Sophomore John Clay rushes for 126 yards and a touchdown, freshman Montee Ball runs for 108 yards and two scores and sophomore Nick Toon catches five passes for 123 yards as the No.22/24 Wisconsin wins a 31-28 dogfight over Indiana at Memorial Stadium Saturday.
Wisconsin (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) led since the beginning of the second quarter, but Indiana (4-6, 1-5 Big Ten) hardly went down without a fight. The Hoosiers cut the UW lead to three points three separate times, but UW's offense, led by Toon and Ball, were able to make the necessary plays for the Badgers.
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2 plays, 7 yards, :46 TOP, 10:44 left
Tandon Doss 11-yard pass from Ben Chappell (Nick Freeland kick)
Key Play: Wisconsin return David Gilreath continues to struggle in the return game. With the sun in his eyes, a punt hits Gilreath right in the facemask, allowing the Hoosiers to recover on UW's seven-yard line.
5 plays, 77 yards, 2:20 TOP, 8:24 left
Isaac Anderson 18-yard pass from Scott Tolzien (Philip Welch kick)
Key Play: John Clay got the Badgers right back to business after the turnover, taking the handoff right through the center of the line, making two linebackers miss, and went 48 yards down to the Indiana 29.
18 plays, 72 yards, 8:23 TOP, 12:56 left
FG Philip Welch 26
Key Play: After Garrett Graham was his favorite target earlier in the season, it appears Scott Tolzien is developing a good report with Nick Toon. The duo connected with a 19-yard gain on third-and-two to give UW a fresh set of downs at the IU 25. UW had first-and-goal on the three, but a tipped pass, Tolzien getting tripped up and an offensive pass interference penalty by Anderson cost the Badgers a touchdown.
10 plays, 81 yards, 5:18 TOP, 6:10 left
Montee Ball one-yard run (Welch kick)
Key Play: Another third down, another big pass play to Nick Toon. Toon took advantage of a fallen cornerback to be wide open in the flat, and Tolzien connected for a 33-yard gain to the IU 42.
3 plays, 80 yards, 1:08 TOP, 2:32 left
Doss 46-yard pass from Chappell (Freeland kick)
Key Play: A lolly-pop throw by Chappell was not timed well by Niles Brinkley, who jumped too early, and allowed the pass to softly drop into the hands of Doss for a big touchdown.
6 plays, 49 yards, 1:26 TOP, 1:06 left
John Clay 11-yard run (Welch kick)
Key Play: Clay picked a great time for his 20th career score. The Badgers answer quickly thanks to Clay, who had three carries for 38 yards on a short drive, which was set up by Chris Borland's kickoff return to the IU 49.
11 plays, 81 yards, 4:30 TOP, 12:02 left
Terrance Turner 6-yard pass from Chappell (Freeland kick)
Key Play: IU coach Bill Lynch gambles on fourth-and-five at UW's 39. Attacking Niles Brinkley, it pays off, as Damarlo Belcher undercuts Brinkley and then drags him 15 yards, ending in a 30-yard gain to the UW 9.
7 plays, 78 yards, 3:42 TOP, 8:18 left
Ball 3-yard run (Welch kick)
Key Play: Nick Toon is having himself a game. The sophomore somehow slipped behind the Indiana secondary to catch a wide-open pass, and then turned up field for a 44-yard gain to the UW 11.
12 plays, 80 yards, 4:17 TOP, 4:01 left
Trea Burgess 2-yard run (Freeland kick)
Key Play: Chappell completes back-to-back passes to Belcher for 19 and Matt Ernest for 22, getting IU down to the seven-yard line. Burgess scores on fourth-and-two on an easy run up the middle.