April 23, 2014

Ball is Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week

With three more touchdowns on Saturday at Purdue, Wisconsin senior running back Montee Ball surpassed former Badger Ron Dayne

Montee Ball

in the Big Ten and UW record book for career touchdowns.  With 72 in his three-plus seasons with the Badgers, Ball now has his sights set on the NCAA record of 78 held by Travis Prentice (Miami, OH).

Ball rushed for 247 yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns.  The highlight touchdown went for 67 yards on the second play of the third quarter, the longest of Ball’s career. 

For his effort, Ball was rewarded with his fifth career Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Week award.  That is the second-most in school history, trailing only Dayne (9), and tied for seventh-most in conference history.

In three conference games, Ball is averaging 152.0 yards per game and has scored eight touchdowns. 

The Badgers next host Minnesota in the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe.  The two teams square off at Camp Randall Stadium at 11am.