August 22, 2014

Ball’s record-setting performance not enough to beat Penn State

Montee Ball became the NCAA’s all-time touchdowns leader but the Wisconsin Badgers (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten) effort against the Penn State

Montee Ball

Nittany Lions (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten) fell short on Saturday.

Even with a record-setting performance from Ball, the Badgers fell to the Nittany Lions 24-21 in overtime at Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA.

Going into halftime, Wisconsin held a 14-7 lead, but Penn State dominated play in the second half, only to see the Badgers tie the game 21-21 at the end of regulation.

Badger running back Montee Ball rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown.  With that one touchdown, Ball overtook Travis Prentice’s previous record of 78 rushing touchdowns.

Quarterback Curt Phillips went 12 of 25 for 191 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

Penn State running back Zach Zwinak rushed for 179 yards and one touchdown, while quarterback Matt McGloin threw for 200 yards, one touchdown, and went 19 of 37 in passing.

Despite the loss, the Badgers will be in the Big Ten Championship game next weekend in Indianapolis against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  But they’ll be going into it with back-to-back overtime defeats.