J.J. Watt, didn't let the offense have all the fun. Watt filled the stat sheet against the Wildcats and his defensive teammates registered seven turnovers.

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Audio from Badger Nation

Audio: Bret Bielema

Audio: Scott Tolzien

Audio: Peter Konz

Audio: David Girleath

Audio: John Moffitt

Audio: J.J. Watt

Audio: Jay Valai

Audio: Lance Kendricks

Audio: Montee Ball

Audio: Gabe Carimi

No.5 Wisconsin 70, Northwestern 23

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 Wisconsin

5 plays, 74 yards, 2:24 TOP, 12:30 left

Montee Ball 32-yard run (Phillip Welch kick)

Key Play: It's hard to tell which play was prettier for Wisconsin. Lance Kendricks made a great catch over the middle for 30 yards and Ball cashed it in on the next play. On a run to the left behind seniors Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt, Ball shook off a tackler and then broke safety Brian Peters' ankles with a disgusting cut to the the inside, allowing him to have nothing but open field in front of him.

14-0 Wisconsin

2 plays, 13 yards, :31 TOP, 8:02 left

Montee Ball 1-yard run (Phillip Welch kick)

Key Play:One drive after J.J. Watt forced a quarterback hurry on a pass eventually intercepted by Jay Valai, Watt's pressure allowed him to get a hand on quarterback Evan Watkins, knocking the ball free and allowing defensive end Tyler Dippel to rumble down to the 13-yard line.

14-3 Wisconsin

6 plays, 16 yards, 1:53 TOP, 2:55 left

FG Stefan Demos 47

Key Play:Wisconsin's offense couldn't manage much after Antonio Fenelus' interception inside the 10 yards. Brad Nortman registered good hang time on his punt, but NW took over at UW's 45.

Second Quarter

21-3 Wisconsin

11 plays, 82 yards, 5:14 TOP, 12:35 left

Montee Ball 2-yard run (Phillip Welch kick)

Key Play: On second-and-one at the UW 47, Wisconsin faked the dive and Tolzien hit Toon cutting across the field for a 19-yard gain and a first down.

28-3 Wisconsin

3 plays, 21 yards, 1:29 TOP, 9:03 left

David Gilreath 18-yard pass from Scott Tolzien (Phillip Welch kick)

Key Play: J.J. Watt has been in the face of Watkins all game and is dominating Patrick Ward. Watt's pressure and hit on Watkins forced a lollypop pass that Mike Taylor intercepted and raced 47 yards down the sideline before being caught from behind at the 21.

35-10 Wisconsin

6 plays, 60 yards, 2:27 TOP, 3:14 left

Lance Kendricks 29-yard pass from Tolzien (Welch kick)

Key Play:Kendricks is certainly looking like a Mackey tight end this evening. The senior did a s-curve toward the end zone and Tolzien dropped in the perfect pass for the diving touchdown grab.

42-10 Wisconsin

4 plays, 41 yards, 1:22 TOP, 1:33 left

Nick Toon 11-yard pass from Tolzien (Welch kick)

Key Play:After J.J. Watt forced another fumble, a play-action pass allowed Toon to slip right through the defense for the wide-open score.

42-17 Wisconsin

1 play, 94 yards, :13 TOP, 1:20 left

Venric Mark 94-yard kickoff return (Welch kick)

Key Play:UW's special teams could only be good for so long. Missed tackles and bad angles allowed Mark to go 97 yards for the score, UW's first allowed special teams score since the Michigan State game.

49-17 Wisconsin

5 plays, 47 yards, :55 TOP, :14 left

Nick Toon 11-yard pass from Tolzien (Welch kick)

Key Play:A nine-yard completion by Isaac Anderson was made worse by Northwestern committing a 15-yard facemask penalty, putting UW inside the 11 and primed for another score.

Second Half

Third Quarter

56-17 Wisconsin

7 plays, 83 yards, 3:31 TOP, 10:18 left

Montee Ball 44-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play:And we thought the last two opponents were bad on defense. Montee Ball should have been tackled for a one-yard loss, but instead made four players miss and cut back to the center of the field for a lengthy touchdown, and one of the prettiest runs of the season.

63-17 Wisconsin

6 plays, 73 yards, 3:46 TOP, 6:09 left

James White 16-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play:On third-and-eight, UW is still not content with running out the clock. Tolzien connected with Gilreath for 40 yards down to the 16, where White snaked through traffic one play later.

63-23 Wisconsin

6 plays, 67 yards, 1:50 TOP, 4:11 left

Drake Dunsmore 20-yard pass from Watkins (kick block)

Key Play:Is there anything J.J. Watt can't do? He's hurried the quarterback, forced fumbles, jacked up the defense and now he blocks an extra points. The man is an animal.

70-23 Wisconsin

1 play, 50 yards, :10 TOP, :02 left

Aaron Henry 50-yard interception return (Welch kick)

Key Play:They must be running up the score again? Who do you think caused the rushed throw into traffic? Yep, J.J. Watt was in Watkins' face again.

Fourth Quarter

No scoring

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