Ball Ties Career Touchdown Record

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball tied the major college career touchdown record, scoring on a 7-yard run against Ohio State on Saturday.

It was the 78th touchdown of Ball's career, matching the mark set by Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio) in 1999. Ball already has a share of the FBS single-season touchdown record, matching Barry Sanders' long-standing mark of 39 last year.

Taking a handoff from Curt Phillips, Ball ran hard up the middle, cut to the left and banged off Ohio State safety Christian Bryant before tumbling into the end zone and setting off raucous cheers at Camp Randall Stadium.

Ball later fumbled on what would have been the record-breaker with 2:46 left in regulation and the Badgers trailing 14-7. Wisconsin would force overtime anyway on Jacob Pedersen's 5-yard TD catch in the closing seconds. Carlos Hyde scored on a 2-yard run in overtime to give Ohio State a 21-14 win.

The Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0) clinched the Leaders Division title outright, but they are ineligible for the postseason as part of their punishment for NCAA violations under former coach Jim Tressel. The best they can hope for is to end the year unbeaten and to maybe capture the AP Top 25 title.


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