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Wisconsin hammers Penn State 45-7

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Montee Ball scored four touchdowns to power Wisconsin to a 45-7 rout of Penn State, earning the Badgers a spot in next week's Big Ten championship game.

In addition to his four TDs, the junior Ball contributed 156 rushing yards as the Badgers sent the Nittany Lions to their second loss in conference play on the season.

Penn State struck first in the first quarter when quarterback Matt McGloin completed a 44 yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Curtis Drake. After kicker Anthony Fera tacked on the extra point Penn State led 7-0. It was the last lead--and last points--of the game for the Nittany Lions.

With just over three minutes left in the first quarter, Wisconsin tied the game when stand-out quarterback Russell Wilson completed a 21 yard pass to Jared Abbrederis for a touchdown. The score remained tied until the Badgers intercepted McGloin at the 50 yard line, setting up an eventual 1 yard touchdown run by Ball, giving Wisconsin a 14-0 lead.       

After another rushing touchdown by Ball, the turnover bug bit the Nittany Lions again. On the ensuing kick-off, junior running back Michael Zordich fumbled on the return. Penn State fell behind 28-7 going into half time and the second half didn’t look much better for the Nittany Lions.

The rout was on less than 10 minutes into the third quarter when Ball rushed for his third touchdown of the game, making it 35-7 and putting things well out of reach. The Badgers tacked on 10 more points and held the Nittany Lions scoreless the remainder of the way.

The loss eliminated Penn State from Big Ten Championship contention, while the Badgers advance to the Big Ten Championship next week against Michigan State.

Penn State will wait to hear about a pending bowl invitation.

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